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750 Miles, 5 Months, 1 Long Walk for Diabetes Prevention

Growing up, I was the fat kid who couldn't run a mile to save her life. Now, I'm walking 750 miles to do just that, and I'm working to inspire others in the process.

For five months starting in January, I will walk 750 miles through California to raise diabetes awareness and prevention in middle school students. Along the route, our team will conduct free workshops in middle schools to promote healthy habits and to inspire the students by our example.

Volunteer Cracks Exterior and Lets Light In

I have now been working with the homeless population in Austin, Texas for one year. Before I started this job, someone told me, “You can never change a person. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped.” I understand these statements may be true. I also understand this person meant, “There’s no point in trying; let everyone take care of themselves.”

National Blood Drive Honors Legacy of Cesar Chavez

Upon President Obama's inauguration, I decided to answer his call to service. I launched the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge, an annual event held on Mr. Chavez's birthday, March 31.

In 2009, 42 universities participated. We expect more than 120 universities to participate in 2010, and we hope to reach more than 10,000 new donors!

The National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge supports the following objectives:

Chore Service Performs Household Repairs for Senior and Disabled

Every working day throughout the year in Bergen County, New Jersey, Chore Service performs minor household repairs that help elderly and disabled persons remain safe in their own homes. Repairs are done by volunteer handymen and handywomen, many of whom are retirees themselves, who range in age from 50 to 93 years.

Art Exhibit Shares the View of Domestic Violence Survivors

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Art Education at Ohio State University who specializes in Arts Policy and Administration. The focus of my study is in community development. I am very interested in how art can play a unique role in society as a means to promote social justice and social health.

10,000 Employees Help Launch "Make a Delicious Difference Week"

Having worked proudly for Kraft Foods for 13 years, I have developed a sincere interest in what Americans are serving on their dinner tables. Unfortunately, many families are not able to put enough food on the table due to economic hardship. For many, the basic necessities of shelter and heat take precedence over food. Approximately 36 million men, women and children in America — or about one in eight — do not get enough food. And the food they have access to, is often nutritionally inadequate, which leads to diet-related diseases.

Heart Pillow Benefits Breast Cancer Patients

As director of the Volunteer Service and Guest Relations at Sibley Memorial Hospital, I am very proud that our volunteers have contributed more than 32,000 hours of service to the community.

We are celebrating our 50th year of service. Sibley began its Service Corps in 1959 and continues to grow with 300 volunteers, including many summer interns.

Lemonade Stand Fights Pediatric Cancer

I have started a community project called, The Lemon Lounge, which aims to help end childhood cancer through Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At 4-years-old, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

Elks National Foundation Volunteers Get Girls in the Game

Inspired by the spirit of the 9/11 National Day of Remembrance and Service, Girls in the Game and the Elks National Foundation hosted a special three-hour Game Day event on September 11, 2009, for 60 girls at St. Gabriel Elementary on Chicago’s southwest side.

Foundation Provides 'Breathing Room' for Familes Living with Cancer

I live in Pennsylvania. My story is about the importance of providing real “hands-on” help to cancer patients and their families.

Unfortunately, I know cancer all too well. It has robbed me of my father, aunt, grandmother, and grandfather. Because of that, I know how important a helping hand can be for cancer patients and their families.

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