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Generocity

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...

Cleveland Jewish News

Stephen Langel

25 June 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio philanthropies shifted to a rapid-response model of providing support for the coronavirus. A coalition of 81 philanthropies in Northeast Ohio quickly raised over $8.7 million from more than 2,200 donors and alloc...

Are We Europe

Kit Holden

9 June 2020

Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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Europe’s hardcore football fans, deprived of the communal experience of watching their sport in raucous stadium crowds during the pandemic, redirected their energies toward public service projects to help communities ...

KTVT-TV

Erin Jones

28 May 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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To increase COVID-19 testing in one Dallas neighborhood, community leaders, healthcare professionals, and a local church have joined together to implement a testing site directly in the community. Offering 250 free te...

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...

Euroradio

Maryia Vaitovich

21 May 2020

Minsk, Belarus

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Based on one Instagram post forwarding a request from a doctor for protective gear for his hospital, #BYCOVID19 grew into a large-scale clearinghouse to funnel donated supplies to front-line medical workers in Belarus...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

21 May 2020

Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States

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With the help of a program that enables churches to assess the needs of their community and create solutions, one reverend in North Carolina was able to provide a lifeline: internet access. Rural communities like his ...

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Kristi Eaton

11 May 2020

United States

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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, groups of women around the world have started mutual aid initiatives such as coordinating volunteers to help immuno-compromised residents get groceries and other essential goods a...

CalMatters

Mikhail Zinshteyn

7 May 2020

California, United States

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During COVID-19, community college foundations in California are stepping up to support their undocumented students who haven't benefited from stimulus payments under the CARES Act, providing direct payments as well a...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

4 May 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across Colorado, grassroots groups have come together to create homemade masks for the state’s most vulnerable populations to protect against COVID-19. Two of those populations are Denver’s Downtown Detention Center a...

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Richard Kenny

Lily Freeston

4 May 2020

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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A program in Cape Town, South Africa is helping children learn life skills and provide mental health resources through 'surf therapy.' The program called Waves for Change starts each session with some grounding medita...

Grady Newsource

Erica Jackson

30 April 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Volunteer groups in Georgia are making cloth masks for non-coronavirus patients at local hospitals so that personal protective equipment can be reserved for medical staff in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. Alth...

Stories for Human Rights and Social Inclusion

Evelyn Lirri

27 April 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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Strict social distancing and stay-at-home orders – including the suspension of public transportation – in Uganda during the coronavirus pandemic have made if difficult for those who need anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs t...

WPXI-TV

Ryan Houston

15 April 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In cities across the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting communities of color in part due to a lack of information being provided to these areas. A non-profit in Pittsburg is workin...

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Emma Reynolds

15 April 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, a grassroots network called Scrub Hub is gathering groups of volunteers to sew scrubs for hospital workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups are self-organizing, raising money on their ...

CapRadio

Chris Nichols

13 April 2020

Sacramento, California, United States

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In Sacramento, a mobile shower unit is helping the city's homeless population stay clean and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with the unit are also distributing fresh clothes and bagged lunches.

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...

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...

WUFT-PBS

Lexi Flechner

10 April 2020

Alachua County, Florida, United States

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The county of Alachua in Florida has created a centralized online portal that connects volunteers with those who need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The portal also expands access to who has been able to ...

Temple Update

Matthew Silverman

8 April 2020

Texas, United States

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ER doctors and other hospital staff who need to isolate themselves from their families can use a camper or mobile home to create a safe distance. The Facebook match-making group, RVs for MDs To Fight the Coronavirus, ...

Next City

Emily Nonko

7 April 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The idea of “feeding the frontline” - donating funds to purchase restaurant food that can be delivered to frontline healthcare works amidst the COVID-19 crisis - has spread like wildfire. In cities from San Francisco ...

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David Williams

7 April 2020

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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By recruiting friends and community members, volunteers were able to repair thousands of protective masks. Having been in storage, a large collection of N95 masks had had the elastic dry rot while the filters remained...

Los Angeles Times

Rachel Scheier

3 April 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Activists in Berkeley, California, are filling in what they say is a gap in homeless services during the coronavirus outbreak. Volunteers are safely delivering food and other supplies to those without shelter.

Richland Source

Noah Jones

31 March 2020

Eschwege, Germany

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A village in Germany has implemented a local hotline for at-risk community members to use if they need help obtaining essentials during the coronavirus pandemic. The group of volunteers managing the hotline work under...

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Joshua Eferighe

28 March 2020

United States

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As hospital staff struggle to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of personal protective equipment, citizen-led groups are working to fill the gap by producing or connecting masks with health care ...

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