All Together for Good

By Cheryl Mahoney Lately I’ve had a lot to say about ways to volunteer from home.  And we all know that if you want to cross borders and travel to exciting places to do your volunteering, UniversalGiving is your best destination.  So how about if you want something in between?  You’re happy to go outside, but can’t commit to a trip to Kenya right now–where do you go for that?  Well, UniversalGiving actually does have some national opportunities…and I also want to share with you about one of our latest partner organizations that can help you find the perfect way to do…

United We Serve

By Cheryl Mahoney I try to stay aware of what’s happening in the world of service and volunteering–and to get UniversalGiving involved where we can.  Lately, I’ve felt like I had to run to keep up with President Obama in this area.  Every time I turn around, something new seems to be happening–which is great!  There’s Serve.gov, the Serve America Act, the Social Innovation Fund…and the latest is United We Serve. The President is calling for a “Summer of Service.”  Confronted with so many challenges in this nation, now is the time to come together and go to work in our communities.  As he…

Presidential Address on Service

By Cheryl Mahoney In my efforts to be a conscious citizen, I try to keep up with President Obama’s weekly Saturday morning addresses to the nation.  I thought he had a particularly good message this week, one I’d like to direct a little attention towards.  This is not a political blog and I have no intention of it becoming one, but the president’s message this week about coming together and valuing service is a truly bipartisan one. Beginning with a discussion on the disaster and relief efforts in North and South Dakota and Minnesota, President Obama moves into a broader statement about the value…

Thoughts on Hope and Change

By Cheryl Mahoney Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I don’t know what country you might be in as you read this. Here in America, January 20th, Inauguration Day, has arrived. Political opinions vary, but just about everyone can agree that it’s a historic event–the swearing-in of the first African-American president.  In recognition of that, I thought I’d offer a few words on social change from our soon-to-be 44th president, Barack Obama. “You know, there’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit – the ability to put…