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Local Girl Scouts Awarded Highest Girl Scout Honor, Scholarship

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Submitted by jschirrick_593 on Mon, 09/21/2020 - 12:41

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“Gold Award Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators and leaders. Girl Scouts continues to develop our next generation of women leaders.” *Ann Nelson, GSSN Chief Executive Officer
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Local Girl Scouts Casey Stoddard and Baylee Mee will be celebrated for achieving the highest honor — the Gold Award — at a virtual ceremony September 26. .

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada (GSSN) will honor 79 girls at the virtual All That Glitters Celebration — an annual recognition honoring Girl Scouts who have earned the highest awards (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) in Girl Scouting, as well as the Crutchfield-Healy Scholarship Recipient — in a virtual format on Saturday, September 26.

Expert Advice for Navigating a Pandemic: Focus on the Small Things

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 08/31/2020 - 15:00

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“Try to identify one thing you’ve been handling well during the crisis, and use that as an opportunity for self-compassion and less self-criticism.” *Dr. Kristen Davis-Coelho
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Everyone is feeling extra pressure these days. Here, a local behavioral health expert offers advice on how to get through these tough times.

So here we are, smack-dab in the middle of a global pandemic, and almost every aspect of our lives has changed — at least for the short-term. While we can’t control those external forces (unless you happen to be a scientist working on a vaccine), there are ways we can there are ways we can examine our lives in this new context in an effort to either learn about or improve ourselves — in the short- and long-term.

Financial Navigators Help Overwhelmed Nevadans Find Financial Footing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:39

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"The volunteer Financial Navigators helped my family with resources and relief from the financial and emotional stress that many of us are currently facing.” *Former Financial Navigator client
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Opportunity Alliance Nevada Financial Navigators are helping people experiencing financial hardship find resources, budget and regain their financial footing.

Do I pay rent or buy food?

I’m behind on my mortgage, what do I do?

I can’t make my student loan payments.

If money concerns like these have overwhelmed you in recent months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any reason, there is help. Free help. Available from Opportunity Alliance Nevada (OANV) and their team of Financial Navigators.

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:36

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Bridge housing community now home for 216 people
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"This is probably one of the best places I have ever lived at in my life. I know it’s not a regular apartment, but it’s a good place." *Damian Knox
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One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is now home to 216 grateful lodgers.

One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is home to 216 people, many of whom were living in a shelter or on the streets. Now they reside in a safe, comfortable dorm-style community they can afford. 

How We Can — And Why We Should — Get Outside During the Pandemic

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:49

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Being outside, doing something you enjoy is really good for you. It offers an emotional boost, helping you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.
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Enjoying ourselves, managing our mental health, and staying fit and healthy is important to our overall well-being and possible through outdoor recreation.

One thing has become clear during the pandemic, shut down and shelter in place orders — we really like to get outside. More than 40 percent of Americans said they plan to do more outside due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules.

Staying Connected During Quarantine

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 08/17/2020 - 14:55

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“Nothing like a good ol' fashioned three hour phone call.” *Missy Smithart Evenson
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It looks like the corona-quarantine is going to be around for the foreseeable future, so just holing up and hermiting isn’t going to work for the long run. Here are some ideas to stay connected in a safe and responsible way.

Now that the novelty has worn off of pandemic living (for most of us at least), maintaining social connections is more important than ever. With all of the stressors out there right now, it’s important not to add social isolation and loneliness. 

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Don Butterfield

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 21:59

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We are a small enough town where people can pitch in and contribute to make a difference. *Don Butterfield
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Get to know Don Butterfield, one of the first contributors for Just the Positive and Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

We're starting a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contirbutors to our boucing baby website. For our first edition, we're spotlighting Don Butterfield -- one of our very first contributors and the Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. 

Raising the Roof to Raise Funds to Ease Poverty

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:06

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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada transforms annual, cornerstone fundraiser into a virtual extravaganza featuring rooftop feats of fundraising
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The support and generosity of our community is heart warming and continues to amaze me.

August is typically the time of year that we at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada would be buttoning up the final details on our annual Plates to Ease Poverty gala. By now, the menu would be chosen, the décor designed, the invitations sent, and the recipients of the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award notified. We’d be well on our way to holding this cornerstone event that raises critical funds for our poverty assistance programs for those in deepest need in our community.

Don't Do it Alone – Community Foundation Launches Caregiver Support Initiative Email Group

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Submitted by lbenisano14_415 on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 19:21

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The Caregiver Support Initiative email discussion group is a new virtual forum that allows people to connect with other family caregivers. 
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The Community Foundation of Western Nevada launches email discussion group for caregivers during COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been hard on everyone. It brings a lot of uncertainty to people, which can be anxiety-inducing. Now, imagine going through a pandemic and having to be responsible for another person and their needs. The pressure for family caregivers taking care of others during this time can be overwhelming. With the lack of in-person support groups available due to COVID-19, the Community Foundation is determined to connect family caregivers with one another during this time. 

Are You Looking For a Family-Friendly Way to Go Camping?

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Submitted by lisa_624 on Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:35

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Sierra Nevada Journeys has you covered with the expansion of Family Camp.
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"You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.” *Lynnette Bellin
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Sierra Nevada Journeys, a STEM education nonprofit, is making the best of its situation by opening Grizzly Creek Ranch for families to get outdoors and go camping.

With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.

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