Solectrac donates electric tractor to Jack Johnson’s nonprofit in Hawaii

Good News Notes: “Electric tractor manufacturer Solectrac announced it has delivered its first Compact Electric Tractor (CET) in Oahu, Hawaii. The fully-electric tractor was donated to the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by musician Jack Johnson and his wife, Kim, that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. Solectrac was founded…

How one nonprofit helps at-risk teenage girls in DC and Montgomery Co.

Good News Notes: “Crittenton Services of Greater Washington aims to help hundreds of at-risk teenage girls across D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, every year — even during the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for people from all walks of life and at-risk youth are no exception. “The pandemic has certainly impacted the young…

‘Food security is security’: Brazil’s urban farm success story

Good News Notes: “Every week, Ezequiel Dias, an urban farmer, knocks on the doors of his community’s red-brick, makeshift houses with a delivery of fresh sweet potatoes, pumpkins, onions, cabbage and herbs. He checks to see if the families require additional help. Some need facemasks, others need soap. But few are hungry. Many of his…

‘Kind Words’ promotes compassion and honesty in the gaming community

Good News Notes: “Video games often receive criticism for promoting toxic communities and hate-filled chats, but Kind Words offers something unique: An environment where gamers can lend a helping hand and seek input from peers. In a time of isolation, this friendly game has become a means of correspondence for thousands of people across the world. Kind…

Vienna’s green mini-city offers a model for sustainable, urban living

Good News Notes: “On a recent winter afternoon, Phillip Naderer-Puiu and his partner picked up their 4-year-old daughter from day care in aspern Seestadt, a new community focused on green living on the edge of Vienna.  Naderer-Puiu was one of the first residents when he moved there in 2015. He loves the sense of community….

Morton Grove Animal Shelter Rescues Dozens of Animals From Storm-Ravaged Texas

Good News Notes: “A Morton Grove animal rescue embraced dozens of cats and dogs that arrived at its suburban facility on Saturday from Texas, where an unprecedented winter storm caused disarray throughout the entire state. Wright-Way Rescue teamed up with Austin Pets Alive! to rescue animals from the unusual cold. ‘We were like, hey, we have the…

Sen. Warren to donate proceeds of book to Berkshires nonprofit

Good News Notes: “Senator Elizabeth Warren will donate a portion of the proceeds from her new children’s book debuting this fall to Girls Inc. of the Berkshires. The Massachusetts Democrat will debut her picture book, ‘Pinkie Promises,’ in honor of a favorite campaign ritual. The book will feature illustrations by Charlene Chua. Warren is donating…