United We Serve

Why Serve on 9/11?

As we look ahead to this year’s September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, let’s step back and consider why service is such an important part of this day.

Over seven years, 9/11 families and support groups worked to establish the day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks.

Olympic Athletes Who Give Back

The 2012 Summer Games are in full swing, and while our U.S. athletes are competing in London with dreams of bringing home the gold, a lot of them are more than willing to use their fame to help others back at home.

Here's how some Olympians, past and present, continue to inspire us when the games are done.

Food Insecurity Hits Kids Hard

It seems improbable in a country where 90 million of its citizens are battling obesity that 49 million are also having food security issues, however, that's the reality in the United States today. And more than 16 million of our most-vulnerable residents -- America's children --are paying the price.

Interfaith Challenge Harnesses Collegiate Energy

The opportunity for a diverse group of college kids to join together and work toward a single purpose is something that should not be taken for granted. Imagine a world in which this generation -- from both religious and nonreligious backgrounds -- comes together to serve their communities.

Five Paths Out of the Food Desert

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.

How-To Tuesday: Stop the Reading Summer Slide

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.

Yankees HOPE Week: Children's Alopecia Project

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.

Yankees HOPE Week: GlamourGals

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.

Yankees HOPE Week: Andy Fass

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.

Yankees HOPE Week Honoree: Flying Manes

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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