Author Archives: esralston

Birthday Dreams for All: Providing Birthday Parties for Children of Struggling Families

Happy New Year! Here is my first Parentmap post of 2014. I love the idea of volunteers coming together to pull off a party for kids whose families can’t afford this luxury. Now that 2014 is off to a good … Continue reading

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Experiencing Another Culture Without Leaving Home

If you have ever thought about hosting someone from another country in your home, this article I wrote might convince you it’s a great idea. It’s not for everyone, but it has been a fun experience for me and my … Continue reading

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Finding Joy in the Simple Things

This morning, in the car on the way to school, we were stopped at a light at an intersection just off the highway that is usually frequented by low-income or homeless people selling the newspaper, Real Change. They buy the … Continue reading

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Global Service Opportunities for Teens

At long last, my piece on global service opportunities for teens is out! This was great fun to write and there was a lot of information to sift through. Happy holidays!

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The Philippines Disaster: What Can I Do (or Not Do)?

In case you are wondering how you can help, check out my blog¬†on “How NOT to help in times of disaster.”

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The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss

I’ve been meaning to post about The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss for a while. I’ve been working with the E.D. and founder, Paige Stringer, for the last few months on various things, including writing this article¬†that just … Continue reading

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A Different Way of Giving for Birthdays and Holidays

I’ve been working on researching for an article I just finished for the Parentmap print magazine about global service trips for teens (stay tuned- it’s coming out later this month), which is why you haven’t seen me posting much lately. … Continue reading

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3rd Graders are named Outstanding Young Philanthropists of 2013

I just wrote a very fun article about how 3rd grade students at Ordway Elementary School on Bainbridge Island have become intimately involved in a project that helps a community on Ometepe, an island in Lake Nicaragua. Makes me wish … Continue reading

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An Awesome Type of Philanthropy: Self-Care

At the beginning of September, I decided to give myself an early birthday present. It would be a four-day silent meditation retreat. The retreat itself was actually 10 days long, but I could not take that much time off from … Continue reading

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