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SponsorChange.org | Sponsor skilled volunteers at non-profits. Awesome Program Allows You To Volunteer In Order To Pay Back Your Student Loans. If you’re struggling to chip away at your student loan debt with your current salary, you probably never considered that working at a non-profit — notoriously not high payers, especially for confused recent post-grads — could be your solution to emerging debt-free in just a few short years. Thanks to a new initiative by SponsorChange, graduates who have student loan debts can sign up to volunteer at a number of registered non-profit organizations. Based off their work and hours logged, donors then reimburse the former students by paying down those loans. This way, generous benefactors aren’t just giving blindly to a do-gooding group, or giving out charity to young professionals. It’s really a win-win-win, with non-profits from all over the US getting much-needed manpower, and graduates getting valuable work experience that can undoubtedly serve throughout their entire career.

This initiative sets up an amazing opportunity to do good, and to have something good done for you in return. We should all be feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston. 2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next. Easy Way To Prepare A $20 (Or Less) Homeless Backpack Care Kit. A couple from Washington State share how they help homeless people with a backpack full of useful items for $20 or less.

They explain how you can find good, sturdy, used backpacks at thrift stores as well as beanies, warm scarves, socks and gloves. Dollar stores are a great place to find moist wipes, toilet paper and toiletries like toothpaste and mouthwash – a luxury for people who have nothing. Some food items that pack well are cereal bars, small canned goods with pull tabs, bottled water and juice boxes. Peanut butter is full of protein and lasts a long time. It’s a cold winter and there are people who need your help. This is a great and inexpensive way to make sure someone who is less fortunate has a full belly and a warm head. The couple explains how they keep a backpack ready in each of their cars – just in case they are out and about and they see someone in need.

5 Shocking Realities of Being Transgender the Media Ignores. I bet that, for most of you, nothing would feel weirder than having your dad or brother tell you he's now a woman. And for a certain percentage of people, the reaction to that news would be violent. The reality is that the entire concept of transgender people makes folks very uncomfortable, which means we're simply not talking about it enough. I'm Amy, a 20-something trans woman living in California.

You probably think of this state as a place that prides itself on diversity, acceptance, and every other kind of happy buzzword, but even people here are filled with enough bad information on transgender issues to fill a fundamentalist hate tract. I used to believe most of this misinformation myself, but now that I've been out and open for a few years, there's some things I think everyone should know ... #5.

We're Not Trying to Trick Anyone Mike Kiev/iStock/Getty Images Paramount Pictures And is probably played by a woman with a prop. Cathy Yeulet/Hemera/Getty Images "Guys, they passed. . #4. Build a vertical aquaponic veggie & fish farm for small yards & houses. This low-cost vertical aquaponic system can grow leafy greens, herbs and raise fish for a small family year round, and it fits in a 5' by 3' space. Sean Brady, the aquaponics projects coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Aquaponics and Nourish the Planet in Loveland, Colo., showed us how to build a system from scrap he found around the greenhouse.

We published a version of this how-to guide at engineeringforchange.org, and it's one of the good ones, so we'd like to share it with Instructables, too. What it is A vertical aquaponic system grows vegetables without soil in columns above a fish tank. By growing vertically, you can produce about twice the amount of plants as you can with a hydroponic system of the same area. One five-foot tower can produce more than 200 heads of lettuce per year. The system puts fish waste to work as fertilizer for crops. You do have to replace lost water as needed, power the pump and feed the fish.

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