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The Batti Project Part 2: Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the Rising Sun

Day 4 (7 September 2016) Arnab Mandal: After a two-day wait, we were finally ready to install the solar units. We started early in the morning, securing the solar lights to the top of two SUVs. It was a slow drive as we moved through steep gradients and along narrow, beaten-down roads. The drive took […]

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The Batti Project Part 1: Arunachal Pradesh, the Land of the Rising Sun

Everyone has a reason for volunteering. Our motley crew of four CEBers had a mix of reasons, including helping the community and challenging our personal boundaries. The four of us—Ankita Roy (Gurgaon), Aditi Bhardwaj (Mumbai), Arnab Mandal (Bengaluru), and Rahil Akhtar (Gurgaon)—met as strangers but became friends in no time. What followed was a six-day life-changing experience. Read More

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K-9 Lifesavers: Making a Difference for Friends like Muffin

Ever wonder what goes into running a nonprofit organization? In the DC community alone, hundreds of charitable organizations serve all manner of causes, from helping kids achieve their full potential to making sure everyone has enough to eat. In my job as CEB’s pro bono manager I’ve worked with dozens of leaders working hard to change their communities, and every week I appreciate even more th

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Inspiring LGBTQ+ Youth in New York City

Even after much social progress for LGBTQ+ individuals in recent years, many high school students remain gripped with fear over the prospect of “coming out” as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc., and often struggle to “fit” into their high school environments. As part of CEB’s Volunteer Service Fellowship, I decided to devote my time and expertise at an organization dedicated to b

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Martha's Table Joyful Food Market

I recently joined a group from CEB to help with the Joyful Market, held at the DC Scholars School in Washington, DC. The market encourages healthy eating habits in children by offering a variety of fresh vegetables and other healthy foods. We began the afternoon by unloading the food in the gym and preparing for the kids to arrive and fill their bags. Once the school day ended, each class of ch

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Cycle of Success: Volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Take a deep breath. In and out. That is one respiratory cycle. We experience thousands of those cycles each day, and we almost never think about them. But for the more than 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis, every breath is a precious gift. I learned to appreciate that gift by living CEB’s Spirit of Generosity through my week of volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Separating the Glamour from the Reward

Volunteering is really hard. We can get swept up in the idea of how amazing it is to give back to others who are less fortunate, and sometimes in anticipation, we lose sight of the fact that we are also taking a leap and stepping outside of our comfort zone. This is part of what makes volunteering so amazing, and it really hit home during my time in Cusco, Peru. Read More

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