The Monday after Thanksgiving is perhaps the most difficult Monday of them all. For all of you returning to work or school after the long holiday weekend, here’s a round up of interesting reads about environmentalism, philanthropy and service from across the web and blogosphere to get this week started right.

  • Today marks the launch of Jewcology, a new web venture that combines innovative young Jews and ecology, and hopes to raise environmental awareness as well as suggest ways for people to get involved. The site will feature content from some of our favorite Jewish environmental and farming groups, including Hazon, the Jewish Farm School and the Teva Learning Center. — Jewcology
  • An article announcing the overhaul of Charity Navigator, which helps donors evaluate the effectiveness of nonprofits. The new system will offer greater detail and will empower potential donors by helping them make more informed decisions. — New York Times
  • Rachel Lee, an AVODAH alum, shares a letter she wrote about the gender representation and disparities in nonprofit and service work. — AVODAH Blog
  • A post about the Pando Project which enables young Americans put their ideas for improving their communities into action. Apply to be one of their first 25 projects! — Youth Venture Blog