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I’m a Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams to Change the World

Today’s post is written by Rachele Tanner. Rachele is the Program Coordinator for Year Up, Bay Area. Rachele’s passion for working with young adults stems from her experience in Tanzania, Africa and her local community work in San Francisco. She plans on working for Year Up fulltime next year in their new Silicon Valley expansion that will open its doors in March, 2013.

Should Community Service be a Graduation Requirement?

Today's guest post is written by Samantha Gray who was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is now a writer for bachelorsdegreeonline.com 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.

Monday Staff Volunteering Recap with Friends of Disabled Adults and Children

On Monday, August 20, our Atlanta Points of Light staff volunteered with Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC).  FODAC collects donations of medical equipment and supplies to repair, clean, and match to people with injuries or disabilities who are having trouble accessing this equipment.

We arrived and went on a tour of the extensive building, where they work on repairing wheelchairs and mobilized scooters, store wheelchair parts and assorted medical supplies in a large warehouse and run an extensive goodwill.  What a great organization giving back to the Atlanta community and worldwide.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

Good morning! I don't know about you, but i've enjoyed watching the Olympics these past couple of weeks and will be sad to see them go. In order to hold onto them a little longer, enjoy some more Olympic themed volunteer news from the week below:

Addressing Medical Needs in Rural Ghana with Blue-Med Africa

Today's guest post is written by Laura, a second year pre-med student from the UK. During the summer of 2012 she chose to volunteer with Blue-Med Africa in Ghana, and volunteered on several medical projects while out there. She writes for Degree Jungle, a resource for college students. Across the world, billions of people suffer from health inequalities that lead to untimely and unreasonable deaths. In the developing world health care is not accessible for many, and the basic living standards needed in order to fight off diseases can also not be achieved. During the summer of 2012 I chose to broaden my view of health care across the world by spending a month in Ghana.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up!

We made it to Friday! We hope you have a great start to the weekend.  Have you been following along with our CEO Michelle Nunn's trip across country? Read her latest blog post about her visit in Columbus and Cincinnati. We will continue to post more stories from the trip on the blog. 

This past Wednesday was Nelson Mandela's birthday- read CNN's article below on how people are inspired by him still. Please comment below to share what Nelson Mandela means to you.

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Sunny dayWe hope you all had some holiday relaxation last week for the 4th of July. We've been in stormy weather all week in Atlanta. Hope you all have a sunny, beautiful weekend for volunteering! Happy Friday the 13th! Here are the news from the past couple of days:  

How To Apply Your Volunteer Work to Your Career

MaggieToday's guest post is written by Maggie O'Neill, a jill-of-all-trades combining a career in editing with other interests in hiking, running, and raising two kids. In her spare time, she volunteers to do her church newsletter as well as does spontaneous litter pick-up in her neighborhood with her kids.