True Stories

Raising Money for Food Banks: Carolee Hazard
Raising Money for Food Banks: Carolee Hazard

Carolee Hazard's 93 Dollar Club has raised thousands of dollars for food banks and is a true… >>

Farmers' Friend: Bill Gross
Farmers’ Friend: Bill Gross

UPS pilot Bill Gross's organization Farm Rescue has helped almost 150 farm families in North and… >>

California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients
California Teenager Grants Wishes to Terminally Ill Patients

Inspired by the movie Patch Adams, Caitlin Crommett founded Dream Catchers to grant wishes to… >>

Erin Hurley: Rehabilitating Former Racehorses
Erin Hurley: Rehabilitating Former Racehorses

South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption has rehabilitated and trained hundreds of retired… >>

Charlie Starbuck: The Lou Gehrig of Tree Planting
Charlie Starbuck: The Lou Gehrig of Tree Planting

Charlie Starbuck has been a volunteer of Friends of the Urban Forest for 30 years, and it's… >>

A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera
A Marine’s Arab Spring: Josh Rushing of Al Jazeera

Josh Rushing, a 14-year veteran of the Marine Corps, explains why he resigned from a top job at the… >>

Secrets of SEAL Team Six
Secrets of SEAL Team Six

An elite unit of Navy SEALs took out Osama Bin Laden in May — and made it look easy. A peek… >>

Making Gardens for Breast Cancer Patients
Making Gardens for Breast Cancer Patients

Hershon launched Hope in Bloom to create free gardens for breast cancer patients. 110 gardens have… >>

Young Green Thumb Grows Food for the Needy
Young Green Thumb Grows Food for the Needy

At 10 years old, this young gardener wanted to grow fruits and vegetables locally. Four years… >>

Zachary Bonner: Walking Miles for Kids In Need
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… >>

Pam Sloane's Green Initiative for Education (GIVE)
Pam Sloane’s Green Initiative for Education (GIVE)

Her idea grew into a way to teach kids how appreciate what the land does for us. >>

Life Lessons from America's Winningest High School Basketball Coach
Life Lessons from America’s Winningest High School Basketball Coach

Life lessons from Leta Andrews, the winningest high school basketball coach of all time. >>

Bringing Green Jobs to Urban Youths
Bringing Green Jobs to Urban Youths

Zakiya Harris is teaching green, educating urban youths about sustainable living and providing… >>

It Happened to Alexa: Helping the Families of Rape Survivors
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… >>

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… >>