Blog Archive

Blog Archive

How a Hindu Friend Fixed This Christian's Christmas

On the surface, we blame the weather, the calendar, the economy and the blur of busy lives, for dimming the perennially joyful rituals of this season. But in truth, I wonder if it’s hope – not snow – that we’re feeling in deficit proportions.

A Family Tradition to Help People with Multiple Sclerosis `Live Their Best Lives’

When Eric Engelman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 23, he vowed not to let it slow him down. Twelve years later, Eric has a 7-year-old daughter and a business. Inspired by Eric and guided by a commitment to volunteer service, his entire family has made it a tradition to support the Southern California and Nevada Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Share Your Kid’s Holiday Volunteer Story for a Chance to Win $1,000

Has your kid volunteered during this holiday season? Maybe through school or with your family? It’s not too late to participate in the generationOn Joy Maker Challenge, which ends Dec. 23.

Creating a Community of Amputee Blade Runners

When Ryan Fann was just 3, he lost his left leg after being hit by a truck while riding his Big Wheel tricycle. The accident didn’t stop this determined little boy, but it wasn’t until an interested coach and an anonymous benefactor outfitted him with a proper prosthesis designed for runners that Fann truly took off. The experience would lead him to co-found the nonprofit Amputee Blade Runners, which offers the same kind of help to other aspiring athletes.

Here's How You Can Fight Hunger

Hunger affects people in urban centers, suburbs, rural areas – and communities like yours. Putting your skills and passions to work, you can help.

She Uses Her Big Business Skills to Help Small Business Owners a World Away

After receiving her master’s degree in international affairs, Annie Eissler got a job at a nonprofit devoted to promoting Africa’s development in education and work skills. Many years later, she would find herself back, virtually, in Africa, doing similar work as a volunteer. But it would take a much-needed career detour and a life-threatening illness to bring her full circle.

7 Ways to Spread Joy This Holiday Season

It’s easy to spread holiday cheer. Donating to support your favorite causes is a great option, and there are many other ways to bring joy to neighbors in need. Here are seven things you can do to help make the holidays bright.

Using Their Expertise, GE Volunteers Work to Clean Singapore’s Waterways

Singapore’s rivers and canals contend with litter and illegal disposal of waste, despite measures to curb both. Meanwhile, the invasive pink snail and rapidly multiplying algae destroys the aquatic plants that sustain fish and other underwater life. On Dec. 4, during one of a host of volunteer projects happening across the globe as part of the GE Global Month of Service, GE volunteers came together in Singapore to clean area waterways.

Calling on a Global Community of Inventors to Create Low-Cost Prosthetic Hands

A few years ago when Ivan Owen found himself building marionettes, he posted a video of his latest project, a giant mechanical hand with semi-articulated fingers. That post would spark a movement that became known as e-Nable, a global community of inventors dedicated to sharing their efforts to help make affordable prosthetics.

Here’s How Your Kids Can Spread Joy This Holiday Season

Your kids can help brighten the holidays for others through the generationOn Joy Maker Challenge, which engages youth in volunteer service. During the challenge – which runs through Dec. 23 – Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots for every child or teen who signs up and volunteers, up to $1 million worth.

On World AIDS Day, Redefining Positive

The mother of an HIV-positive son, whom she had adopted from South Africa, Jodie Howerton was dismayed over the lack of current information about HIV and AIDS in her children’s public school. The available educational materials, including an old video, fell short. “The video had been produced in the 1980s, was very fear based and had a lot of incorrect medical information,” recalls the mother of three. “I was very, very concerned about that.”