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18 May 2007
Western Australians can ‘see the change’ that volunteering brings 
Canberra, Australia: All Western Australians are being encouraged to become volunteers in their local community and discover the positive change it can bring to their lives. Launching National Volunteer Week 2007, Volunteering Minister Sue Ellery said volunteering had enormous social and economic benefits for all communities and there were plenty of opportunities for people to become involved.  Read article
14 May 2007
Thousands supported fight hunger, joined 'Walk the World'  
Rome, Italy: Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in hundreds of cities worldwide to vote with their feet in support of WFP's 2007 Fight Hunger: Walk the World campaign.  Read article

From: World Food Programme
More about: Poverty
07 May 2007
Volunteering helps improve health: Study 
Washington D.C., USA: The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.  Read article
02 May 2007
Volunteer projects in England to get over half a million grants 
London, UK: Local volunteer organizations in England with plans to involve volunteers in the delivery of health and social care projects could benefit from the latest funding round from the Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme (OFV), a Department of Health initiative that provides grants to local health and social care organizations in England.  Read article
30 April 2007
Putting volunteer work on the economic map 
Maryland, USA: The International Labour Organization and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies today announced an agreement to develop an approach for putting volunteer work on the economic map for the first time. Also announced was a start-up grant from the United Nations Volunteers to help underwrite this effort.   Read article
30 April 2007
New report on Maori & volunteering launched 
Wellington, New Zealand: A research report launched today will lead to a better understanding of volunteering and unpaid work from a Maori perspective, says Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.   Read article

From: Scoop, New Zealand
More about: New Zealand  Research
20 April 2007
Peace Corps volunteer wanted to do good, pursue adventure 
Manila, Philippines: Peace Coprs volunteer Julia Campbell's body was found in a shallow grave in Ifugao, northern part of the Philippines last 18 April. She worked as a volunteer English teacher at the Divine Word College in Albay province's Legazpi city, southeast of Manila, since October 2006.  Read article
16 April 2007
New Zealand report highlights value of volunteers 
Wellington, New Zealand: new report showing that 90 per cent of non-profit organisations in New Zealand are run entirely by unpaid volunteers proves how important these people are to our society, Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said today.  Read article

From: Scoop, New Zealand
More about: New Zealand  Research
10 April 2007
US research shows that disadvantaged teens benefit from volunteering 
Washington, D.C., USA: A new study in the United States has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low- income backgrounds -- they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.  Read article
03 April 2007
Situation for volunteers in Iraq gets more difficult 
Baghdad, Iraq: Iraq is the deadliest country in the world for aid workers, specialists say. Treated as Western collaborators they face death on a daily basis in the course of meeting the needs of an increasingly desperate population.   Read article

From: IRIN News
More about: Iraq

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