Jane Hess Collins is a managing partner of Get Out and Give Back, LLC, and an accredited life coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. She is also a television host for Fairfax Public Access and a freelance writer. Jane created the "Get Out and Give Back" newspaper column in January 2005 to inspire others to find their community service passion and make it an active part of their life.
I have only one wish on my bucket list-to spend a month in Calcutta at Mother Theresa’s Home for the Dying. To bathe and care for some of the world’s most forgotten, and to allow them to die with some semblance of dignity requires a courage and humility that I’m not sure I possess.
Then, I had the opportunity to spend time
On April 22, more than a billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection.
For 16 local businesses, groups and environmental leaders, every day is Earth Day. So this week Local Kicks decided to choose
Right now Brooke Snyder Curran is in Antarctica, running 26 miles across snow, ice, mud and rock. While this is pretty spectacular all by itself, Brooke runs a marathon every month to raise funds for five local charities.
This latest Antarctic adventure is her 45th marathon.
To get a peek inside Brooke’s universe
It’s been 5 ½ years since my last Meals on Wheels (MOW) project.
Now, working through Senior Services of Alexandria, I was eager to see if my MOW experience with them was different than it was in 2006.
The conclusion? Happily, no. Meals on Wheels is still a warm, wonderful way to visit our older
When my daughter-in-law Sarah challenged me last April to the 16th annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for Maryland’s Special Olympics program, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Then, the closer it got to the January 28 plunge date, the worse the idea got.
It wasn’t the flying leap into the Chesapeake
What do District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Georgetown University Men’s Head Basketball Coach JohnThompson III and Roy Hibbert Jr. of the Indiana Pacers have in common? Each of them is an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater
Gift wrapping is an awesome way to get into the holiday spirit, especially if the donations go to charity.
In December, 2005 I volunteered to gift-wrap for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and discovered that teenagers rule the world. Two pretty teens worked with me, and when they smiled
Deputy director Dr. Anne Thompson’s favorite part about working for A Wider Circle is when she can’t distinguish the clients from the volunteers from the staff. That pretty much sums up the inclusive, family atmosphere of the organization.
The place was buzzing when I arrived. Interns, staff