Here’s what volunteering at a hospital is really like. And why you should do it.

Have you ever considered volunteering at a hospital? It’s an important job that’s often overlooked. Photo by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via WikiCommons. When you think about the work done at hospitals and other care facilities, visions of doctors and nurses are probably first to come to mind. While these healthcare professionals do some of the most important work on the planet (and that’s no overstatement), volunteers are an integral part of the hospital’s ecosystem as well. Volunteers greet visitors, run groups, provide support to patients, wash and change linens, clean rooms, restock supplies and help ensure that the hospital is running cleanly and smoothly so that those providing medical care can focus on the patient’s physical health …

This group is bringing clean clothes to anyone who needs them, one laundromat at a time.

It all started with a man named T-Bone and a simple desire. 25 cents is one way it starts…. www.laundrylove.org Posted by Laundry Love on Thursday, December 18, 2014 His name was Eric, but he was T-Bone to the people he knew and liked. Greg Russinger met him in 2003, when he and his friends were working with under-resourced individuals and families in Ventura, California. Russinger remembers asking T-Bone one question: “What would it look like for us to come alongside your life in a way that would matter to you specifically?” “He just said ‘If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me as a human being,’” Russinger recalls. This lack of clean clothes is sadly all too …

Kindness costs nothing, but it can make all the difference. Here’s how.

Being kind takes so little effort. The effects, however, can be life-changing. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Sometimes a smile can be the one thing that gets someone through their day. Sometimes receiving a friendly, quick phone call is all someone needs to make it through a hard time. If you’ve ever been shown an act of kindness, you know that even the smallest things can make a difference. Acts of kindness, however, can be as unique as people in this world, so we wanted to share some that might surprise you. We asked four people to tell us about a time that being shown kindness changed their worldview. Their answers may give you a whole new reason to be …

Kentucky just passed a major abortion ban. Here’s how that could affect you.

Kentucky Legislature just became one more in a growing line of states to pass a strict abortion ban. Last night, the Kentucky state House passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks, otherwise known as a “heartbeat bill.” What that means is any medical practitioner offering abortions would first have to check for a heartbeat, and if one is detected, they would not be legally allowed to perform an abortion. As of now, there are only a few exceptions to the ban, for example, if the mother’s life is in danger, but if someone is seeking an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis, the ban would stand. The bill has now been sent to the Republican Governor Matt …

In rural Kenya, women’s healthcare can be hard to access. This program is changing that.

Susan, a 25-year-old who lives in rural West Pokot, Kenya, has a daily routine. All photos via Pfizer. She wakes up at 6am every day to get water from the river. She prepares breakfast for her family. She gets her five children ready for school. Then she sets off for work, caring for her animals and plowing the earth on her farm. On her one day off a week, she takes her family to church. She loves spending time with her family and community. Susan, and women like her, have always played an important role in the local culture. However, they’ve often had challenges accessing information and resources about their health, including the importance of healthy timing and spacing of …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

A husband caring for his sick wife and 3 other stories on what caregiving is really like.

Being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Photo by Jaddy Liu on Unsplash Whether it’s your profession, calling, or you’re rising to the challenge for a loved one, there’s no denying that taking care of another person full-time is an important and often unsung job. The work is mainly done behind-the-scenes, and as many caregivers will take you, most people don’t take the time to ask “How are you?” or “Is there something I can do for you?” They see caregivers as unflappable. That means the humanity is sometimes a little lost. But what’s it really like to be a full-time caregiver? That’s a question best answered by the people who’ve been there working tirelessly …

KFC demoted an employee for wanting to pump at work. She just won a $1.5 million lawsuit against them.

Women have been re-entering the workforce after giving birth for decades now. You would think that employers would know how to treat new moms back on the job, but apparently some people still have a lot of learning to do. When Autumn Lampkins was hired to be an assistant manager at a Delaware Kentucky Fried Chicken just months after giving birth, she was told her new job wouldn’t interfere with her need to pump breastmilk. Instead, it did nothing but interfere. Lampkins claimed the KFC outlet gave her a hard time for wanting (and let’s face it, needing) to pump breast milk during her working hours. Lampkins filed a lawsuit against her former employer, stating she was demoted over it. …