The Intriguing Intangibles of Volunteering

by Terriann Matejcek Tell me something I don’t already know… Everybody knows that volunteering is needed by agencies, communities, churches and cities – just to name a few – because funding is always tight and often falls short. There are always jobs or tasks that no one really wants...

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Behind the Lens: Reflections of a Hammer Intern

by Eric Duffert After coming fresh off of an amazing four-month study abroad and internship experience in Florence, Italy, I thought no matter what summer job or internship I ended up landing back in my home state, it would be a massive disappointment by comparison. But then I discovered Hammer....

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Hammer: Providing Hope Around the World

by Melissa Diamond, Public Affairs Intern It sounds counter-intuitive to say that my work with Hammer has led me around the world, but it’s true. I began volunteering at Hammer in high school and began to work at the Day Program immediately after graduation. Even when I am away at college in...

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Living Healthy Starts With Attitude

by Melissa Hutchins “True change takes place in the imagination” – Thomas Moore I exercise all the time. I eat healthy. I almost never drink pop. I am losing weight. I am strong. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  I am healthy.  I hear these statements every day from the...

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The Importance of Storytelling

by Tom Gillespie “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  ― Philip Pullman Storytelling is as old as human interaction. Stories help us interact and understand each other. They help us grow as individuals on a smaller level, and cultures and...

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Hammer Travel: A Social Enterprise

by Josh Senso Hammer Travel (providing customized travel services for people with developmental disabilities), a subsidiary of Hammer Residences (a residential service provider for people with developmental disabilities), is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA). I recently attended a...

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Living in the Moment

by Elspeth Allsopp I don’t know about you, but I have grown tired of a certain conversation that many of us participate in daily. It goes something like this: “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, thanks. And you?” “Fine.” I doubt that most of us are honestly fine when we tell our peers that we are. We all...

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