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Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Volume 8

Welcome to the final edition of our newsletter, for now.

We'll be taking a break on the newsletter to focus on other projects: a widget redesign, expansion onto more papers, and our Find and Fund Racial Justice Chrome extension, to name a few.

Meantime, we'd love to hear from you.

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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. And, as alwaysyou're just one click away from making a difference.

See you soon,
The Newspark team
Here are the stories we're following this week.

Californians doubly burdened by wildfires 

The story:
Wildfires are raging again across California, adding another burden on state residents who are already combatting a deadly pandemic. The fires are endangering the air quality in certain areas and exacerbating people's risk for contracting COVID-19, according to a report by local NPR station KQED.
Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images/KQED
The relevant organization:
The California Community Foundation has a history of helping Californians through natural disasters. They set up a fund in 2003 to help with wildfire relief specifically, money from which "will go to community foundations or key anchor organizations in the affected areas," per the Foundation website. Donate here.

Destructive storm tears through Iowa

The story:
A separate natural disaster struck Iowa earlier this month — an inland hurricane, or "derecho" — but flew under the radar of national attention, prompting Iowan nurses to compile stories on Medium in a project called "Navigating Dual Disasters: Nurses Share Stories about the COVID-19 Pandemic & Derecho Storm in the Heartland." It's a powerful compilation, and we recommend giving it a listen.
Image: Source
The relevant organization:
Refugees were particularly hard hit by the derecho — an estimated 200 refugee families in the Cedar Rapids area have had to move to temporary housing, per a report by Iowa Public Radio. The Cedar Rapids-based Catherine McAuley Center is helping house and support those families, and you can give here. See a list of the items they're asking for here.

Bonus cause:
Support the United States Postal Service

The story:

Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is in crisis, suffering from financial losses that have been worsened during the pandemic. And even though a suffering postal service affects people from all political stripes — including nearly all people  living in rural areas — the topic has quickly devolved into a partisan issue.
Photo: Michelle Gustafson for The New York Times

The relevant organization:

The USPS makes its money off stamps, and the pandemic has made turned this year into the year of the written letter. We know the USPS isn't a charity, but we think it's a cause worthy of unequivocal national support. You can purchase stamps through the USPS online store, here.
Note: All news outlets, charities, and organizations mentioned in this newsletter are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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