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Peace Corps recruiting poster. Photo: <a href="">Peace Corps</a>
Peace Corps recruiting poster. Photo: Peace Corps

Vermont reclaims spot as top Peace Corps state

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont has reclaimed its title as the top state in the country for the production of Peace Corps volunteers.

In rankings released Wednesday by the Peace Corps, Vermont reclaimed the top spot in the country that last year was held by the District of Columbia with Vermont second.

The same rankings found New Hampshire was third.  Go to full article
Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood
Helping Hands of Potsdam director Tom Chapell and other volunteers unload a donation of firewood

Volunteers fill gaps left by social service funding cuts

As local, state and federal governments are looking for ways to do more with less money, demand for aid and services to the poor is increasing.

That's creating some gaps between government-funded organizations' missions and their means.

In St. Lawrence County, volunteer organizations are stepping in to fill some of those gaps--
And as Nora Flaherty reports, they're doing it by being creative--and harnessing local resources.  Go to full article
That is just old-fashioned elbow grease...that is just a bucket, and a mop, and a rag, and a broom. Volunteers could be helpful with that.

Cuomo lauches "labor for your neighbor" program

Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a program he's calling "Labor for your Neighbor." It's an effort to organize New Yorkers who want to help flood victims clean up from the damage over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
Attendance has been strong at the renewed Big Tupper ski area (Photos:  Brian Mann
Attendance has been strong at the renewed Big Tupper ski area (Photos: Brian Mann

Audio Postcard: After ten years, skiing the slopes of Big Tupper

Winter is a favorite time of year for a lot of people in the North Country. In Tupper Lake, that cold-weather joy is dialed up another notch this season. The Big Tupper ski area reopened earlier this month for the first time in a decade. In the fall, Brian Mann profiled some of the volunteers who've been bringing the mountain back to life. Yesterday, he skied Big Tupper for the first time and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

North Country Red Cross helps Midwest flood victims

Flooding continues to plague the Midwest as a massive surge of rainwater pours down the Mississippi River. At least three Red Cross workers from the North Country have flown to the region to help with recovery efforts. Ed Gordon, from Queensbury, is a former fireman who volunteers with the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross, headquartered in Glens Falls. Gordon told Brian Mann that he's helping to coordinate the huge number of volunteers pouring into the region.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Fresh Air Fund Kids

Fresh Air kids are here. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has sent city kids out to the countryside for free vacations. David White was on hand as Canton families welcomed their contingent at the Village Park. He sent his audio postcard.  Go to full article

SLU Students Volunteer During Spring Break

St. Lawrence University students are among thousands from around the country this week turning away from more familiar notions of spring break - sun, beach and partying - in favor of lending a helping hand. Todd Moe spoke with a group of SLU volunteers at the St. Francis Inn, a Franciscan community in the inner city of Philadelphia, helping in its soup kitchen, women's center and thrift shop. SLU junior Theresa Kelso is leading the group.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Makes a Difference

This Saturday is Make a Difference Day around the country, a day for volunteering and helping others. People throughout the North Country will clean up parks, visit senior citizens, pitch in many other ways in their communities. Fort Drum near Watertown is reaching out to its neighbors by stocking food pantries.

You can hear audio of this story later this morning.  Go to full article

AmeriCorps Phone Lines Busy in Wake of Speech

An appeal by President Bush this week for Americans to help fight terrorism by volunteering in their communities has caused busier phone lines at many non-profit organizations. Willow Nolland is project coordinator for AmeriCorps in Clinton County. Jody Tosti reports.

AmeriCorps Office at SUNY Plattsburgh: 518-564-4849.  Go to full article

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