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Erin Flynn Jay

1 July 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia (NSM) adjusted its promotora model of organizing, which relies on neighbor-to-neighbor interaction to assess community needs, due to Covid-19. The immigrant justice nonprofit...

Religion News Service

Joshua Eaton

30 June 2020

Florissant, Missouri, United States

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After receiving a call from the local hospital saying they needed help in containing the spread of coronavirus, members of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri began sewing masks for those i...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

30 June 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Deve...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

29 June 2020

Hinta, Rajasthan, India

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A group of farmers in India have been trained to monitor their village’s groundwater levels to help its residents make more informed decisions about irrigation based on water availability. The farmers-turned-researche...

The Victoria Advocate

Ciara McCarthy

27 June 2020

Waco, Texas, United States

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Jubilee provides an oasis in a desert - a food desert that is. The community grocery store provides the only fresh food for miles around at competitive prices and makes an effort to cater to the local clientele, stock...

FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

25 June 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Congolese refugees in Cleveland, Ohio have created a security net for the most vulnerable amongst them with the formation of Congolese Community of Greater Cleveland. Prior to the pandemic, CCGC helped Congolese refug...

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Ashley Vaughan

23 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, a...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

16 June 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When protests against police violence turned into looting and anti-Black violence in some Latinx neighborhoods, violence interrupters from groups such as UCAN, EnLace, and Chicago CRED brokered a peace agreement that ...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angela Ross

11 June 2020

Australia

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ABC News in Australia is using a solutions-focused, or constructive, approach to reporting on social problems. Focusing in particular on three areas, affordable housing, stormwater, and obesity, the Hobart newsroom is...

The New York Times

Priya Krishna

8 June 2020

New York, United States

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Feeding those in need and helping one's community are traditions of the Sikh faith that date back centuries, but they are now benefiting neighborhoods across America where Sikh houses of worship, Gurdwaras, are churni...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

Borderless Magazine

Ata Younan

28 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Senior citizens from the Assyrian community living in Chicago have relied on a motorcycle club for care packages as well as friendly visits from someone who speaks their language. With health guidelines and coronaviru...

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Mona Gable

26 May 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Across Navajo Nation, young people are coming together to protect their elders through grassroots efforts and campaigns. They’ve created online campaigns, like Protect the Sacred and #NavajoStrong to help provide accu...

Minority Africa

Patience Mugadu Nakiranda

24 May 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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Beauty pageants in Uganda are helping to "create awareness for skin cancer among persons with albinism, educate them about their rights, as well as foster capacity development." Although challenges persist, participan...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

21 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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An American nonprofit called the Community Reinvestment Fund expands access to small business loans by partnering with almost two dozen groups across the country to set up and scale up their community development lend...

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Brianna Baker

19 May 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Meadows + More is a farm in New Jersey that specializes in edible wild plants and its owner, Tama Matsuoka Wong, seeks to educate people about the important role wild plants could play in future food systems if disast...

Route Fifty

Kate Elizabeth Queram

18 May 2020

Unity, New Hampshire, United States

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To help keep morale high and reduce the feeling of loneliness in senior centers during the coronavirus pandemic, pen-pal programs have taken shape throughout the United States. The idea started at a center in New Hamp...

KQED

Deepa Fernandes

17 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Community Services Unlimited (CSU) is a local organization in Southern California that is helping to increase access to healthy foods for families all year round, but especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlik...

Next City

Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

12 May 2020

Xingu River Basin, Brazil

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A group of women, known as the Yarang Women’s Movement, from villages in Brazil collect and sell seeds to nurseries, landowners, and other organizations to replant degraded land by the Xingu River. While this effort h...

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Sonja Swanson

8 May 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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The City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency is providing funding for businesses closed by COVID-19 to board up their windows with public art. Offering up to $2,000 per business, its purpose is to help support local art...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

3 May 2020

Kearns, Utah, United States

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The Kearns Community Coalition in Utah is a collective community effort that aims to "help adults improve their parenting skills, help teens understand the harmful effects of substance use, and increase opportunities ...

KSHB-TV

Andres Gutierrez

30 April 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City Police Department used a crime-prevention strategy called the risk-terrain model to target and neutralize crime magnets, a low-cost approach associated with a 24% decrease in violence in areas where it was...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Philadelphia, people are turning to seeds to source their food instead of grocery stores and supply chains, which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia is home to the Cooperative Gardens Co...

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