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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.

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?

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.

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. 

Nine Dollars Can Change a Life

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Submitted by mattmariah_352 on Sat, 10/12/2019 - 20:28

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Using the Power of Social Media to Inspire a Love of Reading
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It was so powerful, so overwhelming, so spectacular. By the end of the first night, my post on social media had enough money to not only sponsor my first grade class, but pretty close to every first grade student at Double Diamond Elementary in south Reno.
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This story is about the power of social media and friends coming together to build a library for young readers. By asking friends and family to sponsor a student in my first grade classroom for only $9, I was able to begin helping my first grade students and many others students at a local elementary school to build a library at home and begin a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

What could you buy for $9? A movie ticket? Some fast food? Two coffees? What if I told you for $9, you could buy a student in Washoe County a book for each month they are in school?

Dinner & Conversation about Preventing Financial Scams

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:43

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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is hosting a free dinner and conversation about preventing financial scams on Oct. 15 at the Nevada Discovery Museum from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Community Foundation of Western Nevada for dinner and conversation, and share your ideas about how to prevent financial scams on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nevada Discovery Museum. Learn more and register by clicking here.

Growing Vertically in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by dani_225 on Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:16

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“When we looked at the climate in Northern Nevada and realized that much of the school year the students would not be able to use an outdoor garden, we decided that hydroponics would be a better option for schools.” * Kim MacQuarrie, Co-CEO of Green Our Planet
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Green Our Planet and Sananbio U.S. team up to bring hydroponics farming technology to Northern Nevada Schools.

Kim MacQuarrie is the Co-CEO of Las Vegas-based nonprofit Green Our Planet. Founded in 2013, Green Our Planet aims to “increase student academic performance in STEAM subjects as well as to conserve and protect the environment through project-based STEAM education.”

Oscar Delgado Partners with UNR Students for Diversity Push at City Hall

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Submitted by mlaquindanum_355 on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 19:19

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The City of Reno partners with UNR students to educate professionals about recruiting and retaining diverse talent.
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"We are better when we listen to our community." * Oscar Delgado
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Councilman Delgado & UNR students advocate for change in the local community's diversity deficit.

By: Lucas Furrer & Michelle Laquindanum

On March 5, the Diverse Nevada campaign hosted a first of its kind “Recruiting Diverse Voices” summit at Reno City Hall. Speaking at the event was Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado, UNR recruiters Carolina Martinez and Devin Williams, and Diverse Nevada Account Executive Lizbeth Alvarez. Each presentation addressed the importance of promoting racial inclusivity in the workplace through active recruiting and promotion.

Planting Seeds, Growing Life Skills

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:54

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"We are definitely learning what works as we go. And the kids have a say. They love flowers, so we are planting flowers in addition to vegetables." * Melissa Gilbert
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Teacher Melissa Gilbert is bringing her passion for gardening to the classroom and things are really starting to bloom.

Melissa Gilbert teaches at Encompass Academy, a charter school in the Washoe County School District. In 2018, she decided to integrate gardening into her class Home Arts, where she also teaches sewing and cooking. She took over a garden project started by the school’s history teacher Edna Meza who started it in the fall of 2017. In a school where 83 percent of the students are considered at-risk, Melissa is not simply offering a fun elective — she’s providing students with relevant life skills they can use today and take with them as they develop into adults. 

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