Philanthropy

August 16, 2012
10 Things To Leave on a Person's Doorstep

Know anyone who is exhausted or discouraged? Think of the man on what-seems-like a perpetual job hunt. The new mother with an infant on her shoulder. The college student who hovers between uncertainty and confidence about his future. The high school girl who is trying to break out of her cocoon. The ten-year-old who lost […]

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August 7, 2012
25 Things You Can Do TODAY to Make The World Better

"I'm not sure I can run 4 miles," I told Tim yesterday, as I held my 1/2 marathon training plan in my hands. "You don't have to run 4 miles," he answered non-chalantly, "you have to run one mile - four times." Sometimes the problems of the world seem too large. I wrestle with the […]

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August 4, 2011
This is what we should do today.

A few weeks ago, over breakfast, I asked Kayla, "What should we do today?" She replied matter-of-factly, "Make money for people who don't have money. Bring clothes to people who don't have any. Be with our family. Be with other families. Be nice to other people. Believe in God."

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July 3, 2011
8 nights in Bolivia

For two weeks this summer, I dreamed in red, green, and yellow - the colors of the Bolivian flag. I googled images of the country, watching the mothers carry their babies on their backs with wide-brimmed hats on their heads. Tim & I were recently invited by World Vision to be on a team of […]

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May 10, 2011
Part III: How To Volunteer With Small Children

There are some seasons in life when it might not be the best idea to make an outside commitment to a non-profit. Perhaps you are car-less or sleepless or you have a wee newborn or a busload of kids. Don't be disheartened. There are plenty of ways you can give to your community...from your little […]

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May 9, 2011
Part II: How To Volunteer With Small Children

Our family volunteers with non-profit organizations about 3 days a week. We typically spend between 1-2 hours at any given place. At first, I was terrified of that prospect. I thought it might be a little much for two very active little girls (ages 2 & 4). The reality, however, is that our girls usually […]

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