Tampa Bay Rays gift Pinellas County Urban League with $25,000 donation

Good News Notes: “A Tampa Bay area nonprofit just got a much-needed surprise from the Rays. The team’s $25,000 donation will go toward social justice initiatives and will help struggling workers and businesses. On Opening Day, the Rays made waves across the baseball world with a tweet on the death of Breonna Taylor, killed by…

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers virtual program to expand reach

Good News Notes: “After being forced to go virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County realized they could finally offer a program for local public high school students – a program they’d previously lacked the resources for. The new, virtual program will be similar to…

“Stealth” food banks serve the undocumented

Good News Notes: “Underground food distributions, direct financial assistance, and postings on WhatsApp are some of the ways food banks are reaching out to undocumented clients, a population that has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.  The efforts are designed to combat the chilling effects of the current administration’s immigration policies, which seek…

Greta Thunberg wins Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, will donate money

Good News Notes: “Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she’s won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has…

Immanuel Quickley playing in virtual NCAA Tournament for charity

Good News Notes: “Immanuel Quickley has never been shy about his love for video games, nor does he hide how skilled he is, participating in numerous tournaments and leagues since the college basketball season ended abruptly back in March. Now, the former Wildcat is participating in another tournament, this time for a good cause and to represent…