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Riding Bikes Helps Local Girls See Their Potential

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Submitted by paige_182 on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:17

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“We saw an opportunity to use cycling to empower young girls and women to seek their potential in all aspects of life.” * Michelle Faurot, Co-Founder, Bike Like A Girl
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Bike riding has the ability to transform an individual – enhancing quality of life, building confidence and improving well-being. That’s the inspiration behind Bike Like a Girl and their girls’ cycling camps.

In 2014, when Reno resident Michelle Faurot decided to form an all-woman cycling team to compete in the storied Race Across America (RAAM), she knew she had her work cut out for her. It wasn’t just the eight months of intensive training or the extensive logistics required to get eight cyclists 3,004 miles across the country that challenged her. The team needed a cause they could believe in – beyond chasing a new women’s team record (which, by the way, they earned).

Lexie’s Gift, Barbie’s Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:11

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How a Mother’s Grief Has Transformed into a Tireless Crusade for the Community
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"The kids just break your heart, but you can’t step away because you know you’re making a difference, and you’re the person helping them survive." * Barbie Marcoe
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Barbie Marcoe has found a way to channel her love for her daughter, who unexpectedly passed away in a car accident, into novel ways to support the community.

A typical birthday for most people involves a couple of presents, a few texts from friends, and perhaps culminates in a dessert topped by a lit candle brought into a dim room by a handful of singers. 

But Barbie Marcoe, whose birthday happens to be the same day as this interview, isn’t most people. 

“We’re expecting 60 high schoolers to be here today, starting in just a few minutes,” she calls out across the room as a volunteer walks through the door on this gray Friday morning. “And I have the perfect job for you!” 

Don and Patricia Gallimore Have Made Giving Back a Family Affair

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:56

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“We can’t count on someone else to always be doing the heavy lifting. Think how amazing the world would be if everybody would choose one way to give back.” * Patricia Gallimore
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Don and Patricia Gallimore have worked to improve the communities they lived in for most of their lives. Luckily for us, they brought their passion for giving back to Reno in 1990.

As one of the top students in his elementary school, Don Gallimore was selected to integrate his Wisconsin junior high school in 1968. He then went on to be one of just a few black students at his high school. He remembers when another black student, the school football star, was selected by the student body to be prom king. When the white prom queen was announced, the ensuing uproar caused the administration to cancel prom altogether.

Empowering People to Help Each Other

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:20

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“With many non-profits, people are put in the position of having to prove how needy they are. Here, we want them to be able to identify how much they have to offer.” * Amy Dewitt-Smith
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The Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada empowers people to discover their talents to help others, while also receiving the assistance they need.

Amy Dewitt-Smith has combined two big ideas — senior villages and the community time exchange— to create the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada, also known as N4. The new non-profit organization is committed to connecting people and giving them the tools to help each other. While it is available for anyone who would like to participate, it has a focus of seniors and people with disabilities. 

Doing Their Duty

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:10

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Local Organization Donates Diapers to Local Women & Babies
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“If their baby or toddler is suffering, parents are suffering, and it can be difficult to focus on anything else." * Pam Russell
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The need for diapers for babies and young children seems obvious, but they are cost-prohibitive, putting many families in the unenviable position of having to choose between diapers and food, or being forced to use dirty diapers or old grocery bags. The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra is addressing this problem — with your help.

Imagine a baby or toddler being forced to sit in a wet, dirty diaper or an old plastic grocery bag because his or her parents can’t afford diapers. For anyone who has had a baby or been around a baby, this is practically unfathomable.

Helping High School Students Help Themselves

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 20:26

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“Giving away free clothes is a fun way to volunteer. You just have to be welcoming with the students, then help them find what they’re looking for.” * Liz McFarland
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High school is tough enough, but even more so for students who don’t have access to clothing, toiletries or sometimes even a home. Liz McFarland and Project 150 Reno are dedicated to getting them access to the basic necessities to make it easier for them to graduate.

Liz McFarland started her full-time volunteer role in 2012 after a reduction in workforce by the Gannett Corporation, but she says volunteerism has always been part of her DNA. “I come from a volunteer-crazy family,” she says. “Most of the members of my family would donate their shoes or buy groceries to help someone else.”

And this dedication to giving back goes back generations. McFarland’s grandmother was the first director of the emergency food bank in Stockton, Calif.

Manogue Students Shower Inspiring Food Services Worker with Gratitude

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:38

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Grab the Kleenex — you’re guaranteed to smile AND cry — maybe even simultaneously. Watch what happened just a few years back when a national org called "Dude. Be Nice" came to Reno to surprise a food services worker. "I’ve always looked up to Lynn," said one Manogue student. "If someone has a really bad day, she comes out of nowhere, swooping in — a hero without a cape, basically — and just makes that day better."

Kelly Brothers Paints It Forward for Ronald McDonald House

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 02/02/2019 - 16:49

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In 2018, Kelly Brothers Painting asked the community to nominate a non-profit in need of up to $10,000 worth of painting services. The resulting recipient in the Paint-it-Forward initiative: The Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients. Here's the transformation.

Baking Up Goodness Daily

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:32

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Giving back is part of Rounds Bakery's foundation
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“Education is huge for us, because it’s harder to lift yourself out of poverty if you don’t have the tools. And it’s hard to learn when you’re hungry, so we help with food programs.”
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In addition to baking up delicious bagels, donuts and not-a-cronuts, the owners and staff members of Rounds Bakery help make our community a better place.

When Sean Cary and Anton Novak purchased Rounds Bakery, they knew they wanted it to have a higher purpose. So they made a commitment to each other that they would treat all of their employees fairly and to give back to the community however they could. 

In the five years since then, they have donated more than 25 tons of food to organizations helping the homeless, as well as more than $200,000 in donations. Oh yeah, and all of their employees are paid a living wage and receive insurance and a retirement plan, among other benefits. 

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