“If I could get over the fear of playing in front of fans and getting tackled by a Ray Lewis-size athlete, dancing in front of others shouldn’t be too bad now. Unless the crowd plans to tackle me.” --Darren Brownlee, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Why have Darren Brownlee and Erika Benson been practicing, practicing, practicing? To win Dancing with the Hopkins Stars, of course. For the past six months, Darren and Erika have been dancing the two-step at 6 a.m. -- training, laughing and doing push-ups (after every blooper) -- to prepare to compete in Dancing with the Hopkins Stars. Couples can win by raising the most money for their United Way initiative and by having the best dance routine, based on judges’ and mobile votes during the show. And yes, the prize is a coveted mirror ball trophy.
Heather’s path in life hasn’t been easy, but her determination to provide a better life for her two children -- Sam, a middle school student with autism, and Olivia, a smiley ten month old -- never falters. After being laid off from her job, the Baltimore County resident patched together three part-time jobs in order to make ends meet for her family. But even still, Heather’s income wasn’t always enough to cover rent and bills.
More than 62 million Americans volunteer every year. These volunteers provide an incredible benefit to the nonprofits and communities they serve. Beyond what they give, volunteers benefit a lot personally, too.
Research shows people who volunteer are happier – and more engaged – at work. So why not grab your family (and friends) and take advantage of all the benefits volunteering offers. Here are three:
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