An army of “food rescuers” in New York try to make the best of an inherently wasteful grocery system.
During the George Floyd marches last year, businesses boarded up. This year, hundreds of those boards will be displayed in exhibitions in Minneapolis, New York and Chicago.
Frantic efforts to vaccinate people in an underserved area of Philadelphia underscore a difficult new stage of the nation’s vaccination campaign, as door-to-door efforts become the norm.
With the Covid-19 crisis pushing the health care system past the breaking point, online grass-roots networks have sprung up to get aid to people who need it.
They are being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.
A year of teamwork could help bridge our social divides.
Larry Schwartz resigned from his volunteer post after the State Legislature amended a law that would have subjected him to a two-year ban from lobbying the state.
Strained by pandemic-era budget cuts, stress and a lack of revenue, at least 10 ambulance companies in Wyoming are in danger of shuttering — some imminently.
Judge Rachel Freier has helped dozens of Orthodox Jewish women in New York City get training and start work as emergency medical technicians. In doing so, she challenged her community’s conception of the role women can play in public and professional life.
Inexperienced adventurers have flooded remote areas like Wyoming’s Sublette County during the pandemic. When they call for help, the task is left to an overwhelmed network of volunteers.
Local initiatives across the country are working to dispel misinformation and encourage Covid-19 vaccination in communities that have been disproportionately hurt by the pandemic.
In Chicago, groups of volunteers gave us a glimpse of a society where neighbors rely on one another.
Mutual aid groups are evolving into a long-term effort to help with food, clothing and counseling. “It’s about building the world we want to see,” one volunteer said.
Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on placing family above work despite the pandemic and becoming a volunteer in order to get the Covid-19 vaccine sooner.
The women say they bring a more varied approach and perspective to policing errant skiers and helping distressed ones.
After snagging appointments for themselves or their parents, some New Yorkers have joined a growing movement to assist others.
My chronic illness made it hard to volunteer at my kids’ school. Now I can serve on the executive board of the P.T.A. without leaving my bed.
The pandemic has made life hard for many people, and their pets, but others find themselves with more time and the resources to help.
Many homeless people in London will stay in hotels over the Christmas and New Year holidays, if not longer, through funding from charities and the government.
Before the pandemic, I’d been spending less time in my basement office and more time out doing some good with like-minded people. Was this the magic elixir that improved my health?
Checking in with the blues bassist, the homeless student, the hipster priest and the lesbian couple who survived the Spanish flu and the Holocaust.
Some vaccine experts worry that “unblinding” the trials and giving all of the volunteers vaccines would tarnish the long-term results.
After a plane transporting 30 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Louisiana from Massachusetts was snagged by delays, frantic calls for help went out.
Educate a girl. Send a young person to college. Restore a person’s sight.
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.
There is much to celebrate about our democracy, from record voter turnout to creative volunteerism.
Many see the job as their civic duty, especially during a pandemic.
Older adults, particularly vulnerable in a pandemic, still work for their causes, but primarily from home now.
“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.”
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.
Bucket-list plans for travel to exotic lands are on hold, while socializing and volunteering have gone virtual.
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.
She put her career on hold to raise a family, but the pandemic gave her a chance to become a doctor.
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.
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.
“These amazing young kids are running the whole show,” said the owner of the Wood Cafe, which gives away food. “Their energy propels it.”
Online and offline platforms are helping strangers form social connections, which are crucial for our health, especially in a pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Haven was always rescuing animals. Now the shelter is doing it on the front lines.
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.
Pastors, theater technicians and nonprofit leaders are repurposing their organizations to create and distribute meals.
An age-old tradition suddenly has fresh urgency in the pandemic, delivering surplus produce to Americans who can’t feed their families.
The city’s food bank has been a lifeline and a source of hope for many across Southwest Texas.
Their centuries-old faith tradition of nourishing anyone in need has found new energy and purpose in America’s turmoil.
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.
Three start-up veterans who created an online directory of testing sites are among a wave of volunteers contributing to the virus fight.
Of course, neighborhood associations are nothing new. But the current moment is a unique time to begin one.