The recent riots in Baltimore – sparked by unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man in police custody – brought out the worst and the best in the city’s people. The day after rioters smashed windows, set fire to police vehicles and tore through businesses in the West Baltimore neighborhood, neighbors volunteered to help. That immediate outpouring from volunteers was heartwarming to see, says Kelly Hodge-Williams, executive director of Business Volunteers Maryland, but there’s more volunteers can do in the long term.
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For many kids, Memorial Day is just a day off from school, a taste of summer break. But for some children, it can be a reminder of a loved one lost in the line of duty. That’s where Judy Mathewson comes in. A retired school teacher and member of the Arkansas Air National Guard, Mathewson for two decades has been an integral part of the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Good Grief Camp.
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One of the many wonderful qualities of a child is his ability to see the world's problems as easily fixable. Cancer, to them, could be eradicated if "a really smart scientist makes a medicine to cure it." This naive, genuinely honest, simple approach is what led to a fundraising effort to help children in a local hospital.
When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, thousands of evacuees streamed into nearby Houston. Their arrival added to the city’s influx of refugees who had arrived from troubled nations in Asia and Africa and immigrants from Mexico and Central America. A Texas couple saw that through the tension, there was an opportunity to learn about each other.