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A different summer sun

With several years of volunteering experience under our belts, my kids and I always look forward to a new opportunity to pay it forward.

And with summer just around the corner, it is another chance for us to give back and brighten someone’s day.

This time, though, it will be a bit lengthier project.

The entire summer, that is.

With confidence, I delivered the news to my children that their summer will be quite short-lived of the typical sun and surf, but made sure to convince them that they will experience an entirely new kind of sunshine.


I immediately went to the website of the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, an organization that turns 30 this year that has brightened many lives of families, businesses and those in need along its way.

Just last month, the Volunteer Center crowned Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Center Valley and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown as winners of the 2014 Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge, among 15 Lehigh Valley businesses that completed community volunteer projects.

And what I found when I went to the Volunteer Center website was a convenient and easily navigable way to find a summer-long youth volunteer project for each of the kids.

My son requested to work with the elderly, and my daughter longs to work with animals.


I am more than surprised and proud of their eagerness and enthusiasm to give up a large portion of their summer to help in the community in which they live.

This experience will represent the seed that I am certain will grow into many more years of them giving back, and one that will mold them into respectable adults.

So, it looks like the real sun and sand will have to wait until the weekends, when the three of us are done working.

Or should I say, when we are on a mini-break from making a difference.

For more information on the 2014 Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge:





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