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Program offers college students $10,000 to volunteer in their community

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Students at 45 colleges and universities, that include Stanislaus State and UC Merced, will be able to earn $10,000 toward their degrees by volunteering for the new Californians For All College Corps program. 

The first volunteer program of its kind in the country will be available to 6,500 students at a variety of schools, including University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, as well as a handful of private schools.

The idea behind the initiative is that in exchange for volunteering in their communities at places like schools, food banks and community gardens, students can make a difference and earn money.

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Amazon driver makes special delivery to 13-year-old with cerebral palsy

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (TND) — A boy from California was in for a birthday treat when a delivery driver made a special, surprise delivery to his house.

Ozzy Wedeking, a 13-year-old who has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal, received a knock on his door from Amazon delivery driver, Alexander Ponce.

Wedeking's mother, Iris Wedeking, had reached out to the company about her son's obsession with Amazon delivery vans and those that drive them.

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How to Save Money on Gas When Prices are High

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The all-time high gas prices in California are just a reflection of the staggering increase in nationwide gas prices. In the last few weeks, the national diesel average hit an all-time high of over $4 with the price of gas closing in on $5 per gallon in some states. But why are gas prices going back up? Few factors are contributing to the fast and furious increase in the price of gas, but the main reasons are Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the rising inflation.

As the average price of gas continues to increase, business energy prices are also expected to soar.

How to Save Money on Gas: 21 Simple Ideas

Some oil experts are predicting that gas prices could stay elevated for months, so finding ways to reduce gasoline costs is of utmost importance. Here are a few ideas to reduce gas costs

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Warren Buffett to auction off one last private lunch for homeless charity

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The world’s most expensive lunch will go on sale again this spring when investor Warren Buffett auctions off a private meal to raise money for a California homeless charity one last time.

Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO, held the online lunch auction once a year for 20 years before the pandemic began to raise money for the Glide Foundation, which helps the homeless in San Francisco.

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California set to extend workplace COVID sick pay through 2022

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California workplace regulators are poised to extend mandatory pay for workers affected by the coronavirus through the end of 2022, more than two months after state lawmakers restored similar benefits through September.

The decision expected Thursday again pits management against labor as the seven-member Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board renews revised workplace safety rules that would otherwise expire in early May.

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Guaranteed income update – $500 in free cash to be handed out each month to 15,000 Americans

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THOUSANDS of Americans are set to receive $500 each month thanks to a new revamped California proposal.

A statewide initiative aims to put free money into the hands of 15,000 needy high school seniors in the state.

While the proposal's original goal was to provide the money to a group of state students in Fresno, now it will apply to high school seniors across California classified as homeless.

The proposal is commonly known as the California Success, Opportunity, and Academic Resilience (SOAR) Guaranteed Income Program. If passed, it would take effect next year.

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California’s COVID rent relief program could be extended through summer as deadline looms

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Californians facing eviction could get a temporary reprieve under a bill endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Assembly Bill 2179 would extend eviction protections through June 30 for Californians applying for funds from the state’s COVID-19 rent relief program.

Under current law, statewide eviction protections are set to expire on April 1 — just one day after the March 31 deadline for residents to apply for state rent relief.

"Renters, and landlords, have been playing by the rules, and it’s not their fault that they haven’t received rent relief," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. "Part of the problem is the overwhelming amount of people who have applied for the program," he said.

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State awards Modesto $3.9M grant to create apartments for homeless young people

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California has awarded Modesto $3.9 million to purchase and convert a downtown office building into a 14-unit apartment complex for young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office issued a news release Wednesday announcing the award, as well as awards for nine other projects across the state, including $24 million to Merced to purchase and convert a motel into 96 studio apartments.

The awards are part of Project Homekey, a state initiative. It provides grants to local governments to purchase and convert hotels, motels, vacant buildings and other properties into permanent housing with services.

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Turlock library resumes programs after long layoff

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The Turlock Public Library is resuming several of its programs and events after activities were put on pause due to more than a year of renovations and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction began in March 2020 on renovations for the library and were completed in August 2021. The new, 16,530-square-foot library features teen and children's areas, a community room, a makerspace, and more.

One of the first events to return was Story Time, which is also one of the most popular events for children. Story Time returned on March 3 and is being held every Thursday at 11 a.m. Additionally, the popular Trivia Night returned during the month of March. Trivia Nights will be held every other month at various times, the next being on May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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SNAP Schedule: April Benefits Disbursal for California

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CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP nationwide, distributes monthly food benefits via the Golden State Advantage Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to eligible low-income individuals and families in California.

Benefit cards are refilled monthly and funds can be used to purchase fresh food items at retail stores and farmers markets that accept EBT cards as payment. EBT cards can be used just like credit or debit cards. Simply swipe the EBT card in the card reader and enter your PIN. If you’re purchasing non-eligible items, you’ll be required to use an alternate form of payment for those items. 

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