Upon seeing photographs of entire communities without access to drinkable water, Carter Jimenez Jenkins – an eighth grader at the time – set out to help, founding Students for Safe Water.
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Millions of NFL fans know Victor Cruz as a record-setting wide receiver for the New York Giants. To young people throughout the New York area, Cruz is something more important: a genuine local hero.
After a fire ravaged a forest near his community of Grants Pass, Ore., in 1988, longtime volunteer Ross Roe had a moment of inspiration. Why not recruit Boy Scouts to help replant the trees? The youngsters would learn the fundamentals of tree planting, and the forest would benefit from the good deed.
A chance volunteer project led to a joyful pastime for Ed Barker – building playgrounds. He's helped build 60 in the past six years.