Sep 17
Posted by cmurphy to community

Today's guest post is written by Samantha Gray who was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is now a writer for and she loves receiving feedback from her readers at [email protected].

At my high school, we were required to complete 10 hours of community service in order to receive an honors diploma. I fulfilled my hours by feeding the destitute in a local soup kitchen, cleaning and planting in the fresh air as part a park beautification project, and finally (and more prosaically) stuffing envelopes for a human rights group. It was an interesting and eye-opening experience. I felt both a rush of empowerment and an enhanced appreciation for the tremendous difficulties and beautiful possibilities out there in the world beyond my teenage bubble.

Jul 12
Posted by cmurphy to community, Environment, volunteerism, Youth

Neil NicollToday's guest post is written by Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA, the national resource of the Y – a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Apr 25
This post comes from Lori Jean Mantooth and Patricia Thompson of