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The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

2 July 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community lead...

The Augusta Chronicle

Roslyn Joseph

6 April 2019

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Dr. Angie’s Dental Health Exchange is bringing equitable dental care to the South Bend, Indiana community by offering free exams in exchange for good deeds. Catering to community members that may not be able to financ...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

5 April 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair c...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Julian Hernandez

26 March 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A Phoenix nonprofit called Chicanos Por La Causa serves the Latino communities across the Southwest through education, housing, health services, and more. Their job fair, created to celebrate the opening of their new ...

The Boston Globe

Jeneé Osterheldt

12 March 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In a city that many people of color consider unwelcoming, social media groups offer a path to visibility and community. The group, Young, Black, and Social, connects thousands of millennials in Boston to their peers, ...

WTLV (First Coast News)

Eric Alvarez

20 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Cure Violence, a national non-profit, has been training local residents to intervene and diffuse violent conflict in their own neighborhoods. The organization, which started in Chicago, has contributed to decreased vi...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

6 February 2019

Thailand

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At the Bamboo School in rural eastern Thailand, students have direct control over their learning and complete coursework that emphasizes the importance of leadership and empathy. The hands-on curriculum, which include...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tanzina Vega

17 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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During the government shutdown, federal workers went unpaid for weeks, struggling at times to access money, food, and legal services. To fill the gaps, communities stepped in. In Phoenix, Arizona, community members cr...

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Charlotte West

8 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In cities like Denver, Seattle, and Chicago, faith-based communities use their land to aid in the affordable housing crisis. Because many communities of faith sit on large expanses of valuable land within city limits,...

Politico

Rebecca Beitsch

20 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A small nonprofit in New York City called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is tackling the staggering 40% of food that is wasted in the United States by collecting and redistributing excess food from restaurants to she...

Next City

Sandra Larson

14 December 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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With the aim of providing a space for congregations without a space to worship, Church Space created “co-churching” spaces that offer a room, lighting, musical instruments, a PA system and other amenities for rent. A ...

WEWS-TV

Kevin Barry

7 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Cleveland-based Buckeye Ministry and Missions Alliance has “adopted” five city blocks clearing vacant lots and helping to rehabilitate homes. Their efforts have had a material impact on the appearance of the neigh...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

1 November 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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In Durham, North Carolina, ReCity is bringing together various non-profit organizations, social activists, and mission-driven companies in a shared coworking space to meet, innovate, and collaborate with each other. T...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

17 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Women4Women is an initiative that brings tradeswomen together in the construction field to do volunteer work for others. Since women represent just ten percent of construction workers in the United States, having the...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Patrick Bilow

9 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that connects military veterans to service opportunities in their communities, while providing support and companionship with like-minded individuals in the p...

Next City

Serena Maria Daniels

18 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Community dinners can highlight locally sourced ingredients, shine a light on food systems and their impact, and create solidarity among cooks and attendees. The Dream Cafe, a pop-up restaurant using food from Detroit...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

4 June 2018

London, England

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An app called Olio addresses the issue of food waste in London by recruiting 1,000 "food waste heroes" to gather excess food from restaurants and redistribute them amongst the neighborhood using the Olio platform. Any...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

7 May 2018

Las Carolinas, Puerto Rico

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Prior to Hurricane Maria, it was not uncommon for Puerto Ricans to consider leaving the area to pursue careers elsewhere. Months after, however, as the wreckage from the disaster is far from remedied, the community me...

BBC

Mark Easton

23 April 2018

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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You can’t force people to make friends across ethnic lines, but you can invite them to at least meet each other. In the split town of Rotherham, the National Citizen Service program brings together 16- and 17-year-old...

The News Minute

Shatakshi Gawade

16 April 2018

Pune, India

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Community service is taken very seriously in villages throughout India, where over 12,000 tribal men, women and children have been known to gather to tackle environmental conservation projects. Not only has this prove...

Slate

Jennifer Oldham

15 March 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver’s Women’s Homelessness Initiative (WHI) is unique because it is the only church-based shelter program in the country that offers housing for women throughout the entire year. By giving women a place to stay off...

Bright Magazine

Holly Robertson

7 November 2017

Vientiane, Laos

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Volunteer first responders in Vientiane, Laos, are working to reduce traffic accident deaths by increasing response speeds. The team can arrive in 3-5 minutes, which is 2 to 3 times faster than the typical response ra...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

9 September 2017

Richland, Ohio, United States

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Ohio news organization, Richland Source, threw a community-wide baby shower to learn more about maternal health and provide expecting parents with resources and information. The community engagement initiative used gr...

NationSwell

Thomas Shomaker

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Green City Force has expanded to many of New York City's public housing projects with a two-pronged approach. Not only does this program help develop professional skills of and job opportunities for young adult reside...

The New York Times

Megan Specia

25 April 2017

Mybo, Rwanda

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In an attempt to bring peace to a region post-genocide, Rwanda has implemented "Reconciliation Villages" where survivors and perpetrators live side-by-side. This state-mandated reconciliation has lead to community ser...

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