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US Senate moves to expand national service 
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to broadly expand national community service programs, increasing the number of positions to 250,000 from 75,000 and creating new cadres of volunteers focused on education, clean energy, health care and veterans.  Visit site
Colin Powell endorses service initiative 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is lending his stature to an initiative from the incoming administration to connect volunteers with causes that need them.

President-elect Barack Obama's 'Renew America Together' initiative will officially launch a Web site on Martin Luther King Day, 19 January, to help people answer the call. Obama's inauguration is the following day.

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International Volunteer Day: Imagine a world without volunteers 
It would probably also be a world where people smile less, where local communities are falling apart and where everyone does things only for money. Despite being a huge social, economic and human phenomenon, volunteering is easily overseen by people and decision-makers.  Visit site
More about: Advocacy  Management
Best Volunteer Community Service 
Volunteer International programme of the Institute of IFRE specializes in ongoing, year-round volunteer abroad projects available for 2 weeks to 12 weeks in 18 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Visit site
Best Practice in International Volunteering and Co-operation 
A full report is now available about the European Conference held in Dublin, Ireland, on 26-27 June 2008. The theme of the conference was "Best Practice in International Volunteering and Co-operation".   Visit site
More about: Ireland  Management  Policy
A Global Health Corps: A win-win proposition? 
Center for Global Development senior fellow Mead Over thinks there's more that Americans can do overseas. Modelled on the Peace Corps, the Global Health Corps would provide young American doctors and nurses to help strengthen weak health systems.  Visit site
More about: United States  HIV/AIDS  Health  MDG 6
Worldwide Helpers 
Worldwide Helpers puts people from all walks of life three clicks away from finding an inspiring cause to donate their time - at no or minimal costs. It aims to eliminate the middleman and create a transparent platform to bring together individuals seeking to volunteer with communities in need.  Visit site
More about: Online volunteering
Network for Voluntary Development in Asia 
An international NGO promoting volunteer networks in the Asia-Pacific region.  Visit site
Ujamaa Hostel (Tanzania) 
Ujamaa is a volunteer hostel located in Arusha, Tanzania.  It provides budget accommodation where you can meet like-minded people and spend time volunteering as well. It also offers volunteering opportunities with local organizations in desperate need of help.  Visit site
Central body to help volunteer efforts in Singapore 
Volunteers, schools and independent organizations keen on organizing overseas humanitarian trips will now have a central body to turn to for information. Launched on Saturday, the International Volunteerism Association (IVA) aims to connect locally based groups who organize such trips into a close-knit network that shares resources through talks and joint training programmes.   Visit site
More about: Singapore

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