United We Serve

  • Posted on Jul 13, 2012
    By Greg Tucker

     

    Americans produce more food, eat more of it (check out our obesity rates), and waste more by sending it to landfills. Finding healthy, affordable food should not be a problem in the United States. But it is.
  • Posted on Jul 9, 2012
    By Emily Gooding

     

    Summer learning loss is a growing problem for American children but there is a simple solution. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can help kids stay on the path to academic success during the next school year.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2012
    By Ana Frigo

     

    In October 2003, 14-year-old Madison Woytovich was having her hair braided by her mother, Betsy, when large chunks of Madison's hair began falling out. During the next seven weeks, 75 percent of her hair disappeared.When meeting with the doctor, Madison was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system accidently attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss. Her family was devastated when he told them that the type of loss Madison was experiencing would most likely lead to greater, if not complete hair loss.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2012
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    Imagine what would happen if the marketing experts behind your favorite Super Bowl ad developed a campaign to help a nonprofit recruit volunteers or raise awareness of an important national issue. Or if the engineers at a leading technology company volunteered as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tutors at a local school.
  • Posted on Jul 3, 2012
    By Greg Tucker

     

    The school year is over, but that's not an excuse to let your child's brain and body take the summer off. Inspired by the First Lady's Let's Move initiative, the Corporation for National and Community Service's Let's Read. Let's Move. calls on all Americans to combat summer reading loss and childhood obesity through service this summer.
  • Posted on Jul 3, 2012
    By Darell Hammond

     

  • Posted on Jul 2, 2012
    By Ana Frigo

     

    Nursing homes can be scary places for the residents as they yearn for companionship in a situation that doesn't bring frequent visitors. Knowing those often-unfilled needs of the elderly led Rachel Doyle to turn her focus to improving this situation.Doyle was a sophomore in high school when her grandmother passed away in a Nevada nursing home. In 2000 at the age of 17, Doyle created the first GlamourGals chapter in Commack, NY, to build connections between different generations and honor her grandmother.
  • Posted on Jun 28, 2012
    America's children continue to struggle with summer learning loss and childhood obesity. As part of the effort to battle this problem, the Corporation for National and Community Service continues our Let's Read. Let's Move. initiative for the summer of 2012.
  • Posted on Jun 28, 2012
    By Ana Frigo

     

    When 5-year old Andy Fass attended his first baseball game, it was hard to imagine it would change his life. But a chance meeting with legendary Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte gave Fass the desire to try a game he thought he would never play.Everything began when Andy's 7-year old sister, Katie, was honored with an academic award at a Trenton Thunder game on April 25. The family was given four front row seats next to the Thunder's bullpen.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2012
    By Ana Frigo

     

    Stefanie Dwyer's childhood in East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall shaped her future in a unique way. After growing up in a country that had many limitations, Dwyer held on to memories of horseback riding that inspired her to bring that sense of freedom to people with physical and mental challenges.“While I couldn't articulate it at the time, I felt a connection with those children with Down syndrome. Riding made them feel free, just as it did for me, and coming from East Germany, I've always understood how important that is,” said Stefanie.

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