Angela Perkey is the 23-year-old founder of Students Serve, a national nonprofit that awards service grants to college students. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and can be found on line at Every year we hear reports or see television segments on ordinary individuals who have looked at the messes and miseries of the world and decided on their own to make a difference. Some of these are children who have set up food banks or distributed needed items to poor kids.

In this up-tempo paperback, Perkey tells her own story of discovering purpose through service and gives profiles of other people who are working to solve the world's problems: an investment banker, working mother, med school student, and a father of five. She salutes the value of volunteerism in this age of widespread unemployment. She then suggests ways of discerning what is most important to you and uniting your cause with your goals. She proceeds to discuss the challenges of service and changing your life — fear, meaningful money, time, and living your legacy. The last section of the book focuses on the author's suggestions on starting a website, finding funds, assembling a team, starting your own nonprofit, volunteer vacations, sabbaticals and more.