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Las Vegas Teacher Makes It 'Home' During Pandemic

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 01/12/2021 - 18:26

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Shane Dolliver is 1,000th teacher to purchase home with HIP For Teachers
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"The NHD program helped immensely in taking some of the pressure off of a stressful process in an incredibly difficult year." *Shane Dolliver, Teacher, Grant Sawyer Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Good housing news in 2020?! Yep, it happened for one deserving teacher in Las Vegas.

When we think of 2020, most of our poignant memories will be less than positive ones. And yet, there were some amazing bright spots. For one middle school teacher in Las Vegas, one of those bright spots was purchasing his first home with his wife with some help from Nevada Housing Division's Home Is PossibleTM For Teachers Program (HIP For Teachers), making him the 1,000th Nevada teacher to use the program.

Quietly Making the Community A Better Place

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 01/08/2021 - 19:00

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“We’ve always felt that if the community gives us the opportunity to do business and thrive here, then we need to help make our community a better place to live for everyone.” *Sandy Raffealli
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Since 1974, Bill Pearce Motors has been supporting a variety of local organizations through donations of time, money, energy and beyond. That has become even more important during the current crisis.

Sandy Raffealli learned a lot from her father, Bill Pearce. He taught her about the automotive business, certainly; but just as importantly, he taught her about the importance of giving back to the community.

“My parents both came from working-class families and lived through the Depression,” she says. “Their early contributions were of their time. Later, as the dealership became successful, they were able to support groups like the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club in additional ways.”

Local nonprofit brightens community with social media spin

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Submitted by camieyokote_683 on Tue, 12/22/2020 - 13:59

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Urban Roots brings back #TheElfHerself for holiday cheer

Most people know the Elf on the Shelf to be a holiday tradition, but Reno nonprofit, Urban Roots, has applied its own spin to the custom with The Elf Herself.

Retired pediatrician brings hope and help to those in transition

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 18:31

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“I think it's great that we live in an era where more and more people can be accepted for who they are." *Dr. Barry Frank
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Northern Nevada HOPES is able to expand its transgender services through the donation of a generous doctor.

While Dr. Barry Frank has been retired from his pediatric practice for six years, he is still caring for the community.

The doctor has donated nearly $60,000 to Northern Nevada HOPES over the last several years, supporting the organization’s comprehensive medical, behavioral and wellness support service. His recent $40,000 donation has helped fund a new Gender and Sexual Health Care Clinic at the community health center.

Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus Goes Virtual

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 15:31

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“I’m hopeful that viewers will gain a sense of normalcy during a very abnormal time, and that they will be infused with a dose of holiday spirit.” *Ted Owens
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The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus is using a combination of technology and talent to present its annual holiday concert this year.

The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus (NGMC) holiday concert has been a Northern Nevada staple for 10 years, selling out the 400-seat venue for most of them. While COVID has created a challenge in that audiences can’t attend the concert live this year, it has also created an opportunity for even more people to enjoy this annual tradition since they won’t be limited by the size of a building.

St. Vincent’s Food Pantry Redoubles Efforts to Support Local Food Providers

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 15:17

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Partnerships with local farmers and producers bring long-lasting benefits to both
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By refocusing to buy as many local products as we can, we have helped sustain families in our community whose businesses have been severely impacted by the pandemic. *Marie Baxter, CEO, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada
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As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ravage the food and beverage industry, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada has redoubled its efforts to purchase food from local farmers, ranchers and food distributors hardest hit by the pandemic for its St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ravage the food and beverage industry, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada has redoubled its efforts to purchase food from local farmers, ranchers and food distributors hardest hit by the pandemic for its St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. 

In July, Catholic Charities received a CARES Act Grant to purchase locally grown food to supplement and expand its food distribution programs in the Reno/Sparks area and the rural, frontier and tribal communities as well. 

Local Printing Business Provides Rooms for Families Fleeing Fires

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Submitted by engelbm480_670 on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 14:13

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Reno Type president provides Atlantis Casino Resort Spa hotel rooms for evacuees of Pinehaven Fire
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“The community has been suffering for so long already. The pandemic removed the option of opening up a room in our homes for fire evacuees. We just wanted to make sure those affected had a safe place.” *Kurt Hoge, President, Reno Type
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Amidst fires and a global pandemic, Reno Type president Kurt Hoge secured 35 rooms at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for evacuees of the Pinehaven Fire.

The Reno-Tahoe community already had enough to worry about this holiday season: A global pandemic; parents working from home; kids distance learning in the next room. And then families were asked to evacuate what should have been their safe havens due to the Pinehaven fire, leaving dozens of families wondering if they would have a home to come back to for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Mariah Erickson

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 11/30/2020 - 23:13

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I love how excited kids are to be at school and keeping them engaged all day in learning is my favorite thing! *Mariah Erickson
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Learn about contributor Mariah Erickson and what her first grade students are teaching her.

In this installment of "4 Fast Fun Facts", we aim a spotlight on Just the Positive contributor Mariah Erickson. We asked this first-grade teacher at Double Diamond Elementary school about the role of positivity in her life. See our conversation below. 

1. What’s your day job, and what’s your favorite part of doing what you do?

I am a first grade teacher. My favorite part of my job is the enthusiasm I see in kids eager to learn. I love how excited kids are to be at school. Keeping them engaged all day in learning is my favorite thing!

A Conductor’s Major Orchestration

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 18:45

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"We wanted to save music in schools. A segment of kids only come to school because of their love of music and the sense of belonging from being part of an ensemble." *Steve Martin
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COVID was wreaking havoc on music programs across the country, until a local conductor and his team created a way for musicians and music students to perform together virtually.

What does a conductor do when music starts to fade from the scene during a pandemic? For conductor and owner of GPG Music, Steve Martin, DMA, (ASCAP), it meant a major pivot from selling scholastic sheet music to creating  Our Virtual Ensemble (OVE), curriculum and a platform for performing arts educators to continue teaching and inspiring their students through adjusted learning environments. 

Know Someone Deserving of Some Pampering?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:42

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Local Medical Spa Seeks Nominations for Giveaway
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This year has been difficult for all of us, and as a small business owner in the Reno community, I want to be able to recognize those who are deserving of a luxury treatment. *Dr. Tiffany McCormack
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Learn about a giveaway that can help pamper a local do-gooder with a $2,500 spa treatment package from M Spa.

We all know people in Northern Nevada who are spending their days saving lives, going out of their way to protect their families and contributing to the safety of our community. A local medical spa, M Spa, wants to turn the tables by helping five deserving locals feel pampered. And they need your help. 

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