The Power of Showing Up

Long before having kids, I dreamed of taking them on a humanitarian trip.  I have always loved the idea of combining service with travel–two of my favorite things.  This last January, that dream came true.  After months of thinking and planning, I found myself with my husband (who would rather enjoy the comforts of home), …

Women in Action: Hayley Smith – Lifting Hands International

In each of our lives there are seasons of plenty and seasons of paucity. For Hayley Smith, a lengthy season of illness and pain led her to knowledge and experiences that prepared her for an abundant life of service. Through her organization, Lifting Hands International, launched in February 2016, Hayley extends aid to individuals and …

Days for Girls: Opportunities for Service at Many Levels

Four years ago, Rachael Haberman looked at her mother on the way home from a puberty class and asked a question. “Mom, what do women and girls do if they can’t afford to buy these things (pads)?”   “I didn’t have an answer,” her mother, April Haberman said, continuing, “and honestly, I had never thought …

Megan Fights Childhood Cancer for Her Kid and Everyone Else’s

Megan Gibson lobbied in Washington for childhood cancer funding, raised over $1,000 making and selling goodies for a young cancer victim, and rallied people to donate blood. She also quietly took out the garbage for a busy neighbor. Those things are commendable on their own, but she did them while her own son, JP, battled …

Education: The Flight that Feathers the Nest

As I pondered the power of education to enrich our lives and homes, I remembered a book, “The Flight and the Nest,” by Carol Lynn Pearson. She begins with “On Nest Building,” comparing the ease and utility of a nest built from local materials–mud and sticks and feathers–with one built from gathering ingredients from “sunsets, …

Youth in Action: Jessica’s Pillowcases

In 2015, eleven-year-old Jessica Payne’s world was turned upside down by an emergency trip to the hospital resulting in a week-long stay and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. While there, her nurse told her that she likes to give the patients pillowcases, but they were not receiving enough donations and had run out. This planted …

Sharon Evans: Sharing Her Home and Heart 

Sharon knows how to share. She shared her modest college home with a refugee family from Cambodia. She shared her home in Montana with children from a hospital for mentally handicapped. She has shared homes with foster siblings and foster children and exchange students. She currently shares her home with her husband and her 85-year-old …

Clarisse Mefotso Fall, African Hope Committee

While standing in line at CSW61, we met Clarisse Mefotso Fall and her group from African Hope Committee. This incredible organization seeks to help mainly immigrant women coming from Africa to assimilate into the US. Originally from Cameroon, Clarisse came to New York to study Health Education. She spent 5 years working as a health educator before …