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Filling Up on Good Karma

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 02/04/2021 - 21:02

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One local woman and her pug are inspiring others to care for their community
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"I just love how accessible and easy they’ve made it to give back to those in need in our community. You can give a little, you can give a lot, you can give daily or one time." *Brooke Lampert, local chef and food philanthropist
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Brooke Lampert, a local chef, caterer and community food philanthropist has been filling area Karma Boxes with her pug Beau. Their joy is contagious.

His name is Beauregard Jackson Pickett-Burnside (Beau to his fans), and he believes in karma – specifically, the Karma Box Project. The middle-aged pug, with his trademark dangling tongue, is companion to Brooke Lampert, a local chef, caterer and community food philanthropist. This winter, the pair has added filling Karma Boxes to their philanthropic mission.

Fifth Annual Reno Women’s March Goes Virtual

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 01/21/2021 - 14:01

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“The hard work of millions is paying off, and we’re ready to celebrate." *Mylan Hawkins
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The fifth annual Reno Women's March takes place on Saturday, January 23, through the safety of the Internet.

It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago that nearly 10,000 Northern Nevadans converged on downtown Reno for the first Reno Women’s March. The mood was decidedly agitated that year, yet collaborative and hopeful as women and allies joined peacefully together to vocalize their desire for equality - for Indigenous women, women of color, LGBTQ women - for mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers to have every opportunity afforded to men.

Here’s Your Shot of Positivity for the Day

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 01/21/2021 - 13:44

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I got the vaccine because it’s safe and to STOP THE SPREAD! I miss hugging my mom, seeing my friends smile and laugh, and if we all do our small part, we can get back to a normal life! * Diane, healthcare worker
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Locals share their positive thoughts about getting the COVID vaccine.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a place on the internet to read all of the happy, positive, celebratory thoughts about COVID vaccines? 

Turns out: You’re here! 

Reno Loves Local: Write a Love Letter to a Business, Enter to Win

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Submitted by camieyokote_683 on Wed, 01/20/2021 - 18:47

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The Reno Love Letter campaign hopes to show that shouting out the positives and sharing the love with local businesses is incredibly rewarding. * Michael Tragash, community manager for Yelp
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Reno Loves Local Campaign offers gift cards to local businesses for writing a #RenoLoveLetter.

Our area is made special by the impressive collection of family-owned stores, local restaurants and skilled artisans sharing so much of their diverse talents and offerings with us. No doubt you’ve walked away from the salon thrilled with a perfect haircut; you’ve likely talked for days about that perfect cocktail from Death and Taxes; maybe you’ve tried to recreate mochi from your favorite night of sushi (wait, maybe that’s just me — my family makes mochi on New Years!).

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Marie Baxter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 01/20/2021 - 16:47

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By sharing our successes through JTP, we hope to invite in new partners and collaborators who share our commitment to changing lives. * Marie Baxter
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As CEO of Catholic Charities, Marie Baxter is heading up a lifeline of support for many in our community. Here are a few insights from her about her job, quarantine life and living in Northern Nevada.

Today we're catching up with longtime contributor Marie Baxter, who frequently shares stories with Just the Positive about the incredible community service performed every day at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

Catholic Charities: A Look Back At 2020

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Tue, 01/19/2021 - 13:18

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Through the trials of 2020, generosity and kindness offered silver linings
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Through the trials brought about by a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, our faith in our community—and its faith in us—stayed genuine.
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For nearly 80 years, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada has served our region’s most vulnerable individuals and families. We help people of all cultures and beliefs rise out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency. We do this through a broad range of services, including food resources, case management, immigration assistance, family development, and a residential program. With arms open wide, our services extend across Northern Nevada, including Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, and White Pine.

The turmoil of 2020 brings to mind a passage from the Book of 1 Peter:

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” — 1 Peter 1:7

Through the trials brought about by a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, our faith in our community—and its faith in us—stayed genuine.

Las Vegas Teacher Makes It 'Home' During Pandemic

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 01/12/2021 - 18:26

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Shane Dolliver is 1,000th teacher to purchase home with HIP For Teachers
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"The NHD program helped immensely in taking some of the pressure off of a stressful process in an incredibly difficult year." *Shane Dolliver, Teacher, Grant Sawyer Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Good housing news in 2020?! Yep, it happened for one deserving teacher in Las Vegas.

When we think of 2020, most of our poignant memories will be less than positive ones. And yet, there were some amazing bright spots. For one middle school teacher in Las Vegas, one of those bright spots was purchasing his first home with his wife with some help from Nevada Housing Division's Home Is PossibleTM For Teachers Program (HIP For Teachers), making him the 1,000th Nevada teacher to use the program.

Quietly Making the Community A Better Place

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 01/08/2021 - 19:00

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“We’ve always felt that if the community gives us the opportunity to do business and thrive here, then we need to help make our community a better place to live for everyone.” *Sandy Raffealli
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Since 1974, Bill Pearce Motors has been supporting a variety of local organizations through donations of time, money, energy and beyond. That has become even more important during the current crisis.

Sandy Raffealli learned a lot from her father, Bill Pearce. He taught her about the automotive business, certainly; but just as importantly, he taught her about the importance of giving back to the community.

“My parents both came from working-class families and lived through the Depression,” she says. “Their early contributions were of their time. Later, as the dealership became successful, they were able to support groups like the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club in additional ways.”

Local nonprofit brightens community with social media spin

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Submitted by camieyokote_683 on Tue, 12/22/2020 - 13:59

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Urban Roots brings back #TheElfHerself for holiday cheer

Most people know the Elf on the Shelf to be a holiday tradition, but Reno nonprofit, Urban Roots, has applied its own spin to the custom with The Elf Herself.

Retired pediatrician brings hope and help to those in transition

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 18:31

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“I think it's great that we live in an era where more and more people can be accepted for who they are." *Dr. Barry Frank
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Northern Nevada HOPES is able to expand its transgender services through the donation of a generous doctor.

While Dr. Barry Frank has been retired from his pediatric practice for six years, he is still caring for the community.

The doctor has donated nearly $60,000 to Northern Nevada HOPES over the last several years, supporting the organization’s comprehensive medical, behavioral and wellness support service. His recent $40,000 donation has helped fund a new Gender and Sexual Health Care Clinic at the community health center.

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