Latest Volunteerism News

EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense suggests prone position not risky

Apr. 14, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for the former officer charged with killing George Floyd says several studies suggest police can safely use their bodyweight to hold a handcuffed suspect facedown on the ground — or prone — as Floyd was in the last minutes of his life. ...

Voters to weigh in on government pandemic power struggle

Apr. 13, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pandemic power struggle that has raged for a year between Pennsylvania's Democratic governor and its Republican-led Legislature will land on voters' laps next month in the form of two proposed constitutional amendments that could limit the length of disaster...

East Coast firefighters help Alabama units hit by tornadoes

Apr. 11, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There is a special bond among firefighters — likely forged in flames — that distance cannot extinguish. So when a series of tornadoes damaged firehouses and equipment in Alabama last month, a Wantage, New Jersey, firefighter sent out a call...

Maine group spins ice carousel they hope is a world record

Apr. 10, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ST. AGATHA, Maine (AP) — An intrepid group of volunteers from northern Maine took advantage of the last of the melting spring lake ice on Saturday to spin what they hope is a world record ice carousel. The Northern Maine Ice Busters, using outboard motors and a potato...

Discarded masks litter beaches worldwide, threaten sea life

Apr. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — To the usual list of foul trash left behind or washed up on beaches around the world, add these: masks and gloves used by people to avoid the coronavirus and then discarded on the sand. In the past year, volunteers picking up trash on beaches...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

Minnesota Star Tribune. April 4, 2021. Editorial: Emergency powers strengthened Minnesota Resolve differences with good-faith negotiations, not Wisconsin-style court fights. Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a...

Musician couple host concerts to fundraise for food pantry

Apr. 07, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Erin Shields belted out “Being Alive” — the showstopper from the Broadway classic “Company” — the title had extra levels of meaning. This virtual concert, broadcast from Shields’ living room, helped fund the food pantry at Mosaic West...

Boy, 2, dies after being found in storm water tunnel

Apr. 05, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A toddler died at a hospital after he was found in a storm water tunnel near his Pennsylvania home on Easter Sunday, authorities said. The York County coroner's office identified the victim as 2-year-old Kamdyn Torres of the borough of North York. ...

With NY proms canceled, WV group receives hundreds of gowns

Apr. 04, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — If your vocabulary for colors is limited to the primaries — to simply red, yellow or blue — you’ll have a hard time describing the hundreds of elegant gowns that were trucked in from New York to Sissonville on a dreary, overcast day. ...

Stafford man has a heart for feeding others

Apr. 04, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Dwayne Hoskins’ heart may only function at one-third its capacity, but he pours every bit of it into his volunteer work at a local food pantry. Hoskins runs the food ministry at Hollywood Church of the Brethren, off Ferry Road in Stafford...