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In Flint, an Avenue Leading to Safety Photos by Annie O’Neill
Annie O'Neill

For decades, the residents of Flint, Michigan have endured high rates of crime alongside devastating unemployment, depopulation and blight—and recently, a severe water crisis on top of that. But the energy and commitment of neighbors, business people and key anchor institutions are transforming the historic University Avenue corridor.

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Opportunity Starts With Safe Water – Donate Today?
Water.Org

One of the major barriers to safe water and sanitation is affordable financing. We address this barrier head-on through access to small, easily repayable loans. Every repaid loan creates a new opportunity for another family.

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Make A Difference This Holiday Season
United Way

Wells Fargo and United Way are teaming up to help more families in need have access to meals for the holidays. One in 7 Americans rely on food pantries and meal programs. Together, we can make a difference this holiday season.

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A Role Model For Philanthropy
Beth Marcus

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, Beth Marcus, senior vice president for development, reflects on the many contributions of a special member of the LISC community and how her leadership is a model of great philanthropy.

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Small Cost Big Impact: How A $6 Uniform Can Change A Girl’s Future
One.org

In 2003 in western Kenya, a school uniform cost $6. This might seem like a small cost—but for poor families, it was a substantial out-of-pocket expense. Meanwhile, many girls dropped out before the end of primary school. Could this cost be one of the reasons? To try to address the problem, an NGO began distributing free primary school uniforms. Would receiving a uniform actually have an impact on girls’ lives?

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Angelina Jolie Gave A Powerful Speech About Sexual Violence To The UN
Global Citizen

One of the strongest voices in Hollywood has finally spoken out on the topic that has gripped the industry over the past two months: sexual violence against women. Angelina Jolie delivered an urgent call for an end to sexual violence in all industries around the world during a speech at a United Nations conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. “Sexual violence is everywhere — in the industry where I work, in business, in universities, in politics, in the military, and across the world,” Jolie

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The Lucky School
Charity:Water

Balkumari Primary School has a fairytale view. It sits high up in the Himalayas, just two hours outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. But despite its gorgeous setting, the school grounds are modest, the chalkboards are frayed, and there’s no running water. Still, each day, the classrooms are packed with kids in bright blue uniforms, eager to learn.

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$75 Million For Jobs, Homes & Business in Detroit
Sherri Welch

Detroit LISC announced that it will double its investment in the city’s neighborhoods over the next three years to finance affordable homes, businesses and living-wage jobs. An article in Crain’s lays out the details of the plan, which is expected to leverage another $225 million in development, and expand investment into 10 new neighborhoods.

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Bridging the Gap Between Learning and Work
BRIANA MORRIS FILLERS

Together with dozens of community partners, United Way of Southwest Virginia is addressing the problems facing tomorrow’s workforce through initiatives spanning from cradle to career, creating opportunities for youth who are ready to enter and advance in the region’s workforce.

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