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It is Said that everyone has a story, but here these stories are unique. Ask yourself just how many times you hear of real-life stories of service from blind people. On our blog, you get to read such stories. From AmeriCorps members, to individuals and groups, you will read about blind people doing many types of service work in different settings using different skills to do seemingly visual tasks. These people aren’t amazing; they are just people who believe that as citizens in this country and people living in the world, they have a right and responsibility to give back to their community.

Highlights from the NFB Community Service Division 2016 Convention Service Project

As Convention 2017 nears, we wanted to share some video highlights from our very successful 2016 Convention service project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. We would like to extend a special thanks to Mike Thompson at the Colorado Center for the Blind for his video editing work.

A Successful April Service Project in Des Moines

Editor's note: The following comes from Gloria Graves and Janae Burgmeier of Iowa. They discuss a successful service project their chapter participated in during the month of April.

Be a Good NeighBEAR

Editor's note: The following comes from Johna Wright, who serves as the Community Service Division's social media coordinator. In this article, Johna encourages us to keep participating in community service even if we encounter challenges and to take every opportunity we can to educate our sighted peers about our capabilities as blind people. She also talks about what she learned from her service experience and how it has helped her become more confident in her skills and more comfortable as a blind person.

2016: Reflecting, Building, Succeeding

When a new year comes in, the tendency sometimes is to discard the past and focus completely on the future. When we in the Community Service Division come to the beginning of a new year, we take a moment to look back, not to settle on past success, but to revisit what we’ve worked together to accomplish.

From the Other Side of Service: Reflections from a Volunteer Manager

Editor's note: Here is the last in our series of entries on the 2016 convention Habitat build service project. This entry comes from Dustin Gill, Volunteer Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. Dustin explains how the project was a positive learning experience for everyone involved.

Further Reflections from the 2016 Community Service Division Habitat Build

Editor's note: To close out 2016, let us celebrate one of our most successful initiatives of the year, the Convention service project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando. Below are reflections from three of the project participants. The Community Service Division would like to wish all of you a happy New Year, and be on the lookout for one more entry about the Habitat build in early January.

Reflections from the 2016 Community Service Division Habitat Build

Editor's note: Kyra Sweeney is from California and serves as a board member of the National Federation of the Blind Commmunity Service Division. She also participated in the service project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando that the division coordinated at this year's National Convention. Here are Kyra's thoughts on the project. Be on the lookout for even more reflections from other project participants.

Volunteering with the Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

Editor's Note: The following comes from NFB Community Service Division treasurer Jonathan Franks of Texas. In this article, Jonathan shows how you can do community service and educate people about blindness and the NFB while you're at it.

The Community Service Awards Program

The following announcement comes from Tara Abella, who serves as a board member of the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division and also chairs the Service Awards Program Committee.

The Community Service Division at #nfb16

Editor's Note: Soon we'll be posting an entry about the service project that we did with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando during this year's National Convention. In preparation for that, here's a recap of all the division's convention activities written by division president Darian Smith. If you went to convention, read it and tell us about your favorite event in the comments. If you didn't make it to convention this year, read it to find out what the division has been up to.

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