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A 9/11 In Memoriam to Two of our ‘Angels,’ Lynn and David Angell

The recent devastating hurricanes have generated many stories of strangers coming together to aid those jeopardized by these ferocious weather systems. Although the recovery effort may be organized by relief organizations, it is nevertheless also dependent on the goodwill of…

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The Power of Volunteerism and How One Volunteer Led to a $5 Million Grant

This week is National Volunteer Week. At last count Hillsides had approximately 350 volunteers. Some of them provide a number of one-on-one services for our residents and community-based clients such as tutoring while others serve by sponsoring and participating in…

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Why We Should Let the Children Lead

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday led me to revisit the eulogy he gave on September 18, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama at the funeral of the children who died in the bombing of the…

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Why this friendship is as deep as family

Friendship as deep as family is how Cindy Roberts, a mentor volunteer at Youth Moving On (YMO), described her seven-year relationship with Jammie Peterson on NBC 4’s television series, “Life Connected,” featuring individuals who pay it forward. Cindy’s effect  on Jammie has…

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Foster care and education

While watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday I was reminded of how challenging it is to move beyond worthy aspirations and truly effect change. In the world of partisan gridlock I can’t help but wonder what if…

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