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Guatemala Trip Report – Success through Service

I am just back from my second trip to Guatemala, and am feeling more committed than ever to weaving volunteerism and service into corporate America’s culture. There are so many in need, and I believe that as in all real relationships, the benefits are mutual – we receive as much or more than we give. This year, it wasn’t just “my” trip. I traveled to Antigua, one of Guatemala’...

Sophia Livecchi: Our Guatemalan Mission Through a Child's Eyes

Sophia is the 12-year-old daughter of my friend, Joe Livecchi. She and her family joined us on our service trip during the holidays and it was incredible to see the experience through the eyes of an American child. Here is her blog. My first day in Guatemala was great! First we went to a Guatemalan school. The kids were so nice! We were playing soccer and my dad sprained his...

Joe Livecchi: One Family, One Mission

Joe Livecchi, a media entrepreneur, is a friend. Joe's family was an incredible addition to our trip. Here is his account of the experience. December 26th 2:30am, Jamaica, NY The alarm clock is especially cruel this morning. I jostle my wife and two young kids (Sophia 12, Grace 8) to wake up for our 5:30am flight en route to our immersive mission trip in Guatemala. On paper,...

Max Lyons: The Transformational Impact of Service

Max Lyons is an alumni of the myGreenlight program who was part of my group in Guatemala last week. Max sponsored one year of education and healthcare for Liza (pictured) at a cost of $200. We have several other children we are seeking to sponsor, so please donate here if you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child. Keith and I met just over a year ago through...

Growing a Middle Class through Education: The Story of Our Seven

The economic gap in Guatemala is striking. Much wealth and MUCH abject poverty. If only we could provide a kickstart to the middle class... That's what we are doing around Antigua. We are seeking the highest potential kids and funding their educations. Ensuring they have decent nutrition and ideally supportive family environments. Then we are teaching them mastery of basic...

Collaborative Action Comes to Life in Guatemala

Two years ago we visited Carlos' school which was running out of funding and couldn't pay the rent or salaries for the teachers. A major problem in Guatemala is the economic disincentive for kids to go to school. Either you can pay for tuition and books from money a family doesn't have, or send your child into the fields to make money for food. Carlos was a rare advocate for...

For Chet

I heard today that my friend Chet Holmes, who has always been so generous with his time and advice is back in the hospital. Chet's fight with cancer this past year has been an inspiration to me. I saw he and his family for a wonderful and fun dinner with strong spirits the night before he went back into the hospital. My prayers are with him and I hope yours will be too. --...

In Guatemala, $200 Can Change A Life

At Santa Tomas Milpas Altas, we arrived to a small village of kids. Many were without families, while a few had moms. We shared snacks and played games, so that we could identify a few who stood out to support. We also had the help of the local organizer who has tracked these kids and their family situations since they were born. A number of these kids would leave that morning...

Keith Video: Can Volunteering Help Cure Heart Disease?

In honor of Thanksgiving this week, today's video post is about how volunteering can improve your physical, as well as mental, health. The holidays are a great time to find ways to give back -- but so is the rest of the year! ferrazzigreenlight.com/loan-applications-online cash advance covington ky Do you give back? If so, how? Has it improved your health? document...

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