Try doing a Google image search for the word “homeless.”

You’ll find pages and pages of photos that reflect the stereotypes associated with the word: bench naps, shopping carts full of belongings, hand-lettered cardboard signs. But those images don’t adequately capture those who fall within this overgeneralized category. …


Summer is in full swing. Your kids are out of school and staying busy with camp, friends, and video games. Can you make time to work some charitable giving into their schedules?

If you think your kids are too young to be encouraged to help others, consider this: children have…


On proverbs, Norman Rockwell, and how to really support dads in need this Father’s Day

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

That saying reminds me of Norman Rockwell’s 1929 painting “Catching the Big One,” which depicts a little boy fishing in a stream with his grandfather.

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You’d never need help, right? Play this computer game for five minutes and see just how hard it is for underemployed families to survive.

“It’s just stuff until you don’t have it.”

That’s the tagline for the browser game Spent.

The game, which was designed as a joint project by creative agency McKinney and the nonprofit Urban Ministries of Durham, opens with this: “UMD serves over 6,000 people every year. But you’d never need…


Reflection on the Random Acts of Kindness movement and how to modernize it through NeighborShare.

When was the last time you did something kind for a stranger?

It’s almost instinctive to want to do nice, unexpected things for people you know and care about.

But to deliberately do something benevolent for a person you’ve never met takes more of a conscious effort.

Anyone who was…

Vicki Matthews-Arszman

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