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CHIP — “Wheeler Mission asks for coat donations, resources for those struggling in cold”
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CHIP — “Wheeler Mission asks for coat donations, resources for those struggling in cold”

The Handbook of Help, published by the the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, lists 11 emergency shelters and 12 clothing pantries around Indianapolis.

Sierra Club — “IPL Plans Early Retirement of Two Coal-fired Units at Petersburg Plant”
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Sierra Club — “IPL Plans Early Retirement of Two Coal-fired Units at Petersburg Plant”

“Sierra Club and our allies will continue to push for the clean energy that Indianapolis residents demand and deserve, which must include a plan to fully retire Petersburg by 2028 and clean up its widespread toxic pollution. Anything less is a failure for our climate and our communities,” said Bredhold.

Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation — “RWANDAN GENOCIDE SURVIVOR KIZITO KALIMA SHARES HIS JOURNEY”
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Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation — “RWANDAN GENOCIDE SURVIVOR KIZITO KALIMA SHARES HIS JOURNEY”

Kalima, the founder of the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, recounted his story as a fourteen-year-old boy trying to survive the Rwandan Genocide to a group in the Graduate Lounge at East Campus on Nov. 21.

Sierra Club — “Indiana Utility Will Close Coal-Fired Units Early”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana Utility Will Close Coal-Fired Units Early”

The Sierra Club, among the environmental groups that have referred to the Petersburg plant as a “super polluter,” in a statement said it was pleased with the decision to close two coal units at the plant, and said it would continue to push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.

Sierra Club — “IPL Plans To Close Part Of Coal Plant, Go Half Renewables By 2039”
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Sierra Club — “IPL Plans To Close Part Of Coal Plant, Go Half Renewables By 2039”

Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council and the Sierra Club have urged IPL to go coal free and fully retire its Petersburg plant by 2028.

Sierra Club, “Last chance for public comment on Vectren’s search for new power sources”
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Sierra Club, “Last chance for public comment on Vectren’s search for new power sources”

Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative covering Indiana and Kentucky for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said the group will deliver more than 500 petitions to Vectren at the Friday meeting.

Sierra Club — “IPL to retire two of its four remaining coal-fired power units by 2023”
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Sierra Club — “IPL to retire two of its four remaining coal-fired power units by 2023”

The Sierra Club hailed the Indianapolis-based utility’s announcement, but said it would push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.

VIPS — “Season for Sharing: Nonprofit provides preschool services to visually impaired Hoosiers”
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VIPS — “Season for Sharing: Nonprofit provides preschool services to visually impaired Hoosiers”

In 2012, Howell and her family became the 31st family VIPS served. Her daughter, Lola, was also diagnosed with cortical visual impairment. Now 8-years-old, Lola still struggles with things like depth perception and fatigue, but Howell said it would be difficult for a stranger to tell she’s visually impaired.

Overdose Lifeline — “New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic”
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Overdose Lifeline — “New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic”

“There is a lot of information, but unfortunately there’s also a lot of misinformation despite the fact that 43 million Americans are affected by this disease,” said Justin Phillips, executive director of Overdose Lifeline, a nonprofit she founded in Indiana after the death of her son from a heroin overdose in 2013.

Covering Kids & Families, “Trump Cuts May Hurt Enrollment In Health Insurance Marketplace”
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Covering Kids & Families, “Trump Cuts May Hurt Enrollment In Health Insurance Marketplace”

“They know the ins and outs, they know the process,” he says. “They’ve seen 100 of these applications, whereas for a consumer, it’s probably their first one and it looks very, very daunting. And they walk you through that process step by step.”