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How I Read a Poem Like This

When President George H.W. Bush was in office in 1990, and after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, as a young civil rights lawyer living in Chicago reflecting on the need for more light, I wrote a poem. It was a privilege to share this poem last night at the opening plenary session of Service Unites 2018. Many of you have requested a copy of this poem, “How I Read a Poem Like This,” and we are pleased to share it with you, our community of changemakers – points of light in communities around the world, who are helping to ignite a civic culture. Thank you.



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'ICU Grandpa' Shares Comfort, Hugs...

After retiring in 2000, David Deutchman was volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when he noticed a couple of moms who looked like they needed someone to talk to. “I sat down for 30 minutes and they poured their hearts out to me,” David said. “I realized I could fill a gap.”



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With Mentari, Human Trafficking Survivor Helps...
As a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence, Shandra Woworuntu became an advocate to create change. After enduring months of abuse when she arrived in the United States from Indonesia in 2001, Shandra escaped from trafficking and began reaching out to other survivors, providing them with resources and support to find employment and shelter.


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Women of Worth: Recognizing Those Who Make a...

The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program, inspired by the company's legendary tagline, “because you’re worth it,” reflects a belief in every woman’s worth. Each year, L’Oreal Paris and Points of Light honor 10 extraordinary women who are making a difference in the communities they serve. These women selflessly give their time, energy and passion to causes close to their hearts.



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With the unPrison Project, Woman Born in Prison...
Born to a heroin-addicted mother in an Appalachian prison, Deborah Jiang-Stein spent the first year of her life in incarceration, then bounced between foster families until she was adopted. After overcoming the harsh realities of her past – including an addiction of her own – Deborah set out to empower and inspire incarcerated women with the hope and tools they would need to succeed in life after prison.


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Focused on Families and At-Risk Youth,...

Raised by devoted parents of 10 children, Charolette Tidwell’s natural passion for caretaking led her to pursue a long and fulfilling career in nursing. Rather than retiring, Charolette found a new way to keep helping people, and founded a nonprofit to combat her hometown’s hunger crisis.



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8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive...

Do volunteers at your organization represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the community you serve? The answer, for most governments and nonprofit organizations, is “no.” But this can change. Get insights from newly conducted research from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration.



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Cambodian Refugee and Doctor Volunteers...
SreyRam Kuy was barely 2 years old when she was injured during a bombing that took place as her family fled Cambodia during the horrific genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime. Luckily, a volunteer Red Cross surgeon was able to save her life, and SreyRam made it safely to the United States with her family. Inspired by this experience, she pursued a career in medicine and eventually became the first female Cambodian refugee to work as a surgeon in the United States.


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Clif Bar & Company: Sustaining the Environment...

Giving back is built into our DNA at Clif Bar & Company, and our volunteer efforts largely focus on giving back in ways that help the planet. That’s probably not surprising, since we’re a company that relies on a clean and healthy environment to grow the ingredients we use in our food, and on the outdoors as a treasured place for us and our adventure-loving consumers to play.



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First-Generation Graduate Mentors Underserved...
Raised on a farm in an impoverished rural community, Leanne Huebner saw first-hand the impact a college degree had on her own career opportunities. After earning her bachelor's degree, Leanne used her free time to volunteer and plan enrichment days at museums, ballparks, and other sites for underserved foster youth. While these days were fun for the kids involved, Leanne wanted to do more, realizing that access to higher education was the key.


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