Community Manager at SeeClickFix.com, a web and mobile web platform based here in New Haven. SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods.
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Charlotte, NC pastor Helms Jarrell invited her congregation and neighbors to join her in practicing rootedness and creativity during Lent. All you have to do is pledge to only buy food, clothing, toiletries and entertainment within one mile of __________. Fill in the blank with "my home" or "my work" or "my church."
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