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Taking Pen to Paper

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:00

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The Power of Handwritten Notes
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"…Nothing holds as much personality, or as much of a person's essence, as their handwriting.” ~Carmen Thomas
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While the digital age has made communicating easier than ever before, nothing beats using good old-fashioned pen and paper to let someone know how you feel about them. Here, our readers share some of their thoughts about the importance of handwritten notes.

In our digital age, it can be difficult to remember to slow down and write handwritten notes or letters, let alone mail them. Do people even still have stamps lying around anymore?

While texting and emailing is easier, neither has quite the same effect. And because they happen so rarely, they’re even more valuable. There’s also the benefit of being edit-free, as being unable to edit does tend to reflect the more genuine and authentic you.

Here are just a few reasons to consider investing in cards, a pen and stamps.

The ‘Why’ of Handwritten Notes

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. 

Connecting With Those Who Need It Most

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:34

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Catholic Charities organizes Project Homeless and Family Connect for 12th year
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"Many individuals or families who are either facing or experiencing homelessness need a connection to social services and programs that can help."
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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help those facing homelessness find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Reno Events Center will transform into a hub where dozens of local service providers can help people who are facing homelessness, or who are homeless, find medical care, social services, housing aid, quality of life care and much more.

Held annually, Project Homeless and Family Connect brings those experiencing or facing homelessness together with free services. This effective, organized effort to coordinate services is part of a nationwide best practice and is held in more than 200 communities around the world each year.

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.

What My Family Got When We Committed to Giving

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Submitted by info_467 on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:37

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"The spirit of gratitude we all gained from these experiences was palpable."
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It turns out that giving back to others and the community is a great solution to the doldrums.

A couple years ago, when my daughter turned 8, my husband and I held a birthday party for her in the backyard. We had invited about 15 or so kids, assuming about two-thirds of them would actually show up. Imagine our surprise when not only did every single invited guest arrive, but some brought siblings. And every one of them arrived with a present.

Creative Gift Giving

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:20

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“I call my aunt on Sundays because I know it’s a long day for her. It’s a gift I give to her and to myself because I feel better after the conversations.” -Patricia R.
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Holiday gift giving offers an opportunity to show our loved ones what they mean to us, and there are many non-traditional ways to do that — through experiences, volunteering, handmade gifts and some that are downright practical.  

Though the holidays should be focused on love, faith, family and togetherness, they can be quite stressful when we feel compelled to find perfect gifts for every person on a long list.

With holiday retail advertisements blasting from every corner and shopping in full swing, we thought it was a good time to look at the creative and positive ways people in our community show their appreciation for loved ones during the holidays.

‘Tis the Season to be Giving

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 11/29/2019 - 16:25

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"There’s more joy in giving than receiving, and that’s an adage worth living during the holiday season."
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To make the season merry and bright for all, here are ways you can join Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada to give back and help during the holidays.

At Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, we experience the grace in generosity every day as we provide support to those in need in the Reno/Sparks community as well as across rural Nevada. On average, more than 20,000 individuals receive support from Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada every month.

Bringing Warmth to Our Community

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 15:20

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"One of the most dangerous times of day to be homeless is between pre-dawn and sunrise. "
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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada strives to kindle the community's minds, bodies and souls

As the weather becomes colder, our need for warmth grows even stronger. But warmth doesn't only apply to the temperature of our surroundings—it's also about what can comfort our hearts and souls.

At Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, we're dedicated to uplifting the community's bodies, hearts, and souls. To do this, we help people of all cultures and beliefs overcome poverty and become self-sufficient through a variety of services and programs in the Reno/Sparks community and across rural Nevada. On average, we serve more than 20,000 individuals each month.

Taking Her Best Shot at Community Health

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 11/18/2019 - 13:45

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“What is the right of an immunocompromised child? When you choose not to vaccinate, that choice affects others.” *Heidi Parker, Executive Director, Immunize Nevada
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As Executive Director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker battles limited resources, misinformation and a vocal anti-vax movement to protect the health of our community and state.

When Heidi Parker was a new mother 18 years ago, her health plan didn’t cover all of her child’s vaccinations. But she was persistent and committed to ensuring her child’s health. Eventually she was able to get her son all the immunizations he needed at the Washoe County Health District.

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