The First Step Towards Reforesting the World is Sympathy

The Amazon, the Atlantic Forest, the Congo Basin, Eastern Australia, and Sumatra are just a few examples of forested areas that are home to some of the world’s best biodiversity hot spots. But according to the World Wildlife Foundation, these are just five regions out of eleven that are at significant risk for “catastrophic deforestation … Read moreThe First Step Towards Reforesting the World is Sympathy

Libraries Represent an Open Community

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There are three doors that slide open with jerks, like zippers on thrift store jackets, revealing book displays and yellow circulation pencils. Since elementary school, I’ve entered the doors to my local city’s public library countless times. Growing up, I never saw my parents reading. As first-generation immigrants, they said they didn’t have time. But … Read moreLibraries Represent an Open Community

Leave a Legacy for Children

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It’s a scene I’ve been a part of countless times:  I’m tutoring a young girl – Mariam – after school on Chicago’s South Side. When she needs a break, we read a graphic novel about a caveman family. She reads the pages on the left, while I read the pages on the right. When we … Read moreLeave a Legacy for Children

Raising a Child to be a Citizen

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Raising a child to be a citizen is an immense challenge. A citizen is someone who has a desire to understand the world, and a commitment to improving it. The global problems of today can seem so large that individuals feel their actions would be meaningless. This apathy cannot be an option forever. Without a … Read moreRaising a Child to be a Citizen

Working to Bridge the Age Gap

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When I first started playing violin, I began by learning the names and functions of each part of the delicate instrument. As a second-grader, the memorization was a daunting task; the only part of the instrument I could consistently recall was the bridge: a small, curved piece of wood whose function is to hold the … Read moreWorking to Bridge the Age Gap

Announcing Spring 2020 Scholarship Winners

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We are excited to announce the top 10 winners and 10 honorable mention winners in our 2020 Spring Essay Scholarship Contest. UCA created this scholarship contest for the purpose of encouraging the next generation to think about how to create more caring in the world. The association is excited to award students for promoting a … Read moreAnnouncing Spring 2020 Scholarship Winners

Bored in Quarantine

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As we are in month two of this quarantine, we are likely finding ourselves “bored”.  It’s completely understandable with services, businesses and restaurants closed (or only doing take out).  We have all lived in a world where we come and go and do as we please. To being restricted has been hard on everyone in … Read moreBored in Quarantine

Safely Networking in Local Communities

At this difficult time during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we all stay connected.   Reaching out to our family, neighbors and loved-ones means finding new ways to connect and discovering resources we need to help one another. Some of us are living alone — single parents, seniors and elderly – where it is important … Read moreSafely Networking in Local Communities

Pause, Inhale and Exhale

This is a difficult time for many people. The last couple months have been tough for pretty much everyone. Pause, then inhale and exhale. Some people are sick or have family members sick from Covid-19.  Some have lost jobs and are worried about their future.  Some are deemed essential workers and are putting their health … Read morePause, Inhale and Exhale

How Are You?

When someone asks “how are you”, do they really care?  Is the response we give authentic or honest or caring?  In the middle of a pandemic, there is no more important first question to ask our family, coworkers, friends or neighbors. In the grip of fear that people are experiencing, a little caring goes a … Read moreHow Are You?