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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 […]

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The Pearl of Africa: One Week CEB Volunteer Fellowship in Uganda

There is a degree of mysticism that envelopes you when setting foot in a completely foreign land for the first time. It is a state of mind that is difficult to quantify, but is a mixture of excitement, adventure, and trepidation. As I was walking out of Kampala International Airport, I was greeted with a swarm of taxi drivers who were aggressively pursuing me as their next fare. Of course, my prea

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Call of the Wild: My Week of Service in Washington’s North Cascades

The North Cascades have a mythical appeal. In 1935, the town of Concrete frantically rioted during the Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” hoax significantly more than any other place in the country. This was partly due to a power outage coinciding with the radio hoax, but many believed this was also because of the townspeople’s isolation. When you step foot in the serene town of Concrete, yo

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How Do You Measure a Year?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. That's what we get every year—time to make the most of, time to waste, or time to make the world just a little bit better. As 2016 comes to a close, I, like many, am spending time reflecting. The Global Corporate Citizenship team had quite a year in 2016, and as we plan for 2017, a look back through our blogs pointed to some highlights. <

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Finding Inspiration: The Spirit of Generosity at Children's National Hospital

After having the privilege of volunteering at Children’s National Hospital for a week last month, I realized that the kindness and generosity of others stretches far beyond the holiday season. Read More

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A Day to Remember

Sunday, 6 November dawned bright and sunny. The 8th Annual Breathe Deep DC walk to end lung cancer was already off to a good start.  When we ran the event together and had a million details to worry about, Jerry and I used to have a deal that I’d take care of the weather on Breathe Deep day.  While he wasn’t there to see it this year, I feel like I held up my end of the bargain.

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Creating Bright Futures in Morelia, Mexico

My colleague Shaun and I arrived at Hogar Irekani, home to 25 children aged 1–22, eager to help in any way and unsure what to expect. We were greeted with hugs and immediately felt at home. Unlike most orphanages in Mexico, Hogar Irekani provides a loving and caring environment for teens over the age of 12 and their younger siblings. This enables the teens to pursue secondary school or continue

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