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iCelerate – High Sierra Industries Makes Face Masks for Families in Need

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 13:52

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"We identified a need in our community and put our assembly skills to the test to produce more than 1,100 washable face coverings for families." *LaVonne Brooks, CEO iCelerate – High Sierra Industries
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In an effort to help families in need, HSI put their assembly skills to work helping families obtain face coverings through partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Custom Ink.

Many Northern Nevadans are developing newfound skills in the art of sewing face masks as a result of the current pandemic. And while healthcare workers, grocery store employees and neighbors are often the recipients, one population is particularly vulnerable when it comes to falling through the cracks for receiving these potentially live-saving tools: families in need. 

To address this important population, iCelerate - High Sierra Industries (HSI) went to work.

COVID-19 Relief Fund is Helping the Helpers in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by krobison_565 on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 16:26

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“It is so important in times like these to support one another and there is no doubt the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis are our healthcare providers." *Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO, EDAWN
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As the Northern Nevada community continues to adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, one force has remained a constant beacon of hope for the sick and their families: our medical professionals. The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is teaming up with agencies and businesses around the state to provide the care and financial support these heroes need.

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Goat Sharing for Good

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:25

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Local Business Features Green (and Adorable) Way to Mow Grass and Improve Fire Safety
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“I told my wife that they’re going to be livestock, not pets. Then, there I was feeding the baby goat with a bottle.” ~ Vince Thomas
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Goat Grazers is an innovative goat-sharing business founded by Vince Thomas. The herd may be rented by property owners to "mow" grass or clear around structures for defensible, fire-resistant spaces. Goats can reach steeper and rockier terrain where machines cannot roll, do not add hydrocarbons or noise to the air, promote the growth of native plants, and are more economical than machinery in most cases. And they are just plain cute.

It can definitely be a great deal of work to clear a defensible, fire-resistant space around structures during wildfire season. But don't tell that to the animal “employees” of one local goat-share herd, who are perfectly content to munch on what they consider candy — nuisance invaders like perennial pepper weed.

“They love coming to work … and they enjoy what they do,” said Vince Thomas, founder and owner of Goat Grazers, based in Sparks, Nev.

Feeding the Hungry — And So Much More

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:40

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"It fills our hearts to know that we can help make a difference in the Reno/Sparks area." *Sara Biggs
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After a lifetime of working in retail and giving back in their personal lives, Dean and Sara Biggs have found a way to combine their passions into a company that takes care of its neighbors.

Dean and Sara Biggs moved to Northern Nevada when they purchased the Grocery Outlet location in Lemmon Valley in 2013. Four years later they opened the Spanish Springs location in 2017.

After careers built in retail, one of the reasons they wanted to own their own stores was so they could make independent decisions that would best help their local communities. In addition to stocking items in higher demand in their specific locations, they like to give back.

Symbiotic Giving

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:45

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Businesses & Non-Profits Benefit from GratisGives
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“People think it’s too good to be true, but we’ve identified a no brainer way for local businesses and charities to both thrive simultaneously.” * Kirk Allaire
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Kirk Allaire and partner Andy Lafreniere have created a unique way to help businesses do their business while also creating a consistent stream of cash donations to go to local non-profits. 

In October of 2017, Kirk Allaire had a crazy-big idea. 

The roots of this idea: As the successful owner of a company called Gratis Payment Processing, he wanted to give back to a non-profit that held great meaning to him personally. In the early days of his company, he contacted this specific charity to try to initiate the process. But he found the simple idea of trying to donate to a national organization to be overwhelming for the company’s bandwidth at the time. 

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. 

Pedaling Toward Paradise — and Beyond

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Submitted by paige_182 on Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:41

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“Part of our business plan is to grow with our community. We’re nothing without our community, and we’re only as strong as our community.” * Trish Miraglia
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When news of the fire and its impact reached the owners of Orange Pedal Cycling in Reno, they began a Camp Fire Donation Drive, open to neighbors, cycling enthusiasts and anyone with a desire to help.

Trish and Stefano Miraglia take their commitment to community as seriously as they take their espresso. Inside their bike shop – Orange Pedal Cycling, located in a strip mall at the corner of Booth and California streets – they’ve built a coffee shop equipped with a La Spaziale espresso machine where they serve LavAzza Italian coffee and select local roasters. The storefront was never intended to be a traditional bike shop, but rather a neighborhood spot to connect with others – over cycling and a good cup of coffee.

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