Knowing how to help a homeless person can sometimes feel difficult, confusing and overwhelming. The dollar you give might be used to buy drugs or alcohol. Even offering food can be a problem – imagine handing an apple to a homeless man and then discovering he has no teeth. Just as there are many reasons … Continue reading THE MANY FACES OF HOMELESSNESS: HOW YOU CAN HELP
Hunger: it’s a daunting problem the world over. Even though I was eager to research and write on this topic, when I started to dig into it, I got more and more overwhelmed with how broad and profound the issue is. The stark facts saddened and discouraged me. In the United States, almost half of … Continue reading Hunger and Food Justice: Community Building for Food Equality
We reached a major milestone in the history of JustGive last week when we processed the one-millionth donation on our website. Who was behind this auspicious donation? His name is Al Danish, and he hails from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Al made his donation to PathWays PA, a nonprofit dedicated to helping to keep low-income, vulnerable … Continue reading One Million Donations and Counting!
As a woman, it’s hard to grow up without exposure to sexual violence of some kind. While I was lucky to get out of my early childhood unscathed, I experienced sexual harassment from several peers beginning in middle school, and was involved in a verbally abusive relationship in high school, which led to choosing a … Continue reading Talk early, talk often: Teach your children to avoid sexual assault
Nearly fourteen years ago, I was sitting in my senior classroom when the principle came over the loudspeaker and told every teacher to turn on the TV. A mass shooting was in progress at a high school in Colorado. My classmates and I watched the news coverage in horror, most of us in tears. This … Continue reading Youth Violence: School Shootings and Beyond
I’ve been having great difficulty dealing with the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My kids are often in Sandy Hook for sports and other activities, and I have spent many weekends on the sidelines of the soccer fields directly behind the school. Newtown is almost identical to my town of Weston, … Continue reading This local tragedy stirs deep emotion
Every night after my daughter and I climb into bed, she picks three books for me to read to her. In the morning, the first thing she does after she opens her eyes is reach for a book to “read” out loud. Children have a natural curiosity for reading that amazes me. My daughter has … Continue reading Encouraging your child to read
image source I have a picky toddler at home, and meal time is great fun. Anything she doesn't like (which is most everything) ends up on floor, and I don't have a dog—which means I'm on my hands and knees every night, picking up bits of carrot and chicken and attempting to de-stickify my floor. … Continue reading Fit for their future: making sense of childhood obesity
School is almost out, kids can’t wait to enjoy their summer vacation, and it’s time for parents to figure out how to keep them entertained! It is great to encourage our children to be outdoors and active all year ‘round, but during the summer months especially when the sun is shining and the days are … Continue reading Summer of Fun, Sun, & Giving Back!