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Non-Profits Help Our Neighbors in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 17:22

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"We’re inviting them to call us and tell us what they need, and we’ll help them however we can.” ~Lisa Bonie
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Local non-profit organizations are working during the coronavirus pandemic to help the most vulnerable among us.

It’s no secret that times are tough right now. But our community is strong — and our non-profits, stronger in their resolve than perhaps ever before!

Just as they always have, local non-profit organizations are working through this crisis to help the most vulnerable among us. Here are just a few organizations (out of hundreds) doing the heavy lifting during a very scary time.

Zay Zay Social Distancing Dance

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Submitted by Mary.alber_555 on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:26

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Nine-Year-Old Reno Resident Rapping Rocks!
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I loved this awesome home video of Tanayah Henderson doing her social distancing dance. Her mother shared this video with KOLO 8 News so we could enjoy watching her daughter showing us how to be safe during these times. I bet everyone is gonna be learning from Zay Zay in the days to come!

Tips for Staying Connected in the Era of Social Distancing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:19

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"We’re a fully remote company anyway, but we’re doing virtual yoga via Zoom tomorrow to increase our virtual social touch points beyond regular meetings." *Sian C
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While we are all braving this new world of social distancing, we asked our followers to share their ideas for staying connected.

I just got off a two-hour video conference “party” with 11 people and a dog named Cooper.

The party was in honor of a friend’s birthday, which fell — quite inconveniently — during a time of necessary social distancing.

Positive Resources in the Time of Coronavirus

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:19

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” *Mr. Rogers
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Whether you’re looking for a job, help keeping your children entertained or a good restaurant meal you can have delivered, we’re here for you.

(Last updated March 31, 2020)

As we’re wishing one another positive vibes, good health and virtual high fives from a safe six feet away, it’s a good reminder for us to consider Mr. Rogers’ approach to disasters:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Achieving Citizenship

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:50

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"Ultimately, our goal is to help each individual achieve citizenship and be recognized by the country they already call home." *Annie Allen, Director of the Immigration Assistance Program
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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada launches new citizenship program, with free legal representation and citizenship preparation classes at TMCC.

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.

Goat Sharing for Good

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Submitted by kpatriciabouwer... on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 11:25

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Local Business Features Green (and Adorable) Way to Mow Grass and Improve Fire Safety
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“I told my wife that they’re going to be livestock, not pets. Then, there I was feeding the baby goat with a bottle.” ~ Vince Thomas
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Goat Grazers is an innovative goat-sharing business founded by Vince Thomas. The herd may be rented by property owners to "mow" grass or clear around structures for defensible, fire-resistant spaces. Goats can reach steeper and rockier terrain where machines cannot roll, do not add hydrocarbons or noise to the air, promote the growth of native plants, and are more economical than machinery in most cases. And they are just plain cute.

It can definitely be a great deal of work to clear a defensible, fire-resistant space around structures during wildfire season. But don't tell that to the animal “employees” of one local goat-share herd, who are perfectly content to munch on what they consider candy — nuisance invaders like perennial pepper weed.

“They love coming to work … and they enjoy what they do,” said Vince Thomas, founder and owner of Goat Grazers, based in Sparks, Nev.

Saving Lives, Leaving a Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:26

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The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation
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“You just never know when organ donation is going to affect your family.” ~ John Lilley
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The team at Donor Network West has a heroic goal: to remind people of the importance of a single conversation that can save up to 75 lives. 

Yes, this is an article on a website called “Just the Positive”; so why are we talking about organ/tissue donation, which is presumably something that happens once a person has died? 

Because donation has everything to do with life. 

In fact, every person who registers as a donor has the ability to save or heal eight lives through organ donation and 75 lives through tissue donation. We think those are extraordinarily positive, even heroic numbers. 

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