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Julia Hotz

27 April 2021

Astoria, New York, United States

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Neighborhoods throughout New York are banding together to create their own mutual aid networks to help their community members during the coronavirus pandemic. From grocery shopping to fundraising for resources such a...

The New York Times

Danya Issawi

Derek M. Norman

21 April 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is the only state where no people incarcerated in prison died of COVID-19 in the first 12 months of the pandemic, and its infection rate is relatively low. The prisons took steps that other prison systems eith...

Science Africa

Henry Owino

27 March 2021

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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In Nairobi, community health volunteers have played a crucial role during the coronavirus pandemic by providing reliable health care information to residents. They also have been a key resource in delivering essential...

Think Global Health

Ted Alcorn

12 March 2021

Norway

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When Covid-19 threatened to disrupt Norway's correctional system, the country's prisons and jails were quick to pivot their practices to protect those who were incarcerated. Although it helped that the country's corre...

The New York Times

Andrew Dickson

16 February 2021

London, England

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To help patients recovering from COVID regain respiratory and vocal strength, the English National Opera worked with a London hospital to create a program that offers patients clinically proven recovery exercises taug...

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Emily Nonko

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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To address the growing isolation facing senior citizens, a Brooklyn-based organization started an initiative called The Sharing Network to connect volunteers with seniors via telephone calls. Taking the participants' ...

Christian Science Monitor

G. Jeffrey MacDonald

9 February 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Despite coronavirus restrictions shifting to allow churches to reopen, across the U.S. many religious institutions are continuing their digital video conferencing options as a means of reaching a wider audience. The u...

Lake Oconee News

Phillip B. Hubbard

5 February 2021

Greensboro, Georgia, United States

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Greene County High School is Georgia has turned to using Canvas, a learning management system, during the coronavirus pandemic to not only deliver educational instruction, but to also help students take part in school...

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Claudia Irizarry Aponte

4 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Bronx shelters have teamed up with industry professionals to put together an after-school program offering students an opportunity to receive mentorship. In the program, which is based around video game-themed writing...

The Seattle Times

Dahlia Bazzaz

1 February 2021

Port Angeles, Washington, United States

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A school in the city of Port Angeles has been reopened since October 2020, it offers valuable pandemic lessons for other schools that are in the process of reopening. Aside from logistical things like temperature chec...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

28 January 2021

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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In Battle Creek, Michigan, a church has turned to holding online Sunday service during the pandemic, and in doing so, has gained a larger congregation. While there are limitations to attending online services, and som...

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Justin Chandler

22 January 2021

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A program started in Hamilton, Ontario that allows paramedics to "hold routine drop-in sessions at social-housing buildings, at no cost to residents" has expanded throughout the entire country after reporting notable ...

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Jayla Johnson

20 January 2021

Athens, Georgia, United States

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College students from the University of Georgia meet virtually every week for a bible study group that allows them to connect and worship despite social distancing restrictions that have been in place since the onset ...

The New York Times

John Leland

14 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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To address the need and want for increased access to information, an 80-year-old woman living in a retirement home in New York City rallied her fellow residents and launched a newsletter to provide relevant news durin...

Global Press Journal

Evidence Chenjerai

14 January 2021

Zimbabwe

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As part of the coronavirus lockdown in Zimbabwe, people were banned from visiting prisons, but a mobile app has allowed relatives to send supplies to those who are incarcerated via their cellphone. This newest initiat...

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Kate Elizabeth Queram

13 January 2021

Wisconsin, United States

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The state of Wisconsin has launched a pilot initiative that aims to help farmers who are dealing with job stressors access mental health services including "a 24-hour wellness hotline, tele-counseling sessions and vou...

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Jordan Elder

11 January 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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A hotline staffed by teenagers for teenagers has been providing peer-to-peer support and counseling services in Arizona for years but has played an even bigger role during the coronavirus pandemic. The group quickly p...

Kaiser Health News

Sarah Kwon

11 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces people into isolation and social distancing, places known as "peer respites" are providing a space for those "experiencing or nearing a mental health crisis" to seek help. While the ...

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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...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Clay Carpenter

23 December 2020

Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

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In Texas, bingo is considered a charitable operation and can act as a revenue source, offering a significant contribution to the funding of many 501c(3) nonprofits, but it also "nourishes the community in other, less ...

U.S. News & World Report

Anna-Catherine Brigida

17 December 2020

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to spread to the Matamoros tent camp where thousands of asylum-seekers lived, local health officials and aid workers proactively launched a public health campaign to boost educ...

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Jennifer Sanders

14 December 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way foster care works. The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, had to change the way they do things to ensure the safety of children and teens. “In lat...

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...

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Chris Rudisill

27 November 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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What began as informal online gaming sessions grew into a group of hundreds of LGBTQ gamers, calling themselves Charlotte Gaymers Network, that fostered community and a safe place to gather during the pandemic. Though...

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Hannah Wallace

21 October 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A program called Grandma’s Hands has begun hosting virtual dinner parties as a means of connecting and engaging with Black grandmothers during the coronavirus pandemic. Funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of ...

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