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In this photo provided by Jessica Berrellez, her husband, Al Berrellez, builds a desk in Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The couple, with the help of some 60 community volunteers, have built and donated over 100 desks so far to students and families in need. (Jessica Berrellez via AP)

A desk of their own to ease remote learning for kids in need

Oct. 19, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

As remote schooling surged during the pandemic, parents across the country realized that many kids didn’t have desks at home. So they got busy building, collecting and donating them, giving hundreds or thousands of students workspaces to call their own and helping them get through long days of virtual...

AP and partners get grant to boost coverage of nonprofits

Sep. 25, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press announced Thursday the start of a joint venture with The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Conversation that will expand their coverage of philanthropies and charities and the impact these groups have on society. The venture, to be funded by a three-year, $3.6 million...

In this Aug. 23, 2020 photo, Sister Stephanie Baliga, right, runs a marathon on a treadmill in the basement of the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels church in Chicago. When the Chicago Marathon was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sister Baliga and her fellow nuns livestreamed the run and raised money for their community. (PJ Weiland via AP)

Nun runs treadmill marathon, raises money for Chicago's poor

Sep. 17, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

When the Chicago Marathon was canceled due to coronavirus, Sister Stephanie Baliga decided to put on her sneakers and run the standard 26.2 miles — in her convent’s basement. It started as a promise. Baliga had told her running team that in the event of a cancellation, she’d run a treadmill...

Sharawn Vinson, front left, and family members and friends cheer for her daughter, Maddison Washington, 11, as they watch her virtual graduation from middle school in the living room of their three-bedroom apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. After months of pandemic isolation and living with the fear of hunger as bills piled up, Vinson and her kids continued volunteering to help feed their own community. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Sep. 14, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black...

Sharawn Vinson, front left, and family members and friends cheer for her daughter, Maddison Washington, 11, as they watch her virtual graduation from middle school in the living room of their three-bedroom apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. After months of pandemic isolation and living with the fear of hunger as bills piled up, Vinson and her kids continued volunteering to help feed their own community. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

A family struggle as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Sep. 14, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black...

Catholic Priest Omar, center, leads a prayer as soldiers pause from disinfecting the Christ the Redeemer area, currently closed during the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

AP PHOTOS: Around the world, faith in the summer of COVID-19

Sep. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

The man stood in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in a hazmat suit, gloves, respirator and goggles. Two soldiers wearing face masks bowed their heads solemnly. Over a dozen more in full-body gear paused from disinfecting the popular tourist site overlooking Rio de Janeiro’s skyline and beaches. ...

Libraries getting money for materials on racial injustice

Aug. 29, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Libraries, schools, universities and nonprofits across Indiana are receiving grants to add books, digital materials and films addressing racial injustice in America. The grants, ranging from $290 to $1,000, will go to 150 recipients in 60 counties to allow them to meet higher demand for...