Latino-serving nonprofit receives more than $3M in funding

Good News Notes: “A nonprofit in Adams County will continue to expand its programs and services thanks to new funding granted through the Adams County COVID-19 Grant Program through the American Rescue Plan Act.  Adelante Community Development has received the largest grant in the county, totaling $3.6 million in funds, which will go toward providing financial…

Elementary students recognized as heroes for helping teacher in crisis

Good News Notes: “First graders at an Alabama elementary school are being hailed as heroes for taking quick action to help their teacher during a medical emergency. “It was scary for me because I knew that they were going to have to see something probably that they didn’t need to,” said Tracy Hodges, a first-grade teacher at…

Nonprofit sets sights on future commercial kitchen

Good News Notes: “Whether it’s supporting a community of local entrepreneurs, helping a farmer to develop value-added products or creating innovative ways to serve those in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Maui Food Technology Center has been seeking ways to expand its roots. For the next phase of growth, the nonprofit’s president Luana Mahi said…

Japanese bird researcher 1st in the world to prove animals use words, grammar

Good News Notes: “A Japanese researcher studying a bird common to the country’s forests and urban parks has proven for the first time that animals communicate using words and grammar. Toshitaka Suzuki, a 38-year-old assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Hakubi Center for advanced research, first became interested in Japanese tits — each about 15 centimeters…

MacKenzie Scott boosts another Pittsburgh-area nonprofit with $10 million gift

Good News Notes: “Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit agency based in McCandless, announced Wednesday that it received a $10 million unrestricted gift from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The gift is the single largest donation the organization has received in its 190-year history. “We are grateful for and humbled by Ms….

High schoolers develop an inexpensive filter to remove lead from tap water

Good News Notes: “The next generation of scientists and inventors is already finding approaches to address society’s problems. Today, a group of high school students and their instructor report a solution to the problem of lead contamination in drinking water—an inexpensive faucet attachment that removes this toxic metal. Unlike conventional filters currently on the market,…