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Working to develop and strengthen communities. These stories center on programs that build and strengthen the social, physical, and economic aspects of communities, urban and rural alike. Included are programs and services such as sustainable development plans, financial services, community housing, job counseling, public transportation, entrepreneurship, and tourism.

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Inmates are learning to be their own bosses after they leave jail behind

Mashable

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course, Starter U, the program offered in-person workshops until COVID forced it to go...

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Planting crops — and carbon, too

The Washington Post

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester about 8,000 tons of carbon in the soil, which then buyers can purchase the credits...

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A Florida Study Showed How to Save Energy at Home. Why Aren't More Cities and States Following Suit?

Next City

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This private-public partnership retrofitted 56 single-family homes, some with “shallow”...

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'They probably saved my life' | Former inmate says nonprofit keeps him, others out of jail

KSDK-TV

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St. Louis' Concordance Academy of Leadership turns the traditional approach to prison re-entry programs on its head. Rather than pushing people just released from prison to find housing and a job, the academy pays its participants a living wage while it provides them with the counseling and other...

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Mutual aid networks find roots in communities of color

Associated Press

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots community efforts aren't always referred to as mutual aid, they have nonetheless come ...

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It takes a village: Community Yahoos help Slavic Village during Covid-19 pandemic

The Land

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In Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, a community effort is underway that aims to do "nothing but positive things." During the coronavirus pandemic, the group of volunteers has held fundraisers for community members who are facing financial struggles and handed out masks and face shields. T...

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