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For many volunteer firefighters, balancing outside jobs, family and friends, and any additional extracurricular endeavors is often a struggle, but Lieutenant Devon Collins says it hasn’t been that complicated for him, and his family particularly understands. “It’s actually quite simple at the moment. My dad was an NYPD search and rescue scuba diver for 20 years,” Collins says, “so he and my mom are quite a bit more immune to the worrying that my friends parents likely feel knowing that their son voluntarily runs into burning buildings.” Even in spite of the hazards of his volunteer post, Collins counts himself lucky to be carrying on the family tradition of selfless service. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest to share the personal stories of Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in Breezy Point, New York. Here, we take a closer look into the life of Lieutenant Devon Collins; his firehouse, what motivated him to become a volunteer firefighter, and the daily struggles and triumphs of his profession.

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Craig Newmark Launches a Do-Gooder Version of "Missed Connections"

The Craigslist founder has a new mission: to "connect and protect organizations that are doing good stuff."


As it turns out, the biggest thing in Craig Newmark's life right now is not selling your old bike on Craigslist. (Though to be fair, the website he founded in 1995 is pretty darn big by any standard: It's one of the top 10 most visited English-language websites on the internet).

Craigconnects is his life's work now and is on a mission to "connect and protect organizations that are doing good stuff." The site spotlights companies doing positive work in categories including Veterans' Issues, Technology for Social Good, Community Building, and Journalism Integrity. Launched on March 8th, it's off to a ringing start with more than 20,000 views, 1,200 Facebook Likes, and hundreds of organizations submitted within the first 24 hours. Hoping to bridge the gap between concerned citizens and great causes, Craigconnects is like the do-gooder twin to Craiglists's infamous Missed Connections page. To learn more, we checked in with Newmark via email to hear his take on how to save the world.

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@GOOD Asks: Do You Volunteer? If Not, What Would Entice You? The Community Answers

GOOD readers talk to us about their volunteering habits. @jenniferadunn loves using her professional skills to help the community grow.

Yesterday on GOOD, Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: Do you volunteer? If not, what would entice you? We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

Check out a few responses from our Twitter followers:

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City Year: New City, New Students, Same Purpose

City Year corps members based in Los Angeles and New York write about their experiences.

City Year corps members based in Los Angeles and New York write about their experiences.

It was the day after Labor Day when my City Year Los Angeles team serving at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School met the school’s faculty and staff. City Year has been in Los Angeles since 2007, but this is the first year that Stevenson Middle School has had a City Year team, so many of the teachers had yet to be introduced to our purpose in the school and in their classrooms.

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City Year corps members based in Los Angeles write about their experiences.

As I sat on the plane en route to Boston, drifting in and out of consciousness, my few scattered thoughts revolved around expectations.This was my second City Year Academy, the first one as a staff member and the first one with prior knowledge of what Academy is supposed to look like.

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