The Power of 1: Inspiring People Making a Difference

Each month we feature brave and committed inspirational people who are proving the Power of One. Allow our hometown heroes to inspire you!

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    Allison Winn: Giving Dogs and Love to Kids With Cancer

    Allison's Stink Bug Project pairs dogs from the Colorado Correctional Industries Prison Trained K9 Companion Program with families battling childhood cancer. Read more of Allison's story.

    Charlie Starbuck: The Lou Gehrig of Tree Planting

    Every week for nearly 30 years, San Francisco resident Charlie Starbuck has planted trees with Friends of the Urban Forest, a nonprofit group. Read more of Charlie's story.

    Erin Hurley: Rehabilitating Former Racehorses

    Erin and the South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption has rehabilitated and trained hundreds of retired horses for adoption, sparing them pitiful existences, even death. Read more of Erin's story.

    Richard Kitumba: Helping the Orphans of Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Richard Kitumba rescues orphans from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo through his nonprofit organization, City of Refuge International. Read more of Richard's story.

    Paul Stamets: The Healing Power of Mushrooms

    Paul Stamets uses a love of mushrooms to drive home the notion that small, individual actions have earthshaking potential. Read more of Paul's story.

    Austen Pearce: Growing Food for the Needy

    At 10 years old, this young gardener wanted to grow fruits and vegetables locally. Four years later, he’s supplying 200 needy families with fresh produce. Read more of Austen's story.

    Laurie Marker: Saving Africa's Cheetahs

    Laurie Marker has worked for decades to help save Africa's endangered cheetahs. Now based in Namibia, she founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund in 1990. Read more of Laurie's story.

    Caitlin Crommett: Wish Doctor

    Inspired by the movie Patch Adams, Caitlin Crommett founded Dream Catchers to grant wishes to terminally ill patients. Read more of Caitlin's story.

    Bill Gross: Farmers' Friend

    UPS pilot Bill Gross's organization Farm Rescue has helped almost 150 farm families in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. Read more of Bill's story.

    Lisa Klein: Collecting Baby Clothes for the Needy

    Loved Twice, a nonprofit founded by Lisa Klein, distributes gently used baby clothes to hospitals and shelters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more of Lisa's story.

    Nancy Lawlor: A Fine Bouquet

    Nancy Lawlor's nonprofit organization, FlowerPower, collects bouquets of flowers from weddings and hotels and distributes them to people in need. Read more of Nancy's story.

    Bradie James: Tackling Cancer

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James hopes the breast cancer foundation he started in memory of his mother helps families avoid going through what his family went through. Read more of Bradie's story.

    Carolee Hazard: Paying It Forward

    Carolee Hazard's 93 Dollar Club has raised thousands of dollars for food banks and is a true example of the power of paying it forward. Read more of Carolee's story.

    Troy Yocum: Walking for War Vets

    Troy Yocum collects donations through his website and delivers checks to needy military families. He plans to raise 5 million by hiking 7000 miles... while playing a drum.

    Read more of Troy's story.

    Jacob Rice: Shoe Giver of Tampa

    Jacob Rice is making sure the kids in East Tampa don't go barefoot by working to provide them with shoes through his charity, Shoe Giver of Tampa.

    Read more of Jacob's story.

    Laura Miller: Agent of Anonymous Acts of Kindness

    Making people smile is Laura Miller's passion.She began anonymously bringing kindness to the people of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but now counts more than 1,600 people in her cause.
    Read more of Laura's story
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    Ubuntu Africa: Helping Children with HIV

    After graduation, Whitney Johnson began a fund-raising effort that eventually gleaned enough money to found Ubuntu Africa (UBA), a nonprofit organization intended to provide services for HIV-positive kids ages 4 to 18 in Khayelitsha. Read more of Whitney's story.

    It Happened to Alexa: Helping the Families of Rape Survivors

    The only organization of its kind, the It Happened to Alexa Foundation provides funding for victims’ families so that they are able to accompany their loved ones to court. Learn more about Alexa, Stacey, and Tom Branchini.

    Claire Wolff: Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café

    At the Urban Studio Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri, Claire Wolff helps kids gain work skills, a chance to express their creativity, and form relationships with their neighbors. Read more of Claire's story.

    Zachary Bonner: Walking Miles for Kids In Need

    Despite his age, Zach has a long history of helping others. Learn how this ambitious young boy is helping kids in need, one step at a time. Read more of Zach's story.

    Pam Sloane’s Green Initiative for Education (GIVE)

    Pam Sloane's idea grew into a way to teach kids how appreciate what the land does for us. Read more of Pam's story.

    Zakiya Harris: Bringing Green Jobs to Urban Youths

    Zakiya Harris is teaching green, educating urban youths about sustainable living and providing training for green jobs. Read more of Zakiya's story.

    Roberta Dehman Hershon: Making Gardens for Breast Cancer Patients

    Hershon launched Hope in Bloom to create free gardens for breast cancer patients. 110 gardens have been planted throughout Massachusetts. Read more of Roberta's story.

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    • Willie

      Out of the Mouth of Babes.
      I received a call from my daughter she said, She was shopping with her son Dionte 5 years old at a Wal-mart store when he yelled out  to her with excitement saying. Mom, Mom look a Super Hero. She turned to look at said son I don’t see any Super Hero. Once again he said mom look while pointing to a woman wearing military fatigues. Mom it’s a Super Hero. A passerby herd what had been said and turned to Dionte  and said you are so right.she is our SUPER HERO.  Thanks for Serving 
      William and Digna Suarez of Colorado Springs. CO.   719-445-0294