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La Voz de Guanacaste

Eduardo Costa

7 May 2020

Carrillo, Guanacaste, Venezuela

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A community in Guanacaste has turned to a bartering system during the coronavirus pandemic to help connect those who are out of work with the supplies they need to live. Similar to an existing program in France, the i...

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Oscar Perry Abello

29 April 2020

Bismarck, South Dakota, United States

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The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in the country, and their lending program is so effective that the federal government followed suit in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus. North Dakota's pr...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Saeed Khan

28 April 2020

Islamabad, Pakistan

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A solution in Pakistan to the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic is also tackling another crisis at the same time: climate change. A program called 10 Billion Tree Tsunami employs workers who lost th...

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Oscar Perry Abello

28 April 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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A nonprofit called Common Future is acting quickly to support business owners during the coronavirus crisis. Their board allocated a set amount of money specifically to keep on hand as a rapid response fund, and by ea...

PassBlue

Susana Malcorra

27 April 2020

Madrid, Spain

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Spain's collectivist culture, free public-health system, and economic support structures have helped the country to combat the spread of coronavirus. One measure – known as "temporary employment regulation file, or ex...

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Oscar Perry Abello

21 April 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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The stimulus checks sent out by the U.S. government in an attempt to alleviate the economic stress caused by the quarantine do not account for those who are undocumented, mixed-status families, and people who don't qu...

KTRK-TV

Ted Oberg

17 April 2020

Sugarland, Texas, United States

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Community banks in Texas have outpaced much larger national banks in approving and funding loans that are keeping businesses afloat during the pandemic-induced lockdown. The lone star state leads in the number of loan...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jenn Ladd

16 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In response to COVID-19, Philadelphia has a no-questions-asked program that has given out over 72,000 boxes of food for free since it began on March 30th, 2020. It was a team effort between the government and two food...

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Oliver Rivero

15 April 2020

Santa Ana, California, United States

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Santa Ana College hosted a makeshift food pantry on their campus (organized by Orange County-based nonprofits Power of One Foundation and Official No One Left Behind), distributing a week's worth of food for a family ...

The Guardian

Anna Tims

13 April 2020

England

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Across England, businesses are stepping up to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s Glasses Direct, which is gifting 4,000 pairs of glasses to National Health Service workers, and Fully Charged, o...

The Washington Post

Michael Birnbaum

11 April 2020

France

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European countries like France and Germany have been able to keep their unemployment rates low because of pre-existing programs that have been called to action during COVID-19. In France, the government subsidizes up ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sharyn Jackson

11 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With COVID-19 causing the shuttering of restaurants around the country, the Minnesota Central Kitchen collaboration brings together furloughed chefs – and their restaurants’ ingredients – to help feed those experienci...

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Zoe Sullivan

10 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Mayor’s Fund for the City of Los Angeles has launched a program that literally hands people cash, no strings attached as long as they can prove that they have lost their jobs during the pandemic. In order to make ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Victoria Johnson

9 April 2020

North Carolina, United States

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In March 2020, North Carolina’s Board of Education, in response to COVID-19, approved paid emergency leave for all school employees – but with 100% pay only going to those that qualify as “high risk.” With many of the...

New Haven Independent

Sam Gurwitt

9 April 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Due to COVID-19, the Connecticut Food Bank has not been able to staff their food pantry distributors and thus drop off food with no distribution help. The town of Hamden whipped up an army of volunteers in response to...

Boston Review

Paul Katz

Leandro Ferreira

9 April 2020

Maricá, Brazil

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The local government in Maricá, a small municipality in Brazil, is being said to have initiated "the most ambitious city-level response to COVID-19 in Brazil, and one of the most notable in the world." Even before the...

L.A. TACO

Javier Cabral

8 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that there was virtually no support systems out there for the black, brown, and potentially undocumented workers in the service—specifically bar—industry, a group of three friends formed a grassroots g...

Yes! Magazine

Ruth Terry

7 April 2020

United States

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With a crisis as ubiquitous as the COVID-19 pandemic, silver bullets simply do not exist. Fortunately, many grassroots initiatives have sprung up around the United States, like Pass the Lettuce, which encourages peopl...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 April 2020

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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In Topeka, Kansas, the local Chamber of Commerce, tourism bureau, and other nonprofits launched the “Helping Others Support Topeka,” or HOST Relief Program, which provides unemployed people $250 in local gift cards, f...

NPR

Greg Rosalsky

7 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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“Kurzarbeit” is a German governmental program that helps preserve jobs in an economic crisis. A company can reduce the hours of workers and the government will help pay them, which preserves the important specialized ...

Financial Times

Sam Jones

6 April 2020

Switzerland

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The Swiss government's economic stimulus package for small business is being lauded around the world for its speed and efficiency. They have pledged $40 billion in emergency loans to support small businesses during th...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

3 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout the economic crash of 2008, banks were "vilified" for their response, but as the economy again teeters on crashing during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators have been able to be proactive in their approac...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

2 April 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Social distancing has negatively affected homeless shelters, because the volunteers who prepare the meals aren't considered essential employees. The city of Cambridge pledged to pay local restaurants to provide bagged...

BBC

Aysha Imtiaz

1 April 2020

Karachi, Pakistan

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In Pakistan, where many citizens earn a daily wage from street businesses that have now been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistanis are continuing to contribute zakat, "the traditional Muslim char...

Ventura County Star

Erin Rode

31 March 2020

California, United States

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The collaborators behind a relief fund that is normally used for natural disasters is pivoting its purpose to be redistributed to undocumented immigrants who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. Although...

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