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Tay-Bandz Combats Pediatric Cancer

Taylor Matthews founded tay-bandz, inc. at age 11, when she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. The shock of the diagnosis soon gave way to the horrible reality that the treatments for her disease were modestly successful, at best, and that precious little funding for pediatric cancers or philanthropy was available. Taylor was horrified that thousands of children were suffering from a terrible disease; yet, their cries for help were being ignored.

Saving Marriages Strained By the Recession

Jobs have been lost and homes have been lost, but if Dr. Alan Singer can help it marriages will not be lost to this recession.

Singer is a family therapist in central New Jersey, and he's volunteering his services on the weekends for couples hard-hit by the recession. These are the couples most in need of help, but who often can't afford professional counseling.

 Healing the Community One Person at a Time

Houston Shifa Services Foundation (www.HSSF.org) and its healthcare facility, Shifa Clinic, are a nonprofit organization founded by local physicians whose mission is to provide a community-oriented alternative for people who cannot afford medical treatment. HSSF operates four community clinics in the Houston Metro Area. Our clinic’s mission statement is: Healing the community one person at a time.®

Our clinic serves people of any race, religion, or national background. Shifa focuses on preventive, as well as family, general, and pediatric care.

UN Foundation and Nothing But Nets Join White House Initiative to Encourage Public Service

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S.

Michigan High-School Student Serves Locally and Abroad

Pratyusha Yalamanchi of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has a passion for making a difference locally and globally. It is evident in all that she does.

Cheerleaders Bring Cheer to Nursing Home Residents

I attend Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, where I am a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. This year I helped organize my team to participate in a community service project to remember September 11. Because I volunteer at Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care, my volunteer coordinator, Jen Jackson suggested my team decorate flower pots to give to nursing home residents at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Leesburg, Virginia. I talked to my team and coach, and they thought it was a great idea.

HealthCorps®, Family Cook Productions and Urban Assembly School of Music and Art at Flatbush to Hold Their First Annual Teen Iron Chef Invitational Cook Off

Students from 11 New York City schools competed in the first Teen Iron Chef competition of culinary skills and talent organized by HealthCorps®, Family Cook Productions and Urban Assembly School of Music and Art. Guest Judges included: Broadway composer Stepp Stewart; Chef Chris Cheung; School Food Chef William Dougherty, and an array of educators and culinarians. Four teams of four students created four dishes representing four cultures. The teams were judged on a variety of criteria, including: knife skills, food safety, organization, entertainment value, and taste and presentation.

Form in Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In a well-traveled corridor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education wing, President and Mrs. Obama dance at the inaugural ball, frozen in papier-mâché; a horse and rider made of steel wire prepare to charge into battle; an aluminum-foil woman lifts a friend from a pile of shattered dreams, represented by pieces of broken mirror, tiny Monopoly houses, and bits of paper money. The themes are potent and the concepts are strong—especially considering the artists who created them are legally blind.

Muslim Community Comes Together to Start Community Health Center

The University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic is the first full-time community health center in the United States established by Muslims – a true milestone for Muslims of America.

Its mission is to promote the well-being of the underserved by providing access to high-quality health care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Located two blocks away from the flashpoint of the 1992 riots in South Los Angeles, the UMMA Community Clinic stands as the medical home for thousands of uninsured residents that have no other alternative.

Dartmouth YMCA and the Sharing the Harvest Farm Project

The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is a collaboration between the Dartmouth YCMA and the Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts, a program of the United Way. Derek Heim, Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA, signed on as a part of the summer service initiative which President Obama announced in June in an effort to get more volunteers for this effort. In these tough economic times, the demand on local food pantries is greater than ever.

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