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PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 1,400 adoptive families in Indiana on a waiting list for the State Adoption Subsidy since 2009 will finally get the money they need. Photo credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of adopted children and their families in Indiana will finally receive long awaited support. In 2009, the state began placing families that adopted children with special needs on a waiting list for additional financial help. Gov. Mike Pence is now releasing $10 mill ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon Food Bank picks up 1,000-pound bins of onions every other week from River Point Farms in Hermiston, for distribution to emergency food pantries across the state. Photo courtesy River Point Farms.

HERMISTON, Ore. - As farmers spend the next few months bringing in their bounty, Oregon Food Bank is asking more of them to rethink what they do with the produce that is perfectly good to eat but not quite good enough to market. Food, almost past its prime, is often donated to food banks, but it req ...Read More

PHOTO: Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free to the public during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. AARP Idaho is teaming up with Walgreens to offer the free health information, and AARP ...Read More

PHOTO: In addition to fasting and prayer, Muslims across Michigan and around the world devote themselves to charitable works during the month of Ramadan, which runs through July 28th. Photo courtesy of Cohdra / Morguefile.com.

DEARBORN, Mich. - The month of Ramadan is the holiest time of year for Muslims, and while many know Ramadan is a time of intense fasting and prayer, they may not be aware it is also a time for charity and giving. Adnan Durrani is the CEO of Saffron Road, a company which produces Halal foods. He say ...Read More

PHOTO: The first annual Honor Ride Ohio in New Albany will raise money to help injured veterans heal through cycling. The public can join in on the 35- and 70-mile rides. Photo courtesy Ride 2 Recovery.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hundreds of Ohioans will be pushing pedals this Memorial Day weekend to help the nation's healing heroes. The first annual "Honor Ride Ohio," a noncompetitive cycling event open to all veterans and the public, will be held Saturday in the Columbus area. One of the riders will be A ...Read More

PHOTO: A Gallup poll ranks Utah first in the nation for its residents' generosity, donating time and money to charity. Photo courtesy Utah Office of Tourism.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utahns are the most generous Americans in terms of donating their time and money to charity, according to the latest www.gallup.com. ...Read More

PHOTO: Jim Doyle shares his locally grown produce with the Bread for the Journey food pantry in Warren. Volunteers 50 and older are digging in to help combat food insecurity that affects about 15 percent of Maine residents. Photo courtesy ENCorps.

BANGOR, Maine - Food insecurity is a problem that affects about 15 percent of Maine's population. It means people do not have access to enough nutritious food on a daily basis. A program involving volunteers age 50 and older is digging in to help. The ENCore Leadership Corps each year trains about ...Read More

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