volunteering

May 18, 2014
Best Idea for a Senior Prank

It all started harmless enough. We were eighteen years old and on top of the world. Someone proposed toilet papering the trees and writing our class name on sidewalk chalk. That night, at least twenty of us (maybe forty?) snuck into the campus in the pitch dark. I remember feeling uncomfortable when I saw a few […]

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April 7, 2014
1st Trimester Survival Kit

The 1st trimester of pregnancy can be a difficult time for many women. Although there is certainly overflowing joy that accompanies those telltale pink lines, there's nothing quite like the sheer exhaustion of creating a human being. It can be lonely - especially if you spend hours on the bathroom floor, laying prostrate in bed, […]

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November 21, 2012
For Rhonda B

"I'm scared," I murmur again, leaning over the cream bath tub, eyes closed. My lips are red. My hair is damp, curls against my forehead. My hazel eyes open momentarily, but the room is a haze - blurry wooden bedpost, blurry faces. The contraction comes and I grab hold of two hands - one is […]

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October 17, 2012
Honored to be part of the Global Team of 200

I am pleased to let you know that I have been selected as a member of the Global Team of 200. Here's a quote from my personal statement, which is being featured today (click on the link above to see the full transcript): "My goal is the same both on and offline: to love my […]

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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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