True Stories

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… >>