It’s easy to forget that vulnerable populations need more than food and shelter. As musician Kristo Kondakçi demonstrates, music provides respite, confidence, and joy for those in need – food for the soul.
In a Philadelphia neighborhood, Noelle Warford is protecting green space. That's allowing the community to get fresh food, become friendlier, and find leafy, peaceful places to relax.
Bethany Rubin Henderson has expanded a program with an unusual blend of offerings – soccer, poetry, and service. And the program is partnering with soccer franchise D.C. United.
In African-American neighborhoods of the city’s South Side, Jahmal Cole works with young people and volunteers to improve lives and communities by changing the little things.
After a combat deployment in Iraq, Zach Skiles faced mental trauma when he returned home. Now he uses his background to help fellow veterans struggling with the aftermath of war.
When prisoners have visitors, they may be better prepared to reenter society. Steve Gotzler leads the nonprofit Prisoner Visitation and Support in its mission to reach out to prisoners with respect.
David Leckey runs the Orton Family Foundation, which helps communities find solutions to problems like slowing growth and infrastructure breakdown. The guiding principle of his vision: Community-building.
Ashley Patterson wants to make farm-fresh produce a staple in her community's diet. To her, gardening is not only a source of healthy vegetables, it's a place that fosters community and togetherness.
Internationally acclaimed artist Paul Goodnight uses his paintbrush to help communities see their issues in a new light. Over the course of his prolific career, he's started charities, led art therapy, and created influential public works.
Each year, hundreds of thousands visit Utah’s 2002 Olympic venues. One person they can thank for the chance is Colin Hilton, who makes sure the sprawling athletic complex is accessible to everyone – not just professional athletes.
Mary Gordon believes that kids can learn to appreciate both vulnerability and strength – and embody those qualities in the classroom – as they watch a baby learn and develop over the course of a year.
After the genocide in Rwanda, survivors turned to poaching for survival. Ange Imanishimwe made it his life’s work to show poachers their livelihood lies in preserving, not destroying, the forest.
Sharon Tennison has been credited with helping to break the cold-war ice. And her mission isn’t over: She thinks the official rhetoric on both sides today is harsher than it was at the depths of the cold war.
Plenty of people are doing good work in Pakistan, but too often such stories don't reach Western readers. So here’s one person helping street children – something that’s needed elsewhere, too.
“Who knows how you get a horse to trot?” Dale Perkins asks the campers. “You slap the reins!” yells 11-year-old Schneider. “No, that’s only in the movies," says Mr. Perkins. “You just have to ask them. Trot, Derby.”
It’s a belief in change through the taste buds: Can one locavore business grow the ranks of non-meat eaters, plus focus on building real relationships with buyers and sellers?
Carsten Sommerfeldt was dismayed at a disconnect between authors and the public. So he became a proponent of Shared Reading – an alternative to book tours and book clubs.
Coping mechanisms can hide adult illiteracy – a problem linked to higher poverty and health-care costs. But even after cuts in government funding, one literacy nonprofit in Arkansas, led by Sara Drew, has grown.
Those aging out of the foster care system can face myriad challenges. Ken Mullner has been a key figure in efforts to make sure that every child’s yearning for a loving, supportive family is fulfilled.
Washington can be a contrast between a center of power and needy neighborhoods. Robin Berkley is leading one group’s efforts to level the playing field for young people in one of these communities.
National parks wouldn’t be the same without the help of partner organizations. One of the most exemplary such groups is in the San Francisco Bay Area, led by Greg Moore.
Too frequently, bail doesn't work the way it was intended. Robin Steinberg has launched an initiative that is drawing attention to this often-overlooked issue, with a plan to bail out 160,000 people in the US.
Lucio Usobiaga is the main person behind the resurgence. His efforts show how an area that has evolved from its beginnings can make a return – and do so in an innovative way that benefits a range of people.
Challenges associated with the environment can often seem bigger than one person can handle. But Magdalena Ayed is showing how each person – schoolchildren included – can have a role in addressing issues.
Although immigration can be a hot-button political topic, this story takes a more personal approach, looking at how some farmers have improved operations by getting to know their foreign workers better.