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Volunteerism: The New Fountain of Youth

By Kristen Edens

You’ve worked hard.  Played a little—probably not enough.  And now you’re ready for a new chapter but have no idea what you want to do. Perhaps you’re seeking a new career.  Possibly you want to travel.  Maybe you wish to develop new skills and talents, or you have a strong desire to share the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated over the years to help others. Regardless of your previous jobs or career experiences, volunteering with an organization whose vision and purpose aligns with your personal mission and goals is worthy of consideration.  Far from being just another obligation, volunteering can…

Building Community with Productive Networking

By Caren Libby

It was the Winter of 2009, and our country was in the thick of the Great Recession. The United States went through its longest and, by most measures, worst economic recession since the Great Depression between December 2007 and June 2009. It was a time of economic upheaval that shifted the direction of the lives of millions of people. In January of that year, I heard an announcement on the radio about a new organization that was being formed at St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Missouri. They were inviting people to gather at their conference center and learn more…