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05 May 2006
Rebuilding Sri Lanka one house at a time by Kimberley Sevcik
Like many people, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami disaster Kimberley Sevcik had an urge to race to an affected region and help with the recovery efforts. She found that while the need was urgent then, there are still many ways to contribute to the rebuilding of communities affected by the disaster.   Read article
Barbara Barr, has already knitted more than 200 "trauma teds", which are shipped to children across the world. (Courtesy Peterborough Today)
03 May 2006
Senior volunteer knits cuddly comfort for children 
Peterborough, USA: Barbara Barr, a pensioner is bringing comfort to hundreds of children around the world by knitting teddy bears in front of the TV. She has already knitted 200 "trauma teds" that are shipped to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.    Read article
02 May 2006
Volunteer work ‘lifts’ their spirits by W. Evan Golder
Why would people volunteer to give up two weeks of vacation and pay $550 and airfare to a foreign country to work for nothing? For three primary reasons: gratitude, enjoyment and service, say 57 American volunteers who went to El Salvador to offer eye-care services to thousands of local people.  Read article
Jennifer Hee from Hawaii, USA works as a volunteer with at-risk Roma children in Bulgaria. (Photo courtesy: The Sofia Echo)
25 April 2006
Volunteer brings glow to Roma kids’ life in Bulgaria by Lucy Cooper
Sofia, Bulgaria: Jennifer Hee was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Almost three years ago, she applied to be in the Peace Corps, and was offered a Youth Development Volunteer position in Bulgaria. “Because I know my work is indeed important, and because I adore the youth I work with and want to provide them with every opportunity possible to help them not only survive, but to succeed, I will hopefully continue to work in Bulgaria and extend my assignment, despite the occasionally overwhelming challenges,” she says.     Read article

From: The Sofia Echo, Bulgaria
More about: Bulgaria  Children  Youth
24 April 2006
What would we do without our volunteers? by Jennifer Morey
Eureka, CA, USA: The National Volunteer Week is the time to take special note of the vital role of volunteers in communities across Canada and the United States. This article from Eureka, CA takes a detailed look at a local volunteer centre and the variety of connections it helps facilitate for the greater good of the community.  Read article

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The people you'll meet on these pages are not famous, yet they have touched millions of people's lives through their committment, compassion and courage. They've been baptized as  "trailblazers", "shakers and movers", "disaster responders", among others.  Whatever names they've been called, they have one thing in common -- they've made a difference.