These students at the University of Pittsburgh urged their peers to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
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Civics education is not boosting youth voting, volunteering or even scores on academic tests about government – and may be related to QAnon support.
A volunteer looks for waterbirds at Point Reyes National Seashore in California during the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
If they run across some trash while they’re out paddling, what will they do about it?
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Nicknaming a lake, planning your route or simply seeing a 'Welcome to your park' sign can help visitors feel more like a public place is their own to some degree.
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The crisis caused by COVID-19 has significant consequences for the future of this retail sector.
Despite help from the government and charities, the number of food-insecure kids is rising.
An estimated 1 in 4 US children have trouble getting enough to eat at least sometimes. We asked four scholars for their insights..
A volunteer hands out food boxes in Los Angeles before Thanksgiving.
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Nonprofits are being forced to do more with less money, which may force many of them to close within the next couple of years.
Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn't enough time to nurture relationships.
Movie star and comedian Tiffany Haddish, left, is a former foster child who now advocates on behalf of foster children.
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Visits between foster children and their biological families are being disrupted and reunification hearings delayed.
Charities played a vital role in the reconstruction of post-war Britain. But they had a very different relationship with the government.
The number of visitors to the restored wetlands is increasing each year, as is the wildlife.
An Indian volunteer in Delhi sanitisers a driver delivering food from an emergency kitchen.
The work of volunteers is political and that matters.
College students don’t have to appear in person to do good.
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With colleges and universities having moved their instruction online due to COVID-19, an ecologist shows how service learning can take place in the virtual world as well.
Social distancing is easier at drive-through food pantries like this one in San Antonio.
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A volunteering expert offers guidance on how to help at a time when you may need to keep your helping hands to yourself.
The main characters of ‘The Good Place’ become better over time.
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Brain science suggests that seniors care more about the welfare of others than younger folks do.
Volunteers in Washington help prepare food packages for people made suddenly unemployed by the pandemic.
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'Mutual aid' groups are springing up all over. It's a concept first described by Peter Kropotkin in the 19th century.
The vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of being so divided.
A psychologist explains how to reestablish civil political conversation in your own life.
For many Australians, the bushfire disaster could represent a turning point: the moment they adopt new, long-term behaviours to help nature.
Scientists can now track butterfly migration in real time with the help of volunteers.
Citizen scientists across North America have contributed over 1 million observations to this online platform, generating data useful for researchers.
The former site of a Panama City plumbing business remained a pile of debris months after Hurricane Michael.
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The gravity and force of this Category 5 hurricane that lashed the Florida Panhandle and other Southern states may never have fully registered on the public’s radar.
Politicians routinely criticise young climate strikers as not making a difference. But the reality is quite different.
Conscripting young volunteers to combat climate change is not necessary. Australians aged 15-17 already have the highest rates of volunteering in the country.