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A note from our CEO on COVID-19

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Dear members of the buildOn movement, From the beginning, buildOn’s mission has been centered on the principle of solidarity – bringing people together to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Together, buildOn students have contributed over 2.3M hours of service and touched the lives of more than 1.3M […]

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What Next After Sandy Hook?

Like almost everyone, I have been praying for the victims and their families since I first heard the news about the horrible tragedy in Newtown. As a father of two little boys, Jack (eight years old) and Quinn (five), I’m heartbroken and in a state of complete shock about how something like this could happen. […]

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buildOn Students Celebrate 20 Years by Taking to the Streets

On Saturday, October 15th, buildOn students from all six of our US regions – Oakland/San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, and Southwest Connecticut – celebrated our organization’s 20th anniversary by engaging with the public in awareness service. Each city’s team interpreted the milestone in their own way, and used performance, rallying, posters, and more […]

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CEO/Founder Jim Ziolkowski in Huffington Post:”Service is the Fabric of our Nation”

Responding to a alarming number of recently proposed cuts to our national service programs, buildOn CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski turned in a passionate op-ed to the Huffington Post this morning. “Even with the tough financial choices facing our nation, I believe service is worth saving,” he writes. “Not because my own organization, buildOn, is […]

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The Little Things That Make a Big Difference:buildOn @ the National Conference on Service and Volunteering

By Abby Hurst, Vice President of U.S. Programs buildOn presented a session at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service this year about engaging and mobilizing youth. Our CEO and founder Jim Ziolkowski gave a speech that illustrated the impact our afterschool youth service program has on participants–our students broaden their perspectives, go on to […]

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buildOn CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski Discusses Greg Mortenson and Youth Engagement in the Huffington Post

We’re very excited to announce that our founder and CEO Jim Ziolkowski will be contributing occasional op-ed pieces to Huffington Post Impact, an editorial section of HuffPo concerning social issues and non-profits. In his first essay, Jim takes a look at the recent Greg Mortenson controversy from his perspective as an international development non-profit executive, […]

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Nepal Journals, February 2011: Ram’s Story

“I am proud to be a member of the Leadership Committee because now I have an opportunity to help my community build a school. Once educated, no one will ever be able to enslave us again.” – Ram Dulari Chaudhary “ When Ram was a baby, her family’s home and land were seized. They were […]

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