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Christian Science Monitor

Atul Bhattarai

18 December 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, people with certain types of misdemeanors can ask the courts to seal their records from public view. When this law was passed, a team of 175 lawyers, paralegals, and law students volunteered to help e...

Bright Magazine

Fehmida Zakeer

10 November 2016

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Cyclones or floods could not close Sneha Center for Suicide Prevention in South India. This volunteer-run clinic is in the country with the highest number of suicides in the world. It is open 24 hours a day and 365 da...

Vice

Jacob Kushner

7 November 2016

United States

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Fathom is the world's first-ever cruise line for people who want to vacation and volunteer as a way of helping poor families in the Dominican Republic have concrete floors, water filters etc. However, the impact of th...

Zócalo Public Square

Muhammad Safwatullah

19 October 2016

San Bernadino, California, United States

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Al-Shifa Free Health Clinic is located in an underserved area of San Bernardino. The clinic sees over 200 patients every month for specialized medical treatment and dental care, as they employ volunteer doctors from m...

Times-Call

Carah Wertheimer

18 October 2016

Longmont, Colorado, United States

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In Longmont, Colorado the Hopelight Medical Clinic is fondly referred to as the "little clinic that could" since it provides services such as low-cost medical care, free wellness support groups, health counseling and ...

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

Thomas Barlas

28 August 2016

New Jersey, United States

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Farmers and volunteers are working together to help feed the hungry in New Jersey. New Jersey Agricultural Society's Farmers Against Hunger Program relies on gleaning to turn food waste into a meal for someone in need...

Great Falls Tribune

Jenn Rowell

4 August 2016

Great Falls, Montana, United States

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Great Falls has had success finding homes for Veterans. Through word of mouth, volunteers, and communication between agencies homes and programs have been set up to house veterans and facilitate finding them employment.

Los Angeles Magazine

Patric Kuh

15 June 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles-based nonprofit Food Forward was born out of the observation that many farmers are growing more fruit than they can sell at market. To cut down on food waste and get these viable fruits into the hands of p...

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

2 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Whenever there’s a natural catastrophe, a team of “crisis mappers” activate around the world. These volunteers use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps, which are then used to make decisions on...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

13 March 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Barefoot Law was founded to keep Ugandans educated about their legal rights. The group of lawyers provides legal help to 300,000 people each month, heavily supported by volunteers. As a non-profit social enterprise, t...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 February 2016

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In the aftermath of the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, the city relies on the public library as a grounding location that welcomes all. Though the library has seen drastic cuts in funding and staff, it invests in co...

Elite Daily

Alexandra Svokos

11 November 2015

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

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Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, has provided relief after flooding in Detroit, tornadoes in Oklahoma, a typhoon in the Philippines and an earthquake in Nepal...

Respekt

Tomáš Lindner

21 June 2015

Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany

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Bavaria has integrated thousands of refugees into the public sphere by helping them learn German, find housing, and maintain employment through apprenticeship programs and other volunteer-run organizations in the comm...

NPR

Amy Yee

19 June 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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When disaster strikes, ordinary citizens are often the first people on the scene. Bangladesh is helping people prepare for emergencies by offering free three-day trainings in search and rescue techniques, first aid, a...

BBC

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger

12 March 2015

Damascus, Syria

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The refugee crisis in Syria is one of modern society's greatest diasporas. Syria's refugee children are not a lost generation, but the country's next generation, according to volunteers who want to prepare them for th...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

31 August 2014

Concord, North Carolina, United States

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Cabarrus County’s Project Re-entry gives those experiencing incarceration a chance at an education and self-reflection. The program has shown such success that it is being expanded to other detention centers in the co...

Intelligent Life

James Scudamore

1 January 2014

Vangani, Maharashtra, India

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In India, videos made about the many social problems are secretly broadcasted in different villages to make people aware of the real problem and also aware of what they can do to fix it. Video Volunteers, an organizat...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

21 March 2012

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist gro...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 August 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Organizations are mobilizing volunteers in hospitals to connect low-income families with human services which address social factors like poor housing, nutrition, etc. so patients are able to work and thus afford heal...

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