Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless

Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless. “Ashley Sundquist uses Google Maps as more than a way to get around. She’s turning it into an invaluable resource for people experiencing homelessness in her community. Sundquist has a rapport with a few homeless community members in Santa Monica, where she lives. Connecting with this community is a habit she’s long cultivated wherever she lives, whether in Los Angeles or the many East Coast cities she once called home. In January 2020, she was chatting with one of them, a man named Joe who often hung out in front of a local library. After Sundquist asked him how she could help out, he explained that, while he knew there were resources for homeless people in the community, he had trouble finding them. He needed a map.”

Global Voices: Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico

Global Voices: Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico. “This decision allows TIC to offer affordable cell phone services to indigenous communities in the country. The court case also set a legal precedent for local communities to operate their own telecommunications services for free under social use concession licenses — drawing a line between commercial and community providers.”

KNAU: New Website Seeks To Bond Arizonans During Coronavirus Outbreak

KNAU (Arizona): New Website Seeks To Bond Arizonans During Coronavirus Outbreak. “Governor Doug Ducey has launched the ‘Arizona Together’ initiative to support citizens statewide during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a news release, the governor said the program will connect individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.”

The Verge: Nextdoor adds features to help neighbors during the coronavirus crisis

The Verge: Nextdoor adds features to help neighbors during the coronavirus crisis. “Nextdoor, the social networking app designed around local communities, is launching a new interactive map to let neighbors offer help to one another during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Called Help Map, the tool lets you mark yourself as available to help with anything from grocery shopping to child care. It will be available in the US starting today and will come to international markets later this week.”

Playbrary: A new vision of the neighborhood library (Brookings Institution)

Brookings Institution: Playbrary: A new vision of the neighborhood library. “As researchers who spearheaded the Playful Learning Landscapes initiative, we are committed to infusing public spaces with playful learning opportunities that naturally enhance children’s cognitive and social development, better equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in a changing world…. The results of this ambitious Play-and-Learn Spaces project—just published in the journal Library & Information Science Research—involved a novel collaboration between designers, community organizations, and researchers who hoped to push the envelope on how the children’s area in library spaces might be more responsive to the needs of families.”

ReliefWeb: British Red Cross launches new online knowledge-sharing platform

ReliefWeb: British Red Cross launches new online knowledge-sharing platform. “The hub is a free online platform with over 300 resources, providing a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone mainstreaming community engagement and accountability. Materials range from a ready-to-download three-day training package, to a toolkit designed to help set up and manage complaint and feedback mechanisms in any context.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania adds an online resource for aged, disabled

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania adds an online resource for aged, disabled. “The Wolf administration has created a new state website designed as a resource for older Pennsylvanians and younger ones with disabilities to learn about available home and community services that could assist them. The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website… provides information on a range of potential help, with users able to home in on what’s available in their particular county.”