Around the Web

Posted by Zach Maurin on August 4, 2008


The Young and the Restless
It seems as if the most recent buzz around the web is the restlessness and consistent activism among today’s generation. The New Republic’s “The Engaged Generation”baffles at the high voter turnout for young Americans.

Going hand-in-hand with last week’s Huffington Post’s “Online and Off, Millennials Redefine Civil Rights Activism,” the young are defying stereotypes by being “more engaged in this campaign than their elders.” And although The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “How Foundations Can Promote Volunteering” touches on a wider variety of issues, such as what philanthropists can do strengthen impulse, they end with this: “By giving money to organizations that make service opportunities available to young people, the world of philanthropy can inspire and connect the next generation…”

The 5 C’s of Service
Tom Perriello, a Democrat running in Virginia’s 5th congressional district, has made quite the unique campaign for himself. In the Huffington Post’s “Compassionate Congressional Candidate Compels Community Caring,” Perriello’s community service initiative has already racked up 333 service hours from staffers and volunteers around the district. “The community response has been strong,” but more importantly, the message is working: Perriello’s commitment to community service has gained bipartisan support in a majority-red district. He’s one politician that “puts his money where his mouth is.”

Keep the Ball Rolling
A new study, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, reportssurprising numbers in volunteer recruitment, management and retention rates. One of the many findings of the report states that one out of every three people who had volunteered in 2006 did not do so again in 2007. However, volunteering rates remained steady last year with 60.8 million people performing unpaid work for a nonprofit organization. The report also disproves the misconception that people with more leisure time are more likely to volunteer. In a typical week, “volunteers spend about 15 hours watching television, while people who don’t volunteer watch an average of 23 hours.”

The future of documentaries may change drastically as we know it. Social cause is what drives filmmakers to make their films, but supporting the cause somehow loses itself between the time you watch the film and finally go online to learn more. That is why Social Citizens Blog has pointed out Ted Leonsis’ site launch where you can watch documentaries for free, share them with others and support related charities right then and there. According to Case writer Jonathan Wolfe, “It’s all part of what Leonsis has dubbed ‘filmanthropy.’”


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