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Virtual Volunteering

I discovered a passion for volunteering when it helped me find my way out of a dark place 10+ years ago. It showed me a new purpose in life; it exposed me to myriad nonprofits doing amazing work; it gave me hope to work alongside countless volunteers who were also giving of their time. Some […]

Somebody Loves You

A few weeks ago, I volunteered for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s national Overnight Walk for the second time. In solidarity with the walkers, I took the 12:00 to 6:30 am shift. I walked into a disorganized situation because of the weather. It had been raining for hours and it wasn’t about to stop. […]

MLK Day 2015

As MLK Day approaches, I feel mournful and ashamed—ashamed of my country. Almost 50 years have passed since MLK’s assassination, and we still haven’t grasped the concept that Black Lives Matter? I can picture him sitting in heaven’s cafeteria with Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, etc. They are all shaking their […]

In Case of Fire

I’ve logged my first random birthday list item for the year: touring a fire station. I always have a number of “randos” on my list = opportunities that randomly present themselves. I love the randos. This opportunity arose through an organization I volunteer with. On Saturday morning, about 10 firefighters showed our group the six […]

Baby Animals and Lion Hugs

It’s raining baby animals at the animal shelter where I volunteer and I can’t stand it! I’ll start with the most exciting baby animal:                   Yep, a baby guinea pig. Apparently called a pup. My brother and I had a guinea pig named Patches when we were […]