True Stories

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

Christopher Thomas: Diabetic Rockstar
Christopher Thomas: Diabetic Rockstar

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

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… >>

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… >>

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. >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

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

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

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… >>

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… >>

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… >>

Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms
Paul Stamets and the Healing Power of Mushrooms

Paul Stamets uses a love of mushrooms to drive home the notion that small, individual actions have… >>

Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café
Inspiring Children at the Urban Studio Café

At the Urban Studio Cafe in St. Louis, Missouri, kids gain work skills, a chance to express their… >>

Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees
Charlie Starbuck: Planting City Trees

Every week for nearly 30 years, San Francisco resident Charlie Starbuck has planted trees with… >>

Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane
Growing the School Garden Movement: Pam Sloane

Teacher Pam Sloane started the Green Initiative for Vegetables in Education (GIVE) to inspire… >>