The motto of the Pebbles Kids Care Club in Monticello, IL is:

"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects."  - the Dalai Lama.

The Club put this motto into action recently when they held a Dimes and Dollars for Nepal fundraiser to support kids and families affected by the April 2015 earthquake.


This is a guest blog post by Pam Hayes.

When I was a young girl, I remember meeting a woman at my church who walked with a severe limp.  After speaking with her one morning, I turned to my mom and asked, "Why is it so hard for her to walk?"  She replied quietly, and with a heavy heart, "She had polio, sweetie.  Walking will always be difficult for her." As I watched her painfully walk away, I remember thinking, "What's polio?" 

May is Older Americans Month and as such, our theme is Senior Citizens. Older Americans are an important part of society and it's important that communities come together to provide them crucial care and support. Did you know that in the year 1900, there were 3.1 million people living in America over 65 years of age? By the year 1990, that number had ballooned to 31.1 million. WOW! That's ten times as many senior citizens!

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 Nepal experienced a powerful 7.8 earthquake--the country's worst in 80 years.  

More than 5,000 people have died and many more were injured, including those affected by an earthquake-induced avalanche on Mount Everest. Many people there still remain trapped under rubble.

April is the Month of the Military Child and to celebrate, Points of Light Military Initiatives and Corps 18 are organizing school/youth focused service projects in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and New York City on Saturday, April 25 and the following Saturday, May 2. 

To learn more about each "Honoring Service" project and to Sign-up on the All For Good website, click the links below: 

This is a guest blog post by generationOn NYC Civic Corps, School Service Coach, Aimee Wilder

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate Mother Earth; as well as peace, environmental awareness and the small acts that make our world a better place to live. We should all be reminded to 'Think Globally' and 'Act Locally,' both today and throughout the rest of the year. It's up to us to keep our natural habitat happy and healthy: especially our trees.

More than 450 guests attended our first ever Block Party in Los Angeles on Saturday to celebrate the ten extraordinary individuals, age 6-17, selected as 2015 Hasbro Community Action Heroes; and William Morris Endeavor (WME) for their commitment to youth in communities around the world.

Our little planet is fragile.  Although the extent to which blame should be attributed to mankind is hotly debated; our Earth's air, land and water quality suffers with our inhabitation. Pollution, deforestation, resource depletion and overexploitation (to name a few environmental issues) gnaw at our home in ways termites would be jealous of, had they been given capacity for such emotion.

This is a guest post by Make Your Mark on Hunger grant recipient, Ethan Thomas

T-BIRD generationOn is a service club located in El Paso, Texas at Coronado High School. Our club has approximately 30 members and counting. All of our members are committed to making an impact on the world through volunteer service in the El Paso community. 

Some of our biggest projects have been:

This is a guest post by Make Your Mark on Hunger grant recipient, Aulona Graham-Simms 

This is a guest post by Make Your Mark on Hunger grant recipient, Sophie Bernstein.

I have always wanted to plant a vegetable garden. However, my parents were not as eager to allow me to dive in the dirt to plant a garden, at first

They assumed that a garden would be too much work to start up and that the upkeep and maintenance would be challenging. It is always fun to prove your parents wrong.

This is a guest post by Make Your Mark on Hunger grant recipient, Will Lourcey. 

A grumbling stomach. Headache. Hard time paying attention and focusing. Low energy and motivation. Poor academic performance.

This is hunger. Hunger is here, and it is hurting children.