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Don and Patricia Gallimore Have Made Giving Back a Family Affair

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:56

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“We can’t count on someone else to always be doing the heavy lifting. Think how amazing the world would be if everybody would choose one way to give back.” Patricia Gallimore
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Don and Patricia Gallimore have worked to improve the communities they lived in for most of their lives. Luckily for us, they brought their passion for giving back to Reno in 1990.

As one of the top students in his elementary school, Don Gallimore was selected to integrate his Wisconsin junior high school in 1968. He then went on to be one of just a few black students at his high school. He remembers when another black student, the school football star, was selected by the student body to be prom king. When the white prom queen was announced, the ensuing uproar caused the administration to cancel prom altogether.

Empowering People to Help Each Other

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:20

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“With many non-profits, people are put in the position of having to prove how needy they are. Here, we want them to be able to identify how much they have to offer.” – Amy Dewitt-Smith
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The Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada empowers people to discover their talents to help others, while also receiving the assistance they need.

Amy Dewitt-Smith has combined two big ideas — senior villages and the community time exchange— to create the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada, also known as N4. The new non-profit organization is committed to connecting people and giving them the tools to help each other. While it is available for anyone who would like to participate, it has a focus of seniors and people with disabilities. 

Doing Their Duty

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:10

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Local Organization Donates Diapers to Local Women & Babies
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“If their baby or toddler is suffering, parents are suffering, and it can be difficult to focus on anything else." -Pam Russell
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The need for diapers for babies and young children seems obvious, but they are cost-prohibitive, putting many families in the unenviable position of having to choose between diapers and food, or being forced to use dirty diapers or old grocery bags. The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra is addressing this problem — with your help.

Imagine a baby or toddler being forced to sit in a wet, dirty diaper or an old plastic grocery bag because his or her parents can’t afford diapers. For anyone who has had a baby or been around a baby, this is practically unfathomable.

Helping High School Students Help Themselves

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 20:26

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“Giving away free clothes is a fun way to volunteer. You just have to be welcoming with the students, then help them find what they’re looking for.” - Liz McFarland
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High school is tough enough, but even more so for students who don’t have access to clothing, toiletries or sometimes even a home. Liz McFarland and Project 150 Reno are dedicated to getting them access to the basic necessities to make it easier for them to graduate.

Liz McFarland started her full-time volunteer role in 2012 after a reduction in workforce by the Gannett Corporation, but she says volunteerism has always been part of her DNA. “I come from a volunteer-crazy family,” she says. “Most of the members of my family would donate their shoes or buy groceries to help someone else.”

And this dedication to giving back goes back generations. McFarland’s grandmother was the first director of the emergency food bank in Stockton, Calif.

Baking Up Goodness Daily

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Submitted by jackie_204 on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:32

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Giving back is part of Rounds Bakery's foundation
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“Education is huge for us, because it’s harder to lift yourself out of poverty if you don’t have the tools. And it’s hard to learn when you’re hungry, so we help with food programs.”
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In addition to baking up delicious bagels, donuts and not-a-cronuts, the owners and staff members of Rounds Bakery help make our community a better place.

When Sean Cary and Anton Novak purchased Rounds Bakery, they knew they wanted it to have a higher purpose. So they made a commitment to each other that they would treat all of their employees fairly and to give back to the community however they could. 

In the five years since then, they have donated more than 25 tons of food to organizations helping the homeless, as well as more than $200,000 in donations. Oh yeah, and all of their employees are paid a living wage and receive insurance and a retirement plan, among other benefits. 

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