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  • Ben Block

    Great post Jordan! I am a huge believer in what you are advocating here:

    "Each of us has skills that are needed or simply things we love to do that we don’t get to do at work...Go and find a local group. There is one in your community that needs you, and you may find you need them too."

    Many of the times I have felt best in my life have been after helping someone else, and I fully recognize the healing power that can have.

    • Jelena Woehr

      Welcome, Ben! Science totally backs you up on that point, too. What kind of helping do you do? Are you in an entrepreneurial bent like Jordan?

      • Ben Block

        Hey Jelena. I have been wired to "pitch in" for most of my life, informally with things/people I come across and formal volunteering. That said, yes I do have an entrepreneurial side too. It's funny you should ask as I am actually trying to combine the two sides in a new venture. Check it out at I would love to have your feedback!

        • Jelena Woehr

          Seems a bit like Catchafire meets Modest Needs, both being sites I enjoy! I found it a little odd that I couldn't browse listings without creating an account. I think people will want to know that the listings available are relevant to them and that there are local listings in their area before committing to an account. The Portland startup Switchboard does something similar, but with a more subreddit-style architecture. They're on GOOD:

          I bet the founder would be an interesting contact for you!

  • Erin Morioka

    Very touching. It makes me want to get up and volunteer right now!

  • John Wynn

    Truly an inspirational story. Thank you. I wish you well my friend/

  • Elisa Huang

    Such an inspiring story. What a great reminder to us all that we need to stop and remember to pursue our passion--and that there is always a way to find a path ahead, even in the face of tough challenges. Thanks so much for sharing Jordan!