Latest Volunteerism News

Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

Aug. 11, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

The prisoners at the penal colony in St. Petersburg were expecting a visit by officials, thinking it would be some sort of inspection. Instead, men in uniform arrived and offered them amnesty — if they agreed to fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. Over the following days,...

Major test of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

Aug. 08, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Researchers are seeking thousands of volunteers in the U.S. and Europe to test the first potential vaccine against Lyme disease in 20 years -- in hopes of better fighting the tick-borne threat. Lyme is a growing problem, with cases rising and warming...

'Community Lighthouses' powered by the sun and volunteers

Aug. 06, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — Enthusiastic church volunteer Sonia St. Cyr lost something she treasures during the blackout caused by Hurricane Ida — her independence, afforded her by the electric wheelchair she expertly maneuvers over bumpy city sidewalks. “After Ida I was housebound,”...

Jewish volunteers bond with Ukrainian kids at summer camp

Aug. 01, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 5-year-old girl's drawing at a summer camp in Poland's capital caught the eye of one of her counselors. Why did she use black and white, and not red or pink, to make a heart, Rabbi Ilana Baird asked the child. The girl, sighing heavily, said it was black...

Nashville airport honors volunteer as hero during shooting

Jul. 31, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Earnest Cobble’s most distressing yet heroic work day at Nashville International Airport arrived early Easter morning, April 17, as he served as a volunteer at the welcome desk, just inside the baggage claim’s sliding doors. Cobble previously retired from a 25-year...

People trade guns for gift cards in event held in Santa Fe

Jul. 31, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Guruka Singh Khalsa smiled as volunteers removed a rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 1911 Colt semi-automatic pistol from the trunk of his car. “For a couple of years, I’ve been thinking, ‘I haven’t used a gun in 30 years, why do I keep these in the...

Young Ukrainians use techno parties to rebuild villages

Jul. 25, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

YAHIDNE, Ukraine (AP) — In a village in northern Ukraine that was devastated by Russian occupation only months ago, a techno party is in full swing. In a bombed-out building, more than 200 young people have found a novel way to help rebuild their country. The...

Tishomingo County's Food Depot feeds community for 20 years

Jul. 24, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Every third Friday for the past 20 years, volunteers have gathered at The Food Depot of Tishomingo County in Iuka to pack cardboard boxes full of food and household essentials. The boxes are filled with 30 to 35 items, including everything from cereal and...

Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later

Jul. 21, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off. In his speech at the closing ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said...

'The mouth of a bear': Ukrainian refugees sent to Russia

Jul. 20, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

NARVA, Estonia (AP) — For weeks Natalya Zadoyanova had lost contact with her younger brother Dmitriy, who was trapped in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Russian forces had bombed the orphanage where he worked, and he was huddling with dozens of others in the freezing...