There are many words I would prefer my children not use (even though they’ve heard a few of them at home!). However, there are three words I hope I never hear them say about their college years - "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda!"
According to recent numbers, there are about 55 million students enrolled in K-12 public and private schools across the U.S. With only about 131,000 schools and 3.5 million teachers, it’s easy to see why educational resources are stretched so thin. While parents have always filled a few gaps for teachers and administrations, it seems today, parent volunteerism is becoming a necessity.
If you've ever been a volunteer, you may know how easy it is to become truly involved with the organization you are supporting to the point of becoming an integral part of the team. Helen Yarmoska, aged 54 and retired, has been dubbed “assistant farmer” by some of the guests and fellow Farm for All volunteers at Loaves and Fishes Minnesota, a nonprofit meal program serving hot meals to those in need throughout seven counties in the state. Helen is one of the many essential recruits who help keep the farm/garden sites going.
Out in Eagan, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, resides a free meal program serving those in need in an atmosphere of hospitality. It's just one of 28 dining sites (36 in the summer, supporting out-of-school children) run by Loaves and Fishes, a non profit providing nutritious meals to people who are hungry across the state.
College will involve a lot of changes for you and your parents: new schedules, financial issues, taking care of your health, no curfews, etc. Believe it or not, your parents have experienced a few of these things and actually do have some amazing college advice. Have a conversation with them before you head to school!
Baby Boomers are considered the second largest generation in the American population, accounting for almost 77 million people born between 1946 and 1964, according to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau. Spanning a wide variety of ages, Baby Boomers have reached levels of education and experience that could prove to be a huge benefit to a number of fields. Imagine the resources they could provide to any number of people if they decided to gift their time and energy while sharing their wealth of knowledge.
Whether you live on the East or West coast or somewhere in between, Mother Nature can hit hard during seasonal shifts. While severe weather is often expected during the spring and coming summer seasons, it’s important to be aware of the risks in your area. It’s also important to raise disaster awareness. While you may not personally be affected when these storms or droughts hit, others in your community may not be so fortunate. How can you help when a crisis occurs?
The Forest Park Conservancy is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the unparalleled urban forest nestled at the footsteps of the bustling city of Portland. One of the largest urban parks in the U.S., its 80-miles of hiking trails are set within an incredible 5,200 acres of land. Recently, the nonprofit received a $6500 NobleCause grant to foster volunteerism. FPC plans to use the funds to make big changes at the community level, engaging staff, volunteers, and visitors, to help protect the critical ecosystem of the Park.
Over one billion people in 192 countries are expected to participate in the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year, you can continue to help change the world by starting in your own neighborhood! Here are 9 simple ways you can take action with your friends, family, and neighbors on Earth Day or any day of the year to help protect our environment for future generations.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Empowerment serves all ages and abilities and promotes four Foundational Pillars of Positivity: Accept – Enrich – Inspire – Empower. NobleHour is proud to support their mission. Learn more about how the Autism Serves Kids Care Club is fostering volunteerism with our $6500 NobleCause grant.
It’s been a long couple of months. The political climate, along with the winter season, has caused basic kindness to go into hibernation. It is in short supply. However, that’s all about to change when millions of people worldwide will participate in this week’s 17th annual Random Acts of Kindness Week.
World Cancer Day is February 4. While many organizations are advocating for more research funding, better access to new treatments, and better early screenings, today I'm advocating for those you know with cancer. Whether it’s your mom or dad, a sibling, grandparent, spouse, child, or close friend, here are a few simple things you can do for them today or any day - simple tasks that will make them smile and maybe, just for a few minutes, forget about cancer.
Over a 100 million people are expected to watch Super Bowl 51. It’s an economic win for the NFL, the host city, advertisers, restaurants, bars, snack and beverage distributors, etc., etc. So, if everyone else is benefitting from the big event, why can’t we enjoy it too by using it to spark a movement to help others? If you’re planning a Super Bowl party, why not encourage your guests to bring a couple of cans or boxes of non perishables to donate to your local food bank? Or ask them to bring gently used clothing, coats, hats, and gloves to donate to your local shelter. Just imagine what we could achieve if every one of the over 100 million viewers donated $10 to their local food bank or donated a can of food at their Super Bowl party!
Nearly 30% of the 50,000 people residing in Niagara Falls, NY, live below the national poverty line. Over 60% of Niagara Falls residents are considered overweight or obese, and over 10% struggle with diabetes. Health conditions continue to decline, and yet residents have minimal access to healthy, affordable food options. The Niagara Falls area is a community in crisis. In response to these alarming statistics and in an effort to address their community’s needs, Niagara University has created “Community Kitchen,” a program designed to give Niagara Falls residents access to delicious, nutritious food.
More than 35 million adults in the United States cannot read or write beyond a third grade level. Worldwide, that number rises to nearly 775 million illiterate adults and 123 million illiterate children and teens - about 15% of the total population. Illiteracy is often considered a problem of the past, but the reality is that it is still a roadblock for millions of people here in the U.S. and across the world. Seeds of Literacy in Ohio, is working to change those numbers by helping adult learners gain the literacy skills needed to thrive in life.