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Jordan Merlo's Blog – January 2010 Archive (13)

1st Two-Week report

As a requirement for Loyolas internship program every two-weeks I will be writing a report on how my internship at Cabrini Connections is going. Though I have been working at Cabrini for a little over a month now this report is from the first several weeks of starting my internship. Hope you enjoy. If you have any questions on how to get an internship or where internship opportunities are open please feel free to leave a comment underneath and i'll be sure to reply asap.

Two-weeks… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 28, 2010 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

Workplace Fundraisers

Are you looking for more ways to get involved? Are you tired of just sitting behind your desk all day? Well, do I have an offer for you! Start a fundraiser at your workplace for Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection. More and more companies now allow donor choice as part of their annual workplace fundraising campaigns. Companies such as Abbott Labs, Allstate, Microsoft, Schwarz, Sargent & Lundy, LLC and GE have used donor-option to support Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 27, 2010 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Haiti and the United States

In October of 2009 I as well as several others traveled to Haiti with Life For the World. Our mission was to spread light and love to the people who have seldomly been abandoned for years. While prepping for my trip and talking to professors and friends about Haiti an overwhelming amount did not know where Haiti was or had they ever heard of the country. Haiti is… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 25, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Updates on Haiti

Below is a letter from Mike Fedele, founder and president of Life For the World

Please read all of our blogs at http://lifefortheworld.com/blogcentral or facebook "lifefortheworld"

Dear Friends of Haiti,

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your selfless work, all of your time, your money and most of all your heart for the broken people of Haiti and the children and adults at… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 22, 2010 at 11:16am — No Comments

Rebuilding the Haitian Spirit

Below is a letter from Mike Fedele , founder and president of Life For the World.

This is my fourth update since the terrible earthquake shook the ground Southwest of Port Au Prince and stole tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives, and ruined millions of others.

We founded and built Maranatha Orphanage and School in Source Matelas, Haiti eight years ago after finding unwanted and abandoned children on the streets of Port au Prince. The number of… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 20, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

After-school programs

Today, millions of children return to an empty home after school. When the school bell rings, the anxiety for parents often just begins. They worry about whether their children are safe, whether they are susceptible to drugs and crime. In response to this pressing concern, many communities have created after-school programs to keep children and youth out of trouble and engaged in activities that help them learn. Recent polls have found overwhelming adult support to personally ensure access to… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 20, 2010 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Getting Involved!


Trying to get people involved in nonprofit organizations such as Cabrini Connections can be difficult but I am impressed at what I have seen thus far. It has come to my knowledge that through networking and social media Cabrini Connections has become more well known, which gives me hope that as a result profits and volunteers will start to increase even more.

We all come from different backgrounds. And from our different experiences we became who we are today. I… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 13, 2010 at 1:25pm — No Comments

National Mentoring Month


January is National Mentoring Month. It is the time of year when our nation spotlights the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. When serving as a mentor you not only enrich the childs life, but your own as well.

Places such as Cabrini Connections who are becoming more well-known within its community are seeking… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 11, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

10 Things to do in January

As I'm sure you all already know, this month is National Mentoring Month and if you didn't know, you do now. So, what should you do? Listed below is a list of 10 things you can do for National Mentoring Month.

Dig in!

1.Become a mentor in your community.

2.Learn more about mentoring.

3.Partner with a… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 8, 2010 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Volunteering and your Health

Could it be? Could volunteering really benefit your health? Well, according to Mayo Clinic, Stephen Post, director of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and The Corporation for National and Community… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 8, 2010 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Finding places to volunteer

Having trouble finding places to volunteer that fit your needs and interests? Below are a few sites that can help you in your journey.






Added by Jordan Merlo on January 6, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Volunteering: Good for the Heart and Good for the Soul.

Since it is the beginning of the new year I have decided as my New Years resolution to get more people interested in volunteering. I feel that volunteering is an amazing, life altering experience that not only helps others but makes a difference, allows you to expand your horizons, and connect with your community. There is no other activity in life that could give you more of a natural high afterwards. I personally love to volunteer because I always meet new, interesting, genuine people who I… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 6, 2010 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Tis the Season to Give!

While sitting in my apartment, sipping tea and watching the snow fall I begin to wonder how those who are less fortunate survive the winter. As I look out to the West at any point during the day or night I can see the three buildings Cabrini-Green has to offer. Cabrini-Green housing projects are the most infamous in the country. Decades of poverty and violence have rendered them near inhabitable. They are currently being demolished and the residents are being relocated. Some will move near-by… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 4, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

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