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Hospitals Use Baby Cuddlers To Soothe Stressed Out Newborns

Hospitals Use Baby Cuddlers To Soothe Stressed Out Newborns

Great work for seniors, empty-nesters and college students

Studies have shown that pain, stress and isolation hamper early brain development, which is why some hospitals have started volunteer cuddling programs. Read More »

It's Easy to Volunteer on 20th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It's Easy to Volunteer on 20th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A day on, not a day off

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a 'day of service' 20 years ago. Read More »

Behind the Scenes of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Behind the Scenes of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

An inside look at how the Parade springs to life

Marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For some it's their holiday tradition. Read More »

For Volunteers, Giving Isn't Thankless

For Volunteers, Giving Isn't Thankless

A little volunteer labor can make a huge difference

The word "community" is really at the heart of volunteering and there are many ways to give back, even if you think you can't spare the time. Read More »

Smart Reasons To Work For Free

Smart Reasons To Work For Free

Whole regions are organized to reduce their energy consumption and improve their environment. Whole communities are engaged in healthy behaviors. Older adults live at home rather than in institutions because they have the help they need. Young children enter school ready to learn. Every immigrant is able to... Read More »

Top 10 Jobs That Give Back Year-Round

Top 10 Jobs That Give Back Year-Round

After the pie, the stolen moments of football-watching, and the one-hour food coma, many Americans on Thursday will feel truly thankful. Some may even feel an urge, located somewhere between their turkey-bloated stomach and cider-smacking lips, to give back. Twenty-seven percent of Americans volunteer at... Read More »

3 Reasons Volunteer Work Is Great For Job Seekers

3 Reasons Volunteer Work Is Great For Job Seekers

By Anthony Cintron The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that approximately 62.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between 2009 and 2010. Even though not all of these volunteers were seeking full-time employment -- with 15 million unemployed, the professional value of... Read More »

Bikini Car Wash Gets Cop Fired, Others Fired Up

Bikini Car Wash Gets Cop Fired, Others Fired Up

A South Carolina police officer from Monck's Corner thought he was helping out a good cause by taking his cruiser down to be washed at a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital in Georgia, sponsored by the Rockstar Tattoo Studio. But when his superiors were tipped off that the cruiser had been photographed draped... Read More »

Change the World: Become an Active Citizen

Change the World: Become an Active Citizen

OK -- so 'Change the World' is really a love song. But, you could consider taking those three words literally. While many business leaders and CEOs are accused of placing too much attention on the bottom line and not enough on their people, one leader put other people first way before it was ever trendy. Now... Read More »

Why Volunteer? 4 Reasons Why Volunteering Can be Beneficial to Your Job Search

Why Volunteer? 4 Reasons Why Volunteering Can be Beneficial to Your Job Search

What's the image that comes to mind when you think of volunteering? Digging wells in a foreign country? Feeding starving children? Assisting the elderly at a local hospital? Certainly these are some of the most commonly thought of reasons for volunteering. However, landing a sweet volunteer position within... Read More »

Alternative Spring Break Trips

Alternative Spring Break Trips

As a generation that is used to seeing war and natural disasters hit the TV screen every day, it is no wonder that the idea of going on more socially responsible spring breaks is a growing trend among college students. Called the alternative spring break, it's when students decide to volunteer to give back... Read More »

How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

How Volunteering Landed Me a Job

This is what Troy Tillis got out of working as a Peace Corps volunteer: a great job and a graduate degree. Tillis is a planning and performance analyst with the federal General Services Administration. He helps manage and analyze the long-term direction of a major federal agency. And he credits both the work... Read More »

The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

The Peace Corps Led to a Great Job

Can serving the world lead to a great job? Yes it can! In my last post, I talked about how volunteer work with federal organizations such as the Peace Corps or VISTA can help you gain job skills and contacts that will land you a job afterward, even in this tough economy. Todd Valdini provides a good... Read More »

A Lesson from Haiti - Volunteering (And it Can Lead to a Job!)

A Lesson from Haiti - Volunteering (And it Can Lead to a Job!)

As I watch the coverage of the rescue and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, it brings a lot of thoughts and emotions. Several years ago, when I was working in Miami and the military junta in Haiti was about to hand the government back to the elected president, I got sent there for a couple of weeks to help in our... Read More »

Why Don't the Unemployed Volunteer?

Why Don't the Unemployed Volunteer?

According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployed people don't like to volunteer. Well, that may be jumping to conclusions-but the statistical fact is that the volunteer rate barely budged in 2009 despite numerous among us being unemployed. In fact, the report states that "during the... Read More »

My Layoff Landed Me in Africa

My Layoff Landed Me in Africa

Rob Chilton, 34, suffered a fate that's the stuff of unemployment nightmares. He was laid off not once but twice from his job as a celebrity magazine editor. While he was reinstated two weeks after the first blow in January 2009, he was let go again in April. "It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the... Read More »

Jobs That Serve the Community

On April 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act to increase volunteer and community service opportunities for every American. Young Americans, according to some in the service field, are especially poised to accept this responsibility. "Generation Y's dedication to service is the... Read More »

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