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Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Fix-It

Al Sladek has volunteered at Direct Relief for 13 years.

(Part 3/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), each day, Direct Relief will highlight dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. Among the screwdrivers, pliers, broken hospital beds, and eccentric sterilizers scattering a small corner of the Direct Relief warehouse, 70-year-old volunteer Al Sladek performs his […]

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More than Meals in St. Mary’s Dining Room

A patient receives treatment at the Dr. Virgil Gianellli Medical Clinic. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Dining Room.

Despite the looming declaration of bankruptcy in their hometown, Direct Relief partner St. Mary’s Dining Room of Stockton, Calif., continues to respond to increasing poverty in San Joaquin County by providing free meals, health care, and other basic needs to people who have lost their home, are without insurance, and have financial burdens. The need for their services is great. Named […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Tech Squad

Lisa (left) and Shailja (right) smile outside of the IT trailer.

(Part 2/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), each day, Direct Relief will highlight dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. Humbly tapping their keyboards alongside Direct Relief’s information technology (IT) team,  Lisa Breyfogle and Shailja Trivedi are a part of a cutting-edge undertaking to more […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: A Swedish Wonder Woman

Ingrid Lindgren has volunteered at Direct Relief for 15 years.

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), Direct Relief is highlighting dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Check back each day this week to learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. For Ingrid Lindgren, the past 15 years of volunteering at Direct Relief have not only been full of good times but also […]

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Prepared to Respond to Flooding in the Midwest

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In response to recent flooding in the Midwest – and specifically in Illinois, where today Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency – Direct Relief is in communication with its clinical partner network and is prepared to respond to urgent requests. Through the use of software from technology partner Palantir and flash flood warning zone data from the National Weather Service,  Direct Relief identified […]

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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

Processional of graduates and students entering the ceremony.

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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