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by Barbranda Lumpkins Walls, March 1, 2010
For Earl W. Stafford, footing the nearly $2 million bill to host a weekend of Washington presidential inauguration events for the disadvantaged, as he did in January 2009, was just the beginning. Now he’s urging others to reach out and help the needy become self-sufficient, with the goal of their eventually helping others.
To achieve this, the Virginia entrepreneur and head of the nonprofit Stafford Foundation has launched the Doing Good campaign, an online initiative that encourages volunteerism. The campaign shares “do-gooder” stories and promotes charitable giving. “You don’t have to have a lot to do a lot,” says Stafford, 61.
Comedian-author Bill Cosby volunteered to do a public service announcement for the campaign.
“You have to give,” Cosby said at a recent event that launched the initiative. “It has to be a part of you.”
Barbranda Lumpkins Walls is features editor at the AARP Bulletin.
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