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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Chinese Students in Guangzhou Launch Effort to Serve Less Fortunate

A group of students, led by some of my former students at South China University of Technology, have launched an effort to serve less fortunate children at a school in Maoming, Guangdong province.

The college students shared some photos from their summer work with the kids.

Liu Shiqin, one of the college students, told me by email, “Our club’s name is Educational Volunteer Organization of SCUT, and our purpose: wherever there is a poor child,we will never stop our steps,wherever there is an uneducated kid,we will continue our pace,we will use our knowledge and love to help those children who need help.”

It is exciting to see my former students demonstrating such great character, spending much of their summer at their own expense volunteering in a place where their help is so desperately needed.

What do you think, will this leave a mark on the world?

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Today at the Utah Food Bank with had filled grocery 360 grocery kits for low income seniors.  It was great to see how quickly we were able to set this up.  The food for this program comes from the Federal Government; the Utah Food Bank and its volunteers are responsible for the distribution.

What will you do this week to leave your mark on the world?

Devin D. Thorpe, Cause-driven Author of new book, Your Mark On The World, invites passionate, cause-oriented people to join the discussion.

July 26, 2012, Salt Lake City–Devin D. Thorpe, author of the new book, Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what’s most important, is inviting all who are willing, especially activists and crusaders who are passionate about making the world a better place, to join him in the growing dialogue around his new book, available on Amazon. Upon its opening this week, the new book has already placed 12thon Amazon’s list of books on philanthropy, and enthusiasm and awareness of the book is growing rapidly.

Your Mark On The World shares stories of people who are leaving the world better for their being here and ideas to empower everyone to magnify their impact.  Stories include:

  • The life-and-death struggle of a woman to survive Pol Pot’s killing fields ultimately to create an orphanage to rescue destitute children
  • A grandfather’s personal crusade to cure cystic fibrosis to ensure that his two afflicted grandchildren will attend his funeral and not he theirs
  • A successful executive’s decision to walk away from his career to volunteer among those suffering from leprosy

Your Mark On The World is just part of the dialogue we are creating in hopes of unifying passionate, cause oriented people in a universal effort to solve the world’s big problems,” says Thorpe.  “We are all looking to be inspired so that we can have the impact we dream of having, to give our lives greater meaning.  Please share your passion with us online.”

Allyson Smith, who with her husband and six children circumnavigated the globe doing service projects and is included in the book, said “Our service trip was so much more meaningful than we ever thought it could be for our entire family that we are eager to share the story in hopes that other families can experience the joy that comes from selfless service, too.”

Rabbi Benny Zippel, who created Project HEART as an outreach program to rescue at-risk Jewish teenagers in residential treatment programs in Utah, commented, “By helping troubled teens to identify with their roots and with their faith, we help them rediscover purpose and meaning in their lives; it is work we do one by one because everyone is worthy of love.”

Those with an interest in sharing more about their causes can connect with the Your Mark On The World community on Twitter by following @devindthorpe and by using the hashtag #yourmarkontheworld.  Readers can also find the community on Facebook at  Everyone on the web can read and comment on the author’s blog at  The book is available at

Utah Food Bank Time

Today, I took a couple of hours to volunteer at the Utah Food Bank.  

This is a great organization that every year provides about 34 million pounds of food to people who don’t have enough of it in Utah.

Today, our project was to take tons of donated granola (from Dannon) that was packaged to go on top of yogurt (that could not be donated) and simply repackage it into bundles of 20 with a makeshift nutritional label.

I didn’t get a good measure, but with a group of 20 volunteers, I’m guessing we processed on the order of a ton of granola in two hours.

At the same time, another group of about 30 volunteers, all from one church, tackled another project.

What will you do this week to leave your mark on the world?

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Rabbi Benny Zippel leads Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, an orthodox synagog in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is most well known in the community for his outreach program, Project HEART–Hebrew Education for At Risk Teens.

His story is amazing; I’m just pulling together the final threads for a chapter in Your Mark On The World (which should be available before the end of the month) about the Rabbi.

Born in Italy, he attended the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey and has been in the United States ever since.

He came to Utah in 1992 and quickly found his niche.  He received a call from an anxious father from Los Angeles who told the Rabbi that his son was in a residential treatment center in Provo, Utah.  The father asked the Rabbi to visit his son, which he agreed to do.

When the rabbi met with the young man, he casually asked if there were any other Jewish kids in the center.  The young man indicated that there were about a dozen.  The Rabbi began visiting with all of them each week.

He learned that Utah has an unusual law regarding treatment centers for troubled teens; the law allows for the facilities to be locked down.  The teens are captive.  Most states allow teens in similar facilities to leave when they choose.  As a result, hard-core cases from around the country come to Utah.

The Rabbi has worked with hundreds of youth at residential treatment centers around Utah.  

Tami Harris, the Chaplain at the Heritage Schools in Provo, says that he “helps them feel God’s love again.  He awakens in them something special.”  She adds, “It’s wonderful to see them go from hopeless to hopeful.”

The Salt Lake Tribune wrote a great story about him last year.

I am excited to get this story finished!

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