Latest Volunteerism News

Greenville man goes from homeless to helping feed homeless

Sep. 19, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who used to be homeless, sometimes going days without a meal and begging for food, is now helping feed homeless people he was once living among. WSPA-TV reports that John “Redd” Martin, of...

California imposes more safeguards on youth organizations

Sep. 16, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California imposed more safeguards on youth service organizations Thursday to protect against future child abuse complaints like those that drove the Boys Scouts of America into bankruptcy last year. Legislation approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into NYC skyscrapers

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. ...

County employees could work at hospital burdened by COVID-19

Sep. 12, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — A northwest Georgia county is negotiating an agreement for its employees to work extra at the local hospital, which is over capacity because of COVID-19 patients. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Gordon County...

Weed sniffin’ dogs root out noxious plants along Snake River

Sep. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Finn the Labrador retriever was tuckered out, and her master, Lauren Wendt, knew it. This dog’s dogs were barking, the result of two consecutive days of her pooch pads pounding on the weathered, rounded rocks omnipresent along the Snake River. ...

Attorney seeks help dealing with COVID evictions

Sep. 11, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville attorney Mike Freed has left his mark locally cultivating an annual series of marathons raising money for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Now he’s asking lawyers around the country to donate their time to help to help prevent a...

Volunteer crossing guard dies saving kids from car

Sep. 09, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (AP) — A volunteer crossing guard pushed children from the path of a vehicle that ended up striking and killing him near a middle school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ashley Dias, 45, is being hailed as a hero after he saved a group of children...

Macy's Thanksgiving parade returns to New York City streets

Sep. 08, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to New York City's streets this year with COVID-19 protocols including a vaccination requirement for parade volunteers, Macy's and city officials announced Wednesday. The Nov. 25 parade will be broadcast on...

Avera Health requires vaccinations for employees, volunteers

Sep. 07, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Health officials on Tuesday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 and the largest number of infected people on ventilators at South Dakota hospitals since last year. According to the state Department of Health, there are 453 new...

Volunteers help poorest survive Thailand's worst COVID surge

Sep. 06, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — For two months, carpenter Tun Nye hasn’t been able to send any money home to his parents in Myanmar to help them care for his 11-year-old son, after authorities in Thailand shut down his construction site over coronavirus concerns. No work has meant no...