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June 16, 2011
WWLTV, June 4, 2011- At the corner of North Roman and Spain Streets, Lucien Peters joined a group of volunteers to try and clean up an abandoned and overgrown lot. Read more...
June 15, 2011
NonProfit Times, June 6, 2011- A contingent from New Orleans, including a caravan of refrigerated trucks, trailers, cooking equipment, tents, generators, busses and a 24-foot music stage, left from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans today and headed toward tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. The goal is to feed more than 1,000 people fresh Louisiana seafood on June 7. They will return to New Orleans on June 8. Read more...
June 15, 2011
The Times Picayune, June 6, 2011- Against the backdrop of a national convention on volunteerism, a New Orleans convoy packed with the ingredients for a South Louisiana food and music festival pushed off Monday for shattered Joplin, Mo., where thousands of beleaguered homeowners are awakening to the full import of rebuilding after the worst tornado in modern American history carved a broad scar across the face of their city. Read more...
June 15, 2011
WWNO (NPR), June 6, 2011 - The White House is sending Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Joshua DuBois, executive director of the administration's Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It's convened by the Points of Light Institute formed more than 20 years ago by former President George H.W. Bush. Institute Chief Executive Officer Michelle Nunn says New Orleans has a lot to offer the organization. Read more...
June 15, 2011
The Times Picayune, June 6, 2011- More than 4,000 clergy and volunteers from other non-profits from the Gulf Coast are in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center today to browse the federal programs they and other groups can use to support their neighborhood work. Read more...
June 15, 2011
Lt. Governor’s Office, June 6, 2011- Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is announcing that Volunteer Louisiana is granting $1.98 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service to four Louisiana organizations. The grants will support 221 AmeriCorps members who will meet vital needs throughout the state. The selected organizations are City Year Louisiana, Presbytery of South Louisiana, St. Bernard Project and Teach for America. These organizations were selected in a highly competitive national process.
June 15, 2011
WWLTV.com, June 6, 2011- People in New Orleans are reaching out to tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri, in the best way they know how: through food. Read more...
June 15, 2011
Q93.com, June 6, 2011- As many as 25 parks and recreation centers in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina will be revitalized with the help of volunteers who are in town attending the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS). Read more...
June 15, 2011
The Associated Press, June 7, 2011 — A caravan of trucks carrying seafood and other Louisiana food favorites is heading to Missouri to feed the tornado victims of Joplin, Mo. Read more...
June 14, 2011
The Washington Post – On Parenting, June 8, 2011- Blame the weak economy for a cramped house this summer. Parents of older children may be facing a few aggravating months of sharing their homes with bored teens and frustrated college graduates. Read more...
December 7, 2010

*Reposted with permission of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, http://philanthropy.com*

By Jennifer C. Berkshire

When Heather Jack went looking for a charity where she and her then 5-year-old daughter might volunteer together, she didn’t find many takers. While plenty of nonprofit organizations were eager for Ms. Jack’s help, few showed any interest in accommodating a very young volunteer.

December 7, 2010

*Reposted with permission of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, http://philanthropy.com*

GenerationOn, a global program to spur volunteering, began in October with a $5-million pledge from the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

By Jennifer C. Berkshire

A new charity seeks to help children, even preschoolers, make their mark on the world through volunteering.

October 29, 2010
As we approach the election, a barrage of political advertisements and commentary showcase the current and future electoral leaders of our nation. Unfortunately, the reaction from the majority of the public seems to be one of profound disappointment and a collective shudder. Politics increasingly feels like a game, but one that is played outside the bounds of civility and with only short-term winners. And it feels like a game in which the real victory -- building a stronger nation -- has been lost.
October 29, 2010
This past Saturday hundreds of young people joined together to launch generationOn, a global youth service movement that encourages all kids to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through service. Powered by Points of Light Institute and supported by Hasbro, we officially kicked off this global movement in the heart of Washington, D.C., on Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of volunteer service.
October 1, 2010
Newark’s problems will take a lot of money to fix, but according to Mayor Cory Booker, the real path to change won’t cost a dime.

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