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Empowering People

Building the confidence and problem-solving ability of communities. Working closely with the demographics they serve, changemakers identify communities’ assets and build programs that are controlled by locals. In so doing, they encourage resilience and turn “victims” into problem-solvers. Some of these featured solutions work by teaching a community to expect more of itself, its leaders, and its government.

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Rural Hospitals Find Ways to Survive, Expand

U.S. News & World Report

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Close collaboration between stakeholders in a community allows rural health centers to remain in operation. With the failure of many rural hospitals across the United States, medical providers, nonprofit organizations, and even city governments are coming together to invest and save institutions ...

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Inside the Ambitious Campaign to Drive Homicides in Chicago Below 400

The Trace

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a comprehensive, community-centered approach that includes initiatives like community o...

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How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round

NPR

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Brownsville Collaborative Middle School is one of a growing number of elementary schools in the U.S. using community gardens to teach predominantly low-income students about healthy food options and provide produce to larger communities situated in food deserts.

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Columbia Missourian

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local markets in Kansas, multiple organizations across Missouri and the United States are ...

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How Sonoma's Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

The New York Times

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reorient their way of life to mitigate the effects of future wildfires. The Good Fir...

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Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help

The New York Times

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Across the United States, barbershops, laundromats, libraries, and other civic institutions are collaborating to provide more "informal" spaces for kids to practice their reading skills. The initiatives are often located in community gathering spots in economically distressed areas, and help chi...

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Residents turn detective to fight crime

BBC

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license plate cameras that aren’t monitored by the local police or governments, rather,...

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Camden PowerCorps Recruits Youth to Green the City

CivicStory

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The ultimate goal is to connect PowerCorp...

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The rise of urban food forests

Smart Cities Dive

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Creating and supporting local food systems requires public-private partnerships in urban planning. Across the United States, nonprofit organizations like Trees Atlanta in Georgia successfully work with cities to operate and maintain community orchards, or food forests, on public lands. Planting f...

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Car but no home? Safe parking lots spread across West Coast.

The Christian Science Monitor

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In California and other western states, where the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased dramatically, some nonprofits are offering up parking lots as a place for those who live in their cars to stay safely overnight. While the programs are clearly a temporary measure, they offe...

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