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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Philanthropy

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude ...Read More

Students from two Michigan schools collected nearly 16,000 pounds of fabric to be recycled. (Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan kids today will see their Earth Day efforts come to fruition. The Chatfield School in Lapeer and West Shore Elementary School in Fenton undertook a textile recycling challenge - collecting clothing, curtains and other fabrics to be recycled. Today, students from Chatf ...Read More

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, a group of activists releases its own budget plan, which the group says would put

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois urban and rural public-policy activists holds a protest in Chicago today, to unveil what it calls a "People and Planet First Budget." Illinois is the only state operating without a budget for the current year. The activist group Fair Economy Illinois argu ...Read More

A Boston nonprofit is ditching the fancy banquet tables in favor of soapboxes Tuesday night in an event that will focus on patient-centered care. (National Institutes of Health)

BOSTON - Forget the banquet table with expensive flowers and a fancy meal. A major Boston nonprofit is replacing that with soapboxes for speakers to stand on for what they expect will be a wide-ranging conversation about patient-centered care. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director for Health C ...Read More

Hunter Erb was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was three days old. (Stephanie Erb)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Stephanie Erb of Boone has experienced trials no mother should have to face. Her son Hunter was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was just three days old. After several open-heart surgeries. doctors determined Hunter had a very rare disorder that narrows th ...Read More

Group Health is celebrating the annual Healthy Kids Day by giving away 4,000 helmets. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Kids can find the helmet that fits on Saturday at YMCAs in western Washington. The Ys are celebrating Healthy Kids Day, and Group Health Cooperative is joining them to promote bike safety by giving away 4,000 helmets. Dr. Matt Handley, medical director for quality at Group Health, said ch ...Read More

Grants from the New York Community Trust help grassroots organizations fund their work. (MASA)

NEW YORK - A major source of funding for nonprofit groups in New York City is succeeding at helping marginalized communities, according to a new report. The New York Community Trust, the third largest of its kind in the nation, distributes about $55 million a year to organizations large and small. ...Read More

Employees of Community Financial Credit Union help unload donated copies of the book

LANSING, Mich. - It's never too early to begin learning how to manage your money. That's the message credit unions hope to foster this month, and they're starting with the youngest Michiganders. The book "Bunny Money" by Rosemary Wells is more than just a nicely illustrated children's story, it can ...Read More

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