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'First line of defense': COVID Prompts Rethink in Role of Buildings

By Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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From office workers to students, Americans facing colder weather and more time inside have a pressing question: How can they keep safe amid a pandemic that scientists say thrives in indoor settings?

The search for answers has prompted a new look at what architects and their buildings can do to help, both now and in the future.

Read more via Reuters on how our buildings can help promote health and safety, featuring IWBI president & CEO Rachel Hodgdon.

When Partners and Cisco Work Together, Great Things Happen

By John Moses, Vice President, Americas Partner Organization
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If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the old adage is true: necessity truly is the mother of invention. It’s also shown us that when we work together, not only can we adapt, but we can overcome challenges and even achieve things we previously hadn’t thought were possible.

Our partners have been the very embodiment of those ideas over the course of this year, helping in ways large and small all around the world. Cisco, too, has leaned into the challenges that 2020 has thrown our way, and together we’ve worked to create the solutions our communities need most.

How To Foster Professional Development And Community For Remote Teams

By Marie Hattar | Forbes Councils Member
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Marie Hattar is CMO at Keysight Technologies, responsible for brand and global marketing efforts.

The pandemic has completely transformed how teams work — from collaboration and communication to productivity and accountability. It’s also given company leaders the opportunity to rethink professional development for virtual teams.

Over 50,000 People Across The Globe Are Calling on World Leaders to #ActTogether to End COVID

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We are working against the clock to beat this pandemic. Effective tests, treatments and vaccines are being developed as we speak — but world leaders need to work together to distribute them globally to save millions of lives.

Now, Global Citizens from across the world are taking a stand. Across 43 countries, Global Citizens have raised their voices in a powerful short video urging world leaders to make history and join forces to defeat the virus.

Sweet Relief: A Small-Business Owner Gets Back on Her Feet

As small businesses suffer the economic impact of COVID-19, Truist and community partner LISC are working to bring resources to rural towns.
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Culpeper, Virginia, resident beekeeper and small-business owner Felecia Chavez has had a difficult year. Her business lost 90% of its revenue. She couldn’t pay her employees. Her landlord raised her rent. And she contracted COVID-19.

1.5 Million Meals: How Virginia's Food Banks Are Feeding Families Safely

As food banks across the country struggle during the pandemic, a Truist Cares* grant has helped Virginia’s food banks meet the unprecedented demand.
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Across Virginia, Feeding America predicts the number of people facing food insecurity to increase by about 50% this year due to the pandemic.

NYC Test & Trace Corps and Port Authority Open Free COVID-19 Testing Site at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, Pilot Program Launches to Provide Free COVID-19 Test Kits to New Yorkers Booked on Return Flights

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The new testing site will offer COVID-19 testing at no cost to essential airport and airline workers, in addition to travelers, seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Test & Trace Corps pilot program will provide free self-test kits to JetBlue customers on select domestic flights to help travelers comply with New York State’s quarantine requirements.

 
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The new testing site will offer COVID-19 testing at no cost to essential airport and airline workers, in addition to travelers, seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Test & Trace Corps pilot program will provide free self-test kits to JetBlue customers on select domestic flights to help travelers comply with New York State’s quarantine requirements.

 

Building My New Normal, Brick by Brick

By Nathalie McGloin
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“It doesn’t have to be any worse, it just has to be different…”

…these are words I speak to newly injured patients after suffering a spinal cord injury. Having had a spinal injury myself at age sixteen, I speak with authority on this. Breaking your neck is arguably one of the most devastating physical disabilities that can happen to a person and if you are unlucky enough to become one of the 500,000 people this happens to each year, the adjustment to living with paralysis can be a lengthy process. It’s life-changing in a way that few people can ever imagine.

How a Nonprofit Was Able to Reconnect With Their Mental Health Patients

A Truist Cares* grant is helping one of our community partners stay connected with one of our country’s most vulnerable populations.
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Truist Cares Grant Helps Close Digital Divide for 2,100 Students

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The COVID-19 pandemic made the back-to-school season anything but routine for parents with school-aged children, and remote learning proved more of a challenge for some. Inequities in internet and technology access existed before the pandemic. But a Truist Cares grant to Community Education Alliance, who worked with Empowering Communities Corp, helped bridge the gap so students could thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

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