Volunteerism

Compilation photo with poster featuring 'American Red Cross' (© FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) and profile portrait of Clara Barton (© AP Images)

The American Red Cross helps those who suffer

When Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, it helped Americans recover from natural disasters. Learn how its mission expanded — to the world.
Selfie of woman in front of New York Blood Center (© Diana Berrent)

U.S. survivors of COVID-19 donate plasma

Learn about Diana Berrent, who defeated COVID-19 and launched an online movement encouraging fellow survivors to donate plasma for antibody research.
Woman in lab taking notes while talking to another person (© Thomas Angus)

Alumni of U.S. leadership programs give back on COVID-19

These State Department program alumni are giving back to their communities in different ways during the coronavirus outbreak.
Blindfolded Catholic priest sitting on chair outside making sign of the cross to driver in car (© Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Spiritual life in the U.S. during a pandemic

COVID-19 is causing great anxiety worldwide, but many Americans are coping with help from their faith traditions, while reaching out to others.
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.