Jobs ending homelessness, US Postal Service going all-electric, imagination library

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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a Kansas City program helps the unhoused, the US Postal Service begins its transition to a fully electric fleet and a library in Pennsylvania has mailed more than a million books to children.

Kansas City program provides jobs for the unhoused. Now it helps them find homes

A social program in Kansas City that showed success in creating jobs will expand, helping the unhoused find shelter, income and dignity.

Source: Fast Company

The US Postal Service will switch to all-electric vehicles

With $3 billion provided by congress, the US Postal Service will overhaul its entire fleet of vehicles, replacing them with safer, electric models.

Source: Treehugger

Illinois to get rid of cash bail in win for criminal justice advocates

Grassroots advocacy groups have successfully petitioned the state government to remove cash bail, helping to keep lower-income individuals who are awaiting trial out of jail.

Source: 19th News

New Zealand PM turns heated exchange in parliament into donation for charity

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of NZ was recorded insulting an opposition MP in parliament. Now a charity auction to buy a signed copy has raised NZ$100,000 for a prostate cancer foundation.

Source: BBC

Scotland has passed a law easing the process of legally changing one’s gender

People as young as 16 will now be able to legally change their gender in Scotland, the nations Parliament has ruled, allowing the decision to be self-declared, independent of a medical diagnosis.

Source: Euronews

Telehealth services assist rural sexual assault victims to get justice

In sparsely populated areas, gathering biological evidence from sexual assault victims can be difficult. Now telehealth services collect and record data to help prosecute abusers.

Source: 19th News

Protected area designations help manta ray populations recover

Across Indonesia, certain locations are designated as marine protected areas, limiting human exploitation. Now reefs and endangered manta rays are recovering.

Source: Monga Bay

Promoting local enterprise found to drive down poverty rates

In Na Po, Vietnam, locals produce “black jello” to use in cooking and cosmetic production. Government promotion of their enterprise has seen poverty rates drop across the region.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

Mussel farms help the UK’s coastal waters regain its biodiversity

Vertical underwater farms in the UK produce mussels for human consumption. The sea creature filters water, promoting marine life in the entire area.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

A Pennsylvania-based library has mailed more than a million books to children

The Imagination Library helps children build their own libraries of books, mailing one book a month. After a decade of work, they have reached their millionth book sent out.

Source: GoEire

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