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Community Replenishes Food Pantry for National Day of Service

National Day of Service Volunteers Stock Food Pantry You might not know that around 240 families depend each month on the quiet little East Tennessee church to help them make ends meet.  But volunteers distribute canned, boxed and even frozen foods on a regular basis.  Grace Lutheran opened its doors this past weekend so the […]

Continue Reading By on January 21, 2013 in community, food, poverty, volunteer

Faith Communities Flock to Heifer Ranch

It’s typical to find the parking lot filled with church vans at Heifer Ranch.  Groups pay their way to experience lives of poverty in the Global Village.  They come from all over. They come from many different churches, not necessarily touting the same religious message. I asked assistant manager Diane Gunvalson why she thinks Heifer […]

Continue Reading By on April 19, 2012 in agriculture, faith, poverty

How Arkansas Livestock Became Ambassadors

Dog Protecting Sheep at Heifer Ranch More than 65 million people have been touched by the giving that continues today through Heifer International.  Founder Dan West helped organize the first shipment of heifers to Puerto Rico in 1944, after he’d been inspired doing relief work in the Spanish Civil War.  The Midwestern farm boy thought […]

Continue Reading By on April 18, 2012 in agriculture, farming, poverty

Arkansas Ranch with Global Mission Reach

Listening to the rooster and petting the goats were the fun experiences my kids enjoyed the morning after our overnight stay at Heifer Ranch.  Having spent my entire childhood on a working family farm, I expressed how nostalgic our visit felt when I met Operations and Volunteer Manager Diane Gunvalson for our interview.  Gunvalson smiled […]

Continue Reading By on April 17, 2012 in agriculture, farming, green, poverty, sustainable

More Rocky Tops at Risk in Tennessee

Residents who proudly belt out Rocky Top at the top of their lungs on game day still haven’t raised their voices loudly enough to stop the destruction of their prized mountains.  A few Tennessee lawmakers have managed to once again bury legislation that would have offered some measure of protection against mountaintop removal mining. The […]

Continue Reading By on March 29, 2012 in Appalachia, clean air, clean water, environmental, poverty

Expanding Healthcare for Appalachia’s Neediest

Expanding healthcare for Appalachia’s neediest: Space for Free Medical Clinic The neediest in Appalachian coal country can find an occasional helping hand from medical professionals willing to donate their services.  Folks near Williamson, West Virginia are still signing up for free help once a month from Dr. Donovan Beckett and his team.  His scheduler says January’s […]

Continue Reading By on January 5, 2012 in agriculture, Appalahia, eating better, poverty, sustainable