Guest post by Sarah Jae Blake, author of Sketches I’ve never known what it was like to be poor, or to not be able to afford food. That was before I met my friend Ellie. Her family had an extremely low income, and they could barely afford food or basic luxuries that we all take […]

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I just read a sad story about a mother forced by poverty to choose which one of her 6 kids to send to school. The mother fled from Iraq with her children to Syria after her husband got killed in Iraq. Syria gives citizenship to Iraqi families who enroll at least one of their children […]

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Garret Mathews recently wrote a column about the bitter reality of poverty: You’re taking a bunch of fifth-graders home from the pet store and the mall. They live on the poor side of town and don’t have many opportunities to go places. In some cases, their caregivers don’t even have cars. You get a good […]

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My Best Dinner Companion

22 August 2006

by Jennifer Shukla Several years ago, I was living in New York City for a summer as part of a college internship. I had a roommate there, but we kept very different schedules so I almost never saw her. Every morning on my way to work, I would pass a homeless woman who slept under […]

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by Scott Hughes I had a friend recently ask me why I called myself an atheist. She said, “you seem to have such a big heart.” Apparently, she thought that there was something oxymoronic about a benevolent atheist. (In her defense, it turned out she thought I was a Satan worshiper, not an atheist. ) […]

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Why Be A Volunteer?

5 August 2006

by Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem M.Ed Why Be A Volunteer? What is in it for me, to volunteer my time and energy? Volunteering allows me to be part of a group of respected, well meaning people who serve others. In my volunteer work, I find like minded people who share my vision to be part of […]

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