Heather Tran speaks to the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award Winners

Heather Tran, our Executive Director, was invited to be the keynote speaker at Minnetonka School District’s annual TonkaServes Celebration of Service on November 7, 2016.  She describes how A Better Society started and what inspired her to devote such a big part of her life to service.  She issues challenges to all the award winners to live a life that is other-centered.       Click here to watch the entire celebration....

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Celebration of Service 2015

Over 242 students, groups, alumni and adults spent over 46,000 hours serving local and global communities. On October 27, 2015 we celebrated this service. Minnetonka students knitted new born hats, volunteered for community theatre shows, lent a hand at the ICA food shelf, recycled bikes for needy children and so much more. Minnetonka students are passionate about service!  

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Imagine a restaurant with no prices on the menu…

Hello everyone, The article that sparked this week’s blog came across my desk last October. The first thing that caught my eye was the person championing this endeavor, Jon Bon Jovi. Most of us know who he is and what he is well known for is his music. But did you realize how philanthropic he is? Seeing his name in the headline, made me take a second look. Famous people rally behind causes all the time and their fame helps to motivate and bring more support to their cause. A community restaurant with no prices on the menu; customers donate to pay for their meal. If you are unable to...

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Old news is still good news!

I realized with Project Inspire that I am not the type of person who will follow through on weekly blogging. My new plan is to try to post something every month or so. Please feel free to submit inspirational stories that come your way and let us know why you find them inspiring. The one that I have chosen for the month of March is an oldie but a goodie (like many of Bon Jovi’s songs!) A few years ago, Jon Bon Jovi opened the restaurant Soul Kitchen. According to an article on it’s website, Soul Kitchen “redefines how the issue of hunger can be addressed. With no prices on...

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Finding a New Family

Many times, inspiration comes from a place of heartache and pain. It takes going through a difficult situation or surviving the unthinkable to realize what is truly important in life. This week’s inspiring story was submitted by Lena Otolski, one of our board members. It is the story of Susanne Janson, a Swedish woman, who lost her children to the tsunami in Thailand and ended up moving there to help run a home for children and families in need. This story contains two links; the first is her story and the second is a link to the home. Be Inspiring! Heather Read the article: Grief-stricken...

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it started with an idea…

The idea for this blog started with a weekly assignment given to our 7th grade daughter. You see, she needed to bring in a current news article every week, and one week, she asked me to be on the look out for an interesting world news article. To me, the news was very depressing and scary for a 12 year old. I realized that this assignment had my innocent daughter seeing the bad of the world, and I had to work hard that week to find her the good in the world. Could we create a place to collect the “good news” in the world? The first article of this blog is not the article I found that week,...

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