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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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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.

Arizona – Volunteering for Friends of the Phoenix Public Library

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During my childhood, libraries were my playground. There was always the promise of something both soothing and exciting between the shelves lined with books. I would spend hours amongst characters that became as familiar as friends. As we moved from state to state, these characters were the familiar amongst the frightening and unknown. I could live in a town where I knew no one, yet feel at home in any library the first time I…
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Ohio – Volunteering at Weathervane Playhouse

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Although I am not very long into my journey, I can safely guess that volunteering at Weathervane Playhouse will be one of my most favorite stops. Weathervane has been my “home” for the past few years. The people – my family. I had always planned for this to be my “Ohio stop” on my journey, and so just a few short weeks after officially leaving, I made my return in order to volunteer during one…
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