volunteerism

People distributing toys (Mary Knox Merrill/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty)

How American Muslims give back during Ramadan

Muslims typically make a special effort to increase their charitable activities throughout Ramadan. Learn about what some American Muslims are doing.
Man painting Urdu words on a wall (© AP Images)

Combating violence with art or apps

An art program, an online forum and a crime-fighting app are three ways emerging young leaders are strengthening their communities.
Sailor taking selfie picture with children (U.S. Navy/Brittney Cannady)

U.S. military helps people in need in the Americas

"Continuing Promise" brought U.S. military members to Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras to provide medical care and other humanitarian efforts.
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 steps off each spring through the streets not of Brussels — NATO’s headquarters — but Norfolk, Virginia, a historic naval town.
Volunteers handling canned food (Corporation for National and Community Service)

Americans turn to service to honor Martin Luther King [video]

In 1994, the U.S. holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was redesignated as a national day of service. What does that mean? Watch this video!
Woman feeding a giraffe (Courtesy of Shannon O’Donnell)

Have purpose, will travel

Voluntourism, travel combined with volunteer activities, is driven by young people’s desire to make their lives more consequential.
President Obama and daughter Sasha volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington (© AP Images)

As Thanksgiving ushers in U.S. holiday season, Americans give back

What is Thanksgiving and how is it celebrated? Racing, food donations and volunteering are some of the ways Americans give thanks and give back.
People standing and holding out cups (State Dept.)

New York City Marathon brings runners (and volunteers) from around the...

Nearly 10 percent of the volunteers at this year’s New York City Marathon will be exchange visitors from around the world.
Runners crossing the finish line of a race (Courtesy of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association/Waleed Ahmad Khan)

Islam ‘is about serving people,’ says youth organizer

A Muslim youth group wanted to give back to their neighborhood so hosted a 5K run/walk in Washington to raise money for a local food bank.