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In this photo provided by Repair the World, Serve the Moment volunteers distribute produce boxes in May 2020. (Courtesy of Repair the World via AP)

100 young Jews volunteer for summer service with new program

Jul. 15, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

(RNS) — For the next four weeks, Molly Lippitt will spend her days sorting and bagging food at a Detroit distribution center that supplies shelters and soup kitchens in five Southeast Michigan counties. It’s her way of giving back in this time of self-isolation when jobs are scarce and needs are...

Researchers report that the first vaccine tested in the US for coronavirus boosted volunteers' immune systems, as hoped

Jul. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers report that the first vaccine tested in the US for coronavirus boosted volunteers' immune systems, as hoped.
Basma Mostafa, a 30-year-old journalist who founded an initiative that sends freshly home cooked meals to quarantined coronavirus patients, package food at her friend's apartment, in Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Mostafa, who works with others to coordinate the volunteer effort, said she got the idea of helping out when she was going through a difficult time.

In Egypt, volunteers make meals with love for virus patients

Jul. 13, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

Fatma Youssef stuffs rice, chicken or meat and vegetables into boxes spread on her dining table -- tens of them in the last few weeks. On some, she scribbles “Be well” in Arabic; on others, she writes “Together, we will get through this.” Youssef doesn’t know who will eat her...

File-President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 11, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. he Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. Trump Victory, the joint field effort of the two organizations, announced Monday, July 13, 2020, the hiring of an additional 300 staffers set to hit 20 target states by Wednesday in the largest field operation over mounted by a Republican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

Trump's reelection operation hires 1,500 field staffers

Jul. 13, 2020 6:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. Trump Victory, the joint field effort of the two organizations, announced Monday...

A group of local defense force fighters drive their motorbikes during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

Jul. 9, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

KONGOUSSI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed only with a knife, Issa Tamboure was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in March. So Tamboure, 63, rounded up his family — including his 13 children — and ran, eventually reaching a camp for people...

A worker checks a lung ventilator

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Jul. 6, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action. “It...

FILE - This file photo shows a reward poster released on March 26, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Justice, for Venezuelan former General Cliver Alcala-Cordones after the U.S. Justice Department indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several aides on narcoterrorism charges. The former general, who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Maduro, claims he's unable to afford private counsel in the U.S. narcotics case, according to his attorney in late June. (Department of Justice via AP, File)

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photo, Joey Prestley, a staff canvasser for the Progressive Turnout Project, uses hand sanitizer between stops to talk to voters in the age of the new coronavirus in northwest Denver. The coronavirus pandemic isn't going away anytime soon, but campaigns are still forging ahead with in-person organizing.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Campaigning finds a new normal as door-knocking resumes

Jun. 25, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Across much of America, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t fading away. But political campaigns are still forging ahead with in-person organizing. The pandemic upended elections this year, forcing campaigns to shift their organizing activities almost entirely online and compelling both...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 file photo, Laura Porras, right, prepares bags of fresh vegetables as Justin Ruiz, 17, left, and Porras' niece Ana Karen Porras, 14, help in the vestibule at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The effort, which started two months earlier, is coordinated by the Brooklyn Immigrant Community Support mutual aid group who saw a need for emergency food aid for undocumented immigrants, who couldn't apply for or receive government assistance in the wake of shutdowns caused by concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Faith-based mutual aid flourishes amid pandemic, protests

Jun. 24, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

(RNS) — Groceries. Prepared meals. Face masks. Prayer requests. Housing. Rent assistance. Mental health care. Spiritual guidance. Career advice. Transportation. The requests for help keep coming at Forefront Church, at all hours of the day and night, and Zanifa Franck keeps responding. “If you need...

In this June 7, 2020, photo provided by Norm Tabije, Angela Keen uses her home computer in Honolulu to do work for her Facebook group, Hawaii Quarantine Kapu Breakers. The group, using the Hawaiian word for laws or rules, focuses on tracking down people who violate Hawaii's 14-day quarantine on travelers arriving to the state. (Norm Tabije via AP)

Volunteer sleuths track down Hawaii's quarantine scofflaws

Jun. 20, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Former longtime television reporter Angela Keen knows how to track people down. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s putting her skills to use finding tourists who defy Hawaii's mandatory two-week quarantine on arriving travelers. When members of her Facebook group spot tourists...