Happy Monday or, if you’re in the New York area like I am, happy cold, windy Monday. A day like today deserves some inspired, thoughtful pieces on labor and the nature and value service to help warm things up. Enjoy!

  • Rachel Olstein Kaplan, who is the Director of Volunteer Services at the (Repair the World grantee organization) Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, contributed a piece to The Huffington Post exploring the value of short term service. The proof, she writes, is in the impact.
  • The Huffington Post also published an article by the founder of DreamNow that asks the question that many recent college graduates are asking themselves lately, “When Should You Be a Full-Time Volunteer?”
  • And on the subject, ServiceNation published the Diary of an Intern: The Value of Volunteering that quotes the saying, ““Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”
  • Meanwhile, over at The Forward, columnist Leonard Fein reminds readers about an idea that was once taken for granted in the American Jewish community: that labor issues are Jewish issues. “Jewish texts and teachings on worker rights are strikingly and unambiguously progressive,” he writes.
  • On a related note, Mik Moore at (Repair the World grantee) Jewish Funds for Justice writes on Jspot called Jews, Wisconsin and the Future of the Labor Movement.