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Thankful? Prove It – Donate to a Food Bank!

November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving in the United States is only a few weeks away. Just in time for the holiday, Feeding America has released its latest report, Hunger in America 2014. The report is part of a quadrennial series that provides comprehensive profiles of the hungry to guide US policy development. It is based on interviews with more […]

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From Bark to Bite: FBI Upgrades Animal Cruelty to Top-Tier Felony

October 11, 2014

Call it puppy love! Last week, the FBI announced that it will reclassify animal cruelty as a Group A felony, on par with arson, assault, and homicide. This compares to its previous classification as an “other offense” along with a variety of “lesser crimes”. Furthermore, the FBI will now start tracking all forms of animal […]

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Ending the “Tragedy of Suicide” Among Veterans

September 30, 2014

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It is a month of particular importance for our current and former military members. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an American veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes. This equates to 22 veterans a day, or 8030 a year. In fact, the suicide rate among veterans is […]

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Spread of Ebola in West Africa Leads to Drastic Measures

September 22, 2014

Right now, the small African country of Sierra Leone is in the midst of a 3 day lockdown. The drastic measure, which requires all 6 million citizens to remain at home, is the latest attempt to stop a devastating Ebola epidemic in the region. Also known as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ebola is a “severe, often […]

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An International Victory! Ozone Layer Starting to Rebound

September 12, 2014

It is a (rare) great day in environmental news! According to a United Nations report, the ozone layer is “showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion”. In fact, scientists estimate that ozone levels climbed 4% in key mid-northern latitudes from 2000 to 2013, representing a “significant and sustained increase”. The ozone […]

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In the Red: World Surpasses Annual Natural Resource Budget

August 29, 2014

Last week, on August 19, the planet reached Earth Overshoot Day. Also known as Ecological Debt Day, the date marks the point at which “humanity has used up its natural resource budget for the year”, including land, trees, and food. In other words, “our use of resources has started to exceed the Earth’s ability to […]

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Op4G’s $500 Winner: Second Harvest Food Bank

August 21, 2014

Despite the wealth of the United States, hunger remains a real and growing problem. In fact, as of 2014, approximately 1 in 6 (or 50 million Americans) are food insecure. Thus, Op4G is pleased to announce that our $500 sweepstakes winner for July is Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. […]

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Waste Not, Want Not: Solving the Global Food Crisis

August 9, 2014

Ever find yourself throwing out last week’s groceries, or only finishing half your meal? You are not alone. According to the latest research from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), roughly 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food or 57% of all the […]

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Congratulations to our Contest Winners!

July 30, 2014

Summer is here…so our “Race to Summer” contest has officially ended! The contest offered cash prizes for the 3 non-profits that added the most new members between April 1 and July 1. It also pledged $1 to non-profits for every new member added during the period. According to our database, the top 3 non-profits were: […]

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Speaking Up for Girls’ Education

July 17, 2014

This Monday marked the 3 month anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping in Nigeria. Orchestrated by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization, the event involved the kidnapping of over 200 girls from a boarding school in the northeast of the country. Since then, only a small fraction of the girls have escaped. The […]

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