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Serve your country

Most of us have heard of this famous quote recited by President John F. Kennedy during his 1961 inaugural address: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. " On March 31, 2009 by a vote of 275-149 Congress passed the Serve Ameri...

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The Nouveau Poor vs. The Already Poor: Recessionomics and Class

Many of us are feeling the pinch from the current economic climate, or know someone who is. While it has been said that the recession may act as a great leveler, bringing people of different means closer as we all experience the uncertainties of this time. This may be true on some level, but does...

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Tags: Class, Homeless, Housing, Poverty, Recession, Volunteer
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The Volunteer Spirit, Seen Across Cultures

The New York Times had an article about volunteer street cleanup in Pakistan. “The youth of Pakistan wants to change things,” said Shahram Azhar, the lead singer for Laal, a Pakistani rock band, reflecting an attitude that is typical of this rebellious younger generation. “The reason the Taliba...

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Tags: Activism, Asia, Culture, Pakistan, Service, Strategy, Student, Trash, Volunteer
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Trip to Greensburg, Kansas: Part 2

Kelsey O'Boyle is a New Dream Development Intern whose service-learning leanings led her to an unforgettable Spring Break this year. Read Part 1 of her trip. Part 2: Greensburg and Green Technology Our volunteer group explored the small town every day after volunteering, making discoveries abo...

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Tags: Building, Education, Green technology, Kansas, Student, Trip, Volunteer
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Spring Break Service Trip to Greensburg, The Greenest Town in America

Kelsey O'Boyle is a New Dream Development Intern whose service-learning leanings led her to an unforgettable Spring Break this year. Part 1: “Where are you going for spring break?” I was asked this question numerous times a day before classes ended and the George Washington University’s spring ...

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Tags: College, Environment, Green energy, Green technology, Greensburg, Kansas, Rural, Service, Student, Volunteer
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Bartering for Individuals and Businesses: Stimulating the Economy Without Exchanging Money

"The economy's in the tank," says every news source around. Yet life must go on, and life does require some amount of goods and services. How will the world keep turning with less money? In previous posts, we've explored the question of whether or not spending IS the only way to keep the world t...

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Tags: Barter, Business, Economic measure, Gdp, Tips, Trade, Volunteer
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Spreading the Wealth Without Spending a Dime: Computers

The next installment in our series on spreading the wealth without spending a dime is about donating electronics to charities around the world. The National Cristina Foundation distributes certain kinds of computers and business equipment to a list of pre-screened charitable organizations that u...

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Tags: Charity, Computer, Electronics, Giving, Mac, Pc, Volunteer
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A second life for books

One of my holiday gifts to myself was a pile of new books. Normally I try to go to the library or buy used books, but these are titles that weren't available used. Now that most of the pristine editions have been devoured, I've started thinking about the carbon footprint of these new books. The M...

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Tags: Books, Carbon offset, Second-hand, Trade, Volunteer
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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer
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