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The Power of Reading

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Submitted by bridget_504 on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 16:24

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“Watching a child thoughtfully choose a book to take home is one of the greatest joys for sponsors, volunteers and STWN employees.” ~Lisa Habighorst
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Spread the Word Nevada has a mission to get books into the hands of children throughout the state.

What was your favorite childhood book?  Many times this question sparks nostalgia — Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte’s Web, Harry Potter, Blueberries for Sal, are just a few answers.  Can you imagine what it would have been like not to have that book in your life? Or any book of your own, for that matter?

Achieving Citizenship

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:50

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"Ultimately, our goal is to help each individual achieve citizenship and be recognized by the country they already call home." *Annie Allen, Director of the Immigration Assistance Program
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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada launches new citizenship program, with free legal representation and citizenship preparation classes at TMCC.

TMCC Dental Hygiene Students Help a Veteran

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Submitted by reckland_521 on Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:43

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“I asked some students from the Truckee Meadows Community College dental hygiene program [to help me display the flag]. It only took one minute to get them on board with the program…They helped with overwhelming excitement.” *Mitch Mendler, Veteran
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TMCC Dental Hygiene students helped a veteran to perform a ceremony with the American flag at a recent event in Carson City.

This winter, TMCC dental hygiene students helped a veteran in need, and he wasn’t in a dental chair. Instead, veteran Mitch Mendler had planned on displaying the American flag in Carson City for a special ceremony, but as he arrived in the capital city, he received notice that plans had been changed and the volunteers who were scheduled to help him were not available. 

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. 

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