Community Renewal

Wisconsin Fraternals Help Community Year Round

For over 100 years, volunteer members of Western Fraternal Life Association Lodge #144 in Mosinee, Wiscons continue to serve the community by addressing the most pressing local needs.

This year on Valentine’s Day we took dessert and edible prizes to an assisted living home for mentally challenged adults. An afternoon of Bingo and socializing took place.  For the residents, this is one of the most anticipateddays of the year.

Students Use Service Learning to Improve Local Economy

Murtaugh School District is nestled in an agricultural area in southeast Idaho, just offof Highway 30. In an effort to encourage visitors to explore what Murtaugh has to offer, local students used their service-learning project to create a community entrance. Upon completion, the entrance will be an attractive and inviting incentive for highway passerby’s to stop in.

Texas Town Raises Millions for their Community

For an organization of any size $3 million is a lot of money. Here in Wimberley, Texas that is the amount that has been raised and donated over the years by the Wimberley Lions Club, one small volunteer-driven group. Since the 1960’s the club has operated Wimberley Market Days on the first Saturday of each month. In recent years the market has now grown to nearly 500 booths and it attracts7,000 to 10,000 visitors to our town of 3,800 people each month.

Unity in the Wake of Tragedy

President Obama has recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and called Americans to community service to honor the day. Through their service, New Yorkers not only remember the horrible tragedy of September 11, 2009, but also a recent tragedy at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY. On April 4, 2009, a gunman took the lives of thirteen innocent people and ultimately lost his own life. The victims were teachers of English and recent immigrants, who came to America with the hope of a better life.

Honoring Through Service

On September 11, 2009, I was honored and privileged to commemorate the heroism of those who lost their lives during the terror attacks by engaging in service and volunteerism as part of the first officially recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Youth Ministry in Service

Beaver Falls is a typical western Pennsylvania city. It is the home of the Tigers, Geneva College and Joe Namath. It is also the home of Tiger Pause Youth Ministry. Tiger Pause has been gracing their local community with service for over 20 years. They focus the majority of their energy on the youth, offering after school educational programs, summer camp, mentoring, sports programs, financial literacy classes, and job shadowing.

Empowered VISTA Empowers Others

I recently passed a significant personal milestone in my VISTA service: I am one-third of the way through my first year. While this may seem like an arbitrary measurement, it quantifies my introduction and adjustment to a new way of life and thinking.

At the beginning of April I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Ajo, Arizona to become an Americorps VISTA volunteer with the Arizona Community Foundation and International Sonoran Desert Alliance. The two places could not have been further apart and it has been a huge adjustment.

Serving for Children

I became certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Marion County, Florida in April 2009. In case you are not familiar, guardians are volunteers that are appointed to cases where children have been removed from their homes by DCF due to abuse/safety conditions. It is our job to be the voice for the children in the courts and advocate for them.

We'll Get Through This Together

I volunteer at a community Food Bank which serves approximately 2,000 people a week's worth of groceries each month. The need for food has increased about 35% in our community.

The new face of hunger is no longer non-working people; it's now our neighbors, friends, family, jobless, state furlough workers, single parents. I am passionate about serving others as long as I possibly can.

United We Serve Brings Catholics and Muslims Together

This year during Ramadan, right before the start of the United We Serve Interfaith Week of Service, the Interfaith Committee at my church, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia, organized an iftar (dinner to break the Ramadan fast) for members of local Muslim communities.

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