Toolbox Bits: Government Shutdown Impact, Snowden In the Running for Human Rights Award, New Hampshire Students Take Post-Landfill Action & More


Because Congress failed to reach an agreement on a short-term spending bill, the government has officially shut down. Some government-run services such as mail, social security, and Medicare benefits will continue. However, low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. This shutdown also means heavily federally funded programs that help low-income and at-risk U.S. residents may be significantly impacted. To learn more about the government shutdown and how it may affect you, go here

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked documents about America’s secret surveillance activity has been named as a finalist for the European Human Rights Award. Europe’s Green Party and the GUE/NGL group selected the recent newsmaker to be in the running. The winner of the award will be announced on October 10. 

The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival (CISCFF) is kicking off this Friday night and will run until Sunday, September 29th. The event will feature a global buffet with offerings from Poland, Cambodia and Mexico among others. 

In CSR news, the national nonprofit KaBOOM! and Mattel announced a new partnership to raise awareness about the importance of active play for children. Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation provided $500,000 in for the creation of a major study with kids about how they engage in play and a summary of the benefits of play via digital content. 

On September 30, a team of University of New Hampshire students who pledged to reduce the amount of reusable items in landfills and a team of Durham community members won the first New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge. The team received a cash prize of $4,200 made possible by the Paul College of Business and Economics, the Bud Albin Fund, and donations to a crowd-funding campaign.

Here’s a look at the winning team PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network. 

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