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The Takeaway

Mandela Day In South Africa and the U.S.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is also known as “Mandela Day.” It's a day when people are encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time - that's one minute for each year that Mandela served others in South Africa, while in prison and in politics. Sharing what Mandela Day means at home in South Africa, and abroad, are Anders Kelto, reporter for PRI's The World, and Ntshepeng Motema, a South African living in New York.

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The Takeaway

Where Have You Volunteered?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

This morning, we're talking about the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. We asked you about your experience volunteering.

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The Takeaway

Peace Corp Promise of Global Volunteers

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Fifty years ago this month, then-Senator John F. Kennedy delivered a rousing speech asking the nation to take part in the global community. Kennedy's call for the nation’s young to volunteer their time and efforts would soon become the Peace Corps.

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The Takeaway

Do You Volunteer?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

As the Peace Corps celebrates 50 years, we're looking for your stories of volunteering. Whether you were in the Peace Corps or not, when and where have you volunteered service — at home or abroad? And what made you do it?

Read more about then-Senator John F. Kennedy's speech in Michigan, where he called students to serve people in need all over the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Volunteer Match: Virtual Volunteering

Thursday, July 15, 2010

 

All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week's theme is Virtual Volunteering where you can help out without ever leaving your home.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Search Engine Optimization | Host an International Exchange Student Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | Database Researcher | Rewrite Articles for Twitter | Fundraiser and Grant Writer | Creative Designer | Helpline Advocate | Online Mentor

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.

 

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The Takeaway

The Family That Volunteers Together...

Monday, May 03, 2010

With the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominating news headlines, some families are reacting by turning off the TV. But other families have instead chosen to respond by signing up to volunteer, as a family. Megan Miller and her 16-year-old daughter Savannah  Miller are signed on as volunteers with the Alabama Coastal Foundation. Together, along with dad Sean and 13-year-old sister Annalese, the Millers plan to help clean up the coast.

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The Takeaway

Coalition of Mayors Announces New Urban Service Grants

Monday, January 18, 2010

A group of mayors from around the country, including New York City's Michael Bloomberg, are awarding a new set of grants on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The grants will go to ten cities, and are designed to encourage service in urban areas.

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The Takeaway

Slideshow: "Citizen science" projects

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Science is leaving the lab with "citizen science," which asks volunteers to participate in local experiments that contribute to a greater scientific end. View a slideshow of "citizen science" experiments that you can conduct, ranging in size from the subatomic to the galactic after the jump.
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The Takeaway

Birding gets a digital upgrade

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Starting in 1882 and continuing for almost a century, the United State's Bird Migration Program collected two-by-five notecards from bird watchers around North America. Today, these long preserved cards — did we mention that there were over six million of them? — are being dusted off, in the hopes that they can tell us something about a bird of a different feather: climate change. Jessica Zelt, coordinator of the newly established North American Bird Phenology Program where she is in charge of digitizing the cards, joins the show to tell us more.

Are you itchin' to get your hands on a little American history? You can transcribe the migration notecards into the digital directory from your very own home. Click here to help! Go on, be a part of bird history.

For more, read Molly Webster's Producer's Note

And before we let you go, we'd like to leave you with a little bird quote from our friends here at the Internet, because really, what's the World Wide Web good for if not to root-out some profound, bird-related witticisms? Ahem: "My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather." ~Loire Hartwould

(c) USGS.gov

(c) USGS.gov

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