Social Services Organization – Tri Cap Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:56:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Social Services Organization – Tri Cap 32 32 Residents are being asked to remove green pools to help ‘fight the bite’ during mosquito season Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:56:51 +0000

With the start of mosquito season in Southern Nevada, the public can help eliminate the blight and health hazards of green pools by reporting them to local code enforcement agencies. If you are located in unincorporated Clark County, call (702) 455-4191 or file a complaint through the county’s website at

Green pools are pools that have been neglected for so long that their water has turned green due to algae and bacteria. Green pools, ponds and other stagnant bodies of water can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can carry serious diseases such as West Nile and Zika viruses. Last year, the county responded to 168 complaints about green pools.

“Green pools are not only ugly, but also breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a member of the Southern Nevada Health District Health Board. “Responding to complaints about green pools is a priority because they endanger the public health of our community. You can also prevent mosquitoes outside your home by making sure there is no water collecting in planters, buckets or drip systems or leaking sprinklers.

Mosquito activity tends to increase in southern Nevada during the warmer months, but varies from year to year. Seasonal efforts to eliminate green pools provide fewer opportunities for mosquitoes to breed, which can reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. In 2019, the health district reported 43 cases of West Nile virus in the county; one case was reported in 2020; and none were reported in 2021. Health officials say even small amounts of standing water can promote mosquito breeding. Tips for “fighting the bite” are on the health district website at Suggestions include:

  • Avoid spending time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Outside, use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
  • Wear long-sleeved pants and shirts when outdoors, and spray repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens with no tears or holes.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

QRCS and WHO help Syrians with mental disorders by COVID-19 [EN/AR] – Syrian Arab Republic Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:24:24 +0000


June 26, 2022 ― Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Representative Office in Gaziantep, Turkey is working on a project to operate three mobile mental health clinics. With funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health rapid response personnel are being deployed to help those affected by COVID-19 in northwestern Syria.

The goal of the project is to contribute to reducing mental morbidity and improving the psychological conditions of the population affected by the pandemic, by (1) improving the coverage of appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services; (2) improve the integration of mental health and psychosocial support services provided by targeted primary health care centers and mobile clinics; (3) including capacity building and knowledge transfer for local staff and community health workers (CHWs) in accordance with applicable international standards, guidelines and protocols (WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA); and (4) provide the equipment, drugs and facilities necessary for the proper functioning of these services.

Lasting until mid-October, the six-month project is benefiting a total of 9,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in several areas of northwestern Syria, such as Al-Bab, Salqin and Darkush, including 480 people with special needs. .

According to the WHO, it is estimated that one in 11 people (9%) living in an environment that has been exposed to conflict in the last 10 years will have a moderate or severe mental disorder. Among people who have experienced war or other conflict, one in five (22%) will suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interagency

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) recommends six interventions as part of the mental health and psychosocial support response during the pandemic. It emphasizes special attention to the elderly, children and patients with non-communicable diseases; the eradication of social stigma; and social messaging to raise awareness of mental health issues during the COVID-19 response.

The project provides integrated, high-quality and culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services through three fixed and mobile mental health clinics targeting the local population, whether displaced people or communities of reception, where access to mental health services is very low.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.

With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

WHO plans to declare monkeypox a global health emergency Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:33:17 +0000

KABUL: Rescue workers in eastern Afghanistan continued their relief efforts on Thursday to help survivors of a deadly earthquake that official figures have killed at least 1,000 people in the mountainous region.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit parts of Pakistan’s neighboring Paktika and Khost provinces on Tuesday night, flattening homes as people slept inside.

Paktika was the hardest hit, with officials estimating that more than 1,000 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured in the province’s Gayan and Barmal districts alone.

The extent of the destruction in villages nestled in the mountains has been slow to emerge as search and rescue efforts have been hampered by heavy rains and poor connectivity in the affected areas. UN World Food Program teams deployed to deliver emergency supplies estimated that more than 70% of homes in the worst affected areas have been destroyed.

“The whole area looks like an open camp,” Qais Mohammad Muslim, an aid worker who arrived in Gayan district, told Arab News. “People have no shelter or food. Aid (which has reached) the region so far is weak and insufficient.

Paktika resident Abdul Qudos said he had never experienced such a powerful and destructive earthquake.

“Entire villages have been sunk into the ground in Barmal and Gayan districts. There are families who have lost all their members,” he said. “We must do everything to help them. The international community must provide urgent assistance to prevent further damage and loss.

The answer is complicated as rescuers work without heavy equipment and proper medical support, after many organizations pulled out of the aid-dependent country when the Taliban took power last August.

Following the Taliban government’s appeal for foreign aid, its chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said Thursday that planes with aid had already arrived from Qatar and Iran, and that Trucks carrying food had reached Paktika by road from Pakistan.

But more help is needed.

Naeem Hakim of the Afghan aid group Ehsas Welfare and Social Services Organization, who arrived in Paktika on Wednesday, said local hospitals were struggling to treat the injured.

“There is an urgent need for blood (for) the seriously injured and medicine,” he told Arab News. “Since yesterday, 600 to 700 injured people have been taken to the nearest hospital in Urgun district. About 200 are still there today. The most serious are transferred to the military hospital in the provincial capital Sharana, to the provincial hospital and to the hospitals ofgarde and Ghazni.

The quake was Afghanistan’s deadliest since 1998, when tremors of magnitude 6.5 killed more than 4,000 people in the country’s northern Takhar province.

Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, said Wednesday that at least $15 million in aid was needed to respond to the disaster – a figure that was expected to rise in the coming days.

Summer Jobs Connect provides summer job opportunities, financial education and access to banking services to an additional 145,000 young people Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Seed Funder Citi Foundation Commits Additional Funding $3.5 million supporting the financial empowerment of summer employment programs for youth; the PNC Foundation and the Skillman Foundation join forces to advance the SJC initiative by Albuquerque, Pittsburghand Detroit

NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the national nonprofit Cities Fund for Financial Empowerment (CFE Fund) has launched the ninth summer of Summer Jobs Connect (SJC), which will provide more than 145,000 low-income youth in 25 cities with summer jobs and access to banking and financial education. Funder, the Citi Foundation, announced additional funding $3.5 million in support of the ninth year of the Summer Jobs Connect initiative; Since its launch in 2014, the Citi Foundation has invested nearly $40 million in this initiative, providing more than 800,000 low-income youth through 25 municipally-run youth summer employment programs with access to banking services and financial education, and employing more of 16,500 young people. In addition, the PNC Foundation announced its support for $295,000 to extend the Summer Jobs Connect initiative to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniaand the Skillman Foundation provided $175,000 to support this work in Detroit, Michigan for a fourth year.

“For eight years, we have proudly worked alongside the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to create a movement across the United States to help provide summer jobs and financial education for young people,” said Brandee McHaleHead of Community Investment and Development and Chairman of the Citi Foundation. “Early employment experiences and access to financial resources provide young people with game-changing opportunities and set them on the path to long-term success.”

“At PNC, we are committed to helping the low- and middle-income communities where we operate thrive and prosper,” said Rey Ocañas, director of the community development bank of PNC Bank. “We are delighted that the CFE Fund is using this grant from the PNC Foundation to help support the economic empowerment and social mobility of residents of underserved and unbanked communities, including the 1,500 young adults who will now have the opportunity to participate in SJC initiatives by Pittsburgh and New Mexico.”

“As a children’s foundation, we are always attentive to the concerns of Detroit youth. They consistently express financial literacy and access to banking services is a need,” said Ashley Aidenbaumprogram manager for The Skillman Foundation. “We are happy to continue to support this excellent partnership to strengthen young people’s early work experiences and economic well-being.

This summer, new SJC partners include Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Rochester, NY. These new cities join Baltimore, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, Michigan; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles, CA; Madison, Wis.; Miami, Florida; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; St. Louis, Missouri; St. Paul, MN; Syracuse, NY; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and washington d.c..

The CFE Fund works with partner cities and counties to ensure that safe and affordable bank accounts are available to young people just as they arrange to receive their income, including through the creation of programs Summer Jobs Connect Youth Account Priorities. SJC cities and counties have partnered with more than 50 banks and credit unions that will open accounts for participants, including those under 18. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many programs will allow youth participants to choose between in-person and virtual employment opportunities, with some offering hybrid programs with in-person and virtual experiences. In summer 2021, nearly 50% of SJC participants were paid by direct deposit, the highest rate in program history; more than 14,000 participants have recently opened a safe bank account or credit union; and more than 120,000 participants received just-in-time financial education.

“Summer Job Connect has literally changed the way cities think about summer work experiences and the importance of connecting teens and young adults to safe and affordable bank and credit union accounts just when they can. use them,” said Jonathan MintzPresident and CEO, Cities Fund for Financial Empowerment. “Dozens of cities across the country are making it clear that a first job is also a first step into the financial mainstream. We thank the Citi Foundation for its generous seed funding and long-standing support of this work, and the PNC Foundation and The Skillman Foundation for joining this important effort.”

To launch the program, the CFE Fund today launched a mini-website,, which highlights the nine-year impact and success of the Summer Jobs Connect initiative. The CFE Fund also launched a #SummerJobsConnect social media campaign on Twitter, instagramand TikTok which will highlight the voices of young people and partners on the impact of Summer Jobs Connect throughout the summer.

Summer Jobs Connect leverages the infrastructure and “payroll moment” of municipal youth summer employment programs to integrate access to banking services and targeted financial education, serving as a national model for cities and other stakeholders on how access to banking efforts can be integrated into municipal systems. This is a central objective of the national program of the CFE Fund Bank on the initiative, which ensures that everyone has access to safe and affordable financial products and services. The CFE Fund is working with city and county partners to ensure the availability of safe and affordable bank accounts for young people, including those that can be opened online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, ten partner programs will include youth-led peer financial education; three partners will hire an adult financial coach to provide personalized advice to participants; and four partners will work with their local municipality Financial Empowerment Centers offer professional and individual financial advice to program participants over the age of 18.

This summer, the CFE Fund and its partners will invite thousands of young people across the country to participate in Summer Jobs Connect to share the program’s impact on their experiences opening a bank or credit union account, building a savings, compensation by direct deposit, etc. on social networks. This campaign – #SummerJobsConnect – will highlight first-hand insights into the impact of Summer Jobs Connect throughout the summer programs, including key program moments like financial literacy training, account opening bank or credit union, and more. This campaign follows successful campaigns in 2021, 2020, 2018 and 2017 to engage and amplify youth’s Connect Summer Jobs experience.

About the Cities Fund for Financial Empowerment (CFE Fund)
The CFE Fund supports municipal efforts to improve household financial stability by taking advantage of opportunities unique to local government. By translating cutting-edge experience with large-scale programs, research and policies in cities of all sizes, the CFE Fund helps mayors and other local leaders identify, develop, finance, implement and research pilots and programs that help families build assets and get the most out of their financial resources. The CFE Fund currently works in more than 100 cities and counties representing 75 million people, and has disbursed more than $59 million municipal governments and their partners to support these efforts. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @CFEFund.

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The Digitunity survey seeks to understand how organizations Thu, 16 Jun 2022 03:31:00 +0000

NORTH CONWAY, NH, June 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a deep and lingering digital divide in Pittsburgh and across the United States. Millions of people have been cut off from school, jobs, healthcare and community for lack of access to the digital tools and support they need to succeed. In the United States alone, 36 million people do not have a computer.

To better understand the current state of digital equity in the United States, Digitunity engaged Visible Network Labs to develop a survey that visualizes the impact of organizational relationships and local partnerships on digital equity in Pittsburgh. Digitunity invites organizations from all sectors, including business, government, nonprofits, philanthropy, schools and libraries in select cities, to share their ideas by completing the survey. Pittsburgh is one of the cities where the survey is implemented.

“Digitunity believes that digital equity requires connections between local, state, regional and national assets. As a national organization, we direct resources to those in need while integrating them with community assets so that they have what they need to participate in our digital society. Participation in this survey ensures Pittsburgh’s efforts towards digital equity are visible, providing an incredible and one-of-a-kind platform to connect and improve resident services,” said Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs at Digitunity.

The survey results will help visualize the relationships between sectors and create opportunities for new or improved partnerships, demonstrating the power of collective action to achieve digital equity. Through this visualization, residents of the Pittsburgh metro area will have increased access to the digital tools, services and support their community has to offer.

Each respondent will receive a personalized, confidential profile of their results with data and maps demonstrating, as well as a summary of aggregated results, how their work fits into their city’s broader digital equity efforts. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Respondents can expect to receive results by September 2022. All organizations in the Pittsburgh metro area are invited to complete the survey. To learn more about this survey, visit

About Digitunity

Digitunity, a national non-profit organization, connects corporate and individual technology donors to thousands of partner organizations serving those in need across North America. With a proven body of work spanning over 37 years and a national network of member organizations, Digitunity works to ensure that all barriers limiting equitable opportunities to participate in our digitally connected society are removed. Learn more at

About Visible Network Labs (VNL)

Visible Network Labs is a team of scientists, developers, data analysts, evaluators and technologists working together with a common mission to build society’s ability to transform and strengthen social connections at all levels of life. VNL is focused on creating new tools, training, and services to make network science and analysis accessible to those who need it.

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]]> Thousands Attend DC Pride Parade Tue, 14 Jun 2022 14:13:51 +0000

On the night of June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 injured in a shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooting has since remained one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.

Six years later, efforts to curb gun violence in America and stop the nation’s mass shooting epidemic have resumed following more recent mass shootings.

Just before noon Saturday, thousands of people carrying signs and dressed in anti-gun violence gear flooded the North Lawn of the Washington Monument.

March for Our Lives Rally participants walk along NW 15th Street, Washington DC, June 11, 2022
(Washington Blade photo by Josh Alburtus)

One of those present was Jessica Mahoney, a young activist with ties to a national past littered with gun violence.

“My immediate family is from Sandy Hook and, as the sign refers, I used that sign four years ago,” Mahoney said. “It’s been a very personal issue for me since 2012 when I had to spend over an hour wondering if my cousins ​​were alive or not. I just feel like it’s so important that people are here who haven’t been personally affected by the issue because I just think it shows that there’s a real movement behind what’s going on.

Mahoney and his fellow protesters in the crowd were among hundreds of thousands of other protesters who marched in different cities across the country that day, calling on state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation reforming state laws on fire arms.

The marches, organized largely by the youth-led gun violence prevention organization March for Our Lives, were sparked by a sustained national outcry for action following the latest mass school shootings. Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, NY, both in late May. The organization held similar rallies nationwide in 2018 following the Parkland school shooting that led to the group’s formation.

Mahoney described his feelings of having to return to another rally four years later in an effort to resolve the same issue.

“It’s frustrating and a bit infuriating at times to be honest that we still have to do this,” Mahoney said. “But it just seems like there’s more energy every time and so I think I’m hopeful about that as well.”

Protesters against gun violence (Washington Blade photo by Josh Alburtus)

The issue has been one of the torments of Americans in various backgrounds and walks of life and has affected those of a range of identities, including the LGBTQ community.

On the sixth anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, the Human Rights Campaign released a statement the day before the March for Our Lives rally.

“Gun violence remains an LGBTQ+ issue, with three-quarters of homicides against transgender people – including nearly eight in 10 homicides of black trans women – involving a firearm,” HRC Acting Chair Joni said. Madison, in the release. “This tragedy is compounded by the fact that in the six years since Pulse, we have been unable to advance meaningful federal gun reform legislation.”

But in an effort to prevent future massacres like those in Parkland, Uvalde, Buffalo and Orlando, prominent activists have since brought the issue of gun violence in America to light. Many such activists descended on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Saturday to speak to those gathered and amplify their message.

David Hogg, a survivor of the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and founder and board member of March for Our Lives, addressed the crowd .

“We need to stop these shooters before they get to campus and stop endangering the lives of our first responders, our students, our teachers because the people of Capitol Hill don’t want to do their jobs and protect us,” Hogg said.

March For Our Lives co-founder David Hogg addressing the crowd.
(Washington Blade photo by Josh Alburtus)

Alongside Hogg were a number of other activists and politicians who shared the goal of reducing gun violence in America, including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.).

Bush described her own closeness to gun violence as she called for action, sharing with the crowd her past escape, as she fled an abusive partner who kept guns in their home.

“When I turned around for a moment, because, ‘Why isn’t he chasing me?'” Bush said. “I turned around and saw him motionless, ‘Why is he motionless?’ The next thing I knew was that I heard gunshots.

Bush thought the near-death experience was “completely avoidable”.

“Closing the boyfriend loophole could have saved me from a near fatal encounter with gun violence,” Bush said. “A red flag law could have saved me from a near fatal encounter with gun violence.”

Hogg and others have taken aim at counterarguments from pro-gun entities who have argued for mental health support rather than gun reform to address the problem.

“We also have to consider that mental health has a role to play in stopping gun violence, but racism is not a mental illness,” Hogg said. “Hate, racism, radicalization, xenophobia are not mental illnesses.”

But even at an event meant to highlight what pickers felt was a need to curb the national scourge of gun violence, the specter of fear and violence remained ever-present.

During a moment of silence for victims of US gun violence, a man at the front of the crowd began to shout and attempted to break into the main stage of the event. A source close to the scene told the Washington Blade that the man threw a megaphone into the crowd, shouting “I am God”.

Those gathered feared the worst. Due to the size of the crowd that had gathered, spectators across the lawn perceived the disturbance as an active gun threat. Hundreds of people fell to their stomachs while others fled the scene in an attempt to escape the potential violence.

US Park Police Officers (Washington Blade photo by Josh Alburtus)

After organizers and police were able to apprehend the disruptor, rally organizers attempted to reconvene the frightened crowd and move on.

“Don’t run, freeze, don’t run,” an organizer said to the sound of emerging police sirens. “There is no problem here, don’t run.”

But the moment of fear clung to many who were present.

Rallygoer Kirsten Hiera witnessed the moment of mass confusion but was unable to flee the scene despite her own fear.

“I was scared but didn’t want to run away because I’m with an elderly person and I didn’t want her to be abandoned,” Hiera said. “I felt scared and confused, but I didn’t want to give up on my friend.”

As those gathered began to rise lukewarm and return to the stage, the organizer drew attention to the rally’s goal, leading a chant exclaiming that peace was a way of life.

(Photo by Josh Alburtus/The Washington Blade)

Leaving the stage towards the end of the rally after the crowd had gathered, the organizer left them with advice that went to the heart of the movement’s mission – a mission that, in the wake of tens of thousands of shooting deaths in shootings like Orlando, organizers like Hogg have described as not being pro-gun or anti-gun, but pro-peace.

“The other thing I want to say is let’s not give in to hate,” she said. “Let’s not give in to hate. There are more people who talk about love than hate.”

Grandview Hop resumes full summer schedule starting June 25 Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:18:00 +0000

In addition to shopping and strolling, the grandview jump has always included a charitable component.

“Proceeds from our Charity Beer Garden are always set aside for the benefit of local organizations,” said Derek Grosso, founder and owner of the Columbus Young Professionals Clubthe organization that presents The Hop.

The Hop is returning to a full four-month summer schedule after being canceled in 2020 and limited last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events take place from 5-9 p.m. on June 25, July 30, August 27, and September 24 on Grandview Avenue between First and Third Avenues.

“We’re so excited to be back to a full schedule,” Grosso said. “I think as the Grandview community has grown, the Hop has continued to evolve and grow with it. The Hop started 17 years ago as a boardwalk event, a bit like the Short North Gallery Hop. It became more of an evening. Market/street party type atmosphere.