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Raising the Roof to Raise Funds to Ease Poverty

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:06

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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada transforms annual, cornerstone fundraiser into a virtual extravaganza featuring rooftop feats of fundraising
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The support and generosity of our community is heart warming and continues to amaze me.

August is typically the time of year that we at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada would be buttoning up the final details on our annual Plates to Ease Poverty gala. By now, the menu would be chosen, the décor designed, the invitations sent, and the recipients of the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award notified. We’d be well on our way to holding this cornerstone event that raises critical funds for our poverty assistance programs for those in deepest need in our community.

Are You Looking For a Family-Friendly Way to Go Camping?

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Submitted by lisa_624 on Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:35

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Sierra Nevada Journeys has you covered with the expansion of Family Camp.
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"You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.” *Lynnette Bellin
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Sierra Nevada Journeys, a STEM education nonprofit, is making the best of its situation by opening Grizzly Creek Ranch for families to get outdoors and go camping.

With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.

Prepare Girls for Kindergarten with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s Virtual Events Series

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Submitted by jschirrick_593 on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 21:40

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Social and emotional skills are imperative for success in kindergarten, and Girl Scouts is filling this critical need that has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“This pandemic has affected our children in so many unexpected ways. Our programming will help young girls stay on track to becoming the dreamers, thinkers, and leaders our world so desperately needs.” *Ann Nelson, GSSN CEO
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Girl Scouts is launching a free “Make New Friends” virtual event series to ensure that all girls are prepared to start kindergarten with confidence.

The Importance of Being Nice

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:53

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“I can’t smile and I can’t hug, but I can pass these out and know I’m doing something.” *Debbie McCarthy
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The “Together We Are One” wristbands are a reminder to be nice to one another as we navigate this new world.

Before the global pandemic brought local events to a grinding halt, “About Town Deb” — aka Debbie McCarthy — spent most of her time attending events and fundraisers, traveling and  helping our community in other ways. So when the COVID shutdown sent everyone home, she didn’t know what to do with herself.

To make matters worse, she was sidelined at a time when people needed her positivity more than ever.

Doubling Down on HOPES

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:47

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“They’re dealing with health and addiction issues and a number of other problems, but it’s always a happy place. Clients, employees and volunteers are treated well.” *Bob Lissner
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Donations made to the Northern Nevada HOPES COVID-19 response fund in the month of June were matched (up to $25,000) by local developer and HOPES volunteer Bob Lissner.

Self-proclaimed workaholic Bob Lissner was looking for a place to share his experience and abilities after retiring from his position as the founder of Lifestyle Homes. He found that and more at Northern Nevada HOPES, where he has been volunteering for many years.

“I believe in their mission,” he says. “They’re providing medical care for people who wouldn’t otherwise have access.”

6 Positive (& Practical!) Benefits of Wearing Face Masks

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 02:28

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Like to smack your gum with your mouth wide open? NO PROB! Just think: Masks make it super easy to chomp your favorite Double Bubble without restraint. (But don’t try to blow a bubble. Because gross.)
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It's not actually fun to wear a face mask -- or is it? Here are some practical reasons why masks may actually be pretty awesome. See if you agree!

I get it: Quarantine fatigue is a thing, and it’s REAL. 

If I'm being honest, I'm tired of it all, too. But considering I'm an editor for Just the Positive (emphasis on “Positive,”), I thought I'd dig deep and offer some much-needed happy talk about my favorite new fashion accessory: face masks!  

I know, I know: They’re uncomfortable. They’re hot. They make your glasses fog up. They ALWAYS need washing. They’re hard to find when you need them.

Positive Steps You Can Take to Support Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:49

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Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices. * Diaz Dixon
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Community activist Diaz Dixon shares his thoughts on the positive actions we can all take in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live. 

And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity. 

Home (Virtually) Means Nevada

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 02:16

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Watch the Reno Phil Perform Our State Song
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Here's something to watch over and over again: The Reno Philharmonic, offering a socially distanced but still moving rendition of "Home Means Nevada." We love Conductor Laura Jackson's motivational intro, and we can't wait to get back to the Pioneer Center when it's safe and sound! The theme of the 52nd season: "Music Finds a Way." This one definitely found a way into our hearts (and inspired a tear or two, if we're being honest). Enjoy!

Staying Positive During Coronavirus

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Submitted by info_605 on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:23

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A great way to create positive emotions is by intentionally becoming aware of what you are grateful for. Start by making a list of things you are grateful for, then ask yourself how you can act in ways to show your gratitude.
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Family Behavioral Health offers 5 tips for staying positive during the COVID crisis — from validating your feelings to getting exercise.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, sad or even angry about coronavirus, you are not alone. We have all been affected in some way. Coronavirus is a global phenomenon, and Reno/Sparks, Nevada is not an exception. In a short span of time, our “normal” at home, school and in our community has changed.

Any change requires an adjustment. Abrupt change, like what we face with coronavirus, can lead to a rollercoaster of painful emotions. That is why we are sharing with you our top five things to do to stay positive during these trying times.

Talk It Out Tuesdays Provides Good Information During Difficult Times

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 17:13

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“The way to alleviate that anxiety and stress is to talk about it. It’s important to reach out and get help.” ~Rachelle Pellissier
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Crisis Support Services of Nevada helps tens of thousands of people through crises every year. And the need for their services became even more critical as our community and the world were impacted by a global pandemic, forcing many to face additional health and economic challenges.

For many, the global pandemic has been a crisis “perfect storm” — economic struggles, fears about health and personal challenges all coming together at the same point in time, resulting in unmatched emotional and physical turbulence.

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