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Like many of you, we’re working to adjust and adapt as COVID-19 concerns grow. We applaud the work organizations are doing to connect clients with the services they are seeking during this uncertain time. To support those efforts, we’d like to share a few free tools to lend a helping hand to those organizations and…

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As the need for social care navigation rises within the U.S., an increasing number of vendors are treating this as an opportunity to make money instead of creating meaningful change. (You may even be familiar with the phrase “Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Gold Rush,” which some have used to describe this trend.) At Aunt…

An estimated one in ten New Jersey residents (more than 900,000) experienced food insecurity in 2018. They did not have an adequate, consistent supply of food and an estimated two thirds of these individuals qualified for some form of nutrition assistance. Over the past two years, we’ve seen New Jersey-based searches and unique users on…

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By Jodi Gonzalez, Contributor to Aunt BerthaWorking toward a degree can be an exciting time in a student’s life. It is a solid step toward a rewarding future and a dream fulfilled. However, for some students, it can also be a stressful time with outside factors such as food insecurity, medical or mental health issues,…

McAllen, Texas

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha A town with a population of 143,433 based on the latest census estimates, McAllen gained notoriety in 2009 when Atul Gawande, a surgeon, chronicled the healthcare costs of the 21st largest city in Texas. In his 2009 article for the New Yorker called “The Cost Conundrum,” Gawande found…

AARP Foundation and Aunt Bertha have launched voice-assisted search for local social services to be used by seniors in affordable housing communities in Northwest Baltimore. In 2018, AARP Foundation piloted an innovative program with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), a Baltimore-based organization that helps older residents remain independent in their homes. Together, they distributed Amazon…

People in need who land on our site are usually in tough circumstances. Sometimes, they’re going through the hardest moment of their lives. Our team has thought very hard about how to make their search experience as simple, fast, and relevant as possible. When someone accepts that he/she needs help and takes the steps to…

By Ellen Chang, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Women have many reasons to celebrate on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day: pay gaps have shrunk, more females are leading companies as CEOs, and dozens of women have run successfully for political office at the national level. For over four decades, Congress has celebrated Women’s Equality Day to…

By Matthew Price, Contributor to Aunt Bertha Do the dog days of summer have you thinking it’s too hot to work out? There are several options available to keep your fitness routine going while keeping cool. The following dozen ideas can help you maintain an exercise routine when the summer heat gets to be too…

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At Aunt Bertha, we’re seeing a growing disparity between searches for food assistance and the supply of local programs to meet demand, a trend that seems to be worsening with time.