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The Community’s Newest Karma Box Installed at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:05

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“The Project fulfills dual roles. One is for the benefit of the person who is struggling, who in turn learns the value of taking ownership of something in his or her community. The second purpose is to help reduce the cultural stigma of substance use, mental illness and homelessness by encouraging community members to participate in filling Karma Boxes with needed items.” * Karma Box Project Founder Grant Denton
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Karma Boxes are starting to pop up all over town, providing non-perishable food, first aid and toiletries to those in need. The Karma Box Project can best be summed up by its slogan, “If it is empty, fill it. If you need it, it is yours.”

Some say the best karma is giving to those who need it most. Karma Boxes are starting to pop up all over town, providing non-perishable food, first aid and toiletries to those in need. The Karma Box Project can best be summed up by its slogan, “If it is empty, fill it. If you need it, it is yours.”

Take the #Positive30 Challenge!

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 05/01/2019 - 06:30

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“I try to text one friend in my contacts daily to tell them that I am thinking of them and hoping they are having a great day. My friends love it, and I love doing it. Pass on the love.” * Mariah E.
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JTP Facebook fans share their positivity suggestions to help you embrace our 30 Days of Positivity Challenge.

Positivity can and should (in our humble opinions) be part of daily life. But to make positivity a habit, you need to do it – deliberately and repeatedly – until it becomes second nature. Doing something positive for 30 days is a great way to change your outlook and positively impact your community, so we encourage you to embrace our 30 Days of Positivity Challenge this month -- or any month, really! 

Just the ‘Paws’-itive: A Different Kind of Therapy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 18:46

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“My favorite part of having a therapy dog? I don’t know, I guess I’d say that if it makes someone happy, then we’ve done our jobs.” * Peter Maddy
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Read about Annie the Therapy Dog and her handler Peter Maddy, who visit places daily with one goal in mind: to help others.

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.

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