Commentary: Nonprofits under siege
These past few months have taken a serious toll on every American; especially those who recently lost their jobs and are struggling to find work, keep food on the table for their families, and do everything possible to avoid becoming sick themselves.The coronavirus has attached its tentacles to almost every aspect of our lives and has placed enormous strain on the 1.5 million local, regional and national nonprofits who are struggling to provide these much-needed services against a backdrop of significant losses in individual, corporate and foundation funding.A survey of some 880 nonprofits las...
Tribune News Service
Vahe Gregorian: Want a fresh glimpse of Royals' Dozier? Look through lens of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
As originally planned, Hunter Dozier of the Royals earlier this month would have been at Kauffman Stadium enjoying a meet-and-greet with a delegation from Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City.Normally, it would have been one of five such nights with BBBSKC, which typically brings matches of 15 “Bigs” and 15 “Littles” … many of whom likely would’ve been attending their first game at Kauffman.No such luck, alas, during a pandemic.But unsteady as it might be, life goes on during The Big Pause. And so does the momentous work of many important charities — including in this case one of the most mean...
The Kansas City Star
Trump administration withdraws approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration has yanked approval for major homeless shelter projects it previously approved in Sacramento and San Francisco.The move undermines a critical component of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shelter the homeless on state land and throws nearly two dozen potential shelter projects across the state into question, according to letters the Federal Highway Administration sent the California Department of Transportation earlier this month.Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the city must find a way to still open a 100-bed shelter near X Street and Alhambra B...
The Sacramento Bee
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes raises a pretty penny for charities helping during pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One fan has secured a unique game-day experience with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.For $140,000.Last month, Mahomes joined the “All In Challenge,” to benefit nonprofit organizations during the coronavirus pandemic, offering up a slew of gifts in the package.The winning bid: $140,000.The winner and a guest will receive front-row tickets to a Chiefs game, along with sideline passes and locker room club passes. After the game, they will meet Mahomes, who will hand over his game-worn jersey and cleats from that day. Before kickoff, the winner will lead the chop, a traditio...
The Kansas City Star
Actor Sean Penn joins Mayor Lori Lightfoot on tour of Chicago coronavirus testing site
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and actor Sean Penn toured one of the coronavirus testing sites she set up with support from his charity on Monday, drawing attention to expanded testing aimed at black and brown communities and lower-income residents.Last week, the city announced it would ramp up Chicago’s COVID-19 testing capacity ahead of a potential reopening by adding six sites in mostly black and brown communities with an assist from Community Organized Relief Effort, a charity Penn co-founded with Ann Lee.Standing on a podium outside Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science school on the ...
Washington Corrections Center for Women inmate volunteers sew gowns, masks for coronavirus fight
SEATTLE — While the Sisters of Charity live inside the confines of the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, they’re providing plenty of help for those on the outside in the fight against the coronavirus.The group, formed about 20 years ago at the Corrections Center, with many serving life sentences, make items from donated materials for about 30 different charities. South King Fire & Rescue needed protective gowns for an anticipated surge in coronavirus cases this fall and winter, and the group was happy to help. Not only have they made 700 gowns for South King Fire & ...
The Seattle Times
Support via sculpting: Seattle man turns art into donations for food during pandemic
SEATTLE — This sidewalk sale has been quite a hit.Aaron Hooley has turned his passion for art into food for families in need during the coronavirus shutdown, making metal sculptures he puts out on his neighborhood sidewalk, with the suggestion buyers make a donation to Northwest Harvest.Hooley said he has made 50 to 60 metal sculptures, which he said have raised $13,500 for the hunger-relief network, and he has no plans to stop.“I saw so many people unemployed, and with us not having a complete federal response, I felt like people needed food,” Hooley said. “I was reading in the newspaper abou...
The Seattle Times
San Diego-Tijuana native supplies front line with donated masks
TIJUANA, Mexico — The front-line workers in Tijuana’s struggling public hospitals. The ranks of Tijuana law enforcement. The Cruz Roja paramedics transporting critical coronavirus patients by ambulance.The people who most need masks and other personal protection equipment in Baja California to confront the coronavirus pandemic are likely getting to know Tijuana-San Diego native José Luis Ascolani.Through his global emergency mask initiative, the nonprofit he founded last month named GEMINI, he’s been able to raise more than $3,000 to donate hundreds of gloves, goggles, face shields and N95 mas...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis reconnects with Oakland through volunteer work
As a child growing up in Oakland, Calif., in the 1970s, Antonio Davis used to pass the food bank in Emeryville but never paid it much attention.Now he works there several days a week.A McClymonds High School graduate whose professional basketball career spanned 16 years, three countries and four NBA teams, Davis returned to Oakland last year. His association with Coaching Corps, a volunteer organization that provides sports mentors to kids living in low-income communities, has led him back to the Emeryville food bank he used to pass routinely.“I passed that place a thousand times and I would s...
The Mercury News
Steve Kerr, Pete Carroll share coaching tips to raise coronavirus awareness
“Pete, here we go,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr begins the first episode of his podcast with Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “Let’s talk about why we’re here.”To raise money for COVID-19 relief, long-time friends Kerr and Carroll began the “Flying Coach” podcast about coaching championship-level teams in the NBA and NFL in conjunction with Spotify, which contributed $100,000 to the Warriors Community Foundation.“We knew that this kind of podcast didn’t exist,” Kerr said. “So we wanted to do it not only as a charitable endeavor, but also a way to share our message with listeners and you...
The Mercury News