Simple, but Powerful Medicines: Patience, Listening and Trust

By the end of my time at Davidson, I had become so accustomed to immediate results. After a long evening session in the library, elegant graphs, lengthy Spanish sentences, and even chapters of my thesis would appear before my eyes. It was so satisfying to see my ideas and efforts rapidly crystallize into a tangible […]

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Pictionary in Tanzania: Bridging Cultural Gaps at the Touch Foundation

I am a Program Analyst at Touch Foundation in Mwanza, Tanzania. Over my time at Touch the program team has consisted of 2 Australians, 1 Bulgarian, 2 South Africans, 1 American, 1 French person, 4 Tanzanians and 2 Italians. Not only is there a variety of nationalities but religious backgrounds, professional backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses […]

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Fighting Hunger with the Hispanic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida by Amy Lamb

Florida has changed and grown since my childhood, but nothing is more normal there than a severe–but short–thunderstorm in the afternoon. I wasn’t surprised when, during a recent Helping Hands meal packaging event with the Hispanic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, the lights flickered and the salsa, merengue or bachata-influenced music stopped for a moment. […]

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Waiting for the Weekdays: 2016 in Review

Growing up, I often heard the expression working for the weekends. As a student, I more than understood what this phrase meant. The week was tough while the weekend was fun. However, my experience with Communities In Schools (CIS) has caused me to rethink this commonly heard saying. Why wait for the weekends, when weekdays […]

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A Firsthand Look at Farming, Education and Women’s Empowerment in Belize by Amy Lamb

Visiting Stop Hunger Now’s partner in Belize, Kids Konnect 4 Jesus, in October was the first time I had been out of the country. While traveling with a small team of Stop Hunger Now staff, I discovered one of the most difficult things about leaving the U.S. is letting yourself take in your surroundings without […]

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Nature Matters… and Advocacy Does Too

My time at the Arts & Science Council (ASC) has been spent doing things I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do in a professional setting. So far these things have included hiking, promoting a documentary, observing teaching artists in Pre-K classrooms, managing a professional web designer, event planning, and learning how to code. These […]

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Creating an Intentional Culture – Superman Style

Halloween started early at the Communities In Schools (CIS) central office because of a plan to bring staff together for a chance to bond. Once October rolled around, staff began to decorate the office using odds and ends and creativity that would have left Willy Wonka amazed. People decorated their office doors, cubicles, and copy […]

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When is the deadline?

This year I am working in the Global Learning and Organizational Development Department (GLOD) at Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in Atlanta. One of the big projects I am working on this year is to transition Habitat for Humanity’s (HFH) intranet site called My.Habitat to a new, updated version. We are in the preliminary stages […]

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Happy One-Year to Me and OC

I find it rather hard to sit down and write this final blog post. While this may be a result of my impressive procrastination skills or of the busy-ness brought on by the summer months, I believe what makes it so difficult is that it requires me to admit that my fellowship is nearing its […]

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10 months in…

It has been almost ten months since I started my Davidson Impact Fellowship at Communities In Schools (CIS). This is the first time I have sat down at my keyboard to try and post about my experience. Let me start with a brief overview of CIS as an organization before I dive in after almost […]

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