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26 March 2009
US Senate moves to expand national service by David M. Herszenhorn
Washington D.C, USA: 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
29 January 2009
Tehran's health patrol by Nahid Siamdoust
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran: Iran Mokhtari, now 57, was one of the first recruits. Although she had only a primary-school education, she was taught the information that she needed to pass on in her community. Stopping at a home on her street, she rings a neighbor's doorbell. "Open up. I'm your health volunteer," she says, and instantly, the door is buzzed open.  Visit site
19 January 2009
Obama ushers in era of American volunteerism 
Washington, D.C., USA: Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned across the US to help their communities today, in response to President Barack Obama's call for a day of public service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

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10 January 2009
Colin Powell endorses service initiative by Paul Courson
Washington, DC, USA: 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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05 January 2009
Not enough volunteers in Barbados, says Inniss  
Bridgetown, Barbados: A call has gone out for Barbadians to embrace the spirit of volunteerism. It has come from Minister of Health Donville Inniss who observed that volunteers were becoming a "rarity".   Visit site
11 December 2008
Enhancing accountability and transparency of international volunteering programmes 
Regular evaluation of the outcomes of international volunteering and service should be a planned part of program goals. Documentation of service outcomes enhances organizational transparency and accountability, justifies the expense of volunteer programs, and provides comparative knowledge about the overall impact of international volunteering on intended beneficiaries.  Visit site

From: Civicus
More about: United States  Research
11 December 2008
Volunteer sees age as no impediment to her work 
Taipei: After having served as a volunteer swimming coach for 23 years, 70-year-old Chao Yueh-nu has now expanded her work to other social service areas, saying that "one is never too old, nor it ever too late to be a volunteer."  Visit site

From: Taiwan News, Taipei
More about: China  Senior volunteers
11 December 2008
Teach India: Appealing to the spirit of volunteerism amongst citizens 
Teach India was launched on 6 June 2008 in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai as a social initiative of the Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. in partnership with Times Foundation and the United Nations Volunteers programme. Basic education, support classes and story-telling volunteer programmes are part of the initiative.  Visit site

From: Civicus
More about: India  Children  Education
06 December 2008
Shanghai firms join volunteer alliance by Wang Hongyi
Shanghai, China: The country's first volunteers' alliance between multinational firms was established in Shanghai to mark the 23rd International Volunteer Day.

The Make A Difference Alliance, initiated by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, is designed to encourage firms and their employees to organize charitable activities and campaigns across China.

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From: China Daily, China
05 December 2008
Filling the need to help others by Tan Yingzi
Beijing, China: Li Shuo will never forget what she did this summer. "I was part of the Olympics," the 20-year-old student from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine said.

Li was not an athlete taking part in the Games, but did what many would also think was equally meaningful - serving as a volunteer for her Olympic host city.

"I feel so lucky and proud to have been a part of such a historic event and it will probably be the most valuable chapter of my life," Li told China Daily Thursday, the eve of International Volunteer Day.

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From: China Daily, China

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