Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church wanted to try a different approach to helping single mothers who are in poverty or are healing from drug abuse, or both.
SquashBusters takes a sport oft-regarded as elitist, introduces it to city kids, and uses it to boost their academic prospects, build character, and give them a sense of belonging.
Project for Public Spaces promotes a 'lighter, quicker, cheaper' approach. The aim is to turn these spaces into attractive community resources and gathering places.
Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Canales tries to prevent the deaths of migrants passing through the sandy, scorching terrain of South Texas. He also works with families abroad who are searching for their loved ones.
Wood chip bioreactors are simple trenches that can be constructed on farms to clean the water that flows out of tile drains. Although the bioreactors are already a proven practice, more work remains to be done.
When harvests fail, farmers turn to cutting forests – but cultivating mushrooms could be an alternative. Farm Africa is teaching farmers to grow oyster mushrooms.
The Open Door Institute offers a 16-week life skills training program to both the homeless and low-income residents who are seeking documented skills to improve their chances of landing a decent-paying job.
Proximity Designs operates in Myanmar (Burma) with the goal of increasing income for the country’s rural poor. The organization’s agronomists work with farmers to come up with affordable solutions.
When Babak Arzani fled Iran and reached Hungary in 2010, he found himself in a foreign land where he didn't speak the language. He helped found a group that supports the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Getting rid of mines in Colombia – a land of mountains and jungle terrain – is a key challenge for the nation and is crucial for rural development and tackling poverty.
Kaitlyn Hoffman, a sophomore in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., collected enough donations to load up a small trailer plus a 53-foot tractor-trailer.
Hana Hrdinová is committed to the preservation and maintenance of Prague Castle, which is both a space of immense historical and cultural significance and a functioning government complex.
Lee Jennings, a township supervisor, thought the well-mowed grass outside his office in Crystal Lake, Ill., could be put to better use.
Sunanta ‘Nong’ Kaewmuangpech opened a children's shelter with no sponsors or resources whatsoever. Here’s how she did it.
Larry Jemison was a self-described complainer about poor schools. But after he retired, he saw a chance to actually do something. Now, three days a week, he helps children learn to read.
All Hands Volunteers has enabled more than 35,000 people to bring aid to places ranging from post-Sandy Brooklyn to Ofunato, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami.
Residents see the traditional system as a prime example of how communities can work together to overcome the challenges of their environment. But how widely it could be used remains a question.
TeleStory, a program run by the Brooklyn Public Library, makes it possible for the incarcerated to read to their children. It is one of 14 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries.
Eileen Howard Boone is both a mother of six and an executive at CVS Health. Her work is indicative of how many businesses are putting more emphasis on philanthropy.
Veterans builds have become a popular facet of Habitat for Humanity nationwide, supporting veterans by providing housing and employment opportunities for those who have served.