Author: Karen M. Sughrue

“I Couldn’t Be A Foster Mom: This is the Next Best Thing”

Char Williams is “a voice for foster children.” Her encore story is the latest to be featured by our media partner, The Christian Science Monitor. At a church meeting in her community of Tennessee Valley, Texas, Williams learned that the national organization CASA — Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children -– needed volunteers to help shepherd the cases […]

His Promise to Rural Teens: “I Have Your Back.”

The latest Encore.org story featured by our media partner, The Christian Science Monitor, is that of William Lah, who found his encore through an Americorps program called “Promise Fellows.” “Among the ‘promises’ we make at the start of each school year is that our students will have a caring adult in their life, no matter […]

Bonnie Chang coaches immigrants to become U.S. citizens and cherish their right to vote

The latest Encore.org story featured by our media partner, The Christian Science Monitor, is that of Bonnie Chang, whose encore is helping prepare Asian immigrants to pass the U.S. citizenship test. “In my classes, I see more and more students seeking the freedoms that come with American citizenship,” she says. Chang was born in Taiwan […]

This 80-Something “MaMa” Volunteers with Ex-Gang Members

The latest Encore.org story featured by our media partner, The Christian Science Monitor, showcases Constance Caruso, a fund-raising volunteer at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, a rehabilitation program for former street gang members. Homeboy offers an “exit ramp” to those stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration, training and supporting 10,000 people each year. […]

Art and Activism, Stitch by Stitch

The latest Encore.org story featured by our media partner The Christian Science Monitor profiles Nedra Bonds, who creates “quilts with a message.” Bonds, a retired educator and social worker, started quilting at age six. But in the 1980s, when a controversial landfill was proposed for her town, she decided to use her art to make […]

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