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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.

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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Sow Generously, Reap Generously

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Thu, 04/09/2020 - 13:59

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Community rallies behind Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada to give support during COVID-19
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"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." *Philippians 4:8-9:
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Over the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of our community, state, country, and world. It has changed the way we connect to one another, and it has changed the way we give to one another. At Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, we have seen the pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy put into practice by organizations and community members who have donated their time, money and products.

Over the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of our community, state, country, and world. It has changed the way we connect to one another, and it has changed the way we give to one another.

Take the #HomeMeansNevadaChallenge

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:33

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Pitts Orthodontics launches pay-it-forward initiative to support small, locally-owned businesses
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While health care providers, businesses, government and individuals work hard to defeat the exponential growth of COVID-19, a group of Reno orthodontists hopes to leverage exponential growth differently.

Give Unto Others

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 03/11/2020 - 19:00

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This Lent, do more than give up vices. Give back to the community.
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St. Francis of Assisi once said, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Through giving, we can all receive the love, compassion, and community that we all seek.
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This Lenten season, perhaps we should not simply consider what to give up or abstain from, but rather how we can give back and enrich others. And not just during 40 days, but throughout the year.

Many religions include a period of fasting or abstaining. During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, fasting is observed between dawn and nightfall. On the most sacred day of the year in the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur, Jews fast for a day to reflect, repent and atone. Hindus observe fasts during festivals, as well as specific days of the week and month. In Catholicism, one of the most well-known traditions is the act of fasting during the Lenten season.

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. 

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.

Give the Gift of Your Time

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Submitted by info_467 on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 13:16

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"Your family’s purchase of a warm blanket could help somebody get through a long, cold night."
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There are many ways to give back as a family during the holidays. And all year long.

There may be no other time of the year when folks feel so naturally drawn to donating gifts, money, and time. But what often happens is that the burst of charitable feelings that come in November and December often dissipate come January and February.

But as I shared in a previous post, community service not only provides rewards to those receiving your help, but the rewards that come from contributing something good into an often-difficult and even frightening world are enormous.

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. 

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