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Acts of kindness shine through Boston Marathon tragedy

Three people died and more than 170 people were injured after two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to a New York Times article. The Boston Globe’s video shows the chaos that resulted afterward. Yet through the darkness and confusion, the people of Boston rallied up together to help those in their community … Continue reading

Growhouse partners with community, brings rural life to urban city

When walking by the Growhouse on the corner of Garfield and Sixth streets, it’s easy to forget you’re in one of the largest U.S. cities. The plots of land with vegetables growing, bee hive, chicken coop and compost area transport visitors and volunteers to a farm in the Midwest. Growhouse is a nonprofit community garden … Continue reading

‘Pancake church’ feeds more than just the spirit

Grace Lutheran Church partners with other Valley churches to offer a pancake breakfast every Sunday for the homeless.

Coffee shop provides support to third-world country

8th Day Coffee and Culture opened up in September 2012. Check out how it serves others! Photo on homepage courtesy of nan_hann on Flickr.

Honors students hold monthly community service events

This is a vlog about a club I’m in, called Barrett Leadership and Service Team Downtown. Listen to a couple of things we’ve done this year to serve the downtown Phoenix community. Photo credit on main site: Sashaun Wood

One man’s plastic bag is another man’s plarn

Plarn is a type of yarn made from plastic bags. It is then crocheted into mats large enough for a person to lie on. It’s a funny word and an odd concept, but it can make a difference whether a homeless person sleeps directly on the ground. Larry Clewley, an Arizona Science Center volunteer, and … Continue reading

Students create club, combine faith and profession

The Nurses Christian Fellowship began in November 2012, and the Arizona State University club has already made an impact on the community. Nursing freshmen and NCF Vice President Alexis Wadas said the fellowship’s mission is to encourage fellowship, to provide leadership opportunities and offer volunteer options to nursing students. Recalling the definition of community, this … Continue reading

What is a community?

Before serving your community, it’s important to understand what a community is. Most people think of it simply as the place where you live. While this is true, there are other definitions that can shape your perspective. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, two definitions of a community is “a unified body of individuals” or “people … Continue reading

About Me

Hey there! My name is Alicia Canales. I’ll be honest. I’m new to this volunteering thing. I didn’t volunteer 100+ hours in high school. I helped hand out food maybe three times one year with my church. I did go overseas twice to help with missions trip, but that wasn’t the same to me. Serving … Continue reading