Week 20: A Week in West Virginia with the Southern Appalachian Labor School

IMG_0646A rusted out car and two rusted pickup trucks sit like silent sentries on the field in front of Mr. Gray’s house. The house is old and in extensive disrepair – no heat or hot water, a hole in the kitchen floor that opens to the basement, a hole in the wall that opens to the outdoors. I am in Fayette County, West Virginia for a week, as part of a team of volunteers working with SALS (Southern Appalachian Labor School).

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Week 17: Racing for Awareness: Virtual Racing Offers a Flexible Way to Foster Your Charitable Spirit

Is a busy schedule and a hectic life preventing you from participating in charity activities? Finding time to volunteer or support a charity can feel impossible in our fast-paced, over-scheduled day-to-day lives. With that in mind, I went on a quest to find super-flexible avenues for involvement in charities. Options that were adaptable to whenever I had time and wherever I happened to be. Virtual racing met that goal. Read more

Week 16: Healing Through Art: Creating Costumes for “Only Make Believe” in Washington DC

Only Make Believe (OMB) was founded on the idea that freeing a child’s imagination and fostering their creative spirit are important parts of the healing process. The organization brings professional actors into hospitals and other venues to entertain sick and disabled children through specially-created interactive plays that encourage audience participation.

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Week 14: 60 Minutes and Some Cookies Will Save a Life: The NY Blood Center

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Count with me … one… two… Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood for a transfusion. Cancer patients, surgery patients, accident victims, burn victims, sick newborns, mothers who experience complications during birth, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, etc…. It probably took you about 14 seconds to read to this point. 7 people in the U.S. needed a blood transfusion in that time. Read more

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