volunteerism

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.
Girl riding on another girl's back (© Jane G. Photography)

Female Olympians inspire the next generation

As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games come to a close, the next generation of athletes is getting started. The women of Team USA want to help lead these girls to their own future greatness.
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!
Mural showing city with people and red ribbon running through it (© AP Images)

Talking down the HIV/AIDS stigma in sub-Saharan Africa

Overcoming stigma around HIV/AIDS is an essential step toward controlling the epidemic. A doctor from Botswana hosts panels on taboo topics to help.
George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush standing in the Oval Office (© AP Images)

Former presidents help in times of disaster

When a disaster like Hurricane Harvey or Irma strikes, former U.S. presidents often step up to galvanize public support for those left homeless.
Man standing on street lined with hurricane debris from houses (Nechama — Jewish Response to Disaster)

Faith-based charities, lending a helping hand

All denominations turn out to help people in times of disaster, like in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U.S.
Hikers crossing over rocks on Appalachian Trail (© Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Appalachian Trail, beloved by hikers, turns 80

The 3,500-kilometer Appalachian Trail calls more than 3 million hikers to the woods every year and has inspired scenic trails in other countries.