Volunteerism

Librarian Holly Ryckman smiles as she chats with 81-year-old Dell Kaplan from the Davis Library in Plano, Texas Friday, May 15, 2020. Ryckman is participating in a program that have popped up across the U.S. during the pandemic to help older adults with a simple offer to engage in small talk. Ryckman said the calls have been "a gift" for her. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
May 18, 2020 - 12:42 pm
DALLAS (AP) — For 81-year-old Dell Kaplan, the offer to get calls from a stranger just to chat while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic was immediately appealing. “It gets pretty lonely here by yourself,” said Kaplan, a suburban Dallas resident who has been missing meals out with friends...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. The vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc., generated antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 in a study of volunteers who were given either a low or medium dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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May 18, 2020 - 11:35 am
An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts...
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Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, April 17, 2020. As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material. (AP Photo/Michelle A. Monroe)
May 17, 2020 - 11:52 am
Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library. “I know...
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In this May 6, 2020 photo, 85-year-old Francisco Huayta and his wife, 93-year-old Guillermina Chumacero, speak with an "Adopt a Grandparent" volunteer after he delivered a bag of donated food to their home, in La Paz, Bolivia. The campaign urges volunteers to help senior citizens if they need safe support. So far, about 20 young people have offered to help. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
May 16, 2020 - 12:20 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Sergio Royela lived far from his parents in Bolivia and was concerned how they were faring in the quarantine imposed by interim President Jeanine Áñez to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “So, I looked for a neighbor to help me and I did the same in my condominium and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 09, 2020 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning Internal Revenue Service workers in Kansas City are being directed to a room well-stocked with face masks, while some other IRS offices were still telling staffers to buy or make their own as the Trump administration starts rolling out a location-based plan for returning...
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In this May 5, 2020, frame from video, Alfred Abayev, head of a volunteer group searching for remains of the WW II Red Army soldiers, right, looks at projectile left on a WW II battlefield near Khulkhuta in the province of Kalmykia in southern Russia. The search is part of a broad effort by myriad volunteer groups across the country to pay tributes to the fallen WW II soldiers. (AP Photo/Radik Nurmukhamedov)
May 09, 2020 - 3:09 am
KHULKHUTA, Russia (AP) — Crouching over the sun-drenched soil, Alfred Abayev picks up a charred fragment of a Soviet warplane downed in a World War II battle with advancing Nazi forces. “You can see it was burning,” he says, pointing at the weathered trace of a red star. Abayev and members of his...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2108 file photo, Carolyn Long, a Democratic candidate in the 3rd Congressional District race, poses for a photo as she stands near a precinct map in her campaign office in Vancouver, Wash., in Vancouver, Wash. The coronavirus pandemic put conventional campaigning on hold just as campaigns were ramping up. Long, who held over 45 town halls during her 2018 race against Washington Rep. Jaime Herrara Beutler and hoped to hit a similar number as they face off again this year. The town halls have moved to Facebook, and Long has started volunteering to pack boxes at a local food bank. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte File)
May 08, 2020 - 9:44 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Peter Ellertsen and his wife are used to getting political phone calls, usually with automated voices shilling for a candidate or asking for money. What is not normal is the call they received a few weeks ago: A real person from a congressional campaign who didn't want to talk about...
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Historian Sebastiaan Vonk, second right, and American ambassador Peter Hoekstra, third from right, lay a wreath at the graves of eight members of the crew of an American B17 bomber shot down over the Netherlands on July 30, 1943, in the tiny rural village of Opijnen, Netherlands, Monday, May 4, 2020. Vonk's Faces of Margraten project, founded six years ago, already has uncovered some 7,500 photos, which were due to be displayed next to graves in Margraten this week as Europe commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
May 08, 2020 - 3:57 am
OPIJNEN, Netherlands (AP) — Staff Sgt. Maurice Gosney was just a name carved on a white cross until a young Dutch historian went in search of the fallen American soldier's face. Killed in an ambush near the German village of Sulzfeld on April 11, 1945, Gosney is one of more than 10,000 American...
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This photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows President Nicolas Maduro speaking over military equipment that he says was seized during an incursion into Venezuela, during his televised address from Miraflores in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 4, 2020. Maduro said authorities arrested two U.S. citizens among a group of “mercenaries” on Monday, a day after a beach raid purportedly aimed at capturing the leader that Venezuelan authorities say they foiled. (Miraflores press office via AP)
May 06, 2020 - 7:47 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A former Green Beret who has claimed responsibility for an ill-fated military incursion into Venezuela is under federal investigation for arms trafficking, according to current and former U.S. law enforcement officials. The investigation into Jordan Goudreau is in its initial stages...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 photo, the remains of a Soviet soldier are exhumed, during a search for fallen WWII soldiers near the village of Klessin in Germany. In eastern Germany, today's verdant pastures were killing fields 75 years ago as the Soviet Red Army pushed toward the Nazi capital in the final weeks of World War Two. Volunteers from across Europe comb across the area looking for the remains of the thousands of missing soldiers, working from old maps and aerial photos to identify the trenches, foxholes and strongpoints where they could be buried. They strive to give the dead a proper burial, and wherever possible identify the remains to provide closure for families. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
May 05, 2020 - 3:23 am
KLESSIN, Germany (AP) — Thomas Siepert looks across the verdant grain field, glowing in the sun after a spring thunderstorm, as windmills slowly churn in the distance. Wild boar piglets trundle across the road into town and a hare pops out and dashes away. Yet the serene scene belies the slaughter...
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