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    The Center for Public Service would like to recognize two special days celebrated all over the world that help bring positive change to the world and communities. On October 2, International Day of Non-violence is observed by the United Nations in honor Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhi was a peaceful activist who believed that people could change the world through non-violent protests and social activism. The Center for Public Service is featuring a government spotlight on International Day of Non-violence in recognition of this important day. 

    The Center for Public Service is also recognizing Make a Difference Day, celebrated on October 24, 2015. Make a Difference Day is sponsored by Points of Light and USA Weekend to help promote community service and help improve the lives of others and communities around the world. To commemorate these special days we invite you to explore the Center for Public Service this month and read about organizations and people who are making a difference in the world and the lives of others through volunteering. Below is a list of volunteer and International Day of Non-violence topics you may want to read more about. You can also explore the news and events section to find out about public service related news and events.

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    Kaplan University Helps Educate Youth on Lessons From 1963 March on Washington

    Dr. Bernice A King, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and civil rights legends lead national conversation with students grades 4-12 to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. 

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    Faculty Spotlight: Julie Riley

    Julie Riley, chair of the human services program, works with Family Promise, an organization that helps keep families together by temporarily housing families in churches and varied community housing so they can all stay together. Learn more about her work in the human services field and helping families.

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    Erin Carr-Jordan Will Lend Her Expertise to the Arizona Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for Infants and Toddlers

    Erin Carr-Jordan will lend her expertise to the Arizona Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for Infants and Toddlers.

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    Dr. Toi Dennis—Making a Difference

    During the months of October and November 2013, Dr. Dennis will host the 1st Annual Operation Warm-Up in an effort to help the less fortunate stay warm during the winter months ahead. Please see below to learn more about Operation Warm-Up.

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    Government Spotlight: International Day of Non-Violence


    In 2007, a new resolution was introduced that distilled the essence of the organization’s founding mission of abandoning violence as an acceptable means for achieving social and political change.


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    Nonprofit Spotlight: PTSD Foundation of America

    The PTSD Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping combat veterans and their families cope with post traumatic stress. 

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    Government Spotlight: United We Serve


    United We Serve was launched by President Obama to help promote volunteerism and public service during lean economic times.


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    VOLUNTEERMATCH: Connect With People and Create a Change, Together.

    VolunteerMatch is an online resource that lists over 90,000 nonprofit organizations in need of assistance.

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    Volunteering and Psychological Health

    By Yasmeen Aleem

    Volunteering involves a commitment of one’s time, energy, and/or resources to benefit others, with no expectation of reward or compensation. Millions of Americans volunteer in many different ways, dedicating anywhere from a few hours per month to several hours per week to assisting others.

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    Making a Difference—Volunteerism at Kaplan University

    Recognition is not the reason volunteers choose to help—volunteers help because they care. At Kaplan University, we have a foundational belief in serving our communities and encouraging and facilitating others to do the same. 

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