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Interviewing Our Elders for Their Obituaries

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:40

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"It’s very important for seniors to retell their stories.” ~ Dr. Wendy Scheinberg-Elliott
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Interviewing senior family members for their obituaries gives them a chance to share the important parts of their lives, but it also gives you a chance to bond with them while they’re still alive.

I wrote my grandmother’s obituary a few weeks ago. While it made me sad to know that she’s no longer with us, I was very proud of what she accomplished in her 96 years on this planet. And much of what I knew about her life I learned from interviewing her for her obituary.

Get Started with Mentoring Today Through Nevada Mentors

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 18:58

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Mentoring can have positive impacts on a child’s education, daily life, and their future.
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Consider donating the gift of time to local children; read more about Nevada Mentors, and learn how to become an important role model to a child in need.

They say experience is the best teacher; but sometimes, experiences can also be shared through the wisdom of somebody who has already been there.

By taking on the rewarding role of becoming a mentor, you are helping unlock a young individual’s potential for a better future.

Finding sustenance in the food desert

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:54

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"It takes driven community leaders to create the solutions necessary to tackle food security. As members of this community, we have to build it.” *Shannon Dobbs, Co-Founder, On Common Ground
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Lack of access to nutritious food in downtown Reno is affecting the health of area residents. Businessman Shannon Dobbs saw the struggle first-hand and decided to do something about it – he decided to create an accessible, nonprofit grocery store in Reno’s food desert.

How can you eat nutritious, affordable meals when the nearest grocery store is two miles away and you don’t have a car? That is the question that ate away at Shannon Dobbs during the 11 years he and wife Michelle owned a bar in downtown Reno.

As members of the downtown community, they watched friends and acquaintances who were downtown residents suffer without access to fresh, nutritious food — growing ill, getting chronic diseases and dying too young.

Taking Pen to Paper

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:00

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The Power of Handwritten Notes
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"…Nothing holds as much personality, or as much of a person's essence, as their handwriting.” ~Carmen Thomas
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While the digital age has made communicating easier than ever before, nothing beats using good old-fashioned pen and paper to let someone know how you feel about them. Here, our readers share some of their thoughts about the importance of handwritten notes.

In our digital age, it can be difficult to remember to slow down and write handwritten notes or letters, let alone mail them. Do people even still have stamps lying around anymore?

While texting and emailing is easier, neither has quite the same effect. And because they happen so rarely, they’re even more valuable. There’s also the benefit of being edit-free, as being unable to edit does tend to reflect the more genuine and authentic you.

Here are just a few reasons to consider investing in cards, a pen and stamps.

The ‘Why’ of Handwritten Notes

Get to know On Common Ground

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 19:26

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Lack of access to nutritious food in downtown Reno is affecting the health of area residents. Businessman Shannon Dobbs saw the struggle first-hand and decided to do something about it – he an his wife decided to create an accessible, nonprofit grocery store in Reno’s food desert.

Women’s March Offered Chance for Participants to Get Involved

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 20:10

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"I think this is a pivotal moment and time in history for women in our country and globally, as well as those in my beloved state of Nevada." *Janet Serial
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In part dedicated to a celebration of suffrage, the 4th annual Reno Women’s March happened Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Did you know: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as suffrage, on Aug. 18, 1920. 

This means 2020 is the 100th anniversary of this milestone; in part dedicated to a celebration of suffrage, the 4th annual Reno Women’s March happened Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Connecting With Those Who Need It Most

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:34

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Catholic Charities organizes Project Homeless and Family Connect for 12th year
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"Many individuals or families who are either facing or experiencing homelessness need a connection to social services and programs that can help."
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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help those facing homelessness find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help people who are facing homelessness, or who are homeless, find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

Held annually, Project Homeless and Family Connect brings those experiencing or facing homelessness together with free services. This effective, organized effort to coordinate services is part of a nationwide best practice and is held in more than 200 communities around the world each year.

Giving Off Good Energy — Meet Priya Dey-Sarkar

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:42

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“You can make service part of your job no matter what it is. Whether it’s customer service, fixing drainage pumps for a large neighborhood, or preparing a climate resilience plan, there is always an opportunity to serve another human being.” *Priya Dey-Sarkar
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Priya Dey-Sarkar brings a lot of good energy to Northern Nevada, both in her work as an energy engineer and as a Bhakti yoga teacher.

As an energy engineer, and Bhakti yoga teacher, Priya Dey-Sarkar’s life may at first glance seem at odds with itself. But she only sees how connected it all is. “No matter what I do, I work with energy — helping it flow from point A to point B,” Dey-Sarkar explains.

Give the Gift of Your Time

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Submitted by info_467 on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 13:16

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"Your family’s purchase of a warm blanket could help somebody get through a long, cold night."
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There are many ways to give back as a family during the holidays. And all year long.

There may be no other time of the year when folks feel so naturally drawn to donating gifts, money, and time. But what often happens is that the burst of charitable feelings that come in November and December often dissipate come January and February.

But as I shared in a previous post, community service not only provides rewards to those receiving your help, but the rewards that come from contributing something good into an often-difficult and even frightening world are enormous.

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