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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 20, 2009
    McKenna, Long & Aldridge Washington Partner Cass Christenson and Associate Michael Alexander recently won a social security disability appeal forMs. Thomas, a pro-bono client who was unable to navigate through the paperwork and legalities involved in such an appeal. In 2006, Ms. Thomas filed her own disability claim, but she was denied benefits. She then filed a request for reconsideration, which was also denied. Due to lack of procedural understanding, Ms. Thomas failed to assert a timely request for appeal and was left with only food stamps to sustain her.
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    The key to a good story web is to give the yarn plenty of slack when you toss it across the circle. Holding on to your end, unspool it a bit before you throw it to Quincy, or Josanna, or Angel, or any of the 5th graders at Adams Middle School with hands stretched above their heads, anxious to share their insights on the book we’ve been discussing, Joyce Hansen’s “The Gift Giver.”
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    “We’re bored!” This is what we heard from a group of middle school students after our initial meeting to brainstorm a summer youth program for Ames, Iowa. That settled it. We needed to find something for them to do.
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    As part of United We Serve’s Energy and Enviornment Week, the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) in Pennsyvania conducted a two-week volunteer initiative. Volunteers came from across the country to make minor home repairs, renovations, and weatherization. Over 200 youth volunteers performed 6,750 hours of work on 33 homes the first week.
  • Posted on Aug 19, 2009
    Three weeks before the summer began, the school board told staff members at the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast that they would not be able to serve lunch to the youth club members for the first time in five years.
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Yes, United We Serve!
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    All across the USA, the members of the Lajna Imaillah, the women’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC), are reaching out to help those in need. It is the central teaching of Islam that supporting the poor and the less-fortunate goes hand in hand with worship of God.
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Every year in America, over 100 million new cell phones are sold at stores and malls. Of theses sales, 95% sales are going to consumers that already have a phone. What do you do with your old phone?
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Students from Laconia High School in New Hampshire are well on their way to the creation of a DVD that will contain blueprints and critical information to be used by emergency services. In addition to creating a new emergency brochure for parents, students are using state-of-the-art Computer Aided Drafting software and laser measuring tools to create detailed floor plans and 3-D views of each room in the high school. I
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    I walk for my daughter, Meghan, August 1, 1985 – October 22, 2007. I walk for YOUR DAUGHTER, TOO. This is Meghan’s Story ….

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