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What I Learned

By |2018-07-20T04:05:07+00:00July 19th, 2018|

During the trip I learned how just by being together for a few hours, they may become good friends. Just by being on the plane for a few hours I gained new friends. This will help my project by showing how [...]

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Expedition Day 8

By |2018-07-21T19:38:48+00:00July 18th, 2018|

Because of the late night playing Mafia, I wasn’t the first to wake up like usual. Grace woke me up around 7. I proceeded to braid 3 heads of hair and get ready. The breakfast at that hotel was the nicest [...]

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Expedition Day 7

By |2018-07-21T19:38:59+00:00July 18th, 2018|

This day crosses over with the day before. We were leaving Denny’s around midnight and arriving at the hotel around 3. Because of the arrival time, we didn’t have to be downstairs until 11.  Unlike usual, the next morning I wasn’t [...]

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Summer Expedition Update: June 7, 2018

By |2018-06-16T23:43:35+00:00June 16th, 2018|

Welcome to the Summer Expedition Information Center.  I will be posting important information about the trip here as we get closer, so be sure to check back daily.  This will also serve as a newsletter of sorts.  The main topics I [...]

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Supporting Veterans Physical Recovery

By |2018-07-21T19:09:43+00:00January 16th, 2018|

There are two bills in the West Virginia State Senate (SB125 and SB123) that propose taxing health club memberships. SB123 further requires revenues from the tax increase to be used to fund veteran projects. Many, many veterans use gyms and CrossFit [...]

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2016 Donations and Impact Report

By |2018-07-21T19:12:03+00:00March 2nd, 2017|

In today’s environment, we believe people who support nonprofits want us to efficiently use our resources to provide measurable impact.  Transparency is critical in this environment, and we want to help people evaluate our progress. I am fairly certain that we are [...]

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Transparency: Can Only The Rich Be Charitable?

By |2016-12-09T21:31:47+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Most people seem to think that social entrepreneurs come to their causes only after striking it rich doing something else for a living.  I always assumed that was the case.  Back in 2010, I kicked around the idea of doing nonprofit [...]

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One Tribe

By |2017-01-13T15:14:09+00:00July 22nd, 2016|

One of the scariest moments in life happens when you stand up and realize that you’re all alone. No matter what the hipsters on Madison Avenue say to get us to buy more stuff, human beings aren’t designed to be independent [...]

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Bring Them Back

By |2016-07-06T20:04:41+00:00June 16th, 2016|

After conducting several clinics, and ten months worth of outreach, we’ve come to realize that there is a gaping shortfall in the way veterans service organizations are trying to reach people. As a result, veterans are coming home, but they aren’t [...]

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Operation Restore Promise

By |2016-07-22T16:54:04+00:00May 17th, 2016|

[vc_row padding_top="0px" padding_bottom="0px" bg_video="" class="" style=""][vc_column fade_animation_offset="45px" width="1/1"][custom_headline level="h5" looks_like="h5" id="infodesc" class="" style=""]  A 24-Hour Hike To Raise Awareness About Veterans' Healthcare [/custom_headline] [text_output]VISIT ORP's MAIN PAGE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES When the men and women who served in the U.S. [...]

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We’re Almost There

By |2016-05-17T20:44:22+00:00May 9th, 2016|

[vc_row padding_top="0px" padding_bottom="0px"][vc_column fade_animation_offset="45px" width="1/1"][custom_headline type="left" level="h4" looks_like="h4" id="" class="" style=""] [/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top="0px" padding_bottom="0px"][vc_column fade_animation_offset="45px" width="1/2"][text_output] As of May 13, we have raised $8,600 toward our $10,000 goal.  Help us raise the final $1,400 by donating today.  StandWatch.org is providing medical [...]

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Rally Point 2

By |2016-08-17T02:53:07+00:00May 5th, 2016|

StandWatch.org is excited to announce that Rally Point 2 will be held August 27th, 2016 at Beech Fork State Park in Barboursville, West Virginia. RP2 is chip-timed race based on a pedal, paddle, run, walk adventure race format with options for a 5K, triathlon, [...]

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Best Day Yet

By |2016-05-05T03:25:07+00:00February 7th, 2016|

Mike Wyatt of HDT Global and Zac Northup inspect the 305 expedition shelter donated by HDT. Yesterday was, perhaps, one of the most important days in StandWatch.org's short history. I would venture a guess that many people who are interested [...]

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Five Things That Are Less Painful Than Submitting IRS Form 1023

By |2016-05-05T03:25:32+00:00October 17th, 2015|

StandWatch.org is a West Virginia non-profit corporation established in September 2015. Getting officially recognized as a 501(c)3 can be a lengthy process, and we have submitted IRS Form 1023 on October 16, 2015. Similar paperwork is being filed with the state. According [...]

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Our Fundraising Goals and First Year Budget

By |2016-05-11T20:42:28+00:00October 7th, 2015|

Someone once told me that a plan isn't a plan until it's written down.  Well, I started StandWatch with a spreadsheet, and I want to share those numbers here. WARNING:  This post is so visually unappealing it makes me want to [...]

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What Really Happened at the Barricades

By |2013-10-03T04:16:43+00:00October 3rd, 2013|

The images of blocked memorials are infuriating. The closure of national parks and other venues due to the partial shutdown of federal agencies has certainly created inconveniences. But make no mistake, the World War II monument debacle is nothing more than [...]

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Fact Checking and Research for Real World Issues

By |2012-09-11T17:27:33+00:00September 11th, 2012|

The Need for Numbers Rather Than Hot Air
Over the last 17 years there has been one constant when it comes to information on the Internet: Everyone has an opinion, and many of those opinions are based on rumor or …

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Not Your Father's Crisis Management

By |2012-09-11T14:25:17+00:00September 11th, 2012|

The proliferation of social media and online information channels has dramatically changed how crises and issues are managed.  Years ago, the traditional crisis acceleration model was linear with clearly defined bottlenecks where bad news stories could be stopped by a …

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Random Thoughts on Why One Programmer Chooses a Rural Life

By |2011-11-08T18:13:32+00:00November 8th, 2011|

It is fall here. Good weather days are filled with the smell of burning rice fields (it helps the carbon content of the soil, I think). Why stay here, I think as I run my loop in the sub-division, what …

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Broadband, Birds Nests, and Conspiracies That Aren't

By |2011-11-07T18:36:26+00:00November 7th, 2011|

So, what does it take to build a broadband network in a rural state? About $310 million, multiple administrative hearings with government agencies, a multi-billion dollar acquisition, union troubles, legislative briefings, and at least one company insisting that it unfairly …

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A Flying Machine That Would Make Obi Wan Proud

By |2011-10-26T20:53:59+00:00October 26th, 2011|

This is one of those productivity killing videos that people love to pass around. But in this case, it really does show an amazing technology. A flying sphere that appears to have no wings (at least externally).
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Does Facebook Want to Conquer Rural America

By |2011-10-21T13:49:30+00:00October 21st, 2011|

Back during the dark days of the Cold War, government spymasters would spend weeks combing through super-secret spy stuff trying to get a read on the internal workings of the Soviet Union.  Major shifts in U.S. strategy were often based …

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Four Really Bad Ideas for a Tech Start-Up

By |2011-10-20T20:07:23+00:00October 20th, 2011|

Sixteen years ago, when just about everyone thought they had the greatest idea in the world for a technology business, entrepreneurs interested in starting their own companies faced huge financial barriers.  The cost of computers, servers, and broadband ran into …

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In the News: Future 2.0 Gets a Shout Out

By |2011-10-13T18:38:19+00:00October 13th, 2011|

Last month, the Beckley Register-Herald published a great piece on Future 2.0, and the importance of promoting high-tech jobs in rural areas.  It was followed a couple days later with an editorial on the same subject.  Here’s the lead in …

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