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From helping dogs in India find new homes in the U.S. to obtaining shoes for a school of Bulgarian children, award-winning volunteers help Foreign Service transform “tea and crumpets” image.
Two big changes are coming to the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal workforce’s annual giving campaign, next year. One change lets federal employees volunteer with certain charities and have that time count toward the campaign. The second lets federal retirees submit donations.
The winners of this year’s Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) awards include a counselor for refugee women, and a volunteer who connected American universities and businesses with community leaders in Bahrain.
The organization’s 20th director started her service as a volunteer in Tunisia in the 1960s and said she hopes it can continue its mission while maintaining volunteers’ safety around the world.