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Manola Secaira

21 January 2021

Taholah, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, the Quinault Indian Nation has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to control the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community, and these efforts are showing success. Using a combination of t...

The Land

Lee Chilcote

19 January 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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In Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, a community effort is underway that aims to do "nothing but positive things." During the coronavirus pandemic, the group of volunteers has held fundraisers for community mem...

Dayton Daily News

Cornelius Frolik

18 January 2021

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In Dayton, neighbor disputes and other conflicts ended up in mediation far more often in 2020, thanks to the Dayton Mediation Center's online services at a time when local court operations were limited by the pandemic...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

15 January 2021

California, United States

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Residents of California are working together to crowdsource where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered, and who they're being offered to. While the state has failed to implement a transparent dissemination strategy...

Associated Press

Colleen Barry

Luca Bruno

24 December 2020

Italy

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In Italy, the “Santa’s grandchildren” program is helping to connect nursing home residents with volunteer grandchildren for visits and gifts during the holiday season. While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the mee...

The New York Times

Megan Specia

6 December 2020

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

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The Bearded Fisherman, a mental health charity formed by two men with their own past struggles with mental illness and homelessness, runs a weekly, virtual community support group, takes crisis-intervention calls, and...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

The Cap Times

Natalie Yahr

2 December 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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In Madison, Wisconsin, the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting the Latino population, but the local community has joined together to advocate for better access to care and information. The efforts hav...

Scalawag

Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

Fierce for Black Women

Connie Green Freightman

12 November 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Across Mississippi and Georgia, mutual aid groups have formed and existing groups have expanded to address increased racial inequities in the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic. Several of the groups a...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

12 November 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, local community members are leading the effort to reach out to those experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. This effort has been successful in coordinat...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Eleni Avendaño

1 November 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A group of health care workers and social workers formed to help connect hard-to-reach communities in Hawaii to COVID-19 testing and information about the pandemic. So far, they have been able to test more than 200 pe...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

31 October 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A contact tracing program jointly launched by San Diego State University and San Diego County is helping to combat misinformation and dispel fears for immigrants, refugees, and minorities in San Diego by employing eth...

Outriders

Priscila Pacheco

Alexander de Maio

Cecilia Marins

Alessandra de Maio

28 October 2020

Paraisopolis, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Lacking assistance from the government during the coronavirus pandemic, residents in one of the largest favelas in Sao Paulo, Brazil organized to raise funds and launch a series of initiatives to protect their communi...

Outriders

Priscila Pacheco

Alexander de Maio

Cecilia Marins

Alessandra de Maio

28 October 2020

Brasilandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Once regarded as the region in Sao Paulo with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Brasilandia residents mobilized their community to create a volunteer solidarity network that encouraged people to stay at home. The...

Grady Newsource

Kate Ross

22 October 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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A community refrigerator full of free food in Athens, Georgia is a local solution to food insecurity in the area. The fridge stays stocked up through donations from locals and businesses who want to help their neighbo...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ryan Faircloth

18 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Students in fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota have moved many of their social activities to a virtual space and are taking precautions for those living in Greek housing to protect members and ...

Self Evident

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Cathy Erway

Julia Shu

15 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Early in the pandemic, APIENC, a community organization led by trans, non-binary, and queer Asian and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, started a phone tree to offer help to people: getting groceries or meals, provi...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Radio

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

Nigerian Tribune

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

10 October 2020

Nigeria

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Funding from a professional coaching, therapy, and counseling academy has helped a certified life coach and non-clinical psychotherapist offer free sessions to people in Nigeria who are struggling to cope with setback...

Christian Science Monitor

Megan Janetsky

8 October 2020

Venezuela

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Facing a shortage of supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic and with little help from the government on the horizon, doctors and community members across Venezuela "created a grassroots support network" as a means of ...

LAist

Josie Huang

8 October 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Responding to growing attacks on Asian Americans, based on racist reactions to the pandemic, one young woman self-published a handbook, "How to Report a Hate Crime," in multiple languages. Though limited funding kept ...

WHYY

Miles Bryan

8 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's community of African business owners has created its own security net in the wake of the shutdown, which left many businesses closed or in debt. A traditional African system known as "susu" provided the...

The Boston Globe

Armand Manoukian

7 October 2020

United States

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An online forum focused on providing an outlet for those who are seeking a way "to share their experiences with COVID-19" has gained a global community with participants from five countries engaging in discussions. Al...

Metromode

Kate Roff

7 October 2020

Lake Orion, Michigan, United States

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The music industry has been uniquely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as described by the co-owner of a boutique music venue in Lake Orion who says, "We were the first to close and will be the last to re-open." T...

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