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OpEd: End the Covid Crisis for Long Island’s Local Nonprofits

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By Daniel B. Kaplan, Ph.D., Director of Adelphi University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Coronavirus rates are low and our worst fears about the Delta variant have been held at bay. Government assistance has funded measures to prevent the collapse of essential sectors of our economy. Many families continue to grieve while others acknowledge the good fortune of their health. The work done by our healthcare heroes, community advocates, policymakers, school administrators, and vaccine scientists should be celebrated.

Yet while people rebuild the damaged parts of their lives, the difficult work being done in our communities falls, in large part, to nonprofit organizations. And it is now time to turn more attention to supporting their vital efforts.

I have regular contact with leaders of nonprofits who have addressed health, housing, eldercare, social services, education, employment, social justice, and other instrumental areas of community wellness. These organizations faced the daunting task of fulfilling their missions throughout the pandemic, confronting the hardships that have defined the past 18 months for us all. 

Unfortunately, with new challenges that may not be easily overcome, I fear that many charitable organizations will not survive. The organizations report that this is a time of both unprecedented demand for the services of nonprofits and fewer resources available to support that work. Sparse gifts are being made by donors. Philanthropic foundations are justifiably investing most or all of their funding in immediate relief for those hardest hit by the pandemic. In-person fundraising galas and other events are still not always safe to host. Employees are seeking less intense work schedules and fewer responsibilities in order to manage new complexities of life at home, while resources are lacking for new hires. Fiscal reserves are seriously depleted and operating budgets are emaciated.  

Consumerism made it possible for many to feel comfortable and reassured during a time of collective trauma. Now is the time to feel good about helping your neighbors and the people in your community who are suffering and struggling in the spaces you cannot see.  

If you can give any amount, there are people in your town who really need help. The nonprofit sector will convert your dollars into life-saving and sustaining services. This is one of those moments for acts of heroism, to figure out how much you can give right now or on a monthly basis, and which charities you wish to support. Help to hold us steady so that we can be the safety net for those in greatest need and put an end to this crisis.

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“Stranger Things” Build-A-Scene Toys From Funko Bring You Back Into the Upside Down

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Funko is headed back into the Upside Down with new “Build-A-Scene” vinyl toys based on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which will be returning for its fourth season this coming summer.

The Build-A-Scene toys are exclusive to Amazon, up for pre-order now.

The two that have been revealed thus far are…

Byers House: Demogorgon
Byers House: Eleven

Funko explains the Build-A-Scene collection, “Comprised of 4 separate figures, each Pop! Deluxe in this series can be displayed on its own or connect into other figures from the set to bring the Byers House and Upside Down together. Assemble the two worlds or mix and match your own unique build-a-scene collectible. Each character figure is fixed in its scene display, allowing you to showcase your scene upside down or right side up.”

Eleven releases later this month, the Demogorgon this coming April.

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Guillermo Del Toro Says Working With Bradley Cooper on ‘Nightmare Alley’ Changed His Life

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Guillermo del Toro might not be the most prolific director of our time, nor is he consistent with his films in terms of objective quality, but you can always be sure that his stories will always center around the most bizarre and absurd circumstances imaginable, giving way to a sense of originality that few other filmmakers bother with today. For the creative’s latest Nightmare Alley, which came out to somewhat mixed reviews a while ago, Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett were the stars who did most of the heavy lifting with their performances.

And while both of these are highly-acclaimed thespians in their own right, it seems that getting the opportunity to work with the former, in particular, has been a life-changing experience for del Toro. In a recent interview with TheWrap magazine, the director discussed working with the American Sniper star, revealing that he almost saw Cooper as his peer rather than an actor playing a part in his film.

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One of Nicolas Cage’s Stupidest Action Movies Hunts Netflix Success

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Nicolas Cage has made a lot of stupid movies in his career, but it would be very unfair to suggest that any of his onscreen efforts to have ticked that box are inherently terrible.

Of course, titles like Bangkok Dangerous, Next, Left Behind, and Trespass are indisputably awful, but some have managed to strike that sweet spot between ridiculousness and entertainment. Even the blockbuster National Treasure duo are dumb as hell, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a whole lot of fun.

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