Latest Volunteerism News

Fish stranded from dam malfunction on Montana river

Dec. 01, 2021 13:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife workers and volunteers scrambled Wednesday to save trout and other fish stranded by an abrupt drop in water levels on a Montana river that’s renowned among anglers. A malfunctioning gate that lets water out of Hebgen Dam just west of...

White House holiday decor honors COVID-19 frontline workers

Nov. 29, 2021 19:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Holiday decorations unveiled Monday for Joe and Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas honor frontline workers who persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses, doctors, teachers, grocery store workers and others are recognized in this year's...

Volunteers rescue sandhill crane with plastic wedged on beak

Nov. 29, 2021 11:27 AM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A sandhill crane that couldn't eat because a piece of plastic was wedged on its beak is on the mend after getting a helping hand from a group of suburban Chicago volunteers. Shana Conner, a volunteer with the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, helped...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 29, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Nov. 24, 2021. Editorial: Attacks on books at Iowa schools are dispiriting and wrong; the attack on educators is worse A rash of complaints mostly about sexual content in Des Moines-area public school library books was cause, for...

Volunteers plant fruit orchard for Indiana primate sanctuary

Nov. 27, 2021 08:38 AM EST

WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — Staff at a primate sanctuary in northern Indiana will be feeding the center’s menagerie with freshly picked fruit in the coming years thanks to a newly planted orchard. A team of volunteers helped plant 60 fruit trees last month on the property of...

Honor Guard's funeral duty triples due to COVID-19 pandemic

Nov. 27, 2021 01:07 AM EST

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard in the number of funerals in which these volunteer men and women have provided military honors. Since latter 2019 to date, Minot Air Force Base Honor...

Cash coming to Tahoe animal center where burned cub escaped

Nov. 26, 2021 10:07 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Private donors' new pledge to match $500,000 in contributions for a $1 million-expansion at a Lake Tahoe wildlife rescue center is bringing smiles back to staff and volunteers, who have been on an emotional rollercoaster since a bear cub being treated for severe wildfire...

More than 50 evacuees from Afghanistan in New Hampshire

Nov. 24, 2021 12:11 PM EST

More than 50 evacuees from Afghanistan have arrived in New Hampshire so far, according to two resettlement agencies in the state that have received help from volunteers in getting them situated. “There’s one family that’s been placed with a Concord family living in...

Needy get free Thanksgiving turkeys as holiday approaches

Nov. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Volunteers gave out hundreds of free Thanksgiving turkeys Monday as the holidays approach and charities work to help people get what they need to celebrate. The event at the American Legion's Post No. 65 in south Phoenix helped out about 1,000 families....

Report: Free deal for Colorado COVID effort costs taxpayers

Nov. 22, 2021 12:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado paid more than $630,000 last year to a group of personal and business associates of Gov. Jared Polis that had ostensibly volunteered to help the state manage its way through the COVID-19 pandemic by tracking people’s movements, records show. ...