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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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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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California Sixth Grader Helps Improve the Lives of People in Need

Iselle and her baby brother who inspired her project pose outside Direct Relief's warehouse while delivering orthopedic supplies she collected.

Not every sixth grader dreams of their school project moving beyond the classroom. But for Iselle Santiago, what started as a simple homework assignment will now help people in need around the world. Iselle came to our headquarters today to deliver orthopedic supplies she began collecting earlier this week as part of her assignment to “think of a plan to change […]

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Volunteers Help Local Women in Need on International Women’s Day

Volunteers smile as they help pack care kits for local women in need.

Dozens of Direct Relief Women volunteers took to the warehouse yesterday to organize 500 personal hygiene kits for homeless women in Santa Barbara County in honor of International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8th to celebrate improvements and accomplishments of women. “The number of women living on the street in Santa Barbara is increasing,” said Direct Relief U.S. Programs Coordinator, […]

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Happy 105th Birthday, Edythe!

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This morning, Direct Relief celebrated one of its longest-serving volunteers, Edythe Kirchmaier, who turned a remarkable 105 years young. Even today, Edythe continues to volunteer at Direct Relief as she has been for the past 40 years, committed to the mission of improving the health and lives of those in need around the world. Edythe’s wish for her birthday is to inspire the world […]

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