Volunteer Week Contest 2013

Thank you for all of your stories! We are overwhelmed with the tremendous response … and the amazing stories you have to tell!

Celebrating Volunteerism!

National Volunteer Week 2013 was April 21–27 – a time for us to recognize and honor those of you who donate your time, energy, and skills in the community because you have a sincere desire to make a difference.

One winning submission was chosen for each day of National Volunteer Week, for a total of seven $500 winners. Check back often as the winning stories will be posted below. For more amazing, heartfelt, stories, visit the IBO section of the site.

Opening Up Their Hearts and Their Home

Opening Up Their Hearts and Their Home

October 7, 2013 0 comments

If you saw the movie, “The Blind Side,” you’ve had a sneak peek at Chris and Sheryl Solberg’s story. It started with a sermon at their church. “The pastor talked about ‘outlandish love’ where you identify a need and just overwhelm it with love,” recalls Sheryl. “The message I heard …Read Full Story

Building Robots Helps Kids Build Life Skills

Building Robots Helps Kids Build Life Skills

October 4, 2013 0 comments

Building a robot is much more than fun; it’s a way for kids to learn skills they’ll use all their lives, not to mention the education they’ll get in science and technology. Nobody knows this better than IBO Christopher Stratton, a volunteer mentor for local high school students in the …Read Full Story

Foundation Honors Selfless Father

Foundation Honors Selfless Father

October 3, 2013 1 comment

In November 2011, IBO Angela Heppleston suffered a devastating loss when her father, Michael Moran, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at age 63. “After his passing I started looking for a way to not only keep his memory alive and continue his legacy, but to honor the great man he …Read Full Story

The Power of a Smile

The Power of a Smile

September 25, 2013 0 comments

It is early morning in Guatemala City. The sounds of church bells ringing and the echoes of children singing are coming from an orphanage. Their voices float above the walls that separate them from the violence and danger of the city. This is Hogar Rafael Ayau, where IBO Alexia Johnson …Read Full Story

No rest for this retiree!

No rest for this retiree!

September 5, 2013 0 comments

Duane Fay gets made up as a woman as part of the fun for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Many Independent Business Owners look forward to the time when they can retire from their day jobs and maybe do a little volunteering in their communities. IBO Duane Fay, …Read Full Story

Citizen Cox

Citizen Cox

July 22, 2013 0 comments

Vance hands Melissa Hammerquist , President of the Flower Mound Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, one of the five Streamlight Stinger DS LED Flashlights the Amway donation helped purchase for patrol officers and sergeants. IBO Vance Cox probably never imagined himself assisting police officers with traffic control, helping round up …Read Full Story

Horseback Riding: A Special Activity for Children with Special Needs

Horseback Riding: A Special Activity for Children with Special Needs

July 19, 2013 0 comments

Riding Hope began 10 years ago with a dream two mothers had for their daughters. What started with one horse, five children with special needs, and 10 volunteers has grown into an amazing organization, that has served more than 100 children and involved more than 100 volunteers, including 12 horses. …Read Full Story