Latest Volunteerism News

Bidens pack carrots, apples into boxes during food bank stop

Jan. 16, 2022 16:06 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden packed carrots and apples into food boxes for the hungry and chatted with volunteers Sunday at a food bank as part of a day of service for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The couple traveled about a half-hour from...

Alabama nonprofit to host pageant aimed at volunteerism

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A new nonprofit aimed at recognizing young women for their volunteer spirit will hold its first-ever statewide pageant next week at Wallace State Community College. The Miss Alabama Volunteer Pageant will hold its inaugural pageant event next weekend at the...

Volunteers needed for tornado cleanup at Kentucky park

Jan. 13, 2022 04:02 AM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — A cleanup event at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be held Jan. 22. The park's shoreline was heavily impacted by last month's tornadoes, The Paducah Sun reported. Volunteers will help remove debris left behind from the...

Special rescues help ailing owners find pets' next home

Jan. 11, 2022 12:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Who will take your pet when you die? The question often doesn't have an easy answer, especially for ill or older people headed to residential nursing care or assisted living. During the pandemic, specialized rescue, advocacy and adoption services run by volunteers...

Seedlings help Louisiana park replace destroyed trees

Jan. 08, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — Donated seedlings and volunteer labor have let a Louisiana state park replace more than 400 of the cypress trees destroyed by hurricanes over the past two years. Volunteers planted the trees Wednesday at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana...

Group celebrates 40 years of outdoors empowerment, skiing

Jan. 08, 2022 10:13 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Karla Cartwright and her son, Weston, didn’t know what to expect the first time they attended Eagle Mount’s Big Sky Kids Camp, designed for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, in 1993. For 10 days, Weston spent time with other campers in the...

LA County to resume homeless count after 2021 postponement

Jan. 06, 2022 15:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will resume its annual homeless count in full a year after it was limited over concerns that it couldn't be done safely or accurately during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 06, 2022 14:22 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 5, 2021. Editorial: Start the new year by adopting a shelter pet The story of Ellie, the three-legged dog, should serve as an inspiration for folks to begin a new year with a new family member, a cat or dog from one of the region’s many...

Wyoming woman getting new roof but installation slow going

Jan. 02, 2022 10:14 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Winter is here and Barb Padberg is still waiting. At the end of her driveway, not far from the rocky unpaved roadway that leads to her secluded Campbell County home, the unassembled pieces of her metal roof sit waiting for someone to come along and install...

Atlanta nonprofits stretch to meet missions amid pandemic

Jan. 01, 2022 00:08 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As COVID-19 was grinding the world to a halt, Susan Anderson realized that her volunteer organization needed to make some changes — and it needed to make them fast. Open Hand Atlanta relied on dozens of volunteers who were used to darting in and out of the...