JFK shaking hands with one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in 1961.
P Photo/William J. Smith
No matter how well-intentioned, volunteers who may be inexperienced can't solve the entrenched and complex social problems low-income communities endure.
By acquiring knowledge of other places and people, travel can make us more peaceful in our interactions with others.
Central American migrants playing soccer at a temporary shelter in Tijuana.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
This help is often given in kind rather than in dollars and cents. Without it, these migrants might have nowhere to go and nothing to eat.
Family is far more important for developing engagement of young people in civil society than previously thought.
Volunteering as a family.
Whether they stay with the same organisations or not, family members have a strong influence on each others' volunteer habits.
Volunteers prepare to take flow measurements on Muddy Creek.
Centre County Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps
When people form local networks to take care of resources such as drinking water, they strengthen their communities. Technology can support these efforts and promote learning and innovation.
Honduran mother and child with a Border Patrol agent.
This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
Did David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ plan work to get more people into volunteering?
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New analysis shows government policies to encourage people to volunteer has little impact.
Running (or walking) with others is good for health and social connections. But you don't have to aim for marathons.
Volunteers assemble food to be distributed to low-income schoolchildren in Pittsburgh through a government-funded program.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
The share of people who give their time to good causes is starting to dip.
Reaching out to newcomers: the National Gallery of Denmark.
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Museums can help teach immigrants new skills – if they engage them.
Renault Trucks supports the World Food Program and trains WFP teams in Africa on truck maintenance.
Far from being a public-relations gimmick, corporate volunteering can present a strategic tool for companies to better cope with the ongoing demographic shifts and manage their talent.
New research suggests people who start volunteering before age ten will keep doing so as they grow up.
The author, distributing medications at a shelter in Villalba, Puerto Rico.
It's hard but feasible to make a difference, as long as you work with the locals and don't become a 'disaster tourist.'
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals.
When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.
Some Peace Corps volunteers already provide computer assistance and instruction.
The US could help solve a global security problem and boost its image abroad by helping willing experts share their cybersecurity knowledge around the country and the globe.
Academia requires a lot of work outside the lecture hall.
Striking a better gender balance would be easy, but until now universities have not been paying much attention to the problem.
A Victorian AIDS Council volunteer training weekend in Kyneton Victoria, 1987.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
The AIDS crisis arrived in Australia in 1982 and triggered an enormous (and successful) public health response, largely driven by volunteers. These people, often from marginalised communities in their own right, deserve recognition in Australia's proud volunteer tradition.
Teach For America teacher Sergio Santiago looks over an assignment with a student.
Teach for America was created to bring more resources to disadvantaged communities. New research shows that the participants also learn a few things.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.