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The New York Times

Denise Grady

16 September 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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In poor countries, where strep throat is not diagnosed, a seemingly harmless bacteria eventually causes the immune system to attack the heart valves. In order to help, the humanitarian group Team Heart, sends 40 to 6...

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Hallie Steiner

14 September 2018

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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After her neighbor was incarcerated, a Delaware teenager and her brother began supporting youth coming out of detention with clothes, school supplies and other items. Their nonprofit grew and was so successful in rais...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

13 September 2018

Zacapa, Guatemala

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Voluntourism, or the practice of western volunteers paying to do service in developing countries, seems like a moral, do-good activity. However, the practice has been proven to have consequences, including reducing th...

The Washington Post

Marrisa J. Lang

Arelis R. Hernández

11 September 2018

United States

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Immigrant Families Together is a coalition of volunteers trying reunify parents and children that were separated due to the Donald Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. They are paying for bonds, releasing i...

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

5 September 2018

Dufur, Oregon, United States

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In the town of Dufur, Oregon, local residents have been acting as firefighters to protect their fields and homes, using farming equipment to bury dry vegetation and tanks of water to put out the flames. While this has...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Amy Yee

Fall 2018

Kampala, Uganda

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Group therapy has helped women experiencing depression in poor communities in Kampala. Since 2014, more than 25,110 women have met in small groups with trained peer facilitators, and after completing the program about...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

29 August 2018

Teddington, United Kingdom

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of the charity Parkrun, never set out to create a revolution. All he wanted was a low-pressure space to run. Now, his organization supports over 1,600 community running events around the gl...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Carmel Delshad

28 August 2018

Landover, Maryland, United States

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A soccer camp has given refugee children in the Washington region a home away from home. L.A.C.E.S. — Life And Change Experienced thru Sports — shares the fun of the sport and aims to build young people’s confidence a...

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

20 August 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The group Truckers Against Trafficking launched in 2009 to enlist the help of truck drivers to spot and report cases of human trafficking, which was common at many truck stops. The group trains truckers through video ...

CNN

Andrea Diaz

10 August 2018

Michigan, United States

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Donating frequent flyer miles is a powerful way to help people experiencing disaster. Miles4Migrants, which typically transports Syrian refugee families, is using crowdsourced miles to reunite migrant families separat...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Patrick Bilow

9 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that connects military veterans to service opportunities in their communities, while providing support and companionship with like-minded individuals in the p...

The Guardian

Laurence Blair

6 August 2018

Paraguay

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Through a long-fought, concerted effort, requiring collaboration from government agencies, information distributers, and more, Paraguay has become the first country in South America to eradicate malaria. Most importan...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

19 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In response to a decline in city services, local Detroiters have begun providing for neighbors out of a sense of goodwill. Detroiters Helping Each Other distributes donated items, ranging from school supplies to beds ...

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Aaron Mondry

10 July 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the Yorkshire Woods neighborhood of Detroit, where there was once blight and vacant properties, there is now a community garden. Thanks to the enterprising efforts of Mose Primus, a community activist, the neighbor...

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Fergus Peace

5 July 2018

France

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Connecting refugees and locals speeds integration. A social enterprise called Singa, for example, has a matchmaking app that pairs people with similar hobbies and interests. The model has proven so successful that bra...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tiziana Rinaldi

4 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Walking with immigrants to their court hearings and ICE check-ins can help them feel supported and protect their safety and rights. The New Sanctuary Coalition has run an accompaniment program since 2007. Volunteers d...

Vox

Eric Johnson

Kara Swisher

25 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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A fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” raised $19 million in one week for the Texas nonprofit RAICES. Creators Charlotte and Dave Willner say almost half a million people have donated via F...

Model D

Dorothy Hernandez

19 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Saldiver-Ali, cofounder of AGI Construction in Detroit, sees construction as “the first step to community development and sustainability.” The company lives out this mission by engaging with long-time residents. Most ...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

6 June 2018

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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When subsidies for local buses were cut, bus services stopped in West Oxfordshire. Rather than give in and allow retirees and children to be stuck in their homes, forward-thinking citizens stepped up and created a co-...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

5 June 2018

Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Chester County, Pennsylvania where the land is said to be the most nutrient-rich in the country, the average household income is $90,000, yet poverty rates are increasing. To offer a solution to the food insecurity...

Pacific Standard

Jimmy Tobias

31 May 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Presumed extinct, some plants may just be very rare. With careful handling and habitat restoration, once lost species may be able to bounce back. In California, a biodiversity hotspot hit with heavy development, volun...

BBC

Ammar Ebrahim

Dougal Shaw

28 May 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Technology can help reduce food waste. Olio and Winnow are two examples. Olio is an app that allows people to easily exchange extra or unwanted food for free. Winnow is a smart trash can that calculates the cost of wa...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

Gabriela Jones

25 April 2018

Lesbos, Greece

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Ayesha Keller was part of a group of volunteers that went to the Moria Refugee Camp in Lesbos, Greece to help. Since they weren’t part of an NGO, they were not allowed inside the camp, and instead helped thousands of ...

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Daniel Malloy

24 April 2018

United States

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How-to guides and mentorship help first-time candidates running for office. The organization Run for Something supports young liberals breaking into state and local politics. Many of them are taking on hard-to-beat in...

BBC

Sam Judah

10 April 2018

Frome, Somerset, England

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To combat the growing epidemic of loneliness among senior citizens, Frome, England is utilizing a network of family physicians, community volunteers, and social clubs. The multi-pronged approach involves multiple refe...

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