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Cashing in the American dream to help AIDS orphans, those who raise them

Story contains video via CNN | Sat June 30, 2012
Jackson Kaguri is helping grandmothers who are raising grandchildren left orphaned by AIDS. His Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project provides free education and health care to nearly 600 children in Uganda, and it offers support to nearly 7,000 grandmothers.

Help for a ‘hidden population’ of caregiving kids

Story contains video via CNN | Mon June 18, 2012
Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member. Since 2006, her nonprofit has provided assistance to more than 500 young caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Mayor turns parking space into a park

via YNN | Sun June 03, 2012
Struck by inspiration when some college students pulled off a plot of their own, Ithaca's mayor has opened his own tiny park space, complete with salvaged benches and repurposed tree stumps. He hopes this mini oasis will send a big message.

Former cowboy flying free health care to those in need

Story contains video via CNN | Sun May 20, 2012
Stan Brock started Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit that provides free health care to people in the United States and all over the world. Since 1985, the all-volunteer group has held more than 660 medical clinics and treated half a million people.

Watch: Disabled Veteran Does the Impossible

Story contains video via Daily Mail | Thu May 10, 2012
When Arthur Boorman was injured in the Gulf War, a botched surgery left him immobile and depressed. Having been told he would never walk unassisted again, the 47-year-old ballooned to 297lbs and gave up hope of ever being happy again. But thanks to a revolutionary form of yoga, Mr Boorman managed to lose a staggering 140lbs in just ten months and now can not only walk without his canes and leg braces, he can run.

Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims

Story contains video via CNN | Mon May 07, 2012
Malya Villard-Appolon is a rape survivor dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence in Haiti. In 2004, she co-founded KOFAVIV, an organization that has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.

Community Comes Together To Fulfill Fallen Soldier’s Final Wish

Story contains video via Daily Mail | Sun May 06, 2012
It took more than a village to help bring the last wish of a fallen soldier to come true, but ten months and the help of strangers led to its completion.

Share your status – and your lungs. Facebook tool promotes organ donation

via CNN | Wed May 02, 2012
Facebook on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to use the vast social network to connect organ donors with people who need life-saving transplants.

From concrete jungle to urban oasis

Story contains video Mon April 30, 2012
An Oakland, Calif., program called Urban Releaf is planting trees in neighborhoods that lack foliage, restoring community pride.

Giving a childhood to young cancer patients

Story contains video via CNN | Mon April 30, 2012
Nancy Zuch started the Morgan Center, a free preschool program for children battling cancer. Named after Zuch's daughter, a cancer survivor, the Morgan Center has helped more than 150 children make friends, learn and play in a safe environment.

Non-Profit Chauffeurs Cancer Patients To Treatments In Exotic Cars

Story contains video via CBS | Thu April 19, 2012
Battling cancer is a monumental struggle that takes shape in the smallest actions. Everyday activities take on new meaning in the face of cancer's debilitating symptoms. Even making it to a cancer treatment center can be a challenge. That's where the non-profit group Your Ride Is Here comes in.

In the worst calamities, these veterans rush to the rescue

Story contains video via CNN | Sun April 15, 2012
Iraq war veteran Jake Wood started Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that brings military veterans together to help communities hit by natural disasters. Since 2010, the group has grown to 1,400 volunteers and carried out 14 missions around the world.

Insurance Company Ordered to Pay $34 Million For Kicking 90-Year-Old Off Plan

via Omaha.com | Tue April 10, 2012
An Omaha-based insurance provider has been ordered to pay more than $34 million after a jury in a Montana district court found the company in violation of Montana's unfair trade practices law and in breach of contract.

Indian Man, Jadav Payeng, Single-Handedly Plants A 1,360 Acre Forest In Assam

Story contains video via Times of India | Wed April 04, 2012
An Indian man has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 1,360 acre (550-hectare) sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently.

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