The director of the Peace Corps, Aaron S. Williams, announced Tuesday that he is stepping aside after three years on the job.
A U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in northern Ghana stabbed and killed a suspected robber, the police officer investigating the case said Monday.
A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Wednesday to traveling to South Africa to engage in illicit sexual conduct with children while he was a Peace Corps volunteer.
Volunteers around the U.S. take part in trash-cleaning acticvities in all 50 states.
By busloads and by church flocks, volunteers throughout the country spent Saturday performing the noble task of cleaning up humanity's home -- planet Earth.
As we approach the Christmas and Hanukkah season, we should remember that the American commercial republic, too often criticized for greed and excess, is unparalleled in generosity.
Volunteering in your community can be rewarding for many reasons -- you get to help others, give back to your community and hopefully enjoy some personal growth along the way. Volunteering may help with professional growth as well -- by gaining new experiences and meeting new people, you may just end up with a new job.
What will you do on September 11?
World Bank TV's James Martone reports on cleanup efforts in Port-au-Prince and the threat of disease-spreading waste.
It's been more than a year since Haiti was rocked by an earthquake, leaving about 230,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured and more than a million homeless. The international community was quick to provide aid, especially in the first few months after the earthquake.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Jessie Osmun, was arrested early this month in Milford, Connecticut, and charged with sexually abusing five girls under the age of 6 in an AIDS clinic in South Africa.
A former Peace Corps volunteer from Connecticut is charged with sexual abuse of several preschool children in South Africa last year.
Actor Morgan Freeman talks about Nelson Mandela and how to honor him on his 93rd birthday with community service
This year's historic flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri and now the Souris rivers has forced thousands across the Midwest to evacuate -- leaving some with a fear of losing everything.
CNN's Jessica Yellin talks to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen about the safety of nuclear power plants in the U.S.
Several family members are volunteer fire fighters, aiding in the search
Last week in New York, on the day that would have been my late brother Glenn's 50th birthday, my wife, Carolyn, and I were among those September 11 family members privileged to receive an opportunity to personally thank President Obama for bringing to justice the man who brutally killed Glenn and almost 3,000 others nearly 10 years ago.
Sweating and exhausted, the volunteer firefighter stared at the mountain ridge from Hells Gate Drive and knew a wave of furious flames was just minutes away.
In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy posed a challenge to Americans: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Just a few weeks later the Kennedy administration provided a vehicle for young Americans to undertake that challenge.
As the Peace Corps turns 50 years old this week, three members from different generations reflect on their service.
Just out of the hospital and standing in a heavy downpour, former President Jimmy Carter was swinging a hammer Monday at a housing construction project in the nation's capital, helping to mark World Habitat Day.
The Peace Corps pamphlets had just arrived, but the then-Miss Shaw had just met the man she knew she would marry. She put the paperwork away in a bottom drawer and happily became Tiffany Shaw-Diaz.
With so many recent natural disasters affecting millions of people all over the globe, the constant calls for donations from celebrities and aid organizations can be overwhelming. Especially in difficult economic times, donating to relief efforts may not be practical, even for the most empathetic.
The father of a volunteer found shot to death in Lesotho says his son died making a difference. WPEC reports.
An American aid worker died from a gunshot wound suffered in the southern African nation of Lesotho, the Peace Corps said in a statement.
You're in a country where everything feels different. The food isn't what you're used to; the people don't make sense. It's sensory overload and you're bewildered by all the things around you -- the language, the music, the faces, the smells.
It's common for newlyweds to honeymoon abroad. It's less common for them to fix kids' bikes during their trip -- but Aaron and Kristen Berlin did just that two days after saying their vows.
Residents of the small town of Rocky Mount, Virginia, are in shock Tuesday over the deaths of a longtime city council member -- who's also the fire chief -- and another veteran firefighter.
Dear Annie: I hope you can settle an argument. My parents are saying that with my college major (English), it will probably be hard for me to find a job when I graduate next spring. They want me to go straight to grad school and get a master's degree, which they say will make me more "marketable." (They are willing to foot the bill, which I do appreciate.)
First it was Hurricane Katrina, then it was the BP oil spill. Now the Louisiana coastal region faces a third economic crisis: Northrop Grumman Corp. will close the shipyard in Avondale, eliminating 5,000 jobs.
Fresh from playing in the World Cup in South Africa, U.S. soccer player Landon Donovan made an appearance this week at the MTV and TeenNick's "It's Up to Us! 2010 NCVS Youth Forum."
Natalie Montanaro, 52, a research assistant from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, volunteered for the U.S. Peace Corps and moved to Romania in May 2009.
If herding to and from photo spots with a busload of tourists or lounging your day away beneath a scorching sun isn't necessarily your idea of vacation paradise, there are more meaningful vacation options available.
Efforts to minimize the damage from the huge oil spill from a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico are under way, but wildlife conservation groups say the oil could pose a disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.
Images of oil-soaked birds and turtles have prompted such a surge of interest in helping with the oil disaster response that one volunteer organization had to convert its fax line to a second phone line, and it's still having trouble keeping up with the calls.
When the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Friday, 18,000 specially trained volunteers will be on hand to help South Africa host football's biggest competition.
If you had asked me at the beginning of last year to pinpoint Bangladesh on a map, I would have struggled.
The idea of volunteering away from home seems like a win-win to many travelers: a way to experience and help another community at the same time. But without a solid, well-designed program and reasonable expectations, volunteer travel can do more harm than good.
As a large mass of oil drifted toward the Gulf Coast on Saturday, volunteer agencies -- some makeshift, some long established -- mobilized thousands of people through phone registries and websites.
The oil spill could decimate seafood industries in the gulf, as Mobile Baykeeper's Casie Callaway explains.
When the going gets tough, the compassionate get going.
Duke University hopes a new class in Creole helps break down language barriers for Haiti relief workers. WRAL reports.
Nancy McCauley Branstetter, a former communications executive at Ford Motor Co., is passionate about a cause that feels especially urgent lately: helping disadvantaged children and families who live in the economically stricken Detroit area.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday praised as "one of the best" the oldest Peace Corps volunteer in the world, an 85-year old Florida woman serving in Morocco.
U.S. and Sierra Leone government officials have agreed to re-establish a Peace Corps program in Sierra Leone after a 15-year absence, the Peace Corps said Monday.
CNN Photojournalist Mark Biello looks at young people joining service groups like Teach for America due to the economy.
Kelley Mulfinger thought she would be making a six-figure salary in marketing by her second year out of school. Instead, the University of Virginia alum is teaching a classroom of first-graders how to spell words like "care."
As the floodwaters rose by the hour, so did Bruce Vander Sanden's worst fears.
Some issues, it seems, still transcend America's increasingly bitter partisan divide.
Arturo Fidelino couldn't sleep.
CNN's Dan Rivers travels to a UNICEF center in Manila to show the size and scope of relief efforts there.
Al Qaeda has adapted to recent defensive steps. CNN national security adviser Frances Townsend analyzes the situation.
President Obama spoke at the Pentagon on Friday to those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, telling them no words would heal their pain yet calling for a renewed resolve against the ones who attacked the country eight years ago.
The upcoming eighth anniversary of the attacks of September 11 raises a compelling question for millions of Americans: How should we best observe this uniquely tragic day in our nation's history?
I have vivid memories of childhood. The 5-year-old girl with endless questions; she wanted to discover the secrets of the entire world within minutes. She dreamed of being a doctor once, an engineer another time, and a mother of lovely kids. A dreamer, this is how I would describe the little girl Reem.
When Autumn Preble was a teenager in the 1960s, she spent hours gazing at black-and-white LIFE magazine photographs that documented the journey of Peace Corps volunteers all over the world.
President Obama signed into law Tuesday a measure designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.
The House of Representatives easily passed legislation Tuesday to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.
This spring break, thousands of college students will ditch the bars and the beaches to do something more meaningful with their vacation time.
The mirror doesn't lie. Those buttery cookies and slices of ham from the holidays are showing up in the wrong places on your body.
The NTSB wants changes to improve safety on EMS flights. CNN's Miles O'Brien reports the FAA hasn't implemented changes.
Investigators are again on the scene of a fatal medical helicopter crash. Four people were killed Saturday night in suburban Washington when the chopper operated by the Maryland State Police went down in a park.
Investigators are again on the scene of a fatal medical helicopter crash. Four people were killed Saturday night in suburban Washington when the chopper, operated by the Maryland State Police, went down in a park.
The candidates take a break from the campaign to discuss public service at the ServiceNation Presidential Forum
Izzie Alley, 11, looked around cautiously as she stepped inside the small New Orleans garage that has been temporarily converted into a studio apartment for the Strauss family.
It doesn't have to be Christmas for you to start thinking of giving -- how you can do it, where you can do it and those most likely to benefit from your gifts.
A Canadian firetruck responding with lights and sirens to a weekend fire in Rouses Point, New York, was stopped at the U.S. border for about eight minutes, U.S. border officials said Tuesday.
People in this country have been volunteering at record levels in the years following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but that voluntary service dipped slightly in 2006, a study found.
Police worked Thursday to find out why a gunman wearing a fake beard shot a waiter and two volunteer police officers to death.
PETER BACHMAN ADJUSTED HIS TOOL BELT AND surveyed his team's handiwork. "Looks good," he called to a carpenter securing the frame of a nine-foot wall. As the owner of Custom Designs, a construction...
Ever since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the region on last week hundreds of thousands of Louisiana and Mississippi residents have been forced to leave their homes.
Military helicopters continued flying masses of New Orleans evacuees Friday to the field hospital and staging center established at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Two more people have died in the two dozen wildfires sweeping Portugal despite the arrival in the country of international firefighting assistance, raising the overall toll to 15, officials said.
The mother of Natalee Holloway apologized Friday for saying two released suspects were involved in her daughter's disappearance.
Two girls, both under 10 and described as best friends, were Monday found killed in a wooded park near a small Illinois town.
Imagine returning from vacation with tales of excavating mummies in the Atacama Desert in Chile or tracing the history of the planet's fresh water back nearly 20,000 years in Mongolia's Gobi Desert.
Forget about that dream vacation at the beach for a moment. If you are a student, between jobs, or just ready for a change, don't pass on a chance to spend a few weeks or a few months working overseas.
Rebecca Martinez O'Mara insists that she got her job because she stopped looking for one.
London-based CNN Correspondent Richard Quest is stamping about in the snow with the candidates and campaign workers for a first-hand look from the UK perspective at the first American presidential primary of the 2004 political season. He files this report.
It is the look in their eyes that warns: You are in the presence of youthful optimism.
Marcus Contreras, El Paso
Most of us have experienced pangs of conscience. We see refugees on television and sign a check. We drop a coin in a cup. We even volunteer a few hours at a soup kitchen and swear we'll do it again...
Some do it to be heroes. Some do it for the rush. And some, psychologists . . . say, do it simply to relieve the tedium . . . The arrests last week of four volunteer firefighters on charges of sett...
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