Latest Volunteerism News

An author's reminder: Philanthropy isn't defined by money

Oct. 27, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

Lucy Bernholz talks about Chex Mix a lot. Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, doesn’t want people to think of only one type of giving — the headline-grabbing, 10-figure pledges from billionaires and...

Mutual aid groups ponder future of community-based help

Oct. 26, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

More than a decade ago, Erin Barnes came across data that drove home the importance of grassroots, volunteer-led groups. The U.S. Forest Service was trying to document all the groups that maintain green space in New York City, of which there were nearly 3,000 in 2007....

Volunteers band together on project to investigate owls

Oct. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After three fruitless journeys into the darkness, Sonia Martinez and her daughter, Isabel, finally hit paydirt. There, in mist nets the Martinezes had helped install an hour earlier, were two tiny northern saw-whet owls. Lured to the Carpenter St....

Hospice staff, volunteers make 'an indelible difference'

Oct. 24, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — It’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to give thanks to the people who bring dignity to our final days. In Winchester, the nonprofit Blue Ridge Hospice has 250 staff members and 160 active volunteers who work every day to help...

Woman lives in shack to fundraise for rural housing repairs

Oct. 24, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — For five days, Rev. Lisa Pierce lived out of a shack in downtown Auburn. The makeshift shelter on wheels is big enough to fit a single bed, has no electricity and relies on tarps hanging over the roof and windows to keep out rain. While Pierce has a...

NC’s transportation dept. collects a record amount of trash

Oct. 21, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it has set an annual record for the amount of trash collected along state roads and highways — and the year isn’t over yet. More than 11 million pounds (5 million kilograms) of litter have...

Man builds backcountry skiing destination on family's land

Oct. 19, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

PIKE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man is converting his family's land into a backcountry skiing destination with the help of local organizations and volunteers. Warren Bunnell's grandfather bought land in the small village of Pike, 5 miles from Haverhill, about 40 years...

Artist recruits 300 for nude photo near Dead Sea in Israel

Oct. 19, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Some 300 male and female volunteers stripped naked and donned white body paint for an artistic installation meant to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea. They posed Sunday for the American photographer Spencer Tunick, who has done similar...

Valles Caldera volunteers in race to document dendroglyphs

Oct. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The haunting calls of bugling bull elk pervade the autumn air, echoing across the grass valleys and forested lava domes of Valles Caldera National Preserve as a cadre of volunteers spreads out in search of needles in a nearly 90,000-acre haystack. ...

Relatives make painstaking searches for Mexico's missing

Oct. 15, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CUAUTLA, Mexico (AP) — Two young volunteers dressed in long sleeves, jeans and face masks dig into the steep side of stream bank reeking of sewage that flows from a shopping center. Neither the overpowering stench, the piles of garbage, nor the suffocating heat stops...