Choose a Gift That Changes Lives

Educate a girl. Send a young person to college. Restore a person’s sight.

#africa, #black-people, #camfed, #cataracts, #children-and-childhood, #court-appointed-special-advocates-casa, #education-k-12, #foster-care, #himalayan-cataract-project-nonprofit, #onegoal, #philanthropy, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #reading-partners-nonprofit, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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She Helped South Korea in Its Time of Need. In the Pandemic, It Repaid Her.

Decades ago, a young American woman served an impoverished South Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer. Now the country is an economic powerhouse, and it decided to send her a token of its gratitude. ​

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #korea-foundation, #korean-americans, #new-york-state, #peace-corps, #south-korea, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Feel Inspired, America

There is much to celebrate about our democracy, from record voter turnout to creative volunteerism.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #volunteers-and-community-service, #voting-and-voters

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N.Y.C. Poll Workers: Young, Engaged and Tired of Their Apartments

Many see the job as their civic duty, especially during a pandemic.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #poll-workers, #presidential-election-of-2020, #volunteers-and-community-service, #voting-and-voters

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Virtual Volunteering Still Offers Benefits

Older adults, particularly vulnerable in a pandemic, still work for their causes, but primarily from home now.

#elderly, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement, #volunteers-and-community-service

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What You Can Do Before Election Day: Volunteer

“The No. 1 thing that every American who wants to rescue democracy in the country can do is to sign up for phone bank shifts with the Democratic Party in Wisconsin.”

#content-type-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Young People Are Stepping Up to Be Poll Workers

Older volunteers are reluctant to work during the pandemic. High school students, who are increasingly politically engaged and have more time, are taking their place.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service, #voting-and-voters, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #youth

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What Does Retirement Look Like in a Pandemic?

Bucket-list plans for travel to exotic lands are on hold, while socializing and volunteering have gone virtual.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Peace Corps Faces Questions Over Another Volunteer Death

A 24-year-old volunteer died of undiagnosed malaria on the island nation of Comoros. It was one of at least three deaths since 2009 that have been linked to mistakes by Peace Corps doctors.

#castle-nicholas-matthew-1990-2014, #malaria, #peace-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Coronavirus Brings a Medical Resident to the Bronx

She put her career on hold to raise a family, but the pandemic gave her a chance to become a doctor.

#grand-concourse-bronx-ny, #hospitals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #volunteers-and-community-service

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China T.V. Show Praising Coronavirus Fight Sparks a Backlash from Women

A scene from a state-sponsored show extolled men who volunteered but played down women’s contributions. Internet users are calling for the show to be pulled from the air.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #propaganda, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

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Hi, There. Want to Triple Voter Turnout?

Campaign volunteers go door to door to rouse voters on Election Day. Now some stay outside polling places, asking voters to text friends to join in.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #democratic-party, #europe, #fraternities-and-sororities, #moveon-org, #oberlin-college, #ohio, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #sanders-bernard, #text-messaging, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Young People Are Fighting Hunger and Finding Purpose

“These amazing young kids are running the whole show,” said the owner of the Wood Cafe, which gives away food. “Their energy propels it.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #empathy, #food, #food-insecurity, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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How to Meet New People, Even at a Distance

Online and offline platforms are helping strangers form social connections, which are crucial for our health, especially in a pandemic.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #loneliness, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service

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‘It’s a Joy for Me to Bury Them’: A Quest to Honor Migrant Dead

Boubacar Wann Diallo is devoted to determining the names and origins of corpses that wash up on Morocco’s shores and to giving them a decent final resting place.

#funerals-and-memorials, #illegal-immigration, #morgues-and-mortuaries, #nador-morocco, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wann-diallo-boubacar

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Charles Cook, Ground Zero Volunteer for Months, Dies at 79

After the planes hit on 9/11, he walked from his home in Harlem, against the tide of people fleeing, to help. After Hurricane Katrina, he lent a hand in New Orleans.

#cook-charles, #deaths-obituaries, #september-11-2001, #volunteers-and-community-service, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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Desperate to Leave Beirut, Young Lebanese Are Also the Ones Fixing It

The young people leading the huge volunteer effort after the recent blast are bringing hope, but have lost it themselves. “I want to at least have Beirut on its feet before I go,” one said.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #bombs-and-explosives, #lebanon, #politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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The Dog Days of Quarantine

Animal Haven was always rescuing animals. Now the shelter is doing it on the front lines.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-haven, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #lacey-tiffany-a, #new-york-city, #pets, #rescue-animals, #volunteers-and-community-service

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A W.N.B.A. Coach Heard a Call to Feed the Hungry. She’s Answering It.

Bridget Pettis, a former W.N.B.A. player and coach, is sitting out this season and focusing on teaching her community in Phoenix about gardening and healthy eating.

#basketball, #chicago-sky, #coaches-and-managers, #nonprofit-organizations, #pettis-bridget-1971, #phoenix-ariz, #phoenix-mercury, #volunteers-and-community-service, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Hunger Is Worsening. Here Are 7 Ways New Yorkers Are Addressing It.

Pastors, theater technicians and nonprofit leaders are repurposing their organizations to create and distribute meals.

#abrons-arts-center, #americorps, #brownsville-community-culinary-center-brooklyn-ny, #city-harvest, #food, #henry-street-settlement, #new-york-city, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Meet the Gleaners, Combing Farm Fields to Feed the Newly Hungry

An age-old tradition suddenly has fresh urgency in the pandemic, delivering surplus produce to Americans who can’t feed their families.

#after-the-harvest-nonprofit, #agriculture-and-farming, #farmers-against-hunger, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #harvest-against-hunger, #humanitarian-aid, #new-jersey, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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At a San Antonio Food Bank, People Keep Coming

The city’s food bank has been a lifeline and a source of hope for many across Southwest Texas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-banks-and-pantries, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-antonio-tex, #texas, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service

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How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know

Their centuries-old faith tradition of nourishing anyone in need has found new energy and purpose in America’s turmoil.

#food, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #soup-kitchens, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Older Adults Remain Isolated Despite Reopening. These Programs Help.

Volunteer efforts have popped up across the country to help ease the lingering isolation of the pandemic among older Americans, creating connections and unexpected friendships.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #loneliness, #plano-tex, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #san-francisco-calif, #single-persons, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #volunteers-and-community-service

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The Idea: Build It, and They Can Find Coronavirus Tests

Three start-up veterans who created an online directory of testing sites are among a wave of volunteers contributing to the virus fight.

#allclear-app-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #essenfeld-joe, #geffken-matt, #kozak-boris, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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How to Start a Neighborhood Association

Of course, neighborhood associations are nothing new. But the current moment is a unique time to begin one.

#brooklyn, #citizens-committee-for-new-york-city, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #volunteers-and-community-service

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A Mile-Long Line for Free Food in Geneva, One of World’s Richest Cities

The Swiss city is best known for bankers, watchmakers and U.N. officials. But the virus has forced thousands from Geneva’s underclass to line up for hours for food aid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #food-banks-and-pantries, #geneva-switzerland, #income-inequality, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Virus Crisis Exposes Cascading Weaknesses in U.S. Disaster Response

Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.

#american-red-cross, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #habitat-for-humanity, #nonprofit-organizations, #volunteers-and-community-service

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How the People of New Jersey Are Responding to the Coronavirus

Amid the pandemic, New Jerseyans are finding creative ways to help others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #lbu-incorporated, #new-jersey, #rowan-university, #volunteers-and-community-service

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The Pandemic Has Created a Youth Unemployment Crisis. We Can Fix It.

The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps helped build America at a time of national crisis.

#corp-for-national-and-community-service, #forests-and-forestry, #labor-and-jobs, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #unemployment, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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Remote and Ready to Fight Coronavirus’s Next Wave

An island community in Washington State has developed a testing and tracing strategy it hopes will as a model for rural and tribal communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lower-elwha-klallam-tribe, #native-americans, #quinault-indian-nation, #rural-areas, #tests-medical, #vashon-island-wash, #volunteers-and-community-service, #washington-state, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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We Need National Service. Now.

The formative moment for a new generation.

#coons-christopher-a, #education-k-12, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There? No Political Canvassers, for the First Time Maybe Ever

Candidates and political parties are struggling to plan for a fall campaign without some of the most basic building blocks of politics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #volunteers-and-community-service

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A Gap Year During the Coronavirus? Do It Here

Taking a gap year at home can be as meaningful as doing one abroad.

#americorps, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #middlebury-college, #newton-mass, #obama-malia, #portland-ore, #rural-areas, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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When N.Y. Needed Hospital Space, Film Location Scouts Pitched In

Enterprising creative workers, like artists, photographers and students, are using their unique skills to help the city through the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hats-and-caps, #masks, #new-york-city, #performance-art, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Peace Corps Volunteers Can Get Unemployment Benefits, Officials Say

In previous years, returned volunteers were not eligible for unemployment benefits, but they will now be covered by the coronavirus relief plan.

#americorps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #labor-and-jobs, #peace-corps, #phillips-dean-b, #scalia-eugene, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-hollen-christopher-jr, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Coronavirus Volunteer Emergency Responders Face a Dilemma: Save Lives or Stay Safe

The coronavirus has overwhelmed scores of volunteer emergency response units, many of which are the sole responders across America.

#ambulances, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #iowa, #medicine-and-health, #montgomery-county-md, #rural-areas, #teaneck-nj, #volunteers-and-community-service

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11 Numbers That Show How the Coronavirus Has Changed N.Y.C.

Unemployment has skyrocketed, but so has the size of the city’s volunteer pool and the number of people fostering animals. One month into the shutdown, the city is as complex as it ever was.

#air-pollution, #bridges-and-tunnels, #city-harvest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #dogs, #food-bank-for-new-york-city, #new-york-cares, #new-york-city, #noise, #police-department-nyc, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Recovered From Coronavirus? Here’s How You Can Help

Most important: Remember that being recovered does not make you immune from practicing good hygiene.

#blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #philanthropy, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

The coronavirus pandemic could sharpen the health risks of loneliness. But there are ways to connect.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #loneliness, #medicine-and-health, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #volunteers-and-community-service, #your-feed-science

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To Fight Coronavirus, U.K. Asked for Some Volunteers. It Got an Army.

More than 750,000 people are pitching in to help older and more vulnerable Britons, helping dispel the discord of the Brexit era.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #national-health-service, #quarantines, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #volunteers-and-community-service

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A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

With overrun hospitals facing an acute shortage of masks, people are pulling out their sewing machines to fill the void.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #handicrafts, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sewing, #shortages, #social-media, #textiles, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Coronavirus Can Be Stopped Only by Harsh Steps, Experts Say

Scientists who have fought pandemics describe difficult measures needed to defend the United States against a fast-moving pathogen.

#california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #epidemics, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #italy, #masks, #medical-devices, #new-york-city, #nursing-and-nurses, #oxygen, #pneumonia, #propaganda, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #ventilators-medical, #volunteers-and-community-service

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This Is How You Live When the World Falls Apart

The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 surprised everyone by showing that natural disasters can bring out more kindness than selfishness.

#alaska, #anchorage-alaska, #disasters-and-emergencies, #earthquakes, #sociology, #volunteers-and-community-service

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