Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Initiative Urges Prisons to Address COVID-19

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s Initiative Urges Prisons to Address COVID-19

May 20

In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the flea-spread typhus was spread so heavily in prisons that it was called jail fever. It spread unavoidably between inmates because they were crowded in conditions that didn’t allow them to take care of their own hygiene. And while endemic typhus is no longer a jailhouse plague, inmates are still particularly vulnerable to crowd-spread disease....

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donates $13.6M to Antibody Testing

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donates $13.6M to Antibody Testing

May 06

In 2015 on the birthday of their daughter, pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to fight disease worldwide. In the past 5 years, most of their activities have been towards securing funding beyond the $1 billion in yearly funds coming from Facebook shares, but now they are taking a step forward. On...

Bloomberg Donates $2 Million to Fight Voter Suppression

Bloomberg Donates $2 Million to Fight Voter Suppression

Mar 18

Having freshly stepped off of the stage of Democrat candidates, Michael Bloomberg has moved immediately into doing his best to boost voter turnout. “Voter suppression efforts across the country have been a barely disguised effort to keep Black Americans and other Democratic-leaning voters from the polls,” said Bloomberg in a statement on Monday, March 9th. “I’ve always believed we need to...

Astronomers Without Borders Recycling Eclipse Glasses

Astronomers Without Borders Recycling Eclipse Glasses

Sep 04

Between libraries and NASA, over 3.5 million eclipse glasses were handed out for free in the United States in the months leading up to the August 21 total eclipse. Ten times as many were sold by retailers like Safeway, Walmart, and Amazon. And all for one three-hour event. Their use outside of an eclipse is limited. Wearing a pair, only the brightest lights can be seen at all, so they’re useless...

Children Read to Cats in Adorable ‘Book Buddies’ Program

Children Read to Cats in Adorable ‘Book Buddies’ Program

Apr 13

An animal shelter in Pennsylvania came up with a creative way to benefit both children and animals. The Animal Rescue League located in Berks County has a Book Buddies program where school-aged children read to cats. Kristi Rodriguez, volunteer coordinator at Animal Rescue League, originally came up with the idea. She credits her son with providing the inspiration that she needed to implement...

This Nonprofit Provides Homeless Women With Menstrual Products

This Nonprofit Provides Homeless Women With Menstrual Products

Mar 08

In honor of International Women’s Day, we want to showcase a very special nonprofit. It’s called Period: The Menstrual Movement. Now before we delve into any further details, take a second to put yourself in the shoes of a homeless woman. How would you cope with being on your period? What items might you use if you couldn’t afford menstrual products? A sock? Toilet paper? Cotton balls? That’s...