The Work of Online Volunteers

Moderators’ work on Reddit and Facebook is crucial but not paid. We should be creative in how we compensate them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #reddit-inc, #research, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service

As the Russians close in, civilians in Lysychansk must decide whether to stay or go.

Volunteers are bringing food into the city and encouraging residents to leave, as Russian forces have captured most of the neighboring city of Sievierodonetsk.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #lysychansk-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #volunteers-and-community-service, #war-and-armed-conflicts

New Zealand’s Biodiversity Crisis Prompts Extreme Measures

A few years ago, the nation vowed to rid itself of most imported predators. But now some people are asking if that goal is feasible, or worth what it will cost.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #invasive-species, #new-zealand, #volunteers-and-community-service

As Border Crossings Soar, Biden Relies on Shelters to Manage Influx

With 8,200 crossings daily, an informal pipeline of shelters and other way stations to house and feed migrants has become central to the government’s response plan.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #el-paso-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #sacred-heart-catholic-church-el-paso-tex, #volunteers-and-community-service

Free Ambulances in Mogadishu, Thanks to Aamin Ambulance

Dismayed that victims of the incessant violence in Somalia’s capital were being rolled to hospitals on wooden carts and in wheelbarrows, a dentist decided to do something about it.

#aamin-ambulance, #adan-abdulkadir-abdirahman, #ambulances, #content-type-personal-profile, #medicine-and-health, #mogadishu-somalia, #somalia, #terrorism, #volunteers-and-community-service, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How Roe Shaped the World of Work for Women

Many factors drove women into the work force in greater numbers in the 1970s. Scholars argue that abortion access was an important one.

#abortion, #bound4life, #eagle-forum, #gallup-organization, #labor-and-jobs, #petschesky-rosalind, #polls-and-public-opinion, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #the-turnaway-study-ten-years-a-thousand-women-and-the-consequences-of-having-or-being-denied-an-abortion-book, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Ahead of Philippines Election, Young People Rally Around Leni Robredo

As the election in the Philippines nears, tens of thousands of young people who fear another Marcos presidency are rallying around Leni Robredo, the country’s vice president.

#elections, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #robredo-leni, #volunteers-and-community-service, #voting-and-voters

Amid Virus Chaos, Shanghai Residents Band Together

As the authorities in China’s biggest city fight to stamp out an Omicron outbreak, neighbors are turning to one another for support.

#cats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #delivery-services, #elderly, #pets, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

Texas’ Busing of Migrants to D.C. Isn’t Having Abbott’s Intended Effect Yet

The plan, meant to rattle President Biden, fits into his strategy for addressing record numbers of border crossings. The migrants said they were grateful for the chartered bus ride.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buses, #central-american-resource-center-carecen, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #nonprofit-organizations, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volunteers-and-community-service, #washington-dc

Volunteer Bus Drivers Help Refugees Escape from Eastern Ukraine

After a Russian strike killed more than 50 people at a train station, Ukrainians are accelerating efforts to evacuate by road.

#donetsk-ukraine, #kramatorsk-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #volunteers-and-community-service, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Should American Veterans Go to Ukraine?

People there are suffering. Discouraging my fellow veterans from going there would be both hypocritical and disingenuous.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #lviv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #veterans, #volunteers-and-community-service

Belarusian Exiles in Ukraine Join the Fight Against Russia’s Invasion

Eager, but ill equipped, some of Belarus’s exiles have formed a battalion in their host country, saying its fight against Vladimir Putin’s domination is the same as their homeland’s.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #volunteers-and-community-service, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Ukraine, Solidarity and Defiance Among Those Still in Kyiv

About two million people have stayed in Kyiv, a population galvanized by a newfound unity and its refusal to be cowed by Russian invaders.

#defense-and-military-forces, #klitschko-vitali, #kyiv-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sentsov-oleg, #volunteers-and-community-service

Generation X Is Helping Older People Age at Home

The Village to Village Network assists older people with the services they need to remain in their homes. A younger generation is getting involved.

#age-chronological, #aging-in-place, #content-type-service, #elderly, #generation-x, #mcwhinney-morse-susan, #retirement, #silent-generation, #village-movement, #village-to-village-network, #volunteers-and-community-service

New Jersey Freight Firm Aids Ukrainian Civilians Facing War

After Russia’s invasion, Meest-America, which specializes in shipping goods to Eastern Europe, shifted to a singular focus.

#new-jersey, #philanthropy, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #ukrainian-americans, #volunteers-and-community-service, #warehouses

An Urgent Mission for Literary Translators: Bringing Ukrainian Voices to the West

A wartime effort to quickly translate work by Ukrainian novelists, poets and historians is underway — a project as political as it is cultural, authors and translators say.

#books-and-literature, #croft-jennifer, #khersonsky-boris-1950, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #translation-and-interpreters, #ukraine, #volunteers-and-community-service, #writing-and-writers

Ukrainians in the U.S. Prepare to Fight

A waiter. An engineer. A cabdriver. They have all chosen to put their lives on hold to defend their homeland.

#russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukrainian-americans, #volunteers-and-community-service, #zelensky-volodymyr

They Came to Help Migrants. Now, Europe Has Turned on Them.

As the legal ordeal of two aid workers shows, anti-migrant attitudes in Greece and across Europe have hardened — to the point that the helpers have become political targets.

#asylum-right-of, #discrimination, #drownings, #emergency-response-center-international, #european-union, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling, #volunteers-and-community-service

What Do Dancers Bring to a Halftime Show? They Complete the Picture.

Some dancers recoiled at the prospect of volunteering their services at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show: “You can’t make a living off of exposure.”

#dancing, #organized-labor, #sag-aftra, #super-bowl, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wages-and-salaries

Sickle Cell Math Is Brutally Simple, but Not Widely Taught

An inexpensive blood test can warn couples if they face one in four odds of having a baby with the disease. No one ever told Lametra Scott and Rickey Buggs about it.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #blood, #debaun-michael-r, #discrimination, #genetics-and-heredity, #nashville-tenn, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #tests-medical, #volunteers-and-community-service

How Volunteering Can Help Ease Loneliness

Science tells us the solution may lie in what we do for others, not ourselves.

#content-type-service, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-cares, #volunteers-and-community-service

How to Help Victims of the Tornadoes

Here’s how to pitch in as local and national volunteers and aid groups mobilize to help hard-hit areas.

#american-red-cross, #americares, #arkansas, #care, #content-type-service, #feeding-america, #gofundme, #humanitarian-aid, #illinois, #international-medical-corps, #kentucky, #kentucky-state-police, #mississippi, #missouri, #philanthropy, #salvation-army, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #united-way-of-america, #volunteers-and-community-service

Can I Skip Jury Duty Because of Covid Fears?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on weighing health concerns against civic duty, what to do about workers who had sex on the job — and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #gossip, #volunteers-and-community-service

Peace Corps Volunteers Fall Through the Cracks of a Student Loan Fix

A deserving group of dedicated people has been left out of the government’s latest patch for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

#content-type-service, #national-service, #peace-corps, #student-loans, #volunteers-and-community-service

Art Institute of Chicago Ends a Docent Program, and Sets Off a Backlash

The museum’s decision to replace its program for volunteer educators with one that “responds to issues of class and income equity” has drawn criticism.

#art-institute-of-chicago, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #rondeau-james, #volunteers-and-community-service, #whites

Doris Diether, Guardian of Greenwich Village, Dies at 92

She challenged Robert Moses to preserve Washington Square Park and helped save Shakespeare in the Park. In the process, she became a zoning expert.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #deaths-obituaries, #diether-doris, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #manhattan-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #volunteers-and-community-service, #zoning

Americans Stretch Across Political Divides to Welcome Afghan Refugees

“Even the most right-leaning isolationists” are coming forward to help those fleeing Afghanistan, a pastor said. A mass mobilization is underway.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #arizona, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #veterans, #volunteers-and-community-service

He’s Still Fighting Developers for the Park His Father Founded

A large, contaminated tract of Liberty State Park in New Jersey will be cleaned and cleared for trails, sports fields and wetlands.

#department-of-environmental-protection-nj, #exxon-mobil-corp, #golf, #jersey-city-nj, #liberty-island-nyc, #liberty-national-golf-club-jersey-city-nj, #liberty-state-park, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #sam-pesin, #statue-of-liberty, #volunteers-and-community-service

Their Daily Miracle: Getting 8 Tons of Food to the Needy, Every Day

An army of “food rescuers” in New York try to make the best of an inherently wasteful grocery system.

#brooklyn-nyc, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #long-island-ny, #philanthropy, #queens-nyc, #soup-kitchens, #volunteers-and-community-service

How Plywood From Last Year’s Protests Became Art

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.

#art, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #minneapolis-minn, #murals, #museums, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sculpture, #volunteers-and-community-service

In New Vaccination Push, Biden Leans on His ‘Community Corps’

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-and-human-services-department, #philadelphia-pa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

Social Media as ‘Godsend’: In India, Cries for Help Get Results

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #indian-national-congress, #noida-india, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service

How Can the Olympics Protect 78,000 Volunteers From the Coronavirus?

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.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #volunteers-and-community-service

Should Young Americans Be Required to Give a Year of Service?

A year of teamwork could help bridge our social divides.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #james-william-1842-1910, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

Cuomo Loses Another Key Aide as Vaccine Czar Steps Down

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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-state, #otg-management, #schwartz-lawrence-s, #state-legislatures, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers

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.

#ambulances, #american-medical-response-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #rural-areas, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wyoming

They Told Her Women Couldn’t Join the Ambulance Corps. So She Started Her Own.

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.

#ambulances, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ezras-nashim, #orthodox-judaism, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hikes-and-hiking, #rescues, #volunteers-and-community-service, #wilderness-areas, #wyoming

U.K. Community Leaders Fight Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation

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.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #mosques, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

The Coronavirus and a Summer of Mutual Aid in Chicago

In Chicago, groups of volunteers gave us a glimpse of a society where neighbors rely on one another.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #food-banks-and-pantries, #nonprofit-organizations, #police-department-chicago-ill, #police-reform, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #volunteers-and-community-service

How Neighborhood Groups Are Trying to Provide a Pandemic Safety Net

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.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food, #klinenberg-eric, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #volunteers-and-community-service

When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

My Patients Need Me. Can I Quit?

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.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #food-banks-and-pantries, #volunteers-and-community-service

A Surge of Women in Ski Patrols, Once Nearly All Men

The women say they bring a more varied approach and perspective to policing errant skiers and helping distressed ones.

#colorado, #discrimination, #national-ski-patrol, #nevada, #rescues, #skiing, #snowboarding, #sports-injuries, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

‘I Am Blown Away’: Strangers Are Helping Strangers Get Vaccinated

After snagging appointments for themselves or their parents, some New Yorkers have joined a growing movement to assist others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-island-ny, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

I’m a Disabled Parent. It Took a Pandemic to Let Me Join the P.T.A.

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.

#chronic-fatigue-syndrome, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parent-teacher-associations, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #volunteers-and-community-service

‘I Literally Had No One.’ Then the Foster Kittens Arrived.

The pandemic has made life hard for many people, and their pets, but others find themselves with more time and the resources to help.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bideawee-inc, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #volunteers-and-community-service

With Pandemic Raging, London Homeless Shelter in Hotels for Awhile

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #homeless-persons, #london-england, #volunteers-and-community-service

Volunteering May Be Good for Your Health

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?

#age-chronological, #blood-pressure, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-banks-and-pantries, #heart, #shutdowns-institutional, #volunteers-and-community-service

We Met Them in the Depths of the Pandemic. How Are They Doing Now?

Checking in with the blues bassist, the homeless student, the hipster priest and the lesbian couple who survived the Spanish flu and the Holocaust.

#borough-of-manhattan-community-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kollisch-eva, #north-brooklyn-angels-nonprofit, #replansky-naomi, #volunteers-and-community-service