Walden Service and Japan Relief

Recently I learned that members of the Walden community served an astounding 464,142 hours of volunteer service in 2010 under the Walden Service Network!   What a wonderful promotion of social change!

Now we are faced with another opportunity to have a positive impact in a very dire situation.  The devastation in Japan seems more grave with each passing hour.  It is hard to imagine three major disasters in 3 days; they have faced an earthquake, a tsunami, and now a possible nuclear disaster. 

I encourage all members of the Walden community to send your support to Japan, whether it’s your financial support or empathy – all forms of support are very important during this tragic time.  For lists of relief organizations that could use your support, please see:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/11/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-relief_n_834484.html or http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

I’ve witnessed several terrific fundraising efforts in my local community such as charging employees $5 to wear jeans to work, collecting voluntary donations at a professional development meeting, and posting links to relief organizations on Facebook and other social networking sites.  It’s wonderful to see such empathy and outreach during this difficult time.  Let’s keep “paying it forward” however we can.

Lisa Cook, Director of Career Services