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first_imgThe 2011 Volunteering in America report lists the Burlington area 8th among 75 comparable cities in the area of volunteerism. The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The Volunteering in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers served nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities ‘ valued at nearly $173 billion. The report covers 2007-2010 and shows the Burlington area with a Volunteer Rate of 37.7%, compared to 36.5% nationally, and 42 volunteer hours per resident annually, compared to 34.1 hours nationally. Burlington’s volunteerism has been supported in many ways by the City’s VISTA program. This past year, CEDO VISTAs recruited 842 volunteers who performed 10,464 hours of service.  Over the 17 years of the city’s VISTA program, members recruited tens of thousands of volunteers statewide. ‘The CEDO AmeriCorps VISTA program has been an incredible asset to the Burlington community.  These dedicated members, who are giving a year of their lives to build capacity in local agencies, work 24-7 in order to combat poverty,’ said CEDO’s Laura Hale.  ‘Their efforts to build sustainable volunteer programs have created opportunities for tens of thousands of volunteers to serve over the last 18 years.’ ‘Whether cleaning and greening neighborhoods, tutoring schoolchildren, helping local non-profits, participating in restorative justice panels, or doing many, many other things, volunteers have a tremendously positive impact on our community,’ said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Thank you to local volunteers for all of your efforts to make Burlington a better place for everyone.’ Acting CEO of CNCS, Robert Velasco II said, ‘As organizations are struggling to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers of all ages are stepping up to help fill in the gaps. The commitment, time, and talent of Burlington’s volunteers is admirable, further proving that everyone has a role in making America great.’ CNCS supports Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service programs that drive innovation and problem solving through service.About the Volunteering In America Report:The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteers are defined as individuals ages 16 and over who perform unpaid volunteer activities for or through an organization. The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.  For more information, visit VolunteeringInAmerica.gov, where the complete report can be accessed. About the Corporation for National and Community Service:The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. About Burlington’s We All Belong AmeriCorps*State ProgramVermont is changing and becoming more reflective of a global and national citizenry.  The We All Belong Initiative works with service providers in the Greater Burlington area to change how they do business in order to better serve our diversifying community.  This includes how and what services are provided, hiring of staff, recruiting volunteers and Board members and how decisions are made.  The We All Belong Program’s mission is to provide the tools and resources for organizations to build their cultural and linguistic competence so that they can provide more culturally relevant services, and then truly be more inclusive and welcoming.  The goal of the initiative is to increase the cultural competency of schools and organizations to serve low-income and racially/ethnically diverse groups.  More information available at www.cedoburlington.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgA parent starts letting go (but still holds onto the rope) Cliff jump: Check.  I’m not convinced my son is actually going to walk off the cliff until I can’t see him anymore. There are so many opportunities for him to back out between the point where he gets clipped into the rope and the point where he backs off the edge of the cliff, and I wouldn’t blame him for reconsidering. Rappelling off a 100-foot cliff sounds like a great idea when you’re in the van heading to the trailhead, but standing on top of the ledge, looking straight down into a deep river gorge, things get real. Fast.  But I’m also not ready to let my kids explore the world on their own yet, so I’m going to summer camp with them. Does the fact that I never got to swim in a race against Camp Mohawk have anything to do with my decision to insert myself into this de-facto camp experience for my kids? Maybe. I’m not a psychologist. But I’d argue the factor that’s more in play here is that I’m a super controlling parent who wants to teach my kids everything. I want to teach them how to catch a fish, how to whittle a stick. How to whittle a fish? If that’s a thing, I want to teach them how to do that too. How to rappel and how to keep their feet together when they jump off a cliff into a lake…I want to imprint on them, the way mama ducks imprint on their babies or kidnappers imprint on their victims. Stockholm Syndrome. That’s basically what I’m after here: a bond so strong that even logic can’t break it. Because I’m going to have to let them go. Eventually it will be college and study abroad and spring break in Cancun and marriage…the separation is on the horizon and that separation will start with a legit summer camp experience where they go off for weeks at a time without me, learning how to whittle a fish from some camp counselor barely out of high school.   Make new friends: Check.  And this is the way life will go as my kids get older. Every little step will create distance between us. They’ll leave me and go out into the world. I can only hope I’m doing a good enough job during our time together to imprint on them. Fingers crossed that my baby ducks have Stockholm Syndrome. COOPER AVERILL PREPARES FOR HIS RAPPELL OFF BRIDGE BUTTRESS IN THE NEW RIVER GORGE. / PHOTO BY GRAHAM AVERILL Day one has us on a pontoon boat exploring the serene waters of Summersville Lake, which sits at the head of the Gauley River. We join forces with two other families, both with kids about Coop and Addie’s age and they become fast friends, peering over the edge of the boat looking for fish. They don’t have much in common—they’re from different towns, play different sports—but it doesn’t matter. They’re kids. Kids get along.  And the entire scheme seems to culminate with this rappel off the Bridge Buttress, in the heart of the gorge. You can see the steel bridge in the background as my son slowly inches backwards towards the edge of the cliff. We’re so high up; it’s equal parts beautiful and scary. My daughter has already rappelled and is waiting patiently on the floor of the canyon for her brother to make the leap. She’s only scared of the ridiculous: zombies in the toilet. But my son has real fears: Heights and sharks. Rappelling is the sort of thing that he’ll say he wants to do, but decide against it when the time comes. I watch him work through it all: Pulling the gloves onto his hands, adjusting his helmet, listening to the guide explain how the whole system works. How he’ll have to lean away from the wall and let gravity do the work. I watch him inch backwards and I know any second he’ll quit. He’ll ask me to get him off the top of the cliff, out of the harness and to take him home where it’s safe. That’s why I’m here, to be a cushion for the world. I’m already preparing myself to be kind. To not push him. But he doesn’t quit. He gives me one last look, a little bit of fear in his eyes, but also an eagerness, like he knows if he can just sidestep his fear, life will be amazing. He takes two small steps down the rock wall and then I can’t see him anymore. He’s gone.  Later there are half eaten dinners in the cafeteria and s’mores and stories around a campfire (check), then a wild trip down the Upper New River in duckies where my kids point to the biggest rapids and say, “There, Dad! There!” During the deep, calm stretches of the river, the guides flip over a boat and the kids wrestle on top, king of the hill style.  We’re in the New River Gorge, that deep slice of rock and whitewater in West Virginia that has inspired so many men and women to put down roots on the edge of the chasm and live the adventure life dream. I’m here with my two 9-year-old kids, Cooper and Addie, pursuing a different dream: the ultimate summer camp experience. The idea is to spend a few days ticking off a list of summer camp-style adventures in the gorge. Whitewater rafting, cliff jumping, campfire stories, cabin v. cabin shenanigans…I never went to summer camp as a kid, but I’ve seen Meatballs a dozen times, so I know summer camp is a key part to personal growth. It’s where you make new friends who have different backgrounds and cultural experiences. It’s where you stick up for yourself against the bully, and climb the rock face called “Certain Death,” and swim the winning leg in the race versus Camp Mohawk, where the rich kids go…Summer camp is important and I want my kids to experience it.  There’s a ropes course that my daughter zooms through, and games of hide and go seek. I hear my kids telling the other kids that they’ll have to meet back at the gorge again next summer.  So, a family summer camp at New River Gorge. And so far, it’s been amazing. We staged the camp at Adventures on the Gorge, partly because of its location (as the name implies, it’s “on the gorge”), partly because it has a summer camp vibe with a bunch of cabins on a sprawling campus stacked with ropes courses and climbing walls and its own system of trails, and partly because they have guides that can lead us through a suite of adventures that would make up a badass summer camp: whitewater rafting, climbing, lake shenanigans…The guides can handle the logistics while I focus on quality time with my kids.  Summersville is lined with tall, sandstone cliffs, so we idle beside a shady rock wall and one of our guides sets up an easy top rope for everyone to climb. Later, we paddleboard into concave amphitheaters with waterfalls and find a beautiful 20-foot tower sticking out of the water like a giant thumb. The kids help each other climb the tower and gather the courage to leap (“I’ll do it if you do it.”). And their form is perfect. So are the smiles on their faces.  “That’s basically what I’m after here: A bond so strong that even logic can’t break it.” Push out of your comfort zone: Check. Cabin-versus-cabin shenanigans: Check. last_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery has been impressed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang influence on and off the pitch (Picture: PA)Unai Emery has hailed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s leadership qualities by saying that the Arsenal striker has taken on greater responsibility within the dressing room.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s vice-captain last week after the players were asked to vote for a five-strong captaincy group with Granit Xhaka taking on the armband.That decision shows how highly regarded Aubameyang is in Arsenal’s dressing room and it is easy to see why considering how influential he has been on the pitch this season. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link285Shares Granit Xhaka was named Arsenal’s permanent captain last week (Picture: Getty)‘He will play all minutes, some minutes, all games if we ask that of him and he is always ready to play again – this is also showing his leadership qualities.’Aubameyang has proven to be a massive success since signing for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 49 goals for the club in only 74 games.Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke questioned Aubameyang’s motives for making the move last week, but the Arsenal forward hit back labelling his former boss a ‘clown’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Aubameyang has been Unai Emery’s most important player for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang has top-scored for Arsenal this season with seven Premier League goals and Emery believes he is now marrying excellent on-field performances with inspirational qualities off the pitch too.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He is an experienced player now,’ Emery said. ‘He played in France, Germany and now in England at a high level and with a high performance. His experience is good, his team-mates decided with the vote that they wanted him as vice-captain.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I am usually speaking with him and now he is more confident and more mature in the Premier League compared to when I arrived last year, he came only six months before me.‘He scored a lot of goals last year but has now also taken a big responsibility within the team and he is one of the captains who can manage in the dressing room.‘I will speak with him in my office, the hotel or the dressing room. First, we built a human connection and then as a player and then I know I can ask him what I want and what the team needs – he always listens and will always give his best to provide that. Advertisement Unai Emery explains how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as a leader at Arsenallast_img read more

first_imgPLEASANTON, Texas – More than opening night bragging rights are at stake for IMCA Modifieds this Saturday at I-37 Speedway.  Pit passes are $30, car and driver is $50. Local sponsor for the Modified division is Simpson Safety Equipment. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot laps and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $6 for kids ages six to 12 and free for ages five and under.  The March 7 main event pays $1,000 to win, with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth as well as IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis South Central Region, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points at stake. last_img read more

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanStudents posed for a photo at the USC Marshall Consulting and Strategy Fall Career Night Thursday at Town and Gown. The event was hosted by the Marshall Consulting and Strategy Club. The club hopes to provide its members with access to opportunities in the consulting field.last_img

first_img$40 for covered booth, approximately 10×10 feetThe Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up for sellers will be on Friday, May 1 from noon to 10 p.m. The doors will be locked after set up Friday evening and security will be on site until the event opens Saturday.Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day on May 2 to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day.For more information on the May 2 Secondhand Safari, or to reserve your booth, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org. Facebook213Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County FairPut a spring in your step and money in your wallet this season by reserving a booth for the annual Secondhand Safari at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.Saturday, May 2 will be a springtime extravaganza of buyers, sellers, swappers and traders, with over 1,500 visitors and 100 vendors in years past. Along with garage sale booths, the Secondhand Safari will also have educational booths, a free book and magazine exchange, entertainment, food, and more. This year, admission to Secondhand Safari is just $1 all day long, so get ready for bargain hunters galore!Not sure if you have enough gently used treasures for a booth? Secondhand Safari is a great opportunity to clean out the clutter and make a tidy sum for your family group, school club, church, charity or scouting club.Outdoor spaces and covered spaces for the May 2 event are available to anyone with gently used treasures to swap or sell. Call the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 to reserve your booth:$25 for outdoor booth, approximately 10×10 feetlast_img read more

first_imgOlivier Giroud is planning to “stick in there” at Chelsea, with there no plans on his part to push for a transfer despite slipping behind Alvaro Morata in the Blues pecking order.The 2018-19 campaign is shaping up to be another which sees the World Cup-winning striker face a battle for regular playing time.Giroud has been handed starts by Maurizio Sarri this term, but has seen Spanish team-mate Morata return to form over recent weeks to nail down the role of lone frontman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! At 32 years of age, and with exit talk having first surfaced over the summer, it has been suggested that he may need a move in January, especially if he wants to stay in contention for the France national team.Giroud is, however, adamant that he sees his future at Stamford Bridge, telling Telefoot of his current situation: “I came back late from the World Cup. Morata played.“With the national team in September, a goal against the Netherlands did me good. After that, when I came back to Chelsea, I played several matches as a starter.“Today, the coach has introduced healthy competition. Morata started again, he played well.“It is true that we were having issues in the effectiveness department, he scored and things are going better.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea 2018-19Giroud added on the transfer gossip: “Would I have to consider a departure to keep my place in the national team? I feel like it is as if we are where we were several months ago when I was being asked the same questions before the World Cup.“Today I am calm, happy with this World Cup title. I don’t need to put myself under more pressure than that.“Of course, I am a competitor and I would like more playing time. But I am in a very big club, with very big players.“I am going to fight and for the moment, it is not a question about seeking a departure. I am going to stick in there and do not expect me to give up.”Giroud has made 12 appearances for Chelsea this season, but only four starts have come in the Premier League.He has just one goal to his name so far, with his account for 2018-19 finally opened during a Europa League clash with BATE on November 8.last_img read more

first_imgMilan, Oct 19 (AFP) Engulfed in turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo will look to pick up where he left off on the pitch as Juventus host Genoa in Serie A on Saturday before next week’s trip to his former club Manchester United in the Champions League.Ronaldo shrugged off explosive rape allegations to score for the champions in their last Serie A game against Udinese before the international break on October 6 to keep Juventus’s 100 percent record after eight games.The allegations made by 34-year-old American Kathryn Mayorga, that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, threaten to engulf the Portuguese superstar in a lengthy legal battle.Ronaldo, 33, issued a statement to “firmly deny the accusations” but was left out of Portugal’s squad for this month’s 3-1 friendly win over Scotland, and 3-2 Nations League victory against Poland.Juventus have stood behind their star signing and he will look to help the reigning champions maintain their six-point lead on second-placed Napoli, ahead of next week’s visit to Old Trafford where he became a star.”Goals, pains, tears and the case in the USA — the first 100 days at Juventus,” wrote Gazzetta dello Sport.”With Juventus it’s a honeymoon,” the newspaper added of the former Real Madrid player’s three months in Turin, “but the Mayorga case…” It was business as usual at training for Ronaldo who posted a photo of himself listening to coach Massimiliano Allegri’s instructions on social media Thursday with the ‘thumb up’ emoji.Their rivals are Genoa, in 11th, but with Europe’s top scorer this season in Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek.advertisementThe 23-year-old Pole has scored nine goals in seven games for Genoa, who have a match in hand, compared to Ronaldo’s four.The young player, who arrived from Cracovia for four million euros ($4.6 million) in the summer, was relishing coming up against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world right now and in my view the greatest there has ever been,” said Piatek.”I’d like to give my jersey to Ronaldo and maybe get his.” Genoa also switched coaches during the break with Ivan Juric replacing Davide Ballardini.”Genoa have changed coach and they will want to make a good impression here in Turin,” said Juventus full-back Mattia De Sciglio.”Against the Rossoblu (Genoa) it’s always a tough game, and after the international break it’s even harder to start again.” Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli visit Udinese ahead of their trip Wednesday to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.Inter Milan, third, two points adrift of Napoli, face city rivals AC Milan in the first derby of the season in the San Siro, before travelling to Barcelona three days later.”It’s the game the city most looks forward to,” said Inter captain Mauro Icardi. “The goal for Inter remains to reduce the gap with Juventus and Napoli.” Roma host SPAL looking to stretch their run to four league wins in a row before welcoming CSKAMoscow in the Stadio Olimpico, as city rivals Lazio, in fourth, travel to Parma.Meanwhile, ex-Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura returns to coaching bidding to guide tailenders Chievo to their first win of the season.It will be Ventura’s first match since being sacked last November after Italy failed to reach the World Cup finals.”I’m experiencing this new beginning with the enthusiasm of a child,” said Ventura, 70, who replaced Lorenzo D’Anna. AFP BSBSlast_img read more