Month: November 2015

'A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity' encourages new wave of rising altruism

Rachel Beckwith was shocked to learn that people worldwide lacked access to clean drinking water. When she turned 9, instead of birthday presents, Beckwith asked people to donate to an organization called charity:water that drills wells in impoverished villages around the world. Beckwith aimed to raise $300 but fell short. Less than six weeks later, …

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Grassroots programs, communities come together to fight for mental health

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This African proverb exemplifies the importance of a community to prevent violence and mental illness. Poverty, mental illness, domestic violence and gang crimes all have one thing in common: They are overlooked and their solutions are underfunded, resulting in worsening problems for America’s youth. Many parents …

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Learning by giving: 5 ways volunteering as a teen can bring success

Teenagers have a lot of responsibilities: school, work, family, friends and planning for their future. One would think it would be difficult to find time to volunteer; surprisingly, according to a recent survey, more than half of teenagers volunteered in some capacity in 2011. Many might believe that volunteering means giving up something to help …

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Philanthropic mindset: Nonprofits help with workplace image

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, appearances matter — especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. For individuals who don’t have enough money to buy workplace appropriate clothing, this emphasis on formality can be a severe roadblock. After all, it’s hard to find the money to buy nice clothing without …

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