- Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner celebrates 25 years Updated: Nov-25-15 7:14 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - For the 25th year, two Columbia churches are coming together to make sure everyone has a hot turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.
- GOP chair: Party firing volunteer for tweet seen as racist Updated: Nov-24-15 5:24 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The chairman of Minnesota's Republican party says a local party's volunteer social media manager is being dismissed for referring to a "Negro problem" on Twitter.
- Migrants build society in French camp they call 'the jungle' Updated: Nov-24-15 10:43 am
CALAIS, France - Outside, acrid smoke from wood fires stings the eye, the stench of uncollected garbage and neglected toilets assaults the nose, and an autumn wind chills the bone. But inside Mimi Amanuel's immaculate wood-framed shack, the nightmare life of Calais' migrant camp cannot overpower a woman's dreams.
- Volunteers needed to help place wreaths on veterans' graves Updated: Nov-24-15 4:05 am
BILOXI, Mississippi - Volunteers are needed to help place several thousand Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans.
- Dubuque Dream Center teaches students character, discipline Updated: Nov-23-15 6:08 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Nonprofit Dubuque Dream Center is aiming to make a difference in the lives of students through a combination of academics and sports.
- Correction: Syrian Refugees-Texas story Updated: Nov-23-15 11:27 am
AUSTIN, Texas - In a story Nov. 20 about Texas instructing resettlement organizations not to help Syrian refugees, The Associated Press incorrectly identified the Health and Human Services executive commissioner. He is Chris Traylor, not Chris Turner.
- Military Veteran Project in Topeka growing Updated: Nov-23-15 10:45 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - If the Military Veteran Project succeeds at improving brain injury treatment and other goals, Melissa Jarboe won't be running the organization she founded.
- Auburn United Methodist prepares boxes for the holidays Updated: Nov-22-15 11:01 am
AUBURN, Alabama - Wednesday night, volunteers and students with Auburn United Methodist Church assembled and taped 490 cardboard boxes in the church's food pantry. Stacked on tables arranged in neat lines, the boxes were ready to be filled with everything needed to cook a holiday meal.
- Tennessee beats Missouri 19-8, spoils Pinkel home finale Updated: Nov-22-15 12:40 am
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Tennessee ignored the pre-game hoopla and the adverse conditions.
- Volunteers to assemble holiday care packages for RI troops Updated: Nov-21-15 10:24 am
WARWICK, Rhode Island - State and local officials are working with dozens of volunteers to assemble care packages for Rhode Island troops this holiday season.
- Colorado still fertile ground for Peace Corps Updated: Nov-21-15 9:48 am
DENVER - When Anita Annan, a 22-year-old Denver native and daughter of immigrants, arrived in Uganda this month to begin service as a Peace Corps literacy specialist, she joined a historically robust cadre of Colorado volunteers amid a recent national surge in applications.
- Volunteer seeks $675,000 for beating at women's shelter Updated: Nov-19-15 2:04 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - A shelter volunteer has filed a $675,000 lawsuit against the Gospel Rescue Mission of Grants Pass, alleging it should have done more to protect her from an enraged man who wanted to see his wife and daughter.
- EXCHANGE: Balloon handlers train for Thanksgiving Day parade Updated: Nov-18-15 1:17 pm
CHICAGO - On a recent sunny Saturday morning on the great lawn in front of the Museum of Science and Industry, gusts of wind bullied a 40-foot balloon of the cartoon monkey schnickelfritz known as Curious George.
- School launches new mentoring program for English learners Updated: Nov-07-15 11:48 am
ELKHART, Indiana - A colorful chart on the wall of the English as a New Language classroom in Beardsley Elementary School shows the six levels of English proficiency with a challenge to students above it: "How far will you climb this year?"
- Volunteers paint trees at Fargo park to help spare beavers Updated: Nov-07-15 11:43 am
FARGO, North Dakota - A group of volunteers are painting trees at a north Fargo park to try a non-lethal method to keep beaver colonies from chopping down and killing trees along the Red River.
- Generations of Madison family volunteer as first responders Updated: Nov-07-15 10:35 am
MADISON, Nebraska - First responders often refer to their teammates as family.
- Volunteers to go door-to-door to thank Boston's veterans Updated: Nov-07-15 9:33 am
BOSTON - Hundreds of volunteers will be going door-to-door in Boston this weekend to personally thank men and women who have served in the U.S. military.
- Elk Basin dino dug up Updated: Nov-06-15 6:30 am
POWELL, Wyoming - For more than 70 million years, it sat preserved underground until the front leg and shoulder of a hadrosaur, a type of duck-billed dinosaur, was dug up in Elk Basin.
- Christmas charity volunteer in Indiana was once a recipient Updated: Nov-05-15 8:17 am
COLUMBUS, Indiana - Like many other 9-year-olds, Chris Owens assumed the Christmas gifts he received in 1986 came from the North Pole. His perceptions changed a few years later while still an adolescent as he learned more about Christmas giving and receiving.
- Volunteers try to protect iconic Haystack Rock Updated: Nov-04-15 4:30 pm
CANNON BEACH, Oregon - Haystack Rock is an iconic symbol of Cannon Beach that draws thousands to the small coastal town each year. But members of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program want the public to know the 235-foot-tall rock - protected as an Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden - is more for looking than for touching.
- Beach rescuers in life-and-death struggle on Greece island Updated: Nov-04-15 3:39 pm
LESBOS, Greece - As this Greek island struggles with a huge migrant surge, a close-knit group of volunteers works alongside Greek fishermen to rescue people at sea, provide medical care and bring comfort and basic necessities.
- Sheriff's program gives Flint-area churches a hand Updated: Nov-04-15 3:09 pm
FLINT, Michigan - They go to church every week, but you won't find them in their Sunday best.
- Donors, volunteers sought for Vegas-area homeless aid event Updated: Nov-03-15 7:09 am
LAS VEGAS - Officials are seeking volunteers and donations for an upcoming event designed to link homeless and at-risk people with housing, job training, mental health counseling, grooming, substance abuse treatment and other services.
- Judge seals records of Ohio death row execution volunteer Updated: Nov-03-15 3:31 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has agreed to seal records related to an Ohio death row inmate's request to drop his appeals and be executed.
- Jimmy Carter says he feels fine, keeps busy despite cancer Updated: Nov-02-15 11:04 pm
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Jimmy Carter resumed his role as Habitat for Humanity's most prominent booster on Monday, donning a white hard hat and a worn leather belt stocked with his own tools to hammer and saw with other volunteers building a home in Memphis, Tennessee.