Happy Monday everyone! Here at Repair the World headquarters in New York City, the weather finally began to match the calendar – turning cold and crisp just in time for Hanukkah. To help get you even further into the holiday spirit, here’s your weekly roundup of inspiring service stories from around the web.

  • Pursue’s blog shared some ideas and tips from The Shalom Center for giving Hanukkah a green makeover.
  • The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed about the benefits of donating non-perishables and other food vs. giving money to charities that serve the hungry.
  • Avodah’s blog posted an essay by Corps member Ilana Krakowski about her work with N Street Village, an organization that helps women transition from homelessness to independent living.
  • The Huffington Post shared an essay by Earl Martin Phalen, the CEO of Reach Out And Read, about finding moments to give back to others. The link also includes an awesome video of Whoopi Goldberg reading to kids!
  • GOOD talked about a new initiative called rEDesign Education that puts the power of education reform in college students’ hands.
  • The New York Times wrote about how some environmental groups are getting down to earth, working harder to reach out to their local communities on behalf of the planet.

What’s on your reading list? Tweet us @repairtheworld and let us know.