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Provision of social services to individuals and families. These stories center on providing a broad range of social and human services to communities, such as homeless shelters, job assistance programs, basic emergency aid, family counseling, and youth services. Programs broadly related to ensuring a community’s access to food, shelter, and family stability fall under this category.

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How One Community Brought Child Mortality Down From 154 To 7 Per 1,000 Live Births

NPR

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Providing door-to-door health care for mothers and children under five years of age greatly reduces mortality. Thanks to a program of home visits by community health care workers funded by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Yirimadio neighborhood of Mali’s capital city, Bamako, has succeed...

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‘I'm not the only one who has a mom in jail': Camp reunites locked-up mothers with their kids

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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Wisconsin’s Camp Reunite is bringing together women experiencing incarceration with their children. The camp was hosted at Taycheedah, a correctional facility in Fond du Lac, WI, and while the kids were there had less security and more carnival games. Parental incarceration has a strong effect on...

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Campus Thrift Stores

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Recycling and repurposing second hand items helps to reduce a community’s carbon footprint. At Bard College in New York, the FreeUse Store collects second hand items from students and redistributes them free of charge to members of the community. Run by the university’s Office of Sustainably, the...

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Camden PowerCorps Recruits Youth to Green the City

CivicStory

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The ultimate goal is to connect PowerCorp...

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Car but no home? Safe parking lots spread across West Coast.

The Christian Science Monitor

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In California and other western states, where the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased dramatically, some nonprofits are offering up parking lots as a place for those who live in their cars to stay safely overnight. While the programs are clearly a temporary measure, they offe...

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The schoolchildren confronting speeding motorists

BBC

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In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a ticket or be questioned by a group of school-aged children. While newly develop...

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