Inspiring Stories

Fairbury, IL: An Upgraded Library
Fairbury, IL: An Upgraded Library

How a small Illinois town is using its Reader's Digest We Hear You America prize money to bring its… >>

Ainsworth, NE: A Better Library and Pool
Ainsworth, NE: A Better Library and Pool

Learn how this small Nebraska town rallied its residents and earned a prize in the Reader's Digest… >>

Crescent City, CA: Restoring a Devastated Harbor
Crescent City, CA: Restoring a Devastated Harbor

After its harbor was devastated by the tsunami in March 2011, this California town used its prize… >>

Rancho Cordova, CA: Making the Holiday Season Special
Rancho Cordova, CA: Making the Holiday Season Special

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

San Jose, CA: Keeping Kids Away from Gangs
San Jose, CA: Keeping Kids Away from Gangs

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Galesburg, IL: Funding Youth Programs
Galesburg, IL: Funding Youth Programs

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Armada, MI: Building a Skate Park
Armada, MI: Building a Skate Park

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

Boley, OK: Keeping Boley Clean
Boley, OK: Keeping Boley Clean

In 2011, residents of more than 50% of the cities, towns and villages in the U.S. cast their votes… >>

5 Stories That Celebrate the Spirit of Giving
5 Stories That Celebrate the Spirit of Giving

Bicycles, warm coats, and strings of Christmas lights—these five stories celebrate big hearts and… >>

Finding Gilbert
Finding Gilbert

While stationed in France during World War II, an American soldier took a seven-year-old orphan… >>

Christopher Thomas: Diabetic Rockstar
Christopher Thomas: Diabetic Rockstar

“Of the diabetes charities out there, most are putting money into finding a cure,” says Bentley… >>

A Book Club Built for Kids
A Book Club Built for Kids

The Richters spend about $400 a month sending books to children. Some people sit on their ideas… >>

Grin City: Bren Bataclan's Smile Project
Grin City: Bren Bataclan’s Smile Project

Unlike starving artists everywhere, Bren Bataclan is giving it all away. All he asks is that you… >>

Games for Heroes: Lifting the Spirits of Troops Overseas
Games for Heroes: Lifting the Spirits of Troops Overseas

We’re in this for the long haul,” says Peter. “We’ll ship games to our heroes until the… >>

The Power of 1: Inspiring People Making a Difference
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… >>

Carly Zalenski: Helping Kids in Ho Chi Minh City
Carly Zalenski: Helping Kids in Ho Chi Minh City

In two years, 14-year-old Carly had raised $50,000, a sum that was matched by the Vietnam… >>

The PEN (Peers Engaged & Networking) Pals Book Club
The PEN (Peers Engaged & Networking) Pals Book Club

An honor student's mission to reach out to children of incarcerated parents. >>

Richard Reisner: Fun on the Slopes with Vermont Adaptive
Richard Reisner: Fun on the Slopes with Vermont Adaptive

Richard Reisner lends more than a hand at Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a nonprofit dedicated to… >>

Quenching a Thirst in Kathungu
Quenching a Thirst in Kathungu

H2O for Life is doing its part to remedy the global water crisis, one school at a time. >>

Bob Haverstick: The Wish Master for the Greatest Generation
Bob Haverstick: The Wish Master for the Greatest Generation

Making wishes come true for senior citizens and terminally ill adults around the country. >>