Raising Awareness -

With the ALS bucket challenge all over the place this month - it made me think about a part of social justice that is really important and that is ADVOCACY!  I am so excited that this debilitating disease is getting so much attention  - the awareness  about it is just as important as the money raised. Raising awareness is a way to advocate for those who can't always do it for themselves - a way to bring attention to a need, an issue or a problem.  When we know about something - we can act!  Dumping a bucket of ice water on our heads for a cause is crazy - but cool and definitely effective!

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2014 YNIA - One for the Books

We have finished YNIA summer mission trips for 2014.  I am always a little relieved - every one is home safe and sound and so much incredible service and outreach happened with just a few bumps and bruises.  It's part of the whole thing though - you don't know what kind of adventure is ahead of you when you sign up to be on a YNIA week.  Who will I meet?  Will I have to do something or go somewhere I am a little nervous about?  What will the food be like?  The people?

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Service - a powerful thing

Young Neighbors in Action for 2014 is coming to a close. We are in our final week - Boston and Toronto are into day two of service and learning and having an incredible time.  It's a good time to reflect on some of what I know - in an Oprah-esque way....

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Welcome everyone!

Welcome everyone!

I know the routine… teams are doing all the final things getting ready for their YNIA weeks!  Paperwork has to be tracked down, final payments, send offs, pick up and drop off plans, packing, tyring not to forget coolers, first aid kits, and remembering who it is who has that gluten allergy.  Times for picking up van rentals and the flight schedules are roaming around in heads.  All this just to GET to the YNIA week! 

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