03/14/2011 07:42 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giving Back: How You And The College Community Can Help Struggling Families

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving back and helping others.

Led by HuffPost Impact -- The Huffington Post's section devoted to service, causes, and volunteering -- every HuffPost section is featuring a group or individual who is taking action and inspiring others during these challenging times. Like the rest of the world, our hearts and minds are also focused on Japan, and we've created a resource page for everyone wishing to support the emergency relief efforts.

And we're thrilled to announce that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is joining the Huffington Post Media Group as Strategic Adviser For Social Impact. Stone will help the company to create innovative social impact and cause-based initiatives.

AOL/Huffington Post Media Group has also issued a 30-day Service Challenge to every one of its employees worldwide, encouraging them to give their time to non-profits in their local communities and organizing volunteer events in 16 cities.

We hope you'll join us in utilizing the power of online journalism to help people get involved, work together, and bring about real change.

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Since 1961, the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided financial assistance to students working on progressive movements for peace and justice. Recipients of Davis-Putter scholarships have lead the charge for reform on a variety of issues, from civil rights to sexism.

With the current average student debt at $24,000, focusing on social justice issue can seem a luxury for many students. Davis-Putter affords grants of up to $10,000 to students using their academic work to effect real change.

The scholarship fund, which was founded in memory of teacher and political activist Marian Davis, has no endowment and exists solely because of independent donations. You can help further the movement for social change in upcoming generations here.