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Birthday Parties with Extra Meaning

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:54

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“Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday." -– Linda Grace
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The community helps create fun celebrations every month for the families living at the Family Shelter.

Birthday parties are an integral part of growing up. They’re a chance to be special for a day, spend time with friends, eat fun food and of course, get presents. But for some children whose parents are struggling with homelessness, a birthday celebration can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

It Takes a Village to Create a Village

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:09

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​​​​​​​“The impact of Village on Sage Street ... created and strengthened vital community relationships, bringing together many groups with a shared vision of a better Northern Nevada and the potential we have to do more good things together.” – Chris Askin
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A unique collaboration of private individuals and businesses, public agencies and social nonprofits have come together to help address Reno’s housing need with the Village on Sage Street. 

A person working full-time for minimum wage in Nevada grosses $1,320 a month. With rents in Reno averaging $1,239, residents in our area are facing untenable housing costs. This is particularly a challenge for members of our community who are elderly, low-income or who have disabilities.

More Than A Feeling

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 07/04/2019 - 18:01

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"It is anthemic, fist-shake inspiring, and brings out my rebellious side which neck-punches the blahs to oblivion.” ~Deb C.
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While music does have power to soothe the savage beast, it can also help lift us up when we’re feeling down. Read on to learn more about the science (and emotions) of music.

Most of us know the power of music from experience. We hear a song that brings us straight back to high school or a Christmas carol that reminds us of a long-ago family tradition. We also have that one (or maybe more) song that can bring us out of a funk and get us back on track to slay all the items on our to-do list.

Seeing the Light — How Blue Light Can Benefit Us

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:14

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Blue light is key to a balanced circadian rhythm. Morning light exposure between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. is beneficial to our sleep/wake cycle.
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Exposure to blue light can positively affect us in many ways from better sleep to fewer skin blemishes. Find out how blue light can support your health and well-being.

Blue Light & Your Circadian Rhythm

Humans have evolved to rise with the sun and go to sleep after sunset. Also known as our circadian rhythm, this 24-hour cycle takes us from sleepiness to alertness at regular intervals. A well-functioning circadian rhythm helps us rise, get through our day effectively and fall asleep at night.

Morning Routine Ideas to Steer You Toward Positivity

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

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“I don't run every day, but on days I do, I always, always, always feel better. I don't run far or fast, but I go.” ~ April C. 
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We asked, you answered: What are the steps in your morning routine that lead you toward positivity? Here are some ideas from readers that you can model or adapt for your own path toward daily positivity. 

The idea that implementing a morning routine may steer your brain toward happiness and productivity is not new. 

Feeding the Hungry — And So Much More

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:40

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"It fills our hearts to know that we can help make a difference in the Reno/Sparks area." ~Sara Biggs
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After a lifetime of working in retail and giving back in their personal lives, Dean and Sara Biggs have found a way to combine their passions into a company that takes care of its neighbors.

Dean and Sara Biggs moved to Northern Nevada when they purchased the Grocery Outlet location in Lemmon Valley in 2013. Four years later they opened the Spanish Springs location in 2017.

After careers built in retail, one of the reasons they wanted to own their own stores was so they could make independent decisions that would best help their local communities. In addition to stocking items in higher demand in their specific locations, they like to give back.

Symbiotic Giving

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 15:45

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Businesses & Non-Profits Benefit from GratisGives
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“People think it’s too good to be true, but we’ve identified a no-brainer way for local businesses and charities to both thrive simultaneously.” ~ Kirk Allaire
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Kirk Allaire and partner Andy Lafreniere have created a unique way to help businesses do their business while also creating a consistent stream of cash donations to go to local non-profits. 

In October of 2017, Kirk Allaire had a crazy-big idea. 

The roots of this idea: As the successful owner of a company called Gratis Payment Processing, he wanted to give back to a non-profit that held great meaning to him personally. In the early days of his company, he contacted this specific charity to try to initiate the process. But he found the simple idea of trying to donate to a national organization to be overwhelming for the company’s bandwidth at the time. 

The Community’s Newest Karma Box Installed at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

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Submitted by don.butterfield_351 on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:05

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“The Project fulfills dual roles. One is for the benefit of the person who is struggling, who in turn learns the value of taking ownership of something in his or her community. The second purpose is to help reduce the cultural stigma of substance use, mental illness and homelessness by encouraging community members to participate in filling Karma Boxes with needed items.” ~ Karma Box Project Founder Grant Denton
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Karma Boxes are starting to pop up all over town, providing non-perishable food, first aid and toiletries to those in need. The Karma Box Project can best be summed up by its slogan, “If it is empty, fill it. If you need it, it is yours.”

Some say the best karma is giving to those who need it most. Karma Boxes are starting to pop up all over town, providing non-perishable food, first aid and toiletries to those in need. The Karma Box Project can best be summed up by its slogan, “If it is empty, fill it. If you need it, it is yours.”

Regenerations Adult Day Club Director Is Passionate About Helping Older Adults

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Submitted by btirk_392 on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 19:03

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"My future plans are to stay at the Continuum to make growth and learning happen here." - Christina Reynolds
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Christina Reynolds, who is the director of the Regenerations Adult Day Club at the Continuum, believes in creating a fun safe space for all people with Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and much more. The adult day club includes a variety of entertaining events that are largely focused on intergenerational activities. This place offers people an escape from the stresses of everyday life and allows for the building of important relationships. The Regenerations Adult Day Club includes mostly older adults, but some in attendance can be as young as 45.

Jennifer Baker is Making an Impact

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Submitted by rjesus775_397 on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:42

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"To see everything come to life just the way we had hoped was an amazing experience and something that I had never experienced before." – Jesus Ramos
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Have you ever met someone who has found such meaning in assisting others? Our community is full of them and I would like to recognize one person. Jennifer Baker has made a huge impact in the community and has impacted me personally at the same time.

Ageism against older adults is something that we have learned through society. Looking at an older person wanting to do something that we believe is out of their capacity because they are old is simply feeding into the concept. I have found someone in the community who really represents the meaning of anti-ageism and that is Jennifer Baker.

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