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Meet Yolanda Fraction

It has been a few years since I met Yolanda at a National Service Regional Training. At the time she was working at the Maryland Commission. Since then, I’ve stayed connected with Yolanda through attending her Learning and Development Chats, and by listening to her...

Online team building that is actually fun

In Fall 2020, I met Jed and Sophia Lazar and had a chance to try their online team-building game, “Cozy, Juicy, Real.” I was put on a team with 3 strangers and sent to a zoom breakout room. In addition to me, our team consisted of one woman from Mexico, a woman from...

Meet Corina Sadler, CVA

I first met Corina Sadler when I stopped in Plano Texas on a road trip and reconnected with my friend Robin, who had served as the director of Volunteers in Plano for decades. Robin was getting ready to retire and was very excited to introduce me to her protégé...

#60 Smalls Steps Towards a Healthier Community

David Martinez III describes himself as a black sheep of his family, a middle child of 6 kids from rural southern Arizona. He was the first in his family to attend college and during college he served as a member of the Board of Regents. He describes the pressure of...

#59 Running for Office During a Pandemic

This is the follow up to episode 44 with Becky Daggett. I recommend listening to episode 44 first. In this episode... Did Becky win her election? What happened to her campaign during the pandemic? Is she still crazy about kittens and puppies? All of this and more in...

#58 Speaking Up for Yourself and Others

Newly elected to Town Council of Clarkdale, Marney Babbitt is navigating what it means to her to lead, to serve, and to find her voice. In this episode we learn more about her election journey as well as her stories about growing up in a service-oriented family and...

Icebreakers you can do in a video call

When meetings are held in person, they naturally include a little settling into the room time. Often people greet one another and chat as they wait for the meeting to begin. In the past, even if you didn't structure it into your meeting or workshop, participants were...

#57 Fusing a Love of Food and Science

Abby Chan is a dietician and business owner in Flagstaff Arizona who believes that building community is core to what she is doing in her work. We discuss her inspiring grandparents and great-grandparents as well as her love of science and food and her vision for her...

#56 Helping Businesses and Living Your Values

Mike Barugel took a new job with the Small Business Technology and Development Center in Charlotte, NC right before the pandemic led to an emergency declaration. As a previous guest on the show, we catch up with Mike about this new work and how he is reconnecting with...

#55 Accepting Help is Harder Than Giving It

Maggie Twomey was diagnosed with breast cancer in February right before the world shut down. A volunteer coordinator, Maggie is usually the one coordinating help and helping out where it is needed. Facing this personal health crisis, Maggie reflects on what it feels...

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