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Brightest Stars Ceremony Recognizes Idaho’s Volunteers

Seventy-four outstanding volunteers from throughout the state were recently honored by Lt. Gov. Brad Little at Idaho’s Brightest Stars awards ceremony in Boise.

The volunteers were nominated for their contributions in seven categories – Business, Individual, Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher/Professor and Veteran. All were nominated by fellow Idahoans for their extraordinary volunteer efforts.

The winners were:

Veteran:

John Harrington Burns Brightest Stars award winner

John Harrington Burns, photo courtesy Doug Brown

John Harrington Burns depicts what it means to be a lifelong volunteer.  A World War II Navy veteran, John is the founder of the Rock of Honor in Meridian, which honors the 66 veterans from Meridian who were killed or died from wounds suffered in action.  John is also the founder of the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia, where he served on the board for many years.  In addition to his volunteer contributions, John is also the author of two books and writes a weekly column entitled “One Vet’s View” for the Valley Times Newspaper.  Although John is 90 years old, you would never know by his active engagement in the community and service to others. 

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Commemorate MLK Human Rights Day through Volunteerism and Celebration

Monday, Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day and there are plenty of opportunities throughout Idaho to volunteer and celebrate King’s legacy.

Historically, Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the birth and life of the Baptist minister and noted civil rights leader. National legislation passed in 1994 encouraging Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of King. If you have Martin Luther King Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day off, you can put it to good use by participating in one of the many day of service activities across Idaho.

Learn more about events planned around the state:

Southwest Idaho

Boise State University MLK march, rally and celebration. Boise State University poster-making, march and rally to be held on Monday, Jan. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Student Union Jordan Ballroom and ending at the steps of the Idaho State Capitol at noon.

Martin Luther King Jr / Idaho Human Rights Day celebration at the Idaho State Capitol Building on Monday, Jan. 16 at noon. The public is invited to attend this hourlong celebration of “a day of service” honoring the life, accomplishments and continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This event will feature keynote speaker Said Ahmed-Zaid, College of Engineering, Boise State University; master of ceremonies Francisco Salinas, director of student diversity and inclusion, Boise State University and the Boise State University Trumpeters. Allison Tilden will sing the National Anthem.

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Volunteer Opportunities Available During the Holiday Season

So you want to volunteer this holiday season but might not know where to start? Here are a few volunteer opportunities in Idaho this holiday season.

Winter Garden aGlow, Boise

Talk about having a great view while you’re volunteering. Winter Garden aGlow takes place at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise from Nov. 26 to New Year’s Day. The Winter Garden aGlow is a walk through a Christmas light and decoration show boasting more than 300,000 displayed lights. Volunteer shifts are 4.5 hours, and there is a variety of available positions varying from taking tickets, monitoring paths, serving complimentary cocoa and cider, handing out candy canes and many more opportunities. A full list can be found at http://idahobotanicalgarden.org/winter-garden-aglow/. Contact: Karen Christeson at (208) 275-8605, karen@idahobotanicalgarden.org

Secret Santa Volunteers, Pocatello

Want to help out with Secret Santa but your budget might be a little too tight to participate?  The Salvation Army in Pocatello is looking for volunteers at its Angel Tree site in the Pine Ridge Mall until Dec. 24. Volunteers will collect information from people wishing to participate in the program as well as collect and document the gifts brought in. Volunteer positions also are available to help with sorting, packing and distributing donated gifts. Contact Information: Julie Christiansen, (208) 232-5318, Julie.christiansen@usw.salvationsarmy.org

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Idaho Civil Rights Investigator Honored for Accomplishments in Preventing Bullying, Suicide

Carmen Stanger, center, was recently honored with Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal.

Carmen Stanger, center, was recently honored with Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal.

Carmen Stanger, an investigator with the Idaho Commission on Human Rights, was honored with a 2015 Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal in October for her inspired work in preventing bullying and suicide.

“I got involved in bully prevention when my 15-year-old daughter, Maddie, passed away from suicide on Feb. 18, 2014, due to depression related to the effects of the bullying she suffered in school,” Stanger said. “My work is two-fold. It focuses on bully prevention and suicide prevention throughout the entire state of Idaho.”

Stanger was recognized for her work and particularly for being instrumental in helping pass the anti-bullying bill HB246, signed into law on April 6, 2015.

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MLK Day: Idaho Opportunities to Give Back

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr.-Human Rights Day and opportunities to volunteer and engage in community betterment are plentiful throughout Idaho.

Historically Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the recognition of the life and birth of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders. National legislation passed in 1994 challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action in honor of Dr. King.

Learn more about events planned for around the state:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service- Lewiston: The Lewis-Clark Service Corps and MLK Day Planning Committee are inviting community members to participate in volunteer opportunities including working with the Idaho Foodbank, Idaho State Veterans Home, Boys and Girls Club in Lewiston, St. Vincent de Paul in Lewiston and Clarkson, the Lewiston City Library and Homes of Hope. Volunteers can sign up at the LCSC Student Union Building at 10 a.m. to be assigned to sites around the valley.

University of Idaho MLK Celebration – Moscow: The University of Idaho and Washington State University have planned a series of events throughout January including featured speakers, marches, rallies, films and educational activities. Food collections will be taken for the Vandal Food Pantry.

Idaho State University MLK March – Pocatello: Idaho State University is holding a march and food drive to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Boise State University MLK Day Celebrations – Boise: Students and community member can take part in a march from the Boise State University campus to the Idaho State Capitol for a rally. Following the rally, which will feature speakers commemorating Dr. King, participants will return to Boise State University to take part in campus service activities.

Corpus Christi Food Drive – Boise Big Brothers / Big Sisters is hosting a food drive to benefit the Corpus Christi House.

Hand of Hope Sends Medical Supplies to Kenya, Rwanda: Hands of Hope Northwest is calling for volunteers to help pack and sort medical supplies to be sent to countries in need.

Learn more about other national days of service at Serve Idaho.

Small Businesses Support Idaho’s Economy

idaho employment by firm size

Small businesses are often referred to as the backbone of our economy. The Small Business Administration released a top 10 list espousing ways small businesses are important to the country. The list includes some interesting facts like 43 percent of all high-tech employment is created by small business and small firms with high levels of patents produce 16 times more patents per employee than their larger counterparts.

The SBA also provides a lot of data on small businesses. Unfortunately, the SBA considers a small business to be 500 or less employees. For Idaho, this includes many employers that are very large, especially in our rural communities.

Using data from the most recent tax files, this article looks at business with less than 50 employees and compares them to the rest to see how Idaho small business have fared over time.
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Are You Prepared for Your Job Interview?

Are you ready for your first job interview?

Watch this video to see what not to do:

Our actor, Kevin, doesn’t do a lot right in the video, even from the start. He arrives late and isn’t prepared to answer the interviewer’s questions.

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