Education

Foster Grandparents Model Good Character

Twenty-five Foster Grandparent volunteers in Hamilton, Bradley and McMinn counties participated in an educational campaign to share basic character traits with students in their classrooms.

Hitachi Volunteers on 9/11

Staff members from The Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi, Ltd. in Washington, DC spent the 9/11 Day of Service with Covenant House – an organization offering education, vocational training, prevention services, and community outreach to youth who need it most.  Covenant House also provides emergency shelter and food to youth in need of a safe place to sleep.

Interning, Volunteering, and Education

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began my internship at the Department of Education this summer. I was aware of the great work that the department was doing to improve the quality of education throughout the country but I curious to see what my role would be in this greater mission.

Tucson Mural Art Project

The Bronx Wash is a cement covered arroyo that is an uninviting eyesore in the Northwest Neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona that cuts off access from the south to Mansfield Park. The goal of the Bronx Wash Mural Project is to encourage a sense of pride and ownership in the area, to reconnect the neighborhood and involve local residents in beautifying this shared space.

Uniting to Serve: A Tale of Two Nonprofits

EducationWorks, which serves children and youth in urban neighborhoods, including Trenton in NJ, wanted to participate in a service event to recognize the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on 9/11/2009. But the organization’s programs hadn’t started yet.

The Kenyon Hodges Computer Learning Center, a neighborhood network center at Kingsbury Corporation’s Twin Towers, also wanted to participate in the United We Service Initiative. But the Trenton-area nonprofit had never done a service project before.

Youth Answer President’s Call to Service Through Song!

Can you sing, dance, or act? Then you can serve! Usher’s New Look has encouraged youth to answer President Obama’s call for service and change. At Camp New Look 2009, young people explored different ways to address issues in their community using their particular talents. It is based on the “Issue Action Power” model; an exclusive song, by the same name, was presented to the audience at the camp’s annual closing event.

Download the song (MP3)

Alegria de Leer

We are La Curacao, a retail department store focused to the Hispanic community. We organized a story hour for the children in the communities near our store in Los Angeles. We encouraged children to come to the summer reading program, "Alegria de Leer," via posters and radio announcements. For each of the past six summers we have hosted this 6-9 week program. Children enjoy coming to listen, learn and have fun doing a craft.

Thinkfinity and Beyond: Verizon Readies Kids for School

Verizon employees across the country have collected more than $500,000 worth of back-to-school supplies to assist schools and nonprofit organizations. The volunteers participated in the Verizon Foundation's three-week Tools for School campaign to collect new and gently used rulers, crayons, backpacks and other items children need to start the school year. Employees at more than 500 Verizon locations took part in the campaign.

Investing in the Human Spirit

Robert R:

I have volunteered for the Nashville Public Library for something like fifteen years because the library needed me. My friends in retirement volunteered at the old building when new books needed wrapping with Mylar, in the technical services department. We were called the "Mylar Boys." It was like a club.

In Rough Economy, Federal Employee Helps Others Find Jobs

I have been working for the Federal Government for over 33 years, most of the time in human resources (training, career planning, employee development, HR). I have written three courses on career planning and have conducted numerous workshops on career planning to thousands of individuals at Federal and local government agencies, professional associations, conferences, and non-profit organization. I have also been a career counselor in interagency job centers during Federal RIFs.

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