True Stories

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… >>

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… >>