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Gloria Ratti, a champion for women's running, dies at 90

Jul. 25, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gloria Ratti, a champion of women's running who rose from a finish line volunteer at the Boston Marathon to vice president of the race's organizing body, has died at 90. A fixture at the historic marathon for decades, Ratti died Saturday after “a...

Senior support volunteer group ends work in New Hampshire

Jul. 25, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A volunteer organization that advocated for residents of long-term care facilities during the pandemic has ended its work now that most have been vaccinated and infections are low. For 14 months, members of the Senior Support Team of New Hampshire...

Urban farm in Virginia aims to reduce food insecurity

Jul. 25, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Judge Graham knelt over a row of bare soil and the occasional yellow marigold, planting seeds. In a little over a month, he hopes, the bed near Zion Baptist Church will be bursting with ripe tomatoes. The tomatoes, and the rest of the food Graham and other...

Thai volunteers aid COVID patients in need of care, testing

Jul. 25, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — As Thailand‘s medical system struggles beneath a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring care and supplies to often terrified, exhausted patients who’ve fallen through the cracks. ...

China sends supplies to flooded area, rebuilds barriers

Jul. 25, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

XINXIANG, China (AP) — Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city at the center of flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that left neighborhoods under water. Residents cleared away...

How mutual aid networks helped people through the pandemic

Jul. 24, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When her apartment’s lease ended in December, Heather Boyd said her landlord gave her two choices: leave or face eviction. Boyd, 45, had fallen behind on rent after losing her job with the U.S. Census Bureau amid the coronavirus pandemic. She...

AP PHOTOS: Volunteers help gravediggers in Indonesia

Jul. 23, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Wearing hazmat suits and masks, gravediggers at the Cipenjo Cemetery in Bogor on the outskirts of Jakarta say they've lost track of how many graves they dug. Despite working late into the night, the bodies of COVID-19 victims keep coming in hearses. ...

Volunteers hunting for Mexico's 'disappeared' become targets

Jul. 23, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mainly female volunteers who fan out across Mexico to hunt for the bodies of murdered relatives are themselves increasingly being killed, putting to the test the government’s promise to help them in their quest for a final shred of justice: a chance to mourn. ...

Ohio River Sweep being held in smaller groups due to COVID

Jul. 23, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Ohio River Sweep annual volunteer cleanup is changing this year as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of volunteers usually participate in the event, so organizers have introduced “Mini-Sweeps.” ...

US health secretary implores the unvaccinated to get shots

Jul. 22, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra delivered a stark warning Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic, imploring people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as he visited Las Vegas, a hot spot of rising infections, hospitalizations and deaths. ...