Nov. 22: Volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for people in the Queens borough of New York City, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
December 13, 2012 A holiday reminder of how generous many Americans are: More than 64 million people volunteered through a formal organization in 2011, a new report shows. That was up from the year before and part of a trend.
With your help, we spent a month sharing stories about Americans taking action to make their world a better place.
September 1, 2012 In our monthlong blog that ended Aug. 31, we collected stories of people working together to make the world a better, safer, greener and greater place to live.
Alice and Simon.
Courtesy of CVCJ
August 27, 2012 The Caregiver Canines program visits the elderly and those with Alzheimer's disease.
City Park in New Orleans.
August 25, 2012 Hike For KaTREEna is dedicated to reforesting the city and have helped to plant 13,400 trees since 2006.
Community service in Alabama.
Courtesy of UA
August 24, 2012 On Saturday, University of Alabama students can choose to refurbish a neighborhood baseball diamond, clean-up a local high school, create a carnival or do something else worthwhile.
Using soccer to teach math.
Caroline Lacey for NPR
August 24, 2012 For Love of Children's Neighborhood Tutoring Program places children from low-income D.C. families with volunteer tutors in one-on-one relationships.
Vivek Voleti of the Coaching Corps.
Courtesy of TCC
August 23, 2012 Volunteers from the student-led Coaching Corps teach sport-specific skills and mentor under-served young people.
Volunteers in Eldon.
Courtesy of TAGHC
August 23, 2012 Unpaid guides provide hayforks at the American Gothic House Center so tourists can pose in front of the house that inspired Grant Wood's recognizable painting.
Austin College student Naureen Dharani, center, with new friends at an afterschool program.
Courtesy of Austin College
August 20, 2012 The Service Station is the campus hub of organized service activities at Austin College. Students run it and plan all the community service projects.
The women of Dames Gone Wild: Carol Hasbrouck, Sharon Saraga and Joyce Claflin.
Courtesy of DGW
August 20, 2012 A group of women in their 50s and 60s left the jobs they say no longer fulfilled them. Now they're traveling the U.S. doing volunteer work.
Indiana University student volunteers participate at the Middle Way House fundraising events held in spring 2012.
Courtesy of Indiana University
August 17, 2012 Hundreds of students from Indiana University volunteer at Middle Way House, a haven for victims of domestic violence.
Rescued food waiting to be delivered.
Courtesy of Boulder Food Rescue
August 7, 2012 Volunteers collect tossed-out food — produce and packaged goods — from grocery stores, strap it to bikes and ride it to shelters, housing projects and at-risk community outlets.
Discovering the natural world at Harlem Grown.
Courtesy of Harlem Grown
August 6, 2012 Darryl Burnette, a professional chef, spends about 10 hours a week at Harlem Grown, a nonprofit that promotes urban gardening and good nutrition among school kids.
EarthCorps volunteers help restore the Seattle countryside.
Courtesy of EarthCorps
August 2, 2012 Earthcorps members from more than 60 countries work daily to restore and invigorate the Puget Sound bio-network.
Sweetness: Kathy Plaisance and about 50 other bakers use their skills to bring sweet treats to people who might otherwise be overlooked.
Emilie Ritter Saunders for NPR
August 2, 2012 Kathy Plaisance oversees Community Cakes, a group of 50 volunteer bakers who deliver homemade birthday cakes to people who might otherwise not have one.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor