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Ongoing List of Thank Yous!

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There are many people that have already assisted in making this dream of traveling the country to volunteer in every state a reality. I would not be able to do this without the encouragement, advice, offers of places to stay, the occasional free meal, gifts, work opportunities, etc. from so many people. Thank you, thank you – from the bottom of my heart – thank you! Your support – in whatever form – is so…
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Road Trip Love – Scion

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Note: It isn’t always easy traveling around the country to volunteer in every state. But there are a lot of gems I find along the way that make my life either easier, brighter or both – and I thought you may want to know about them, too. My Road Trip Love series will feature products or companies I encounter along the way. No, I’m not paid or given anything to write about any of these….
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Oregon – The Children’s Book Bank

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Although I had already completed my mission of performing volunteer work in Oregon (at the Spring Beer and Wine Fest), I found myself with some extra time in Portland. I decided to spend more time volunteering, and came across a FANTASTIC site for finding volunteer opportunities: HandsOnPortland. While browsing through the site, I came across a listing on their Projects Page for the The Children’s Book Bank. I was immediately intrigued. Not only have I…
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Washington – Direct to the People

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Since I began planning this road trip to volunteer in every state, people have suggested that I begin a crowd-funding campaign. I have never been a fan of the idea, simply because I can’t seem to justify a reason for it in my head. I know people want to be supportive – and I am soooo appreciative of their kindness. But I would rather there be some sort of give and take in exchange. (Hence…
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The Price of Happiness

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Two years ago I had what I call a quarter life crisis. I felt like I was watching my life pass me by. I commuted two hours and day and realized I spent too much of my life not living. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to live a life of purpose. I had an idea lingering in the back of my mind for…
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Q and A with Kristin Lajeunesse, Author of Will Travel For Vegan Food

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Every now and again I come across a story about somebody who is doing something completely unique, a little bit “crazy” (in a conventional world) and absolutely awesome. When I first read about a young woman traveling around the country in order to eat in every vegan restaurant, I was in the midst of planning my own solo road trip around the country. I felt an immediate kinship with her. Who else quits a job…
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Road Trip Love – Clif Bar

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Note: It isn’t always easy traveling around the country to volunteer in every state. But there are a lot of gems I find along the way that make my life either easier, brighter or both – and I thought you may want to know about them, too. My Road Trip Love series will feature products or companies I encounter along the way. No, I’m not paid or given anything to write about any of these….
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How to Find Volunteer Work While Traveling

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Traveling the US in order to perform volunteer work in every state can present a few challenges. While volunteers can help fill many gaps in an organization, and their collective hours can accomplish tasks they would otherwise be unable to complete, it isn’t always easy to find limited-time, last-minute volunteer work. Many volunteer positions require some amount of training, and organizations want to maximize their training efforts with volunteers that are committed to working for…
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Volunteering Against Hate

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When I first began formulating the idea for this trip, I planned to volunteer for a different cause / event / organization in each state. The idea was to have as many varied experiences as possible in order to highlight the many ways any person can help – no matter their skill or interest. Every person has value, and every person has something they can offer to another. I still believe this to be true,…
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Travel Journal Entry – Jan 1, 2015

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(The following is an entry from my travel journal, dated January 1, 2015. 12:30AM – Phoenix, AZ) Last year I remember making two promises to myself regarding this year’s New Year’s Eve. No matter what, 1) I won’t be in Ohio and 2) I will be somewhere warm. Well – one of two wasn’t bad.