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Harvest Consciously This Year

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Thu, 03/25/2021 - 12:57

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Catholic Charities earns highest rating from Charity Navigator for good governance and financial responsibility of donor investments.
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“Catholic Charities’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.
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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that CCNN has earned this top distinction, which is the highest possible rating and indicates that the organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

As spring is traditionally the time of planting, it also brings to mind the thought of harvesting that labor’s fruits. This passage from the book of Leviticus gives guidance regarding some ethical and community-minded practices:

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you.” — Leviticus 23:22

Catholic Charities Supports Local Farms To Help Communities Flourish

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Tue, 02/23/2021 - 14:51

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St. Vincent’s Food Pantry feeds the community while supporting local farmers and food providers
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By refocusing to buy as many local products as we can, we have helped sustain families in our community whose businesses have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
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At Catholic Charities, our mission is to provide bread—spiritual, social, and sustenance—to people of all cultures and beliefs through a broad range of services, including food resources, case management, and residential programs. Our St. Vincent’s Food Pantry is a crucial component in our efforts to help feed our community. As the largest food pantry in Northern Nevada, it serves more than 15,000 people per month. Annually, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry distributes more than 300,000 boxes of food for families in need.

The Lord’s prayer, “Give us today our daily bread,” from Matthew 6:11, has been interpreted in various ways. It’s not only a supplication for the nourishment of bread and other food. It also envelops our overall basic needs for good health and well-being—food, shelter, clothing, warmth, and safety.

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.

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.

St. Vincent’s Food Pantry Redoubles Efforts to Support Local Food Providers

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Fri, 12/04/2020 - 15:17

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Partnerships with local farmers and producers bring long-lasting benefits to both
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By refocusing to buy as many local products as we can, we have helped sustain families in our community whose businesses have been severely impacted by the pandemic. *Marie Baxter, CEO, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada
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As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ravage the food and beverage industry, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada has redoubled its efforts to purchase food from local farmers, ranchers and food distributors hardest hit by the pandemic for its St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ravage the food and beverage industry, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada has redoubled its efforts to purchase food from local farmers, ranchers and food distributors hardest hit by the pandemic for its St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. 

In July, Catholic Charities received a CARES Act Grant to purchase locally grown food to supplement and expand its food distribution programs in the Reno/Sparks area and the rural, frontier and tribal communities as well. 

Corporate giving: a win-win-win for everyone

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 17:09

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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada encourages local businesses to set up giving programs as the holiday season nears
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It's a win-win-win situation: Companies can positively impact their community and engage their workforce, their employees can give back and feel great about the organization they work for, and vulnerable populations can get the resources they need.
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As the weather turns colder and the global pandemic's economic impacts continue, more individuals and families in northern Nevada are worried about how they will meet their basic needs. How will they find shelter from the snow and ice? How will they afford warm coats and clothes? How will they secure enough food to sustain themselves and the ones they love?

As the weather turns colder and the global pandemic's economic impacts continue, more individuals and families in northern Nevada are worried about how they will meet their basic needs. How will they find shelter from the snow and ice? How will they afford warm coats and clothes? How will they secure enough food to sustain themselves and the ones they love?

Cyclist Rides Through Reno on Thousand Mile Ride to Raise Money for Addiction Treatment

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 20:41

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“I started the Run4Recovery to give hope to those suffering from addiction. I do this for the addict who can’t see any way out of addiction." *Robin McGeough
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Run4Recovery is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Puente House Foundation. The foundation offers scholarships to assist those in recovery to pay for sober living housing in their community. All funds raised in Reno will stay in Reno.

Robin McGeough is an endurance athlete who recently biked through Reno on a thousand-plus mile ride to raise awareness and funds for those in addiction recovery. Run4Recovery is a cycling trek over 18 days, crossing three states and 1,124 miles. McGeough started his journey Oct. 7 in Portland, OR, and will arrive in Covina, CA, on Oct. 24. He recently rode through Reno, making a stop at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Thank You Ma'am Reno turns 3!

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Submitted by tceragioli_377 on Mon, 10/05/2020 - 20:40

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Celebrating 3 years of giving back to local non-profits!
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Thank You Ma'am Reno has contributed $60,000 to local area 501(c)3 non-profits since October, 2017.
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Thank You Ma'am Reno is a group of local women committed to amplified giving to our community non-profits!

Thank You Ma’am Reno held it’s first meeting in October 2017. Since that time, we have raised close to $60,000 for area non-profits!

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. 

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