Posts Tagged Volunteers

Light a Candle for Edythe on Her 105th!

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Every Tuesday morning a bright-eyed spunky woman drives to Direct Relief and energetically leads a team of volunteers. Although all of our volunteers are very special, there is one incredible thing about Edythe Kirchmaier – she is about to turn 105. Edythe has been serving others for more than a century, 40 years of which have been as a volunteer […]

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Local Volunteers Help Neighbors in Need This Holiday Season

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This morning about 100 volunteers came to Direct Relief International’s warehouse to assemble 3,000 Personal Care Packs for local people in need. Direct Relief’s Personal Care Packs contain basic hygiene items like lotion, soap, shampoo, facial cleanser, hairbrushes, combs, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental hygiene items, basic first aid supplies and other assorted toiletries. Volunteers of all ages helped pack […]

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Local volunteers assemble care packs for those in need

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Direct Relief’s warehouse was full of volunteers of all ages on Wednesday and Thursday working together to assemble 3,000  Personal Care Packs for their neighbors in need. They spent the day placing the donated items into a bag to be boxed up and shipped out to 32 social service agencies throughout Santa Barbara County for the low-income and at-risk individuals […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Knitted With Love

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Two years ago, Senior Margaret Haley received a message from us requesting baby blankets and hats for newborns in Africa. Not only are baby hats cute which acts as an incentive for mothers in African and Haiti to come back to clinics for check ups after birth, but they also keep babies warm, compensating for heat loss through the head. […]

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Volunteer Feature: Dr. Ayesha Shaikh

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(As part of National Volunteer Week, we are profiling some of our volunteers each day this week. Our second story focuses on GSK Pulse Program.) Twenty-eight executive directors, corporate presidents, doctors, private investors, and community leaders serve on Direct Relief’s Board of Directors as unpaid volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment includes more than 90 official board and board-committee meetings throughout the year—5,000 […]

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Volunteer Feature: GSK Pulse Program

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(As part of National Volunteer Week, we are profiling some of our volunteers each day this week. Our secpmd story focuses on GSK Pulse Program.) In 2009, GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals (GSK), a long-time corporate product supporter of Direct Relief, launched the PULSE employee volunteering initiative. Employees are given an opportunity to use their professional skills and knowledge during a three- or six-month […]

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