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Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

25 March 2020

Bali, West Bengal, India

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In the Indian Sundarbans, home to a huge mangrove ecosystem as well as native tigers, ecotourism has come to a halt due to restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. In response, locals...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

24 March 2020

United States

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Healthy citizens desperate to find a way to help those at risk of developing severe coronavirus symptoms are creating spreadsheets detailing what services they can offer to their neighbors, whether it's grocery shoppi...

The New York Times

Annie Correal

24 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As social distancing and isolation become increasingly important in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, volunteers and neighborhood groups are helping seniors and Immunocompromised people access necessessities. In...

Buzzfeed

Tricia Wang

24 March 2020

Wuhan, China

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While the media mostly highlights the top-down, government-led measures of containment happening in Wuhan, China, an invisible, sophisticated grassroots network has also had a powerful positive effect on stemming the ...

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Madeleine Brand

24 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, city officials are working to repurpose recreational buildings to house those experiencing homelessness, in the hopes of containing the spread of coronavirus. The city and shelters are also partnering ...

The Guardian

Steven Morris

24 March 2020

Chilmark, Wiltshire, England

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Wiltshire villagers are coordinating to each volunteer their specific skill set to help people during the quarantine. A parish councilor divided the village into 18 parts and designated 33 volunteers to each region to...

The Washington Post

David Moscrop

24 March 2020

Toronto, Canada

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The caremongering movement, in stark opposition to fear mongering, involves mutual aid societies and neighborhood groups that have sprung up to provide local, voluntary relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. These group...

WBUR

Adrian Ma

23 March 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on some of its most vulnerable populations, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is paying otherwise closed restaurants to make food for short-staffed homeless...

San Francisco Public Press

Sam Lew

23 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the Bay Area of California, organizations are repurposing their work and personal spaces to act as DIY pop-up hand sanitizer factories during the coronavirus pandemic. From donating the product to homeless shelters...

WLUK-TV

Eric Peterson

23 March 2020

Door County, Wisconsin, United States

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The Door County Emergency Support Coalition has emerged from the joining of multiple local entities to provide one source of COVID-19 support for residents. Services include shopping and delivering groceries, securing...

Fox News

Julia Musto

21 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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To help at-risk neighbors access necessities during the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteers in New York City have formed a delivery service called Invisible Hands. While the main goal is to help neighbors get the food and m...

Maclean's Magazine

David Venn

21 March 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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To help get supplies to the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, mutual aid programs have begun developing across Canada. Across the nation, Facebook groups help connect people with resources, with the underlyi...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Margaret Barthel

21 March 2020

Anacostia, Washington, United States

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As the coronavirus pandemic sends people to grocery stores to obtain supplies, a grassroots effort is underway in one neighborhood in Anacostia, Washington to help get food to those who have difficulty accessing stori...

Berkeleyside

Alix Wall

20 March 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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When the Bay Area issued a shelter-in-place order as a response to containing the spread of COVID-19, businesses had to adapt. From a local distillery creating hand sanitizer at cost, to a restaurant offering grocerie...

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Rachel Lindy Baron

20 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, local residents have formed a mutual aid organization called #BedStuyStrong. The web application Slack serves as the organization's hub, offering a wide ra...

NBCLX

Clark Fouraker

20 March 2020

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Because they have the appropriate ingredients and facilities, Deep Ellum Distillery is making hand santizer and offering it for free to anyone who needs it. They are also endorsing people to order food to-go in order ...

TechCrunch

Sarah Perez

19 March 2020

United States

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Nextdoor, an app that connects neighbors, is helping to coordinate local responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Using newly designed features, users can offer and request help based on location and share information a...

Next City

Julia Hotz

19 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As social distancing becomes increasingly important as cities and states work to control the coronavirus outbreak, people in New York are finding creative ways to communicate in order to help one another. In New York ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

19 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As restaurants across the nation have been forced to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to creative means to help account for the loss of revenue. In Philadelphia, restaurants have cre...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Emily Cureton

18 March 2020

Bend, Oregon, United States

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People in Bend, Oregon have turned to social media in order to help at-risk community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Utilizing Facebook Groups to connect with one another, the moderators aim to conduct "acts...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Katharine Houreld

18 March 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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In Kibera, an informal settle in Nairobi, Kenya with little access to clean water, community organizations are setting up handwashing stations and deploying teams of volunteers to educate people about the spread of CO...

The Bristol Cable

Adam Cantwell-Corn

18 March 2020

Bristol, England

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As a grass-roots response to assist vulnerable populations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world are using social media to distribute supplies, services, and advice. One such group on Facebook, th...

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Michael Rubinkam

17 March 2020

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, United States

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Several distilleries across the U.S. are shifting gears from producing beer to instead producing hand sanitizer to play a part in addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Combatting the shortage of the product, while also...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

17 March 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Those over the age of 65 have been instructed to stay at home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, so younger adults are coming together across the nation to help deliver this population essentials. Be...

The Trace

Lakeidra Chavis

17 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Street outreach workers who work to reduce gun violence in Chicago are using the relationships they've built to now spread the word about the dangers of the coronavirus. “To the extent that we are the sort of conduits...

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