Usually, Wednesday is the toughest day to get through — the past weekend is but a distant memory and Friday evening feels just too far away. (And unfortunately, I can’t think of any Wednesday song lyrics to help you cope.) But not this week. Many of us are off from work and/or school on Friday for the holidays. Some of us may have already left on vacations that will take us somewhere warm. Yet even if you’re not traveling to sunny climes, here are a few service oriented and social justice links culled from around the blogosphere to warm your heart. And if you are traveling, you can read them while you’re waiting in line at airport security. Well, at least until they make you put your laptop/iPad into a plastic bin.

  • High school Zachary Hecht speaks about his first experience engaging with the homeless in Washington D.C., which shattered most of the preconceptions he began the work with. (And if you’re looking for an opportunity to help the homeless in NYC, check out this post from last week.) — HandsOn Blog
  • In Charlotte, NC, service learning is part of the curriculum. A delightful article about how one school is teaching students about the value of volunteering during the holiday season. — The Charlotte Observer
  • The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders has pledged to get 18,000 peers to take a stand against homophobic bullying sign Keshet‘s “Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives.” — eJewish Philanthropy
  • It’s late December and you know what that means — “Best of…” lists. Instead of the top movies/songs/celebrity breakdowns round ups, here’s a year in review post that is actually uplifting — the best interviews with technology and social impact leaders. — Net Squared
  • Another list post but this time it’s a how-to guide to creating a great, effective call to social action. — Socialbrite