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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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Many Trial Volunteers Got Placebo Vaccines. Do They Now Deserve the Real Ones?

Some vaccine experts worry that “unblinding” the trials and giving all of the volunteers vaccines would tarnish the long-term results.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #placebos, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Effort to Rescue Endangered Turtles Becomes a Thanksgiving Odyssey

After a plane transporting 30 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Louisiana from Massachusetts was snagged by delays, frantic calls for help went out.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aquariums, #audubon-nature-institute, #cape-cod-mass, #chattanooga-tenn, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #gulf-of-mexico, #kemps-ridleys-turtles, #new-orleans-la, #volunteers-and-community-service

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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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