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Thursday, June 25, 2020 | Volume 2

Welcome to our second Newspark newsletter.


Each week, we'll be writing to you about the news stories that have captured our attention, with links to corresponding social impact charities from our wide network of vetted organizations.

We're so grateful to all of you who have subscribed to this newsletter, and to those who have shown us continued support as we've prepared to launch. Please, tell your friends about Newspark! And give us a follow on Twitter and Instagram.

We'd also love your feedback. You can fill in the contact form on our website or shoot us an email at founders@newspark.us.

You're one click away from making a difference.

Signed,
The Newspark team
Here are the stories we're following this week.

In North Texas, need for food banks skyrockets

The story:
A food pantry in Richardson, Texas has gone from seeing 170 families per week before the pandemic to 150 families per day, according to The Dallas Morning News. This is all as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount in Texas.
“We know the need is not lessening and it may increase,” said Network of Community Ministries CEO Cindy Shafer. 

 
The relevant organization:
We're recommending the North Texas Food Bank, one of our partner charities and one of the organizations mentioned in the Morning News article. Each $1 donated provides three meals to food insecure individuals and families in the North Texas region. Donate here. (And if you live in Texas, consider donating food.)

Pandemic overwhelms prisons

The story:
The Marshall Project has been publishing stellar reporting about issues pertaining to criminal justice, especially since COVID-19 struck. We were moved by this story that detailed the astounding extent to which coronavirus has affected incarcerated people across the U.S.
The relevant organization:
In its own words, the Equal Justice Initiative "is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society." They're hardworking, reliable, and extremely transparent. Donate here.

COVID refuse spoils oceans

The story:

Rubber gloves, when floating in the ocean, look a whole lot like jellyfish — a dangerous trap for hungry sea turtles. And that's just one of the myriad averse effects single-use personal protective equipment is having on natural ecosystems, according to a recent story by the Seattle-based environmental news magazine Grist.

The relevant organization:

We're partnering with the Ocean Blue Project, a nonprofit that has its sights set on tackling ocean pollution. Based out of Oregon, the project's team works with local communities and pursues habitat restoration projects. Donate here.
Newspark news
  • We've delayed our launch a bit as we work out the kinks and fine tune the widget to the Indiana Daily Student's website. We promise to keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your patience!
  • 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 founders@newspark.us.
Note: The Ocean Blue Project and North Texas Food Bank are the only Newspark partners mentioned in this article. All other news outlets, charities, and businesses are unaffiliated with Newspark.

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