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Florida’s ‘zooniversity’ could help fight wildfires

Florida has some of the country’s highest wildfire fatalities in the nation, and some volunteer firefighters are stepping up to help.Florida Gov.Rick Scott announced a new statewide program Thursday aimed at encouraging residents to volunteer for wildfires.Under the initiative, volunteers who can’t get a permit will be required to sign up for a training program

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How to make your local community service website more volunteer-friendly

By now, most of us have been paying attention to the recent spate of new data collection requirements that were put in place by the California Department of Social Services and the California Labor Commissioner, who are attempting to create an environment where it is easier for people to volunteer. For many, this data collection effort

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When a volunteer goes home, Tennessee football starts winning again

When the Volunteer State of Tennessee comes home for the season, the team begins to regain its footing.Last week the Vols defeated Central Michigan 38-7 to move to 4-1 on the season.Tennessee’s next opponent, the visiting Southern Miss Tigers, will face the Vol State at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.The Tigers have not

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What happens if a local volunteer isn’t available?

If you’re looking for someone to take care of a local animal shelter or a local business, the odds are you might have to call them.But that’s exactly what happened when local animal advocates found out a local nonprofit would be closing down.“They told us they couldn’t do it,” said one volunteer coordinator for the

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Why Minneapolis, MN’s Biin has taken on the Wildlife Volunteer Corps

Minnesota has more than 100,000 wildlife volunteers, and the Minnesota Biin is among the most highly regarded of the state’s conservation organizations.But the organization, which offers wildlife training to hunters, trappers, and others, has also been accused of hiring people who are not qualified for the job.As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, biin has hired