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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.

Fourth Call of the 75 Days of Service Campaign: Why Serve?

Editor's Note: The recap for our final 75 Days of Service call comes from division secretary Hindley Williams.

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The 75 Days of Service Revisited: Third Call Recap

Our third 75 Days of Service call took place on May 6 and brought together a diverse group of Federationists from across the country. On this call, we talked about the projects we’ve been doing and gave pointers to people who were new to the effort and looking for some ideas to get them started. We were gratified to hear of the excitement of our fellow members and the enthusiasm shown not only by the division leadership, but also by a number of chapter members from across our great movement.

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The 75 Days of Service Revisited: Second Call Recap

Editor's Note: Last year, the Community Service Division launched the 75 Days of Service campaign to encourage individuals and chapters to get involved in service projects in their local communities. In honor of the 2015 year-end recap recently posted to this blog and all of our accomplishments from last year, we are revisiting the 75 Days of Service with some as yet unposted recaps from the conference call series that went along with the campaign. For more information about the 75 Days of Service campaign and our kick-off call, check out this entry.

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2015: A Year of Celebration and Collaboration

2015 was a busy year for the Community Service Division. It was a year of collaboration and creativity. It was a year that showed the type of great things we are capable of doing if we are open to try our best at something and see how far that something might take us.

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NFB of D.C. Community Service Division update

Libra Robinson serves as president of the NFB of D.C. Community Service Division. In the following update, she shares what the D.C. division has been doing over the past few months.

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November 2015 Membership Call Summary

The following summary of our November 22 membership call was submitted by Kyra Sweeney, who serves on our membership committee and is vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of California Community Service Division.

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Meet the Blind Month Membership Call Summary

Early on in the effort to organize the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division, we established regular conference calls where a speaker would be invited and community service experiences would be shared. As of late, we have undertaken an effort to reestablish these conference calls. Sunday, October 18 marked the return of these calls, and our membership committee thought that it was only appropriate to discuss Meet the Blind Month. Below is a summary of the call as submitted by Kyra Sweeney, who serves on our membership committee and is vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of California Community Service Division.

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Learning, Living, and Loving Service

Editor’s Note: Too often our service experience involves proving to others that we can serve in the same capacity as our sighted peers. However, self-advocacy is a powerful tool that can ultimately change someone’s perspective about the abilities of blind people. The following story comes from Kathryn Webster, who serves as president of the North Carolina Association of Blind Students and as a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut. Kathryn discusses both international service and the power of self-advocacy.

The 75 Days of Service

The 75 Days of Service is a joint effort of the National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division, the National Federation of the Blind of California Community Service Division, and the National Federation of the Blind of the District of Columbia Community Service Division. The 75 Days of Service is our way of celebrating 75 years of raising expectations of blind people by encouraging and supporting the blind of the nation to serve the communities in which they live. We are holding bi-weekly conference calls where participants can share resources and ideas.

Panhandle Gardening

Editor’s Note: The following piece comes from Community Service Division president Darian Smith of California. He not only discusses his experience participating in a recent gardening project and his feelings about community service, but he also provides valuable insight into some alternative techniques that blind people can use to participate in a similar project in their own community.

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