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Financial Navigators Help Overwhelmed Nevadans Find Financial Footing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:39

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"The volunteer Financial Navigators helped my family with resources and relief from the financial and emotional stress that many of us are currently facing.” *Former Financial Navigator client
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Opportunity Alliance Nevada Financial Navigators are helping people experiencing financial hardship find resources, budget and regain their financial footing.

Do I pay rent or buy food?

I’m behind on my mortgage, what do I do?

I can’t make my student loan payments.

If money concerns like these have overwhelmed you in recent months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any reason, there is help. Free help. Available from Opportunity Alliance Nevada (OANV) and their team of Financial Navigators.

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:36

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Bridge housing community now home for 216 people
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"This is probably one of the best places I have ever lived at in my life. I know it’s not a regular apartment, but it’s a good place." *Damian Knox
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One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is now home to 216 grateful lodgers.

One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is home to 216 people, many of whom were living in a shelter or on the streets. Now they reside in a safe, comfortable dorm-style community they can afford. 

How We Can — And Why We Should — Get Outside During the Pandemic

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:49

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Being outside, doing something you enjoy is really good for you. It offers an emotional boost, helping you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.
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Enjoying ourselves, managing our mental health, and staying fit and healthy is important to our overall well-being and possible through outdoor recreation.

One thing has become clear during the pandemic, shut down and shelter in place orders — we really like to get outside. More than 40 percent of Americans said they plan to do more outside due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.

Heartbeat to Heartbeat, Eye to Eye – The Song We All Need Right Now

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 08/18/2020 - 12:18

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Reno Artists Collaborate on New Anthem for the City
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Inspired by a friendly challenge from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and several Reno arts and culture partners are proud to present “Heartbeat to Heartbeat, Eye to Eye (From Reno with Love),” a new song and video for our city.

How an 11-Year-Old Boy Scout is Saving the Planet

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:46

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Meet Diego Madani and his non-profit treesRus
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See what happens when a 11-year old boy scout decides he wants to help save the planet. Watch this story of Diego Madani, a Northern Nevadan who is planting trees to combat climate change.

Tips for Staying Connected in the Era of Social Distancing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:19

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"We’re a fully remote company anyway, but we’re doing virtual yoga via Zoom tomorrow to increase our virtual social touch points beyond regular meetings." *Sian C
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While we are all braving this new world of social distancing, we asked our followers to share their ideas for staying connected.

I just got off a two-hour video conference “party” with 11 people and a dog named Cooper.

The party was in honor of a friend’s birthday, which fell — quite inconveniently — during a time of necessary social distancing.

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.

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.

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.

Taking Her Best Shot at Community Health

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 13:45

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“What is the right of an immunocompromised child? When you choose not to vaccinate, that choice affects others.” *Heidi Parker, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
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As Executive Director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker battles limited resources, misinformation and a vocal anti-vax movement to protect the health of our community and state.

When Heidi Parker was a new mother 18 years ago, her health plan didn’t cover all of her child’s vaccinations. But she was persistent and committed to ensuring her child’s health. Eventually she was able to get her son all the immunizations he needed at the Washoe County Health District.

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