Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced from Afrin and eastern Ghouta in Syria and are in need of urgent humanitarian aid, including food, clothes and shelter, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. UNICEF says many of those fleeing eastern Ghouta are women and children in need of medical care.
Google's nonprofit arm, Google.org, has launched an initiative to increase media literacy among teens. The Poynter Institute is among the grant recipients and will get a $3 million grant to help train young readers to spot fake news.
Michigan's nonprofits and foundations are increasingly focusing on sweeping issues that fall under the category of economic development, such as affordable housing and community revitalization. "It's just an extension of what they've been doing for a long time and now they have more money and can take on bigger projects," says Public Sector Consultants CEO Jeff Williams.
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has opened the Giving Gallery in Milwaukee, Wis., to raise awareness about the Milwaukee Public Museum and 24 other local nonprofit organizations. The free exhibit features 25 pieces of art ranging from paintings and photography to mixed-media works, each honoring a different nonprofit.
The North Country Children's Museum in Potsdam, N.Y., has received a $15,000 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation, allowing it to reach its $1 million fundraising goal and bringing it closer to opening its doors. "We are eager to open our doors to serve the community and the timing of this grant assures we can achieve our mid-April timeline," said Sharon Williams, the museum's executive director.
National Geographic has narrowed its $25,000 Chasing Genius contest down to 10 finalists with innovative tech-based solutions to tackle major world issues. One of the finalists, PocketChange, has proposed a microdonation button for Facebook that would be prompted by issue-related posts and would allow users to seamlessly donate 25 cents to $2 to charities.
The military branches need to re-examine how they talk about service to entice more women to join and stay in the military, said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who stressed that women are natural protectors and therefore perfect candidates for service. "We serve to protect the rest of you, and that's a very natural place for a woman to be," she said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
The crash of a military helicopter in Iraq last week killed two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen and five other airmen. Master Sgt. William Posch and Staff Sgt. Carl Enis were with the 308th Rescue Squadron at Florida's Patrick Air Force Base.
The Caring for Our Veterans Act has been blocked from inclusion in the budget compromise by Democrats who say it wouldn't ease wait times and would lessen oversight of the VA. The measure seeks to give veterans more access to health care at for-profit facilities, paid for by taxpayer funds, and the move against it is seen as a blow to President Donald Trump's agenda for veterans.
A National Guard unit from Connecticut and an Army Reserve unit from Puerto Rico helped transport shipping containers of retrograde ammunition that had been returned from overseas to the Letterkenny Munitions Center in Pennsylvania. "The operation was successful because of a cooperative team effort between the National Guard, US Army Reserves, Letterkenny Army Depot, and all the divisions within LEMC," said Keith Byers, LEMC's logistics operation chief.