Category Archives: Giving

Big Citizenship: Breaking Down The Mold You Put People Into


Alan Khazei has a great book out about the importance of Citizenship, and expands it in so many important areas. Below is an excerpt about breaking down the mold you put people into. In it, he describes Stephen, who was active in service for City Year. He first thought that, since Creighton was from a high class society, he must be removed from the world. But through City Year, they developed the closest of friendships based on mutual care, respect and giving. Continue reading

Change a Life In 3 Minutes: “Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell


“Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell

That’s how my Oma signed a letter to me, right before I came home from Duke for the holidays. Finals were wrapping up, and she had sent me a note of encouragement. It’s attached with a beautiful cursive unique to my Oma! Since you probably can’t read it, here are some excerpts:
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1897: How 8-year-old Virginia PROVED There Is a Santa Claus.

rsz_childhood-wallpaper-1280x800_copyThere will be debate about this post. Some people don’t believe in Christmas. Some people don’t like the commercialism of Christmas. And some feel we are lying by saying we believe in Santa.

But I believe Editor Francis Pharcellus Church gave one of the most profound truths available to us: That the most worthy, laudable, beautiful, meaningful things in life, are those we cannot see. It is love, generosity, goodness, and, Santa.

Read below and tell me what you think.

I believe the most important things are invisible,


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The Classic Pamela Positive: The Days of Linear Giving Are Over

hands-462297_640The days of “linear giving” are over — what I mean is, it’s not “I give you this, you give me that.”   That’s Linear Giving and it doesn’t always happen. Continue reading

The Classic Pamela Positive: Why You, Me, the Night Building Manager, the Cleaners, Recyclers and Homeless People Have Something In Common: We Need to be Nourished

You, me, the night building manager, the cleaners and homeless people all have something in common: We need to be nourished.
The other night, I was helping lead a Full Circle Fund  meeting, which is working to provide economic opportunities for people across our world.  It’s a wonderful group, focused on providing financial support and volunteer time to help serve the community.
That evening, we had leftover sandwiches from dinner.  While I usually take any leftovers from the meetings I attend to homeless people, I thought perhaps I would give myself a rest from it this evening.  It was a huge tray I would have to balance, carrying my many bags as well.  Yet something made me gather up the sandwiches, and hope there would be someone who would appreciate them.
When I approached the night building manager downstairs, he was a bit hesitant at first… but after positive encouragement he took two and with much gratitude.   Two of the cleaners said no, hesitantly… but when I spoke to them in Spanish, they took two to three sandwiches each!  As I then turned outside, a lovely man cleaning the outdoor tiles in the rain lifted up his hood, smiled widely; and took two.

I passed an elderly homeless man in a wheelchair underneath the cover of a prominent office building, who reached out to take two sandwiches as well.   As I walked down the street, a gentle, petite Asian man, with bags and bags of recycling beside him, was persistently searching through the refuse to find more cans.  He was so slight of frame and with a smile that beamed. He took the entire rest of the tray.
Within five minutes, 15 sandwiches were given.  And my heart was given to as well, filled by being able to help other people in one small way.
Make the effort to give, of whatever we may have.  For we all need to be nourished.