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Bloomberg

Amy Yee

23 September 2021

New York, United States

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the pandemic can now receive aid through the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1 billion fund is the largest of its kind and the result of 18 months of lobby...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

1 September 2021

India

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Community-based organizations have been key to reaching historically marginalized populations with COVID-19 information. Grassroots leaders and community workers are effective because they have built trust among commu...

Bloomberg

Amy Yee

28 August 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Community groups in under-vaccinated areas helped tens of thousands of people get vaccinated, made slightly easier since the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and more employers requiring it. Nonprofits like...

Vogue

Emma Specter

5 August 2021

Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

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The Greater Lowell Health Alliance offered COVID-19 vaccines using a “block party” model where community members enjoy free food, music, activities, and even childcare, while also having access to information about va...

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Solcyre Burga

3 August 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As a solution for the garbage littering his block, a Philadelphia resident has launched a much-needed movement to keep the streets clean. Sanitation services have been affected since the pandemic, leading to staff sho...

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Natalie Van Hoozer

30 July 2021

Reno, Nevada, United States

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To increase vaccination rates among Reno’s Latino/a population, organizers conducted outreach with congregants at a local church that offers Spanish-language masses. Confidence in clinic locations and feeling safe due...

The Current

Ty Baniewicz

26 July 2021

Acadiana, Louisiana, United States

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Members of Asociación Cultural Latino-Acadiana and the Rotary Club of Lafayette North went door-to-door in neighborhoods that are home to Spanish-speaking households to find people eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. ...

Are We Europe

Andrei Popoviciu

24 June 2021

Bucharest, Romania

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MozaiQ provides support for the LGBTQ community and fosters stronger ties among queer Romanians. The group creates safe spaces and offers programming, from football championships to job fairs and professional skills b...

Are We Europe

Federica di Saro

24 June 2021

Cologne, Germany

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Spektrum, a self-organized LGBTQ+ migrant organization, provides a space of belonging to queer migrants, who often feel out of place and ill-served by traditional organizations that do not understand the violence and ...

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Hannah Grabenstein

17 June 2021

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The Shelby County Voter Alliance, who was used to using publicly available information to run get-out-the-vote and voter registration drives, pivoted to door-knocking to increase vaccination rates. Using a grant from ...

Living Here

Anna Lamb-Yorski

16 June 2021

Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada

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A new aluminum plant in British Columbia would have ended up putting more sulphur dioxide into the air, but the Kitimat Terrace Clean Air Coalition (KTCAC) helped bring this to light and encourage them to install air ...

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Emily Nonko

15 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In 2014, the community organization Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha piloted a community-based Food Buying Club in Philadelphia. This initiative allowed local residents to buy food in bulk at wholesale prices. The...

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Emily Nonko

9 June 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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Artists at Work is a pilot project of THE OFFICE performing arts + film that paired artists with cultural and community partners to work on local initiatives. For their work, the artists were paid a living wage, inclu...

The Local

Brannavy Jeyasundaram

4 June 2021

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto’s Vaccine Engagement Teams Grant has awarded $5.5 million to community organizations in 140 neighborhoods to hire and train local ambassadors for vaccine outreach. Because the ambassadors share a lived experie...

Mississippi Today

Kelsey Davis Betz

20 May 2021

Mississippi, United States

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Transit operations have been repurposed to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines among underserved communities in the Delta. A fleet of transit buses that were sitting unused at Mississippi Valley State University now ...

National Geographic

Brianna Randall

13 May 2021

Maywood, Nebraska, United States

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The Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance in Nebraska is working to preserve grasslands through prescribed burns. Eighty-volunteer members have burned nearly 85,000 acres to stop the spread of cedar trees that disrupt the ...

The Land

Marc Lefkowitz

11 May 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Building trust, engaging in personal conversations, and providing services that reduce barriers to getting vaccinated have helped increase the COVID-19 vaccination rates in some Cleveland neighborhoods. Posting inform...

The Discourse

Lauren Kaljur

7 May 2021

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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Residents at a subsidized nonprofit family housing complex organized to address safety and drug-use issues that began with the pandemic. Residents use a Facebook chat to communicate and will often warn each other of s...

The New York Times

Amanda Rosa

5 May 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Community centers in New York are playing a crucial role in helping to connect the city's Asian residents with Covid vaccine appointments. From training translators on medical lingo to collecting local resident's info...

The Washington Post

Todd C. Frankel

4 May 2021

Georgia, United States

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A small group of prominent Black business leaders personally urged their corporate peers to oppose the restrictive voting laws being considered in dozens of states. Public statements framing voting rights as a moral, ...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Audrey Korte

4 May 2021

Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States

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To help protect the predominantly Black community in Sedgwick County, Kansas, the county collaborated with local leaders and residents to create an information and messaging campaign that specifically addressed commun...

Hawaii Business Magazine

Noelle Fujii-Oride

3 May 2021

Hawaii, United States

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Community organizing effectively blocked many development projects on O‘ahu that, while involving desirable outcomes like renewable energy, public parks, or affordable housing, failed to consider input from local comm...

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Arielle Milkman

28 April 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Participatory planning, or meetings conducted to gather input from communities, have proven to be ineffective. It turns out community engagement doesn’t always result in highlighting issues and improving the quality o...

MIT Technology Review

Varsha Bansal

28 April 2021

India

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In India, citizen-led small-scale digital efforts are helping to connect Covid-19 patients with the resources, supplies, and medical equipment they need to survive. The citizen groups are largely using online platform...

Documentary Magazine

Kristal Sotomayor

27 April 2021

United States

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The Undocumented Filmmakers Collective provides a safe, inclusive, and non-competitive space for people to discuss issues they face in their careers. The nearly 40 members are spread out across the U.S. and use Zoom t...

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