Volunteerism

People clearing debris from collapsed building (© Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

Humanitarian causes unite people of all faiths

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
U.S. Marine dropping off toys in front of a store for a toy drive (© Sandy Huffaker/AP Images)

Americans give back during the holidays [photo gallery]

Each year, millions of Americans volunteer in their communities to help those who are less fortunate celebrate the holidays.
Young girl getting help putting on winter coat (© Eugene Gologursky/Getty Image)

Americans donate millions to charities on Giving Tuesday

Americans donate to charities on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving to give back to their communities and help around the world.
Children on parade float in front of Eiffel Tower replica (State Dept./D.A. Peterson

A Virginia city parades its support for NATO

The NATO Parade of Nations moves each spring through the streets not of Brussels — NATO’s headquarters — but of Norfolk, Virginia, a historic naval town.
Disaster response personnel lifting boy out from rubble (Chief Chris Schaff/Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/USAID)

U.S. rescuers stand ready to find earthquake survivors

When earthquakes strike and countries seek help rescuing survivors, USAID knows who to call: urban search and rescue teams in Virginia and California.
Three people smiling in boat (Peace Corps)

Peace Corps volunteers making a difference in the Philippines

The Peace Corps has sent 8,800 volunteers to the Philippines since 1961. Some 180 are there today as teachers, conservationists and community developers.
People playing on a field beneath a blue cloudy sky (© Marvi Lacar/Getty Images)

An American Jewish group helps survivors of Rwanda’s genocide

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, modeled on Israeli villages built for orphans after the Holocaust, is a community for survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Nighttime view of New York City skyline (© Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Helping 9/11 families pay for college

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund helps many dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 attacks or aftermath pay for college.
Ken Isaacs standing in front of white pillar (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Hands-on humanitarian Ken Isaacs delivers aid worldwide

For two decades, Ken Isaacs was a well driller. A month volunteering in Africa led him to a career switch to a charity delivering humanitarian aid worldwide. Now he is the U.S. choice to lead the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration.