As many of you know, we recently participated in our second health fair in Adams County, Ohio. Today, we received this update from one of women in family services who helps organize the health fair.   I just wanted to thank you for participating in our efforts...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2014 Indianapolis Volunteers Come Together to Pack 1,300 Backpacks for Ohio Appalachia Kids Indianapolis, Ind.--Because of 30 Indianapolis area volunteers, 1,300 Appalachia Ohio school kids had a little brighter start to their school year. On Saturday July 19th, Monkey Do Project, Inc. organized 30...

Do you have one of those "hard to buy for" dads? Do you have a dad that never tells you want he wants for Father's Day (or just says, "Don't get me anything!")? Maybe you have a dad that loves giving back and helping others?  Or, perhaps you're having a hard time picking out a gift from your toddler or preschooler for their dad? If any of these sound familiar, then we have the perfect Father's Day gift for you!

Recently at church, my four-year-old son Daniel was challenged to raise money for a good cause. He wasn't just to go around asking for money; he was to do something to earn the money. The goal was not only to help others, but to teach the children the value of hard work.

Since all of West Virginia is in Appalachia (much of it distressed) and we work with several organizations there, we followed the recent water crisis there with great interest (and sadness).

To recap: In January 2014, 10,000 gallons MCHM, a chemical used to process coal, and  an unknown amount of PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River upstream from a municipal water intake serving nine West Virginia counties. It left 300,000 people unsure about their water and reportedly sent around 400 people to the hospital. Even though people are being told the water is "safe," many still have concerns.

Often when I work I have the television on in the background. For some odd reason, it helps me concentrate more. I put on shows like documentaries or talk shows that I can just listen to and don't have to actually give any visual attention. Today while working, I had on reruns of Oprah interviews. One of the people she was interviewing was Lady Gaga and her family. As I listened to the interview something actually stopped me typing mid-sentence. It was something Lady Gaga said: