Latest Volunteerism News

Volunteers help keep Greenwood as a Bee City USA partner

Jul. 04, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Rusty Wilson was lying down in the garden, peering up at the undersides of Milkweed leaves. Wilson, a master gardener and horticulturist, retired as the state’s director of pesticide regulation from Clemson University. Now, he’s one of the volunteers who...

Children read to cats to help boost reading, adoptions

Jul. 02, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

CARENCRO, La. (AP) — The Thibodeaux family ventured from Breaux Bridge to Carencro to spend part of their Saturday in a small concrete block room reading together and being crawled on by fuzzy kittens. Brylee Thibodeaux, 9, usually sticks to Babysitter’s Club books and big sister...

'We cannot pause our lives': Ukrainians begin rebuilding

Jun. 30, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

YAHIDNE, Ukraine (AP) — On the outskirts of a Ukrainian village stand the remnants of a small school that was partially destroyed in the early weeks of the Russian invasion. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the school's broken windows offer glimpses of abandoned classrooms that are...

Scandal-ridden Israeli icon, dies at 62

Jun. 29, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, a prominent member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community who founded a volunteer paramedic service before his reputation came crashing down in a series of sexual abuse allegations, has died. Meshi-Zahav was hospitalized last year after...

DeSantis expands eligibility for Bright Futures scholarships

Jun. 27, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida high school students applying for the state's college and vocational school scholarship program will be able to substitute paid work experience for volunteering under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday. DeSantis also signed a bill requiring...

People's war: Ukraine, Russia crowd-funding gear for troops

Jun. 27, 2022 02:27 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In one of the combat zones against Russia, the supply chief for a Ukrainian fighting brigade places his online order for war supplies — a long list ranging from drones, trucks and thermal sights to batteries, generators and tape. They are needed, he writes, to equip two new...

Grand Canyon won't seek volunteers to kill bison this fall

Jun. 26, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bison herd that lives almost exclusively in the northern reaches of Grand Canyon National Park won't be targeted for lethal removal there this fall. The park used skilled volunteers selected through a highly competitive and controversial lottery last year...

Fire camp encourages more girls to join emergency services

Jun. 26, 2022 09:10 AM EDT

DALEVILLE, Va. (AP) — As the day began in Botetourt County, emergency crews responded to two very different scenes. Members of the Botetourt County Fire & EMS Department — most of them male — were called to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 220 near Eagle Rock that injured one...

Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fire

Jun. 22, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

PLEASANTON, Kan. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter who was injured while fighting a blaze in Pleasanton earlier this week has died, officials said. Joshua Haynes, 35, was injured Monday during a fire at the Carpenter Chiropractor Clinic. He was flown to the University...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...