By Lily Yu

Your family is probably soon headed back to a school-year schedule, but don’t let the busyness of a new academic year leave you without time for others. Consider adding these volunteer and give-back opportunities to your calendar.

Give Time

Reading Power

This organization knows that “all children deserve to reach their intellectual potential.” That’s why they offer one-on-one tutoring to kids in pre-K through 2nd grade at underserved schools. Reading Power is increasing its program and is in need of more tutors. Learn more about becoming a tutor and fill out the Tutor Application.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

If you have an extra hour to spare, sign up for a repack session and take the time to repack large quantities of food into individual servings so that it can be redistributed to food pantries for those in need. If you’re feeling especially competitive, have a friendly competition between you and your friends to see who can repack the most within the given time. You’ll be surprised to see how fast time flies and how much can get accomplished.


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MARTINSBURG — Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital this week has named three women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2019 Women of Distinction.

They will be recognized at the 15th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall on Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

Nominated by community members, Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Christina Johnson and Audrey Morris were selected by their peers for outstanding volunteerism in the community, contributions to their professions, and being exemplary role models for girls, according to a release from the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

“They each clearly epitomize this year’s theme for the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award: ‘Girls the World Needs,’” the release said.

Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix is Shepherd University’s 16th president and its first graduate ever to lead the school; her undergraduate degree was in pre-med/biology. She holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University in anatomy and was a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in anatomy/cell biology. Hendrix is currently on the Board of Directors at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences; she chairs the National Disease Research Interchange Board, which is partially funded by NIH; she serves on the Board of Directors for Research!America, a not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make health research a higher national priority; and also serves on the Chicago Council for Science and Technology, and the Executive Advisory Board for Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. Additionally, she serves locally on the Meritus Medical Center’s Board of Directors in Hagerstown.

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CHICAGOMay 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — KDM President and Founder Kimberly Moore was recently honored with The Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s (C2ST) Young Professional Award for her work to increase awareness in STEM fields for underrepresented youth through her nonprofit organization, Calculated Genius, Inc. On the same day, Moore’s company, KDM Engineering, was named one of Women Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies at their 12th annual awards ceremony in Charlotte, NC. KDM has been ranked 15th among this year’s WPO 50 Fastest list.

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Chicago is home to many of the world’s largest scientific powerhouses and one organization is making sure Chicagoans know about the cutting-edge work that is being conducted around them. The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) works to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of science and technology and their impact on society.

The council has grown to encompass much of the Chicago area and done its best to create a place where anyone from anywhere can come to learn. In the past 11 years, C2ST has developed quality public STEM programming that showed the wealth of science and technology talent in the region while clearly defining societal implications of the research showcased.


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When Gina Roxas was about four years old, she was hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia.

Heartbroken at being separated from her family, she ripped the IVs out of her arms, cried and refused to eat while in the hospital. Her condition deteriorated, and doctors had to restrain her.

One day, her father came to visit her and told doctors he’d see what he could do about his daughter’s illness.

“He grabbed me, wrapped me in a blanket and walked out the door,” Roxas said. “And he [carried me to] my great-grandmother’s (house) and gave me to her. And she healed me. She healed me with her prayers, with her teas and with her herbal rubs. It’s not scientifically proven that I was healed, but I’m still here, right?”


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By Jeff McMahon, Opinion, Forbes

Invasive trees have demonstrated their adaptive mettle, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that they are likely to outperform natives as climate change alters growing conditions. But a U.S. Forest Service analysis shows the invaders hold a dramatic advantage.

“A lot of our least vulnerable species are invasive species,” said Leslie Brandt, a climate change specialist for the United States Forest Service.

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