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Volunteer Spirit Alive and Well Among Older Adults
In a recent study by AARP, a nonprofit organization that helps people aged 50 and above improve the quality of their lives, the spirit of volunteering is alive and well among older...more

Difference between First and Second Grade Attention Problems More Profound
A new study from Duke University, which appears in the Journal of Attention Disorders issue, finds the age at which attention problems arise makes a critical difference in a child's later academic...more

Wells Fargo Imparts $3.8 Million for Triangle Philanthropy Efforts
Wells Fargo & Co., provider of banking and investment, contributed $3.8 million in the Triangle East region in 2012. The donation is part of the $15.6 million in North Carolina philanthropy for...more

What Helps Lead to Associations of Civil Society?
The importance of considering the right balance of the relations between church and state has often been ignored by politicians. Matthew Kaemingk, a doctoral student at Fuller Theological...more

Pellissippi State College Student Creates Special Scholarship for Homeless Students
Pellissippi State Community College student, Stephanie Davis, 28, has created a special scholarship targeting homeless students. Her inspiration for creating the scholarship came from writing an...more

Gardendale City Council Forms New Economic Development Committee
The Gardendale City Council has recently announced the constitution of the a new Economic Development Committee. The City Council formed a three-member Economic Development Committee. In addition...more

State and Local Charities Push Congress to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs in the Farm Bill
More than a thousand state and local hunger-relief charities lobby Congress with a letter to strengthen and protect hunger-relief programs in the farm bill negotiations. The letter of appeal urges...more

Rags2Riches: Seeing Opportunity in Scraps of Clothing
Rags2Riches, a social enterprise based in Payatas, Philippines, secured help from poor women artisans who use foot rags out of scraps of cloth. Rags2Riches founders saw natural talent and...more

AmeriCorps/VISTA Volunteers to Benefit National Guard Bureaus across US
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Guard Bureau approves to bring AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers to support wellness programs for the 53 National Guard bureaus...more

The Young Man Who Turned $25 into More than 200 Schools Worldwide Releases New Book
Adam Braun, founder of, releases his book aptly titled, "Pencils of Promise". The Promise of a Pencil documents Braun's journey with each chapter. The book explains...more

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