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TO BE OF SERVICE
I remember peering down a clu-de-sac filled with begging children, unwashed, hungry, disabled. I was 12 and on a family vacation to Mexico. But I just could not accept this view of life.
I'd grown up attending the Christian Science Sunday School, and in our home, my mom had always emphasized the power and presence of God as divine Love governing our lives. As a young girl on that street in Mexico, I felt it was only right that everyone should feel this presence of divine Love.
That scene has driven me ever since. I started volunteering—in soup kitchens, with welfare patients, crisis counseling in the United States. Since then, I've volunteered all over the world from microfinance in India to sustainable farming in Guatemala. From this, I realized a need to get money and volunteers to the best, most qualified organizations. So in 2002 I launched UniversalGiving (www.universalgiving.org), which helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing projects and volunteer opportunities across the world. The website is a way for people to get involved that is both trusted and meaningful.
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About the author
Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving in San Francisco, California. A global volunteer herself, the organization she founded has, to date, provided more than $1.5 million and 10,000 volunteers in more than 40 countries around the world.
with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, LINDA BARGMANN, PAULETTE WATKINS, CAROL CUMMINGS
PART OF A WIDER CIRCLE
PATRICIA KADICK, STAFF EDITOR
LIVE TO BLESS AND BLESS TO LIVE
BY HANS-JOACHIM TRAPP
BLESSINGS ALL AROUND
Jenny Roemer with contributions from Justin Byrd, Emily Snead, Catherine Hellman
TO BE OF SERVICE
BY PAMELA HAWLEY
To defeat the 'real' enemy in the Democratic Republic of Congo
BY MAYAL TSHIABUILA
Friendship AND FITTING IN
BY ANNA-LENA HATHAWAY
DON'T GET HOOKED
BY KATHERINE HOSMER THOMPSON
'RUN WITH ME, GRANDMA!'
BY MARY FORBES
THE PROMISE OF CONTINUOUS RENEWAL
LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
DIANA PAUL BORT
SAFE FROM PLAGUES
'I WALK WITH LOVE TODAY'
PAINFUL TOOTH PERMANENTLY HEALED
SAFE IN THE GULF