Virginia Tech PhD student crowned first-ever Miss Virginia Volunteer

Good News Notes: “A Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech has made history as the first-ever Miss Virginia Volunteer. Breana Turner won the title this weekend in Lynchburg. The 24-year-old earned $10,000 in scholarship money as well as a car and an apartment for her year of service. Turner holds a master’s degree in public health…

How one social worker is giving back to his childhood community

Good News Notes: “When he worked as a student advocate at Fort Vancouver High School, Damien Wheeler connected with a student who was at risk of failing. Wheeler said the student wasn’t asking his teacher for help, so he stepped in. “He felt comfortable because he had someone on his side,” Wheeler said. “And he…

Memphis Grizzlies foundation to donate more than $600,000 in grants to mentoring and youth development programs across Mid-South

Good News Notes: “The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation today announced the donation of more than $600,000 in grants to organizations across the Mid-South that are focused on mentoring and youth development. “ “This year’s distribution of grants brings the total giving by the Grizzlies Foundation to Mid-South non-profit organizations to $53.1 million since 2001.” “Through the Grizzlies Foundation, MENTOR…