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  • Posted on Jun 15, 2015

    Forty percent (PDF) of asthma episodes are caused by preventable hazards found in homes, including mold and dust mites. Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantee Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is helping low-income individuals and families reduce such asthma triggers in their households.

    It is doing so using a cost-effective and integrated approach that utilizes a comprehensive environmental assessment based on eight elements of “green and healthy homes:” dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, well-maintained, and energy-efficient. A review of published studies (PDF) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that such home-based, multicomponent asthma interventions provide substantial return on investment.

    GHHI’s asthma program is part of its integrated intervention services that also includes remediation and education for home health, safety, and energy efficiency. Its first pay for success project is located in Baltimore, Md., and will include Calvert Foundation and other investors providing up-front capital to scale the program. Program partners Johns Hopkins Health Care and the Johns Hopkins Health System will then pay back to the Calvert Foundation a portion of avoided medical costs if the program achieves agreed-upon outcomes, such as decreased asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

    To show funders the program was...

  • Posted on Aug 6, 2009
    I am volunteering at the Ramsey County Care Center in St.Paul. We did this service project to learn how to help our community by volunteering. I have learned that volunteering is important because you do it for yourself not because you have to or because you want money for it, but because it matters to you that you have made some body happy for a day. You have let somebody know that you care about them.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia participated in two United We Serve volunteer projects at the end of July including a park clean up and weatherization of a home.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    On July 23rd, in support of United We Serve’s Community Renewal Week, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims and Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrion joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and member of Teens 4 Good at the East Poplar Urban Farm
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    Hi, I'm Leta, a 55 year old who has always tried to volunteer at some level. When I was younger & more fit, I volunteered as a staff member for my church's youth camps. I also started giving blood regularly at my local Red Cross collection center. Then, after a brief marriage and divorce, I plunged into volunteerism again to renew my faith and give myself a purpose in life. Believe me, volunteering does wonders for a wounded soul because I received far more than I gave.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    My younger brother, Eric, and I have joined the organization "Soldier's Angels" (SA). While there are many subgroups within SA that do different things, Eric and I joined the “Angel Bakers” Group. Each month we receive the name of a Soldier, Marine or Sailor who is in need of a care package and some kind words.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    The Woodville Community Library is not only a place where citizens of Woodville, WI and the surrounding area can borrow books, audio books, and movies, but it is also a community hub of information and activity.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    One of the most beautiful places in the Deckers Creek watershed is the scenic gorge along Route 7 in Morgantown, WV. This area is strewn with large boulders, lined with rhododendrons, and filled with waterfalls and cool deep pools. It contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers, and swimmers.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    This May, my family and I decided to restore the community cemetery. The cemetery had been severally neglected by the community and the condition of the cemetery was embarrassing. There were overgrown trees, bushes and grass, and even some trash. Many graves were inaccessible to family members because of the overgrowth. It was very sad to see our past church members’ memories forgotten.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    I am 14-years-old and I attend a two year summer program called Breakthrough Saint Paul (BSP). This year is my third year which is known as the Breakthrough Leaders Program (BLP). The Breakthrough Leaders Program is meant for 9th graders that have gone through the two year program and only 14 students get through.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    My name is Zenniah Davis, I am 14 years old, and I am a recent alumna of Higher Achievement. As a Higher Achievement scholar I had the opportunity to emcee numerous events, serve as a tour guide to potential funders, get elected as the Ambassador to the Ward 7 Achievement Center, and most recently, to ser

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