Celebrating their fifth anniversary, Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge) believes that when children are delivered hope and happiness through quality “camp like” programming, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and hope. Camp TLC brings a performing arts camp to kids who would never get to go to camp, specifically to kids in hospitals […]
Started as a social experiment in Venice Beach, California, the Community Healing Gardens has grown into so much more. Founder Nicole Landers initially wanted to develop a framework for introducing new and long-standing residents of her neighborhood to one another, and her mind made a natural leap. “The one thing that binds us all together […]
This little puppy only weighed 3 pounds when he was abandoned all alone. The people who found him fell in love immediately and introduced him to their BIG animal family, complete with pigs, goats, chickens and sheep! Watch them all grow up together, playing and annoying each other nonstop.
Since the 1890s, the New England town of Ridgefield, Connecticut has played home to five Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, two presidents of the National Academy of Design, famous Architects, Innovators, Authors, Actors and Musicians. Today, Ridgefield’s arts community is still thriving. With the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Prospector Theatre, […]
Man’s best friends are not only completely adorable but can be some of the smartest animals ever! We’ve met some amazing dogs in 2017. From amazing service dogs grocery shopping to learning epic tricks, this compilation is filled with some of the smartest dogs you’ll ever meet!
Animeals is giving Fairfield County, Connecticut residents a chance to spend more time with their pets instead of worrying about what to feed them. After seeing many Meals on Wheels clients were giving their furry friends human food, New Opportunities, Inc. started Animeals – Meals on Wheels for animals! Every month, Animeals receives more than […]
15-yr-old Kate Diaz writes her own music and plays acoustic guitar at venues all over Chicago. For Christmas, Kate decided to write an original song “Christmas Smiles” and donated her entire December earnings to a cancer research charity called CureSearch.
Can you bike and build at the same time? These young volunteers know how to multi-task! Bike & Build, a volunteer non-profit organization, funds affordable housing projects executed by groups of cyclists across the U.S.
Thousands of children each year send their wishes to Santa. Where do the letters really go? Do they get answered? Did you know there is a Chief Elf at the United States Post Office who help makes children’s holiday wishes come true? Pete Fontana reports directly to Santa as Chief Elf. For the past 21 […]
Walter Schalk has owned the Walter Schalk School of Dance for 56 years. With generations of students under his tutelage, some refer to him as the “Grandaddy of Dance.” The school, based out of Wilton, CT, has programs all throughout Fairfield County. The school just recently put on it’s annual “Holiday Spectacular,” featuring students from […]
The global refugee crisis is ever-present in the news these days, but the United States has received displaced peoples from all over the world for a long time now. The catering company we’ll tell you about today found in this crisis the inspiration for its mission: to train and employ refugee women who are eager […]
Ever since he was born, Mister Cornelius was marked as a dog nobody wanted. Nobody wanted this dog because he looks different, but as soon as this couple saw him, they were SOLD. They started noticing all the special things about him – like his very intense obsession with baths and orange things and his […]
Monique Avin from Brooklyn, NY uses rowing to help her succeed academically, physically and mentally. Never having stepped foot on a boat, Monique didn’t know what rowing was before her sophomore year of high school. Now college-bound, Monique is a varsity rower with Row New York, an after-school program that combines competitive rowing and academic […]
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drain a three point shot on a real NBA court? Jocyleen Ditico, a high schooler from California was given just the opportunity. Jocyleen suffers from the Autism spectrum disorder. Through the support of her guardians and the watchful eye of the high school basketball coach, […]
After 9/11, Jesse Stone wanted to do something for the inner city youth. They had not been directly impacted by a traumatic global event, but were already enduring many untold struggles closer to home. That’s when she decided to create the Inner City Kayaking Camp for New York City youth. She chose kayaking as her […]
There’s more to hockey than just a game. Meet Ben Shaw, 73 years young. He’s been playing hockey for well over 50 years of his life. He is the epitome of the saying “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” He certainly is an inspiration on ice.
It’s no secret that parents are akin to superheroes. Sixty-three-year-old Fred Vautour is no exception. Having grown up in a broken home, Fred wanted to make sure he’d be able to support his kids and be there as a good father. So, rather than pursuing a career that was more lucrative, in 1994, he decided […]
College student Maya had the eye-opening opportunity to take a class through Gateways, an education program that enables incarcerated youth to learn alongside college students. In this video, artist Terrance Turner looks to give a platform to at-risk kids. In his words, it’s important to give them something to believe in if they’re ever going […]
In partnership with the film Wonder, SoulPancake surprises 13-year-old hero, Virgil Smith, who trudged into the Hurricane Harvey flood waters with an air mattress to transport his stranded neighbors to safety. We’d say that deserves a Standing Ovation! As a thank you to Virgil for choosing kindness, he was awarded an Auggie Award! This was […]
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert never expected to open an elephant sanctuary, but the mistreatment of the gentle creatures was an alarm too strong to ignore. Now she rehabilitates and cares for rescued elephants throughout Thailand, encouraging volunteers to help her along the way.