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Giving Blood

Why donate blood? Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. (Continue reading from American Red Cross)

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Drug Abuse

Drug use is dangerous. It can harm your brain and body, sometimes permanently. It can hurt the people around you, including friends, families, kids, and unborn babies. Drug use can also lead to addiction.

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease. It causes a person to take drugs repeatedly, despite the harm they cause. Repeated drug use can change the brain and lead to addiction. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 47,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2017; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. (Continue reading from National Institute of Mental Health)

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SNAP and WIC

SNAP and WIC each are estimated to serve three in ten young children in the United States each month. These programs provide essential supplemental resources to purchase food. Research demonstrates that both of the programs have important positive impacts on children’s health and food security. (Continue reading from HealthAffairs)

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Food Banks

Why donate food? By redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to our neighbors in need, individuals can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated. Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food inventory. (Continue reading from United States Environmental Protection Agency)

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Homeless Shelters

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty currently estimates that at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans per year are sleeping in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. About 7.4 million more individuals are displaced from their homes due to economic reasons.

In addition, after paying rent and utilities, 75% of extremely low-income households end up with less than half of their income left to pay for necessities such as food, medicine, transportation, or childcare. (Continue reading from Kids 4 Community)

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Family Counseling

There are many benefits to seeking family counseling. Unfortunately, there are just as many obstacles that prevent families from seeking it. Individuals and families often do not realize that the barriers preventing them from seeking counseling are in fact the same ones affecting the ability of the family to adapt to change, communicate, avoid a crisis, or cope with a tragic event. (Continue reading from BetterHelp)

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Marriage Counseling

Marriage rates supposedly are on the decline. While it’s an oft-repeated statistic that 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, that number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years. Divorce rates also vary with the partners’ level of education, religious beliefs, and many other factors.

While divorce may be necessary and the healthiest choice for some, others may wish to try to salvage whatever is left of the union. When couples encounter problems or issues, they may wonder when it is appropriate to seek marriage counseling. Here are seven good reasons. (Continue reading from PsychCentral)

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Alcohol Abuse

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This means that their drinking causes distress and harm. AUD can range from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Domestic Violence Victims

If someone you love is being abused, it can be so difficult to know what to do. Your instinct may be to “save” them from the relationship, but it’s not that easy. After all, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, and leaving can be a very dangerous time for a victim.

Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help a person in an abusive relationship is to consider how you might empower them to make their own decisions. Additionally, you can offer support in various ways. (Continue reading from National Domestic Violence Hotline)

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Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Unemployment Resources

All developed economies have unemployment benefit programs to protect workers against major income losses during spells of unemployment. By enabling unemployed workers to meet basic consumption needs, the programs protect workers from having to sell their assets or accept jobs below their qualifications. The programs also help stabilize the economy during recessions. (Continue reading from I Z A World of Labor)

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