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Adoption, Foster Care, and Secret Millionaire

Published on August 7, 2012 By Nicki Sanders

If you’ve read my blogs for more than a couple of weeks you know that I am a huge proponent of volunteerism.  I believe that each of us has a responsibility to help our fellow man.  I am so excited when service meets philanthropy and ABC’s Secret Millionaire TV show marries the two wonderfully.  Secret Millionaire is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.


On this week’s episode,  Camping World CEO  Marcus Lemonis returns to his hometown, Miami where his volunteerism raises awareness about bullying, young adults aging out of foster care, and homelessness.  Marcus, who was adopted from an orphanage in Beirut, Lebanon as an infant, opens up about the bullying he endured during his childhood and his struggle with an eating disorder.  He volunteers with three great organizations: 1.) National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment; 2.) New Journeys Transitional Home, and; 3.) Neat Stuff.


How Will Your Youth Serve?

Published on January 12, 2012 By Nicki Sanders

In our work world, evidence-based practice and evidence-based research are King.  Objectives, outcomes, and goals are commonplace.  In my supervisory role I stress that we have to have proof that we are doing really works.  I am a huge proponent of civic engagement and so as I was thinking about the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the Youth Service America kick off a semester of service I decided to go a bit further and hit the internet to provide you with documentation that supports what I’ve seen in my experience and know in my heart is an effective aspect of youth development.


We All Can Serve! How Will You Commemorate 11-11-11?

Published on November 7, 2011 By Nicki Sanders

If you’ve read any of my blog posts you know that I am an advocate for volunteerism and service.  I also have a special place in my heart for our military.  I am eternally grateful to those who protect our security and freedom. I am dedicating today’s post to highlight ways that we can support and honor United States military service members and veterans.


Veterans Day 2011 is almost here.  That’s right 11-11-11 is four days away.  There are countless opportunities to show your gratitude for our active military soldiers and veterans.  Below you will find a few examples to get you started.



  • Visit hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes t
  • Give your time to a nonprofit organization that supports service members and veterans


Snail Mail

  • Create and send personalized care packages
  • Write and mail letters
  • Create and send greeting cards



  • Organize a monetary collection at your school, church, job or organization
  • Organize a fundraiser (event)