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July 2, 2021
Shamika Rainer has never been one to sit idle. Nor is she the type to wait for opportunity to come knocking. Her motto: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” For Rainer, it’s a philosophy that has fueled her life’s work. “I create opportunities,” said the 35-year-old with an infectious and vivacious...
The etymology of the word “volunteer” began with the Latin word, “velle,” which means “to wish.” Originally, the word conveyed the feeling of wishing, but later, came to mean the action of wishing, or the will of doing something. The modern-day definition of volunteerism usually is associated with community and the actions of members who...
Everyone has an interest or skill that could be put to good use by volunteering. Perhaps you have an interest in caring for animals, feeding the hungry, tutoring children, building houses for the homeless or responding to disasters around the U.S. or world. Whether you to choose to volunteer by giving of your time, talent...
When it comes to money matters, young parents who are just starting out have a lot to juggle. They might be paying off student loan debt and saving for their first home, all while raising kids. But it’s also a time when young families might be the most financially vulnerable should the unexpected strike. To...
When it comes to women that have made a difference in style, Grace Kelly tops the list. The 1950s Hollywood starlet is the epitome of elegance (tied with Audrey Hepburn). Many of the outfits that Kelly wore in her prime are looks considered to be timeless. Here are easy tips for how you can embrace...
Let’s be realistic: All women make a difference. You should take this moment to acknowledge how much you contribute and your daily impact. How we share our skillset is a reflection of our time management and organization. As a professional organizer, I know firsthand that creating, maintaining and sticking to an action plan, a.k.a. “instruction...
Think back to planning your wedding day or your last big purchase. There was likely a fair amount of preparation involved. In the case of your wedding, perhaps you visited various venues or vendors to know your options; and chose music, flowers or foods that best fit your preferences. Perhaps you stepped up your fitness...
As we begin to awaken from COVID–19, I would like to recognize a group of special champions in our community: Essential workers. When we typically think about heroes, we think of someone who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of courage, strength and ingenuity. What could possibly be more dignified than lovingly...
Julie Schulte’s devotion to service keeps her going places. The Dubuquer has responded to natural disasters and other crises 17 times since 2017 as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. “She is compassion in action,” said Jolene Carpenter, disaster program manager for the Red Cross in Dubuque. “She brings an unbelievable skill set and...
While mentoring bright, ambitious younger women has given me abundant joy more than 40 years in journalism, I have come to realize how much my mentees have mentored me. Consider Lori, whom I met in a small writers group when I was a young mother writing freelance for newspapers and magazines, and she was a...
Rhubarb polarizes people. My sister-in-law offered us the rhubarb from her garden. Many friends decline a slice of rhubarb pie no matter how attractive the crust is latticed. That’s OK. More for the rest of us. Rhubarb is super-easy to grow — especially in the Midwest — and it comes back every year with little...
While the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close, there are plenty of ways for local students to keep learning during the summer months. Local educators said keeping kids academically engaged during the summer can help them grow as learners, as well as make the transition back to school in the fall a little...

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