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How to Start a Community Center

Bringing the community together in pursuit of a goal or just to increase hospitality and camaraderie is a great way to get involved with your local community. If you want to extend this idea and be at the epicenter of communal gatherings, creating a community center...

Plan Community Activities With Your Church

Churches have always been places of togetherness: spiritual watering holes, where diverse community members sacrifice a bit of their day to join in the pursuit of a greater purpose. Above all, churches inspire solidarity, and I can think of no better place than the...

Help Your Community For Free

When I mention the phrase “help your community”, what do you picture? Maybe you think about going door to door, asking for donations. Or, you might think of a school-funded car wash. Whatever you’re imagining, chances are it centers around money. Although providing...

Spring Cleaning For Charity

Spring is finally underway, and that means one thing: it’s time to clean! People all over the world take spring as an opportunity to get rid of their old clothes, repair broken keepsakes, and clean their house from top to bottom. However, did you know that there are...

Pass Along Your Blessings

Each of us has experienced a time where a stranger has gone out of their way to help us in a time of need. We are never prepared to receive such kindness, but it serves as a reminder that blessings do exist. Many people wish they had a way to repay these acts, but...

Teen SOYO and the Pennsylvania Special Olympics

For many years, I have served Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, which includes overseeing Teen SOYO, an organization of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America that aims to teach teens how to live a spiritually...

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