Today’s Solutions: July 22, 2024

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Cash transfer to DC community creates tangible and emotional benefits

At The Optimist Daily, we love success stories about sustainable urban policies. A recent study by the Urban Institute reports that trust was critical to delivering funds to households in need and improving their mental health at the same time.  THRIVE East of the River In Washington D.C.’s Read More...

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Donate and volunteer: Where to support Hurricane Ida victims

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 storm. This is the largest hurricane to hit Louisiana since Katrina and the storm is causing widespread damage across Mississippi as well. Although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves northeast, it left one million Read More...

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This Boston-based nonprofit pays former gang members to go to college

Founded in 2009, College Bound Dorchester is a Boston-based nonprofit that supports formerly incarcerated, gang-involved, or otherwise at-risk residents as they get an education, whether high school equivalency or a college degree. In 2016, the nonprofit launched Boston Uncornered, a program that Read More...

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This nonprofit is fighting for the rights of gig workers

Gig workers are often at odds with the companies through which they find work, whether it's over how well they're paid or how they're treated. A gig worker and activist duo are attempting to help improve working conditions for contractors across the board. Vanessa Bain and Sarah Clarke created the Read More...

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A nonprofit in Boston is turning vacant storefronts into pop-up communal spaces

When businesses stand empty in a neighborhood, the negative effects can be far-reaching. That’s why a nonprofit was created that turns vacant storefronts into pop-up communal spaces where people can come together without having to spend money. The nonprofit is called CultureHouse, and it was Read More...

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A nonprofit from Nashville is helping amputees get access to pricy prosthetics

Buying a prosthesis isn’t cheap. That price doubles if you need a second one, or is slightly more if you want a running blade. For a below the knee amputee, a single running blade can cost nearly $3,500. Go above the knee—requiring a knee socket—that cost goes up to $8,000 to $9,000. And if Read More...