In more than 150 cities around the country, local nonprofit organizations and their partners will participate in this year’s National NeighborWoods™ Month, organized by Alliance for Community Trees and sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, TD Bank, and Boise ASPEN’s Project UP. After this year’s many devastating storms destroyed towns and leveled trees across the country, now is the time for concerned residents to replant and return the benefits of trees to their recovering communities. This October, tree planting projects, tree maintenance and stewardship programs, training activities, and educational seminars are among the hundreds of events planned for NeighborWoods™ Month.
Corporate Social Responsibility NewsWire, 10/4/2011
A combination of new media and economic despair has helped turbocharge do-it-yourself relief efforts in regions hit hard by tropical storm Irene. The people in these areas have been using the internet to communicate their needs and to post information on the many grassroots, community-led fundraising events springing up in the region. This is a truly inspiring story of neighbors helping neighbors.
While working as a flight attendant, Nancy Rivard began collecting complimentary toiletry items when staying in hotels, and she asked her co-workers to donate the shampoos and soaps they, too, had collected from hotels. Then, when Rivard was on a layover at an airport just a short drive to a Bosnian refugee camp, she delivered the toiletries to those in need. She was so moved and inspired by the refugees' gratitude at being given these basic hygiene products that she decided to develop a network of co-workers and friends in the travel industry, forming the Airline Ambassadors. The unique flying privileges of her fellow flight attendants has allowed Airline Ambassadors to become a vital link between human need and human resources, delivering medical supplies, food and educational materials to children all over the world. It has established clinics, schools, feeding programs and has escorted thousands of children for life changing surgeries. Overall, more than 500,000 children have received care and aid from Airline Ambassadors.
Kenyan environmentalist WangariMaathai was the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for what the Nobel committee called “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”Maathai died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 71, but leaders from around the world are paying tribute to her as one of the most widely respected women on the continent. Her sustainability and community-building ideas continue to inspire environmental efforts in other countries.
Members of Colombia One, the first group of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps almost 50 years ago, are credited with helping pave the way for the more than 200,000 Americans who followed in their footsteps. These trail-blazing humanitarians look back on their experiences with the Peace Corps and reflect on how they changed their lives for the better.
Florence Jones was working for Baseline Financial 10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center when planes piloted by terrorists plowed into the two towers in downtown Manhattan. Jones was on the 78th floor of the South Tower. ABC News invited Jones to tour ground zero last month from within the fences for the first time since that day.
It's a double Good for You story-- Good for You, Derek Jeter, for an incredible accomplishment. But you have to also say Good for You to the fan who caught the history-making ball and gave it to Jeter. Christian Lopez, a cellphone salesman, could have kept the ball, which memorabilia experts predicted could have given him a payday of over 400,000 dollars. But Lopez was quoted as saying, "Mr. Jeter deserved it... He's worked so hard for 15 years or so."
In Henry Country, Georgia, just a few miles outside of Atlanta, one in 25 children are abused, neglected, or abandoned entirely. A Friend’s House, in McDonough, Georgia, was founded in 1998, and is a home for these children in crisis. Since it opened its doors, A Friend’s House has provided over 1,660 children with meals and a safe place to stay, in addition to educational and life-skills programs to help them cope with the tough topics they face on a daily basis.
While most Americans celebrate the country’s independence with a backyard barbeque and dazzling fireworks, these young volunteers are reeling in America’s 235th birthday half way across the world. It’s been four months since a 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, but this group helps to rebuild buildings and a sense of home for devastated victims.
A rare violin is instrumental in raising funds for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11. The violin, one of only 600 instrument made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari that are known to exist, was auctioned off by The Nippon Music Foundation Monday for an all time high of nearly $16 million.