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The Guardian

Evi Mariani Sofian

4 April 2018

Jakarta, Philippines

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One kampung in Jakarta, or “informal urban neighborhood,” fought back against a city that didn’t want the neighborhood to exist. There has been a trend for these small neighborhoods to be bulldozed in the name of deve...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

21 March 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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It turns out the old adage of knowing your neighbor really can help make your neighborhood safer. A study of more than 250 cities found that a key factor behind a drop in crime in the last 20 years was the mobilizing ...

The Guardian

Kate Lyons

15 March 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Instead of throwing broken items away, what if those items could be repaired? The Edinburgh Remakery and the Reading Repair Cafe are attempting just that. Different remake shops have different approaches: some rely on...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

8 March 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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It is often hard to build up cities when they are filled with blight. Three cities in Ohio are benefitting from America in Bloom, a program that gives awards based on community improvement initiatives. Already in Man...

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Deborah Jian Lee

19 February 2018

United States

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Violent, hateful ideologies can grip the mind and body so tightly that moving away from them mimics addiction recovery. Life After Hate and other groups are helping former white supremacists to deradicalize by providi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 January 2018

Michigan, United States

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Politicians across the country draw voting maps to favor their own political parties. In Michigan, a state with extreme congressional gerrymandering, voters are saying enough is enough. A nonpartisan group called Vote...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

30 December 2017

London, United Kingdom

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An organization called GoodGym combines fitness with voluntarism by having members run from the gym to volunteer sites where they perform physical tasks for community members. These tasks include moving dirt to help b...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 December 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The organization, Friends of the Children, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by giving at-risk children adult mentors to help guide them. The program results in kids who avoid teen pregnancy, graduate from...

News Deeply

Erica Cirino

16 November 2017

Anguilla

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The 2017 hurricane season resulted in damage to the Caribbean. YachtAid and Superyacht Aid Coalition are comprised of people who volunteer their yachts to bring supplies and aid to these damaged regions.

Bright Magazine

Elizabeth Stuart

16 November 2017

London, England

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There are many refugees who could use the help that willing volunteers offer - access to services, resources, and someone who will listen to their struggles. With Facebook and other social media, those connections hav...

Generocity

Julie Zeglen

14 November 2017

Pennsylvania, United States

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"Songs in the Key of Free" is a program in a Pennsylvania prison brings together inmates to play music and write songs that they perform inside, while professional musicians also play the songs in venues outside priso...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

13 November 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Food insecurity across the heartland can be improved through the many solutions and advice provided in this article. Community gardens, cooking demonstrations, food pantries and food delivery are just a few examples.

Bright Magazine

Holly Robertson

7 November 2017

Vientiane, Laos

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Volunteer first responders in Vientiane, Laos, are working to reduce traffic accident deaths by increasing response speeds. The team can arrive in 3-5 minutes, which is 2 to 3 times faster than the typical response ra...

News Deeply

Sally Nyakanyanga

3 November 2017

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Mental health care is often overlooked in Zimbabwe even though depression is prevalent. The Friendship Bench Project involves benches located by clinics where individuals can come speak to older female counselors abou...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

11 October 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Urban areas that have more trees tend to have lower crime rates, attracting more investment and have higher income levels. They also make neighborhoods nicer places to live so that’s why Blacks in Green, a community g...

News Deeply

Sophie Mbugua

15 September 2017

Nanyuki, Kenya

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In Kenya, men have been overrepresented in government positions, sparking new legislation that women should occupy at least one-third of the public elected body. Men have become increasingly involved in helping women ...

Next City

Scott Atkinson

10 August 2017

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Instead of relying on Flint’s municipal government for basic services that it does not have the money for, residents are “picking up the slack” by joining block clubs. These community groups maintain parks, mow lawns,...

The New York Times

Andrew Higgins

1 August 2017

Ghana

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In places such as Ghana, people live far from proper healthcare, which is why Community Health Workers in the region, and in other regions lacking access to healthcare, are being trained. CHW's can help educate indivi...

San Francisco Magazine

Alessandra Wollner

1 August 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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Texting app Rapid Resist allows progressive volunteers to quickly send messages to like-minded voters in conservative districts. The pre-scripted texts call on voters to join local events, sign petitions, and call the...

News Deeply

Yermi Brenner

26 July 2017

Germany

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Germany has welcomed many refugees in recent years, and programs across the country are trying to help integrate them as quickly as possible. 'Neighbourhood Mothers' is one such program of migrant women who mentor new...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 July 2017

United States

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Stop underestimating yourself. That’s the call of Sam Daley-Harris to the many everyday Americans who feel that they cannot effect change in their country. He’s the founder of Results, a grassroots network that has sp...

NationSwell

Thomas Shomaker

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Green City Force has expanded to many of New York City's public housing projects with a two-pronged approach. Not only does this program help develop professional skills of and job opportunities for young adult reside...

KBUT Community Radio

Chad Reich

9 June 2017

Crested Butte, Colorado, United States

Radio

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As tourism activity increases on the trails throughout Colorado and crowds of mountain bikers flock to the Gunnison Valley area, a group born out of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association has formed to act as a b...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Climate change is a growing issue, but the Citizens' Climate Lobby (a group of volunteers who work to get Republicans and Democrats to work in unison) is aiming to curb carbon emissions. So far the group has had a lar...

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Gemma Newby

Sahar Zand

9 May 2017

Guayubín, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

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Jason Friesen, an American paramedic who had served in Haiti after the earthquake, realized that many poor communities in the Caribbean were lacking the equivalent of the United States’ 911 emergency medical services,...

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