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June 25, 2022
 
Food security, hotels for shelter, TikTok to boost donations, and Bob Giannino

Food insecurity is on the rise in Massachusetts according to a new study; Hotel-based homeless shelters changed lives in pandemic. Some want them to be a model moving forward; United Way leader on the importance of an 'authentic' life...

A sampling from the regional and national media:

Food insecurity is on the rise in Massachusetts according to a new study

WCVB-TV reports on a new survey conducted by the Greater Boston Food Bank finding that 1.8 million people or 32% of the state’s adult population said they were food insecure.

Hotel-based homeless shelters changed lives in pandemic. Some want them to be a model moving forward

The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) said approximately 1,000 hotel and motel beds have been leased as shelter space during the pandemic, according to a WBUR report. Homeless service providers and advocates sayleasing hotels, motels, and even college dorms as shelter during the pandemic proved safer and healthier from the start.

Worcester Litter Cleanup Backed By Group Opposing 'Nip' Ban

The group Keep Massachusetts Beautiful — a statewide litter cleanup nonprofit that's been operating since 2014 — and Pick Up Mass organized a "Great Worcester Cleanup" event at University Park, the Patch reported. Pick Up Mass is a group organized to oppose nip bottle bans, which have taken effect in several Massachusetts communities.

Boston nonprofit takes on mental health among gang-involved youth

Radio Boston (WBUR) reports on Boston Uncornered’s efforts to address mental health as part of its efforts to help gang-involved youth get to college.

United Way leader on the importance of an 'authentic' life

“I've come to the belief that we spend the majority of our waking moments in our lives working and that it's important that when you wake up every single day, you should strive to be your full authentic self,” Bob Giannino, Ansin President & CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, told the Boston Business Journal, which honored him with its Trailblazer Award.

"They can really see it": Home goods nonprofit uses TikTok to show how donations are used

CBS reports on how Project Home Again, an Andover nonprofit, used TikTok to display simple videos of donations, which help lead to a surge in response.

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