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  • The NY Times Visited A Trump Campaign Office And Found Something They NEVER Expected — It Says A Lot

    03/20/2016 9:39:28 AM PDT · by upsdriver · 41 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 15, 2016 | Jack Davis
    The New York Times found what it called an “unlikely melting pot” when its reporters descended on a Donald Trump campaign office in Tampa, Fla. “For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity,” reported the Times on Sunday. “They include a young woman who recently arrived from Peru; an immigrant from the Philippines; a 70-year-old Lakota Indian; a teenage son of Russian immigrants; a Mexican-American.” The Times article included anecdotes from several campaign workers, and drew some common themes.
  • Camp Cruz: Volunteers set aside lives in other states to help candidate's Iowa push

    01/22/2016 4:52:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 22, 2016 | Seema Mehta reporting from Des Moines
    Dozens of Ted Cruz supporters gathered in a stairwell of a drab dormitory on a recent subfreezing morning, ready for their marching orders. "What is our purpose today?" bellowed Cruz campaign staffer Ken Brolin, 64. "Find undecided voters!" the volunteers replied in unison, before bundling up in scarves, snow boots and mittens, and marching out into the early morning light, ready to knock on hundreds of Iowans' doors. Welcome to Camp Cruz, the temporary home for an army of volunteers from around the country who have traveled to this snowbound state at their own expense. Their mission: to do all...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Biblical as He Rallies Campaign for 2016: ‘We’re Winning and It Terrifies Them’

    01/01/2016 8:32:30 AM PST · by Isara · 70 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 1, 2016 | Justin Green
    Sen. Ted Cruz enjoyed a banner end to 2015, building a strong argument for being the top movement conservative in the Republican presidential race.But on New Year’s Eve, he was looking ahead to future battles. The Texas Republican told a conference call for 56,817 of his volunteers, according to The Blaze: We're winning right now. And as a result, I want to tell everyone: Get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks that are coming." He added a warning: "We ain't seen nothing yet. ... In the month of January, we are going to...
  • Cruz's "Strike Force" of Texas Supporters Readies Iowa Push

    12/04/2015 1:10:54 PM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Dec. 4, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Presidential contender and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with a supporter at the opening of his first Iowa office in Urbandale, Iowa on Sept. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is expanding its presence in Iowa, beginning to send hundreds of volunteers from Texas to the early voting state where he increasingly looks like a top-tier candidate. On Saturday, the campaign will officially open "Camp Cruz," a home base of sorts for Cruz's Iowa Strike Force, according to aides. The strike force is a group of volunteers mostly from his home state who have committed to work for...
  • Cruz Campaign Tops 77,000 Volunteers

    10/29/2015 10:39:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 23 replies ^ | 10/29/15
    HOUSTON, Texas - Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced 77,190 volunteers have signed on to help Ted Cruz become the next President of the United States. Volunteers have signed up in all 50 states and five territories, including 5927 in the first four primary and caucus states.The Cruz mobile app, which helps volunteers coordinate and sign up new people, has been downloaded 22,251 times. Cruz volunteers are currently working on expanding the campaign's network of support throughout the country by engaging in their communities, attending events, coordinating on social media, and asking friends and relatives to donate."Our volunteer network...
  • CRUZ supporters South Central Texas

    10/17/2015 7:44:25 AM PDT · by Mac n Jac · 7 replies
    My San ^ | April 1, 2015 | Joshua Fechter
    Most people might slap a bumper sticker on their car to show support for a political candidate. San Antonio resident Deborah Wall took it one step further. My apologies first for not knowing how to post this so Admin folks, please correct. I am attempting to get info out to Ted Cruz supporters in the San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels Texas area who want to get involved with an active pro-Cruz group. This article is was done on Debbie Wall, a local Ted Cruz supporter who is spearheading CRUZ16. She asked me to post.
  • These Female Veterans Are Dressed Like ‘Pin Up Girls’ for An Incredibly Moving Reason

    08/14/2015 6:49:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 60 replies
    IJR ^ | 8/14/15 | Justen Charters
    Within the veteran community, there are over 1.8 million women. Some of those women are part of a pro-military organization called Pin Ups For Vets: Veterans Pin Ups For Vets is a non-profit that produces WWII-style pinup calendars every year. Proceeds from the calendar help to support our hospitalized veterans and deployed troops. The women who are part of Pin Ups For Vets even go to the VA hospitals to hand deliver them. Image Credit: Pin Ups For Vets This year, their calendar features 12 female veterans. Pin Up For Vets founder Gina Elise shared some of the images...
  • How Do We Counter the Appeal of Radical Islam for Our Youth?

    07/17/2015 10:34:27 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 33 replies
    7/17/2015 | A Navy Vet
    What is going on with the young adults of this Country and other Nations? Why are so many susceptible to the radical beliefs of ISIS and others to take up arms against innocent civilians?
  • Republican 2016 Hopefuls Court Iowa's 'Super Volunteers'

    04/28/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The state’s most dedicated activists are getting showered with attention.CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—The Monday after Easter, 73-year-old Joni Scotter found herself at the hospital for the second time in as many days. The two-time cancer survivor, having just been treated for a skin condition, was about to be hospitalized for three days after a series of tests revealed another problem: kidney failure. It didn't take long for the well-wishes to pour in from concerned friends, family—and Republican presidential contenders. Jeb Bush sent flowers and a handwritten note. Ted Cruz passed along flowers as well. Scott Walker mailed a copy of his...
  • Ebola vaccine WORKS: Drug passes first-round of trials

    11/27/2014 3:13:49 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 26 November 2014 | Associated Press Reporter
    An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday. The vaccine is designed to spur the immune system's production of anti-Ebola antibodies, and people developed them within four weeks of getting the shots at the National Institutes of Health. Half of the test group received a higher-dose shot, and those people produced more antibodies, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Some people also developed a different set of virus-fighting immune cells, named T cells, the study found.
  • Small California winery to close doors after being fined for using volunteers

    10/01/2014 7:38:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Hey, no bigs. The state just fined a tiny winery $115,000 for using volunteers who were learning to make wine while getting the vineyard’s product to market. They were illegal paid labor, you see. Can’t have two free parties engaging in a trade of labor for specialized knowledge without the state getting involved and depriving the area of this particular business, its job opportunities, and its wares. Congrats, public. You have been served and protected: A small-time vintner’s use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000...
  • 'Promising' Ebola vaccine to go into trials - and it could be available by the end of the year

    08/28/2014 11:07:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 August 2014 | Jenny Hope for the Daily Mail
    Britons are to be the first in the world to test a new vaccine against the deadly ebola virus. Altogether 60 healthy volunteers will be given the vaccine next month in a trial led by Oxford University scientists. If the vaccine performs as well in humans as in monkeys, the trial will be extended to 80 people in The Gambia and in Mali. The entire trial programme is being fast-tracked – subject to ethical approval – with the intention of using the vaccine in people at high risk in West Africa early next year. Latest figures show that more than...
  • After shock and grief in Pilger comes the hard work of cleanup, but volunteers flock to town to help

    06/19/2014 9:20:34 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 10 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 06/19/2014 | Kate Howard Perry
    PILGER, Neb. — Shock and grief gave way to hard work Wednesday in Pilger as crews began removing what the tornado left behind. Only about 350 people live in the town where an estimated 80 percent of buildings were leveled or damaged beyond repair Monday. But on Wednesday — the first day people other than residents were allowed into the affected areas — 1,800 people registered as volunteers and came to lend a hand. Some came with no connection to the town, but many others were family and friends of Pilger residents, or neighbors who had been spared.
  • There is No Stealing in Baseball!

    04/13/2014 6:03:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4-13-14 | Michael Daly
    From manicures to motorcycles, four Little League crooks in three states used team funds for more than baseballs, bats and celebratory ice cream cones. Thanks to community kindness, it’s still game-on this spring. With the start of a new baseball season comes a disheartening stat that makes you worry not just for the national pastime, but for the nation itself: In less than a year, four little league presidents have been charged with looting their organization's treasury. The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play...
  • Why Are Search-and-Rescue Drones Grounded?

    04/12/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    IEEE SPECTRUM ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | David Schneider
    Gene Robinson of Wimberly, Texas, is a licensed pilot and also flies radio-controlled model airplanes—not an unusual combination. About a decade ago, he realized that a model aircraft outfitted to take aerial photos could be enormously useful in locating people who have gone missing—perhaps because they’ve been abducted or maybe just because they are very young and have wandered off into the woods alone. His efforts have paid valuable dividends over the years—helping find the remains of nearly a dozen people. But since late February his search-and-rescue model airplanes have been grounded: That’s when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration notified...
  • Feline friends: Teens volunteer as ‘cat cuddlers’

    02/02/2014 7:36:41 PM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | Feb 2, 2014 | ALLISON HERR,
    While some teens are busy with their social lives, school or sports, others are spending their time cuddling cats as volunteers at the Humane League of Lancaster. From working at the desk and filing paperwork to cleaning out cages and playing with the cute critters, these teen volunteers give up hours of their own time to help animals in need. “It’s calming and it makes me so happy,” Rothweiler says. “(Others) should definitely volunteer because it is a great learning experience and they could always use help. Also, who wouldn’t want to want to be around the animals?”
  • "Service Learning" through Soviet Brainwashing

    10/18/2013 10:58:33 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 9 replies ^ | April 20, 2009 | Berit Kjos
    Last March, North Dakota gave us a heart-warming demonstration of traditional voluntary service -- in minus 20 degree weather. As the rising Red River threatened to flood Fargo, willing volunteers gathered by the thousands. Before long, they had filled and stacked over 2 million sandbags to barricade the city against the raging waters. Christians prayed for victory over the forces of nature, and by God's grace, the make-shift dikes held. About 6,000 volunteers of all ages had simply followed their conscience, worked together and met the need. Unlike President Obama's plan for government-directed "service," neither prayer nor God's comforting Truths...
  • Cuccinelli Campaign Volunteer Regional Rumble

    10/18/2013 9:30:43 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies ^ | Oct 18th, 2013 | Chris McNulty
    Join us this weekend, Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th, for the grassroots volunteer Regional Rumble! Republican Neighborhood Victory offices in the four regions of Virginia will ban together and compete to host the most volunteers in the final push to get out the vote on Election Day. The winning region and all of its volunteers will receive a prize. Sign up today to join the fun!
  • Remembering The Yom Kippur War: An American's Story

    10/06/2013 2:59:56 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 10 replies
    Israel Forever Foundation / Israel News Agency ^ | October 5, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Remembering The Yom Kippur War: An American's StoryBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency / Israel Forever FoundationAs I write the diary below memories begin to pour back along with the anxiety and tears that we all experienced at the time. For many of us, the scars of war will never heal. Nor should they. image Israel was unprepared for a surprise attack by Syria and Egypt. The Yom Kippur War took the lives of 2,688 Israeli troops. Sitting in the relative safety of a suburban Long Island home, I first heard news reports of Arab armies attacking Israel on October...
  • Putin volunteers Russian soldiers for Golan Heights

    06/07/2013 12:47:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | 67/13 | UPI
    Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday offered Russian replacements for the peacekeeping force Austria wants to withdraw from the Golan Heights. Austria said it was concerned about the safety of its 370 soldiers because the conflict in Syria has spread to a strategic border crossing. Security conditions have deteriorated in the area around the U.N. Golan Heights headquarters since the Quneitra crossing became the site of a clash between Syrian and rebel forces, CNN reported Friday. Austria's announcement it will remove its soldiers slashes the number of U.N. troops in the Golan Heights by one-third. Filipino and Indian peacekeepers will remain...
  • Detroit Citizens Protect Themselves After Police Force Decimated (link only)

    06/02/2013 1:39:23 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 44 replies
    May 30, 2013
    This is an article from Bloomburg, and as such can only be linked to. Link
  • Here am I; send me! Volunteers available to protect our children

    01/14/2013 4:55:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | The Firearms Coalition
    With the NRA’s call for an armed police officer in every school, a debate has erupted over cost of such a strategy, but there is a much more efficient and inexpensive path to secure schools. For some reason the teachers’ unions, politicians, and school administrators think that teachers are somehow less responsible, less capable, and less trainable than those who choose a career in law enforcement, and that having anyone with access to a gun in school besides a uniformed police officer would interfere with children’s ability to learn. Setting aside those confused perceptions for a moment, what about those...
  • Emergency management coordinator is 8th Superstorm Sandy victim in Lehigh Valley

    11/05/2012 7:46:00 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Express-Times ^ | November 5, 2012 | Kathryn Brenzel
    At 67 years old, William Hardenburg would still jump out of bed in the middle of the night to respond to a fire. "He's irreplaceable," said his stepson Dan Van Fossen, who is fire chief of the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Co. in Union Township, Hunterdon County. "He was right there, every call." Hardenburg, who was emergency management coordinator for Bethlehem Township, N.J., was struck by a vehicle and killed this morning, authorities said. He was clearing damage from Superstorm Sandy in front of a home on Route 617 when he was hit, authorities said. Van Fossen said his stepfather worked...
  • Five Things You Can Do On Election Day to Help Defeat Barack Obama

    10/13/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | October 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Election Day is coming up — November 6th, 2012 — in about 24 days. That’s just a little over three weeks. I’ve gotten quite a few emails from people telling me they want to help defeat Obama, but they don’t know what to do to help on Election Day and don’t have the time to figure it out; they asked me to do that work for them and give them suggestions on what they can do to really make Democrats lose BIG this year. As always, I’m willing if you’re willing…so here are five things I’m telling my friends to...
  • Make Mitt #45

    09/22/2012 9:14:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    E-Mail from Team Romney | September 22, 2012 | Rich Beeson
    Friends, We've got 45 days left to make Mitt our 45th president. Now more than ever, we need supporters like you to step up. Whether you pledge to make 45 phone calls, knock on 45 doors, or volunteer 4.5 hours a week -- your commitment and energy will help Mitt win this. This is the final sprint -- we ask you to commit like never before, for the next 45 days. Commit to Mitt today: This is the most important election of our lifetime -- and you can make the difference. Join us today! Thank you, Rich Beeson Political...
  • Shovel brigade reports minimal progress

    06/22/2012 6:06:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    TOMBSTONE — Temporary repairs were made at Gardner Spring on the Tombstone water line, City Clerk George Barnes reported. The Shovel Brigade organized earlier this month has hopes the repair will hold up during the upcoming summer storms, Barnes said. Work involved on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, redirected and lifted the waterline out of the flow path. There was also construction of a diversion to protect the line as much as possible. Barnes said 60 people did the physical work, which involved moving large rocks and debris, along with pick and shovel work. The crew never made it to...
  • Gingrich ‘flawed, but he’s our guy’

    02/12/2012 2:42:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 12, 2012 | Craig Schneider
    .........Verniece Zorn, a 70-year-old retired printing company worker, said she made a promise to herself years ago that if Gingrich ever ran for president, she would support him. She liked the newsletters he had sent her as a Georgia congressman. Zorn, who identifies herself as an evangelical Christian, said she has looked beyond Gingrich’s multiple marriages and acknowledged infidelities, and she believes he is the most capable leader in the race. “None of us are perfect. We all have our little hang-ups,” said Zorn, of Stockbridge. “He’s my first choice. I believe he knows more than all of them put...
  • Would Newt Gingrich rely on David Barton for advice and council?

    02/12/2012 7:31:45 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 32 replies
    WallBuilders Live clip (37 seconds) ^ | September 2nd, 2010 | Gingrich interview
    Green: Mr. Speaker, my wife and I were really wanting to be able to vote for you for president two years ago. Are we going to get to do that in 2012? Gingrich: All I can tell you is that sometime in February or March, Calista and I and our family will be making this decision. As you know, I'm a great admirer of your work and of all you've done to teach Americans about their history and the roots of American freedom. And I can assure you that if we do decide to run next year, we're promptly going...
  • Judge doubles time GAB has to review recall signatures

    01/25/2012 2:33:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-25-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - A Dane County judge on Wednesday doubled the amount of time state election officials could have to review an unprecedented number of recall signatures filed against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans. That will give the Government Accountability Board 61 days instead of 31 days to examine the petitions and determine whether recall elections should be held this summer. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess also granted the Republicans more time to challenge the signatures. Their challenges will be due next month, and the accountability board will take those challenges into account as it determines whether recall...
  • Steven Kurlander: Small business volunteers deserve a little slack from public criticism

    09/01/2011 9:19:22 AM PDT · by TheBombshellProject · 2 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 9-1-2011 | Steven Kurlander
    In terms of employment and wealth, the U.S. economy is shaped primarily by small businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ over half of private sector employees, pay 44 percent of the total private payroll, and have generated about 65 percent of the net new jobs over the last 15 years. The individual contributions of these business owners are also extremely important in building and sustaining an economic and social base in our local communities. Historically, small businesspeople have always contributed significant time and resources to American society by joining civic groups like Rotary or Kiwanis or...
  • More than 325 cities represented in volunteer effort to fill sandbags for Fargo flood fight

    03/20/2011 2:54:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies ^ | 3/20/11 | AP
    Fargo city officials say volunteers came from 22 states and more than 325 cities to help fill sandbags for the upcoming Red River flood fight. The city opened so-called Sandbag Central on Valentine's Day and filled about 2.5 million bags in 22 days. The sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to neighborhoods later this week. About 12,800 people joined the effort.
  • When Teachers Strike: A Memoir

    02/19/2011 3:20:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2011 | Beverly Gunn
    In the early fall of 1980, our family was stationed at an Army Post named Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. The town next to the base was Sierra Vista, Arizona. The teachers of Sierra Vista schools became a testing ground for collective bargaining by the NEA, in one of their early excursions into union control vs taxpayers. But a strange turn of events happened that fall that bear revisiting, since the strikes in Wisconsin center around collective bargaining, and as a consequence, local taxes. In 1980, teachers at all the schools in the town of Sierra Vista decided to go on strike....
  • U.S. troops fed with well-done Steak Team Mission

    12/09/2010 2:50:41 PM PST · by q_an_a · 8 replies ^ | 12.09.10 | KASSI SCHMITT
    Since 2002, Gough's team of volunteers has grilled up thousands of meals for soldiers at home and overseas. The program was created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the owner of Goff's Hamburgers was determined to do something to give back to his country. Although Gough has been honored for his work with Steak Team Mission, he said he does it all for the soldiers. "I'm not doing this for a pat on the back," he said. "Freedom is not free, and this is the way we show our gratitude."
  • Time to Arm Airline Passengers?

    11/23/2010 2:01:18 AM PST · by Scanian · 100 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 23, 2010 | The American Thinker
    <p>As opposed to the increasingly absurd steps being taken to identify and keep weapons off commercial aircraft, it would be advisable and practical to identify and empower volunteer counter-terrorists among the passengers, initially at least on domestic flights or on international flights by domestic carriers. This could even extend to arming those passengers on the aircraft.</p>
  • USO Metro Celebrates Exceptional Troops, Volunteers

    04/15/2010 5:56:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 201+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., April 15, 2010 – Military leaders and a host of celebrities came together here yesterday to pay tribute to outstanding servicemembers and other special honorees at a star-studded event. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience at the annual USO Gala in Arlington, Va., April 14, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The USO of Metropolitan Washington hosted its 28th annual awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a night devoted to USO supporters -– military and civilian --...
  • Bill would put border volunteers in Cochise

    04/10/2010 5:42:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 616+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller
    A new measure introduced by State Sen. Al Melvin would give Cochise County $200,000 to send "a volunteer security force to the United States-Mexico border." Melvin, a Tucson Republican, introduced the bill, which would also establish a "border security commission" as part of a strike-all amendment, meaning it replaces a bill introduced earlier and doesn't go through as many steps of consideration. "There are many of us, including me, who would like to see the concept of the Minutemen come back. I think there's a way to make it work," Melvin said Friday in explaining the effort to establish a...
  • Volunteers Place 16,000 Wreaths at Arlington

    12/12/2009 6:20:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 673+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2009 – The Arlington Wreath Project, an unofficial national tradition, prompted about 6,000 volunteers to wake up extra early this morning to help place 16,000 wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. "It's really nice that America still remembers our troops," said Nikki Bunting, the widow of Army Capt. Brian Bunting, who died in Afghanistan in February 2009. She visited her husband's grave with their children, 2-year-old Connor and 5-week-old Cooper. “It's a sad sight, but it's really beautiful. It reminds us that people care,” she said. Morrill Worcester, president of Maine-based Worcester Wreath Company, started the...
  • Volunteers Log Off as Wikipedia Ages

    11/23/2009 10:51:35 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2009-11-23 | Julia Angwin & Geoffrey A. Fowler is the fifth-most-popular Web site in the world, with roughly 325 million monthly visitors. But unprecedented numbers of the millions of online volunteers who write, edit and police it are quitting. That could have significant implications for the brand of democratization that Wikipedia helped to unleash over the Internet -- the empowerment of the amateur. Volunteers have been departing the project that bills itself as "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" faster than new ones have been joining, and the net losses have accelerated over the past year. In the first three months of 2009, the English-language Wikipedia...
  • Volunteers Reach Out to Military Families

    11/13/2009 3:45:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 185+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 – An army of volunteers wrote letters of thanks and assembled care packages for delivery to military families during Operation Appreciation, held Nov. 11 at George Washington University here. Karen Francis, an Army wife and Blue Star Families volunteer, prepares a care package at Operation Appreciation at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., 2009, Veterans Day. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Veterans Day event was sponsored by military-support organization Blue Star Families and by ServiceNation, a national campaign that encourages volunteer service, in partnership with Target and the...
  • Dem Chair to ‘Muster’ Obama Volunteers to ‘Push Back Against These Thugs’ (NH)

    08/06/2009 12:15:55 PM PDT · by MaestroLC · 41 replies · 2,042+ views
    Now Hampshire ^ | August 5, 2009 | by Patrick
    We’re still in the first week of August but it’s shaping up to be the hottest on record—politically speaking, that is. New Hampshire Democratic State Chairman Ray Buckley is threatening to “muster” Organizing For America, the Obama administration’s political arm, while promising liberal Granite Staters, “you are going to see significant push back on these thugs.” By “thugs” Buckley means taxpayers who have expressed discontent at recent congressional town hall meetings.Writing on the liberal blog Blue Hampshire Wednesday, Buckley commented, “I have been thinking about Al Gore alot (sic) lately with all of the similarities between the Florida GOP riot...
  • Volunteers help salamanders avoid roadway massacre (bucket brigades)

    04/05/2009 3:56:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 1,692+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/09 | Lisa Rathke - ap
    NEW HAVEN, Vt. – The black salamander with yellow spots sat on the roadside in the dark, ready to make a go of it. But it was not on its own. It got help from an escort — one of 45 people who volunteered on a recent night to carry salamanders, frogs and newts across the road during their annual migration to mate. ... From rural Vermont to urban centers like Philadelphia, human escorts, called bucket brigades in some places, help amphibians make it to their mating areas without getting squashed by cars. It's part education, part conservation, and part...
  • The Rise of ObamaCorps

    03/31/2009 7:58:58 AM PDT · by CampusKing · 25 replies · 1,963+ views
    ALG News ^ | March 31st, 2009 | Isaac MacMillen
    "As ALG News mentioned last week, Rep. Virginia Foxx's (R-VA) amendment banning so-called “volunteer” organizations from using taxpayer funds to political purposes was stripped from its parent bill in the Senate, and replaced by an amendment allowing those organizations to skirt the law and continue lobbying. This week, the House will approve the Senate version, and President Obama will no doubt sign it shortly thereafter." "The battle to kill this bill in Congress is very likely over. Unless the Blue Dogs can muster enough support to halt Speaker Pelosi's march to madness, the American taxpayer will have to pony up...
  • USO Metro Salutes Exceptional Troops, Volunteers

    03/26/2009 4:28:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., March 26, 2009 – The United Services Organizations honored members of the U.S. military and those who support them during an event held here last night that recognized selfless service and volunteerism . From left: Army Spc. Brent Hendricks, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro, Army Sgt. Kurtis Dellicker, and Army Sgt. Jason Shepperly listen as Comedian Al Franken shares a few words about his commitment to the United Service Organization during the USO-Metro 27th Annual Awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Arlington, Va., March 25, 2009. The wounded warriors had just presented the...
  • France: Volunteers who assist illegal aliens feel tracked

    03/26/2009 10:08:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | Elaine Ganley - ap
    PARIS – It wasn't yet 8 a.m. when police knocked on Monique Pouille's door, searched her home and took her away — all because she recharged cell phones for illegal migrants. The 59-year-old volunteer with several groups in the Calais region of northern France was put behind bars and interrogated for three hours before being freed. The French government forbids aiding illegal migrants, and sets quotas for arrests of those who do as it tries to control growing clandestine immigration. This year's target: 5,000 arrests.
  • Giving together: The Deans are an example of a local family that gives back

    02/28/2009 9:45:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 277+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Army soldiers are all volunteers. It is also said that when a soldier marries, the resulting family also volunteers to serve the country. Some soldiers and their families take volunteering a step further by being active in their local community. That can be said of the Dean family on Fort Huachuca. The family of four — Sgt. 1st Class Chad Dean, his wife Charity and their two teenage sons, Brandon, 15, and Bradley, 13 — spend hours in Scouting, youth football and other activities on and off the post. Like many parents who volunteer their services, Chad...
  • ‘Adopt a U.S. Soldier’ Links Volunteers With Deployed Troops

    02/19/2009 3:38:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2009 – A Colorado-based group is connecting deployed troops with volunteers eager to “adopt” them. Since its inception four years ago, “Adopt a U.S. Soldier” has connected more than 100,000 servicemembers to 265,000 supportive Americans who have sent them regular care packages, wrote letters and, on occasion, run errands for family members. “It’s been such a privilege to work with this organization and see it grow to what it is today,” Ann Johnson, the group’s founder and chief executive officer, said. “We are committed to our soldiers. We love them. We will continue to do this...
  • Weather observers needed (Rural FReepers may be interested)

    02/02/2009 6:22:21 AM PST · by Islander7 · 19 replies · 597+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | By MELISSA M. SCALLAN
    South Mississippi residents interested in weather now have a way to help experts gather rainfall amounts that will be used to give more accurate rain, snow and hail data for the entire country. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is made up of volunteers from across the country and regional coordinator Robert Ricks said the more people who participate, the more accurate the information. “It’s a national grass-roots effort,” he said. “We try to target weather enthusiasts. The only requirements are a rain gauge, an Internet connection and an e-mail address.” The network, known as CoCoRaHS, started in...
  • Prime Minister Kevin Rudd plans to recruit young volunteers[Australia]

    01/28/2009 7:55:24 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 295+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28 Jan 2009 | Ben Packham
    PM KEVIN Rudd wants to recruit an army of volunteers to help the elderly, feed the homeless, and clean up the environment. In exchange for giving up their time, members of the new Community Corps would get discounts on their university HECS debts. The proposal could attract tens of thousands of volunteers from the 1.3 million Australians with a higher education debt. The average ex-student has a $12,000 HECS debt, which typically takes more than seven years to pay off. The scheme could wipe out students' debts as they accumulate hours of community service. The plan, backed by top business...
  • Starbucks offers free coffee to those who join Obama volunteer corps

    01/19/2009 6:33:00 AM PST · by King of Card Games · 80 replies · 2,150+ views
    Business Journal ^ | January 16, 2009
    Starbucks Coffee wants U.S. consumers to jump on president-elect Barack Obama’s volunteer bandwagon and pledge to join one of his community service corps. Obama and incoming first lady Michelle Obama want Americans to do community service the week of his inauguration Jan. 20. and commit this year to one of his so-called national service corps that will do volunteer work in schools and related to the environment. Starbucks said it will offer free “tall” coffee beginning Wednesday through Sunday for customers who fill out community service pledge cards at the coffee chain’s locations.
  • Volunteers Gear Up for ‘Day of Service for Military’

    01/15/2009 3:34:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 197+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2009 – Operation Gratitude, a troop-support group, is joining forces with Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and thousands of volunteers from across the country on Jan. 19’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday to assemble care kits for servicemembers deployed overseas. The effort, called "A Day of Service for Our Military," allows for people to show their support and express their appreciation to those in the military, organizers said. “We are thrilled to partner in this event, as this is a great way to introduce more Americans to the great work of Operation Gratitude and...