Photo of Doug Schutz, the Tomerong Rural Fire Service Captain

World’s Largest Volunteer Force Fights Australia’s Wildfires

TOMERONG, Australia — The wildfire was behaving erratically last week, and Doug Schutz and his team needed to make a quick decision. So they moved a bulldozer from another job and used it to widen a firebreak. That likely helped prevent hundreds of homes from ...
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New Technology Helps Search Teams Find People in Wilderness

HONOLULU — Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers in the search for a missing hiker. "You have to search everywhere. You have to go down to that stream ...
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Universal Service Will Put the ‘Us’ Back in USA

“The President of The United States, Greeting: YOUR NAME HERE You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES. …”  —  Draft notice salutation, circa 1968 U.S. District Court Judge Gray Miller in Houston rec...

For These Volunteers, MLK Day is All About Service

For employees of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente Fresno, the Martin Luther King holiday isn’t a day off. It is a day on. Nearly 80 volunteers worked on projects in and around the Poverello House homeless services campus in downtown Fresno on Monday (J...