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Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Volume 3

Welcome to the third Newspark newsletter.

Happy Fourth of July weekend! We're wishing you all lots of sun and relaxation, even if you have to ditch the usual gatherings for cozier, more intimate celebrations at home. 

We hope that the ongoing — and long overdue — conversations about systemic racism and freedom for all in the U.S. inspire a more thoughtful and reflective Independence Day than in years prior. Consider commemorating the day by donating to a community bail fund near you.

As always, we're writing to you this week with the news stories that have captured our attention, with links to corresponding social impact charities from our wide network of vetted organizations. If you are a charity and would like to be featured in our next edition of the Newspark newsletter, shoot us an email at

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Here are the stories we're following this week.

Refugee children missing support from schools during pandemic

The story:
Refugee parents and children in the U.S. often turn to local schools for infrastructural support and resources. But with in-person operations shuttered due to COVID-19, these critical support networks are harder to come by, reports HuffPost.
Photo: Joshua Lott/HuffPost
The relevant organization:
Overcomers Refugee Services was founded in 2013 by Clement Kigugu, an immigrant from Rwanda. Today, the organization helps newly resettled refugees in New Hampshire access the tools they need to succeed, offering social services, youth groups, employment coaching and more. Donate here.


Ind. women's shelter closes for lack of funds

The story:
A Bloomington women's shelter, the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children Bloomington, has closed due to a lack of funding, the Indiana Daily Student reported last week. The shelter, which housed between 25–30 women and children each night, was funded by donations. It will close its doors July 5.
Photo: Alex Deryn/IDS
The relevant organization:
The Shalom Community Center runs A Friend’s Place, a nonreligious, year-round Bloomington shelter with 40 beds. According to the IDS, the shelter presently has openings for women. Donate here or, if you're located in the area, donate items that are on their wishlist.

The stories behind Alaska's staggering
sexual assault rate

The story:

Content warning: Sexual assault and violence.
ProPublica and the Anchorage Daily News partnered to report and publish“Unheard,” an astonishing look at the experiences of sexual assault survivors in Alaska — the state with the highest rate of sexual assault in the country. "Unheard" is part of the outlets' Pulitzer Prize-winningLawless” series.

The relevant organization:

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) is a statewide network of programs that is working to support sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors in Alaska. It has initiatives in four areas: legal, prevention, advocacy and policy. Donate here.
Newspark news
  • We are nearing our launch with the Indiana Daily Student — we hope to be online next week. Follow us on social media (below) for updates.
  • We're continuing to connect with charities and have signed several nonprofits that are based in Indiana, so our featured charities can be as local to the content as possible. If you know of any charities with which you'd like us to partner, shoot us an email at
  • And lastly, check out this great story by the Pew Research Center about how local news outlets have been critical resources for readers during the pandemic. This is as the fallout from the outbreak of the virus continues to upend local news outlets across the country. Please, read your local newspapers and consider subscribing. Local news matters now more than ever — that's an integral part of Newspark's philosophy.
Note: Overcomers Refugee Services and the Indiana Daily Student are the only Newspark partners mentioned in this article. All other news outlets, charities, and businesses are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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