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The New York Times

Michael Massing

4 February 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Deep canvassing goes beyond talking points, encouraging empathetic dialogue. The New York-based organization, Changing the Conversation Together, trains volunteers in the practice of deep canvassing. Instead of just f...

NPR

Megan Kamerick

20 January 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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How does one Albuquerque organization address social isolation among senior citizens? It recruits teens to teach technologies 101. Teeniors creates intergenerational relationships by encouraging teens to spend time wi...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Carey L. Biron

20 January 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, volunteers go door to door to talk with their neighbors who have properties at risk of foreclosure. The initiative has contributed to a 90 percent decrease in foreclosures in the city since 2015.

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

10 January 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Outdoor enthusiasts make effective citizen scientists. In Montana, Adventure Scientists pairs outdoor adventure-seekers with scientists looking to collect data in remote locations. The volunteers gather data that info...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

24 December 2019

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Canada and Humanity First Canada teamed up to transform a bus into a mobile shelter for the homeless, complete with 20 beds, a kitchenette, a bathroom, internet, and more. The progra...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

18 December 2019

Tijuana, Mexico

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In Tijuana, many asylum seekers are left without access to health care while they await a decision on their cases so medical professionals are volunteering their time to try to help those that need it. Although they a...

The Colorado Sun

Moe Clark

12 December 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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When asylum seekers are released from the Aurora, Colorado immigration center, many seek help and community from the nonprofit organization, Casa de Paz. Based in Denver, the nonprofit offers these individuals and any...

The Notebook

Huntly Collins

6 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia is working to make its local public schools reflect the same diversity. By working with community partners and ensuring black and white parent voices both help shape the school, ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

18 November 2019

Collingswood, New Jersey, United States

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When the town of Collingswood started deliberating a bag ban, a leader from Friends of the Farmers’ Market stepped up, creating the Collingswood Bag Share. Community members were worried about the economic impact of f...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Harrison Mantas

11 November 2019

Chincoteague, Virginia, United States

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While Western towns struggle with the growth of wild horse populations in the area, a small town on the coast of Virginia has established a way to maintain population size and care for the horses. Volunteers manage a ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

6 November 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Making personal connections supports mental health and wellbeing. The San Francisco-based nonprofit, Sidewalk Talk, trains volunteers to go out and engage on a personal level with individuals in underserved communitie...

Al Jazeera

Priti Salian

10 October 2019

Arnsberg, Germany

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At a German preschool, an intergenerational mentoring program pairs community members with young children to productively talk about complex life concepts such as illness and death. Studies have shown that such progra...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

26 September 2019

Colombia

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Due to rural conditions and political unrest throughout the region, many in Colombia struggle to access health care, but a group of volunteer pilots is tackling this problem by bringing the health care to the communit...

Associated Press

Jake Bleiberg

16 August 2019

Haslet, Texas, United States

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With people across the United States living in constant fear of mass shootings, in these despondent times, some churches paying companies to train and arm their members in preparation. While the FBI and other security...

The Mercury

Madison Kuklentz

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Thomas Garlick

9 August 2019

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy has built a grassroots base of volunteers that help clean up the local environment. Through education at schools and summer workshops, outreach projects, and asking volun...

NPR

Maggie Mullen

20 June 2019

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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In Wyoming, volunteers are given health care trainings to help them as caregivers to those with chronic illnesses who are too far away from a doctor to receive adequate care. That curriculum, along with support groups...

Eye On Ohio

Katie Ellington

9 June 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Though Ohio has traditionally relied on volunteers to be guardians to elder folks who don't have support of family or loved ones, the court system looks to partnerships with external organizations to give at-risk seni...

KHGI-TV

Lauren Kummer

5 June 2019

Grand Island, Nebraska, United States

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Hope Harbor, an emergency and transitional shelter in Grand Island, Nebraska, is renovating its facilities to include a playground for the shelter’s children. Funded by various grants, the new addition will provide ch...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

31 May 2019

Burlingame, California, United States

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For millennials looking to gain a stronger sense of commitment to social justice and service work, religious traditions can provide a helpful framework. The Nuns and Nones program in Burlingame, California, places you...

KQED

Sonja Hutson

20 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, CA, two men deemed the Pothole Vigilantes have paired up to fix every pothole in the city. Made possible by crowdfunding the venture, the two have now developed public meetups to teach others how to fix po...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Max Baring

Karla Mendes

13 May 2019

Brazil

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The Guardians of the Forest is an indigenous volunteer group who patrols protected areas of the Amazon rainforest being destroyed by illegal logging. Volunteers seek out and destroy logging camps, chase loggers off th...

The Guardian

Leo Benedictus

24 April 2019

Oxford, England

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From London to Vancouver, across the globe libraries of things are popping up to rent out common, but rare-to-use, household objects. Items include telescopes, lawn mowers, ice cream makers, power drills, you name it....

High Country News

Sarah Tory

22 April 2019

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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The Kino Border Initiative is a volunteer binational organization that provides food, aid, and shelter for migrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona. The rate of asylum-seekers is steadily rising, and th...

Yes! Magazine

Janice Cantieri

18 April 2019

British Columbia, Canada

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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Drone Search Team is a group of volunteers in British Columbia, Canada that use a combination of indigenous knowledge and drones to search for missing women. Indigenous women ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

17 April 2019

Denmark

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Using the camera of a smartphone, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can receive quick and easy help from volunteers. The Danish company, Be My Eyes uses a smartphone application to connect those who are b...

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