National Service Blog

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2014

    I have several projects in response to the President's call to service. First of all I have, for 13 years, served on Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard teams where I conduct funeral services for our heroes. I do the reading to honor the passing veterans. I have done hundreds and hundreds of funerals, if not thousands at a National Cemetery and private cemeteries in two states.

    It consists of finding the appropriate words to pay tribute to someone who has offered his or her life for our great country. It is the greatest honor bestowed upon me. Perhaps there are no adequate words but I try as best as possible.

    I am a disabled Vietnam veteran, a retired military veteran with 26 years active service, I am totally disabled from my employment, and I am father of an active duty Green Beret who has served multiple tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    I wanted to somehow give back and support our veterans and their families for their service within the limits of my disabilities. I am particularly burdened with the loss of about 75% of my long term memory and virtually have no short term memory that resulted from a problem during heart surgery years ago.

    I understand that after military retirement I was a fairly talented computer programmer and webmaster in the civilian market before that occurrence and I have retained some minimal skills, though most have been long forgotten. I attempt to use what skills remaining to help our veterans as best as possible but I must admit it is a difficult chore.

    My other work for my fellow veterans involves putting together a bi-monthly, 32 page newsletter to provide our veterans...

  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is a collaboration between the Dartmouth YCMA and the Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts, a program of the United Way. Derek Heim, Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA, signed on as a part of the summer service initiative which President Obama announced in June in an effort to get more volunteers for this effort. In these tough economic times, the demand on local food pantries is greater than ever.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    From the moment I began my term of service with AmeriCorps in October, it became apparent to me that all over the country, people were going to be looking for new ways to deal with hunger, and my community of Binghamton, NY was no different.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    I am a volunteer with RSVP because of events that happened in my life. I am a product of the Military. I served approximately thirty-three years in the Army. My assignments include duty with a number of Special Forces Units, the Institute for Military Assistance and several Army Airborne Divisions. Following my Military Service, I worked as a contractor in a remote area of Africa. This was followed by approximately twelve years with the Department of State in the Foreign Service. I am fortunate in that throughout all of these jobs I was never ill and took any medication.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    Students at Von Steuben High School painted a 15-foot mural depicting their experiences at Foster Beach in Chicago. The mural is a daily reminder of more than six years of monthly stewardship and seasonal adventures.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    UPS human resource employees had an opportunity to spend an afternoon working with Women on the Rise, an organization that supports parenting and early childhood education.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    RSVP Senior Corps volunteers began a new partnership with the US Army by assisting the Arsenal Island Disaster Drill. On August 13th, 18 RSVP volunteers participated in a disaster drill at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island between Davenport and Rock Island in the Mississippi. Volunteers participated as victims in a simulated poisonous gas release. They went through triage on site then were transported to hospitals on both sides of the river. Afterwards several answered questions about their experience.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    Butte, Montana RSVP volunteers are enjoying their summer volunteer activities. One of our summer programs was at the Sunshine Kiwanis residential camp. This camp provides a residential summer camp program with a five day sessions for children from ages 7 – 11. The Butte Silver Bow Kiwanis Camp has been existence for the past 64 years.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    Andrea W. knows a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Andrea, a guidance counselor at Vero Beach Elementary School, decided to turn her summer off into a summer of service. Not knowing what type of service she wanted to perform, Andrea joined the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Indian River County. Through RSVP she found the Social Entrée Meals program at the Senior Resource Association.
  • Posted on Sep 2, 2009
    This summer (2009) was a hot, exciting and challenging summer for the Interfaith Partnership/ Faith Beyond Walls St. Louis Interfaith Community Exploitations (SLICE) program. Interfaith Partnership/ Faith Beyond Walls works with congregations and faith communities to promote peace, understanding and respect among people of all faiths and within the greater Saint Louis metro area.
  • Posted on Sep 2, 2009
    "Move over. Let me show you a man-portion! These men are big. You need to give 'em more chili." Listening to the expert, I forfeit the chili ladle from my latex-ed hands and back away.

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