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Cancer Can’t seeks volunteer drivers: They can be the difference between life and death for patients

Every day, there are cancer patients in the Spokane area who need a ride to doctor appointments, radiation treatment or chemotherapy sessions. Cancer Can’t, one of the local organizations dedicated to providing those rides, is looking for volunteer drivers so they can increase the number of cancer patients they help. Director of Outreach Emily Grankowski said she partners with Catholic Charities, which has a ride program of its own.

A few Santa’s helpers are still needed for the Christmas Bureau

Normally, volunteers fill the Christmas Bureau schedule months in advance, but the calendar is proving to be a bit of a challenge this year and volunteers are still needed for the bureau’s final day, which falls on the Friday before Christmas.

Fueling a movement: Don Steinke gathers 2,444 signatures for I-1631

The Steinkes’ commitment to their cause is impressive and reaches heights unparalleled by the average person. They treat environmental activism like a small business, one that requires weekend shifts, odd hours, lots of overtime, homework and a zealot’s unwavering conviction.

Idaho elementary bids farewell to volunteer ‘Grandpa Jack’

Hundreds of Lincoln Elementary School students clapped and cheered for Jackie Dayley, known to many as “Grandpa.” Lincoln Elementary held an assembly honoring “Grandpa Jack,” who is wrapping up about 16 years of volunteering at the school through the College of Southern Idaho Office on Aging’s foster grandparent program. He also volunteered at the Twin Falls School District’s migrant summer school.

Grant supports unmet dental services

A $125,000 grant will mean nearly $1 million in comprehensive dental care to Washington state residents in need, boosting services provided by volunteer dentists and labs.

Honoring sons, moms help teens find snappy attire

Lead volunteers Paula Lyon and Polly Melendez for Coeur Closet want to help high school students who can’t afford trendy or professional clothes receive stylish outfits, especially for Senior Presentation Day held in May. The two moms, serving in honor of sons who died, have bonded through shared experiences and their drive to expand the closet.

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Volunteers process 866 tax returns during tax season The United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site processed more than 1 million in tax refunds for low- and middle-income Spokanites during the recently concluded tax season.

2 firefighters killed, 3 injured trying to reach fatal wreck

Two West Virginia firefighters were killed and three others were injured when a volunteer fire department’s truck flipped while responding to a call about a highway accident that also had three fatalities, authorities said Saturday night.

Former roofer finds joy in the Christmas Bureau

Fred Preston was working as a roofer in 1991 when then Volunteers of America director Ken Trent recruited him to provide a strong back to help set up the Christmas Bureau.

Moscow law clinic will answer legal questions for free

Moscow-area residents with legal questions will be able to find many of their answers for free starting later this month when the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Street Law Clinic expands to Moscow starting Aug. 28.