Believing in Joy as a Fundamental Right, She Throws Birthday Parties for Children in Need

What do you do when a second grader tells you he doesn’t know his birthday? Or when that same little boy says he doesn’t even know what a birthday is? Julia Warren was only 16-years-old when she had this heartbreaking conversation as a volunteer at a Title I elementary school in Richmond, Virginia. After she explained to the student, a little boy named Charles, what a birthday was, all he could muster for an answer was, “I think I was born when it was cold.”

On Board a Hospital Ship, a Family of Four has Dedicated Their Lives to Helping Those in Need

Dr. Gary Parker first volunteered aboard a Mercy Ships hospital ship thinking it would be a three-month journey. However, three months turned into 31 years, and Gary and his wife Susan, who he met on board, have devoted their lives to help those living without access to safe, timely and affordable surgical care.

Teaching At-Risk Youth to Make Every Move Count, with Chess Skills and Life Lessons

In a game where one wrong move can risk your path to victory, Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson encourages young adults and children to not focus on the chess pieces they have lost, but rather on what’s left on the board – and to never give up. Preaching the power of thinking strategically and making better life decisions, Orrin, a 55-year-old from Stone Mountain, Georgia, teaches his students the game of chess through what he calls the six magic words: “Take time to think things through.” These words have connected Orrin with more than 55,000 children in 30 states nationwide and internationally, including trips to the Philippines, India and Canada.

Retired Navy Officer Builds Volunteer-Led Program to Tackle Childhood Hunger in Her Community, and Beyond

When confronted with big societal problems, like hunger, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Aside from sending a donation to a local nonprofit, or volunteering at a local soup kitchen – we often feel that, as just one person, we can’t possibly do enough to make a difference. But when Claire Bloom, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, was confronted with the issue of childhood hunger in her own community of Rochester, New Hampshire, she knew she had to take action.

Teen Builds Towards Future of Learning with STEMFuture

Shuba Prasadh says her story has a simple start: a mediocre computer science class in middle school. The class was “not as cool as it should have been,” said the 16-year-old – who is now the CEO of an international nonprofit organization that advances STEM education for youth. Inspired by that un-inspiring class, Shuba had an idea – to find a way to increase access to STEM education and to help kids use the skills they learned for social impact. She founded STEMFuture to help ensure everyone has access to basic STEM knowledge in order to navigate today’s technology-filled world.

Paying it Forward: Refugee Physician Invests in Youth, Giving Back to a Community That Invested in Him

“I don’t want to be the exception. I want to be the person to inspire other kids and provide ways for them to be like me some day, and better," says Heval Kelli. As a young refugee in Georgia, Heval found mentorship and guidance from a local doctor who invested in his future. Now a cardiology fellow at Emory University, Heval is determined to give back to his community by investing his time and experience in the next generation of aspiring physicians. 

Entrepreneur Creates a Culture of Second Chances for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

An entrepreneur from an early age, Brian Hamilton has worked alongside many creative business owners and understands the power and potential of a dream. So when he learned of the difficulties many inmates face in finding employment after their release from prison, Brian was determined to find a way to help them find a second chance.

With Team Red, White and Blue, 'Eagle' Helps Build Community for Veterans Returning to Civilian Life

Having served as an Army Reservist for more than 20 years, Marisa Saucedo understands what many veterans need from their community when returning from service. When soldiers leave the military, they can face an intimidating road to reintegration and the transition back to civilian life is often more difficult than most people know. The key to making it to the end of this road, Marisa says, is having authentic community

Pairing Teens with Buddies Online, Young Activist Builds Community and Raises Mental Health Awareness

On April 8, 2013, Gabby Frost opened Twitter and saw that three girls in her network were contemplating suicide. After responding to them directly, she thought, “What can I do to prevent this from happening again?” The answer was Buddy Project. Combining her own experience with social anxiety, and the knowledge she’d learned from friends who had opened up to her about suicidal thoughts and self-harm, and the power of social media, Gabby came up with the idea of an online community where people could make new friends, support one another and become mental health advocates.

With Unique Employee Programming, Arconic Connects Corporate Values with Meaningful Community Engagement

Companies of all sizes are seeking strategies to engage diverse employees and advance inclusive values. Arconic, a global leader in lightweight metals manufacturing and engineering, is on the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Leveraging three unique programs to engage its more than 41,500 employees worldwide, Arconic links organizational goals and values with opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the communities where its employees live and work

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