Latest Volunteerism News

Community gardens help to feed food insecure during pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sharrona Moore makes a promise every year: to donate half of what her garden grows. But it’s not really her garden, it’s the community’s garden. Moore is the founder and main steward of the Lawrence Community Garden. And much of the produce she grows on its seven...

A group of local defense force fighters drive their motorbikes during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

Jul. 9, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

KONGOUSSI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed only with a knife, Issa Tamboure was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in March. So Tamboure, 63, rounded up his family — including his 13 children — and ran, eventually reaching a camp for people...

Volunteers search for missing man who is subject of film

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers are searching for a former college music instructor whose brain tumor diagnoses is the subject of an independent film after he went missing from an Iowa care center. The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier reports that the search for Mike Jensen had been focused around Ravenwood...

A worker checks a lung ventilator

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Jul. 6, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action. “It...

Lee Beard, left, and Mar, no last name given, paint the phrase Black Lives Matter on Washington Street, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Street mural painted after demonstrators demand justice

Jul. 5, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Volunteers using yellow paint began filling in a Black Lives Matter street mural on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people used the Fourth of July holiday to call for justice on behalf of Black victims of police violence. Demonstrators carried signs saying "Defund The Police" and “Say...

Virginia college town helps make masks for students' return

Jul. 5, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Students and faculty at the University of Lynchburg will be required to wear masks when campus reopens for the fall semester in August. Thanks to members of the university community, they’ll be provided hand-sewn, reusable cloth masks at no cost. On June 25, the university...

In this 2020 photo, President and CEO of United Way of SWLA, Denise Durel, right, and volunteer Chef Liz Landers at a food drive in Lake Charles, La. “Everyday is a new day, everyday is different and we’re just taking on the challenges as they’re presented to us. Where’s the need, what can we do, and let’s just do it,” said Durel. (American Press via AP)

Louisiana nonprofit helps community amid virus outbreak

Jul. 4, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — “Everyday is a new day, everyday is different and we’re just taking on the challenges as they’re presented to us. Where’s the need, what can we do, and let’s just do it,” said Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of SWLA for 11...

Montana adaptive recreation program marks 35 years

Jul. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Many people flock to Northwest Montana for the great outdoor recreation opportunities abound — but for some it’s not as simple as stepping outside the front door and charging out to the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks. For people with varying degrees of...

Volunteers clean up alley with ties to Underground Railroad

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A group of volunteers organized by Leaders for Peace, one of several groups that have been protesting police brutality in downtown Fredericksburg, spent a recent afternoon clearing dead vegetation and garbage from an alley in downtown Fredericksburg that has ties to the...

Arnaud Armstrong, right, looks to a slideshow as he trains volunteers at President Donald Trump's re-election campaign headquarters on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Trump reelection effort resumes in-person Nevada campaigning

Jul. 3, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in Nevada has returned to in-person campaigning after moving to an online-only operation for several months because of the coronavirus. Campaign spokesman Keith Schipper told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that door-knocking and volunteer training...