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  • Posted on May 20, 2016

    Earlier this week I traveled to Joplin, Missouri, for a trip I will never forget. The Joplin story is one of a community that that never gave up, that demonstrated steely resolve in the face of tragedy, and that is coming back stronger and better than before. It is also the story of volunteers – 130,000 strong and counting – whose selfless service has lifted up an entire community when it needed it most.

    For many residents, the one year anniversary was a painful reminder of the devastating EF-5 tornado that ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people, destroying 7,500 homes and buildings, and leaving a trail of destruction through the heart of the city.

    A destroyed home displays a thank you message by Joplin resididents to volunteers.

    But even more so, the anniversary was a symbol of hope, pride, optimism, and unity. The people of Joplin did not let themselves be defined by what happened on May 22, 2011. Instead they defined themselves by what happened after - their extraordinary resilience and desire to rebuild.

    As President Obama told the graduating seniors at Joplin High School, “Here in Joplin, you've also learned that we have the power to grow...

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Summer is a season of heightened hunger in America. As the school year ends and school nutrition programs end with it, many children lose an important source of food. Regular donations to local charities are also interrupted by travel and changed summer schedules. In 2009, economic troubles have made the challenges facing many families even greater. When John Berry became the Director of OPM this spring, Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf asked him if Federal workers might be able to help food banks in the National Capital Region, and the Feds Feed Families food drive was born.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Regardless of her disability, Blair has always loved community service. On June 17, the same day Blair graduated from high school, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ “A Brush With Kindness” Program through ABILITY Corps.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Student Alejandro Gonzalez at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, presents his Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster to the Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Capitol One Bank.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 20, 2009, about 150 junior and senior high school students, many of them from nearby Pine Bluff, attended a day-long summit to discuss the importance of public service and education.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In 2008, Dr. Angela, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, began a community health program at Korean Resource Center (KRC) with a group of Korean American medical students. Monthly clinics are held that provide individual consultations to low-income uninsured Korean Americans, many of whom have been diagnosed with illnesses.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    World-wide youth joined New York City community members for invasive weeding and park repair. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers from Goldman Sachs and more than 130 volunteers from The UN Foundation’s second annual Youth Leadership Summit gathered to assist the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with the reparation of northern Manhattan’s 119-acre Highbridge Park.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    70 percent of the work at the Gaining Ground organic farm in the historic Concord, Mass., is completed by volunteers. In fact, volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds harvest approximately 20,000 lbs. of organic produce at the farm each growing season.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    Hunger is a serious and on-going problem for senior citizens and families in Stark County, Ohio. According to the American Community survey, the poverty rate in Ohio is 13% and the National Center for Children in Poverty found that 16% of Ohio’s children are living in poverty. The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks reported that in any given week 207,700 different Ohioan’s receive emergency food assistance, 35% of those are children under 18 and one in ten are age 5 or under. 9% of these are seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    Working as a crossing guard, being a wife and mothering 4 school age children, heading a parent group, and running a volunteer study group throughout the school year for the past 2 years has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.


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