The main component of the project is the direct-aid approach of sending books to prisoners. Since the beginning of 2015, The Libro Libre Books to Prisoners group has been sending free books to inmates at California’s State and Federal prisons. They have also been doing outreach online, creating an informal support network for people with a loved one in prison. (Nov. 15 Grantee)
Two years ago Joy Boone founded the Catawba Crafters, a small group of retirees and volunteers in Hickory, North Carolina, who crochet hats for the homeless, as well as lap afghans for nursing home residents. The handmade apparel made by volunteers at Catawba Crafters not only keep people warm; they also keep people safe thanks to reflective yarn that increases visibility at night. #seedthechange #crafts #crochet (Oct. 2015 Grantee)
In GERAS’ (Geo-Environmental Resource Association) newest initiative, Ndzishepngong and his co-leader Nshukwi Anita are organizing youth-oriented, environmental, educational, outreach at schools in and around Kumba, Cameroon. Annual workshops will focus on teaching students about climate change and how to establish environmental clubs at their respective schools. (Oct. 2015 Grantee)
Brianna Schuyler & Alfred Okello are working with the Foundation Hope for People with Disabilities (FHPD) to provide custom tandem bikes to be shared throughout the 45 members of FHPD. #communityengagement #thepollenationproject
Kazu Haga - founder of East point Peace Academy in Oakland California believes that those working for peace need to have the same levels of commitment, training, strategy and discipline that the military invests into war. East Point Peace Academy envisions a world where historic conflicts are fully reconciled and where new conflict arises solely as an opportunity for deeper growth.
Shelby Kretz, is a recent Ohio State University graduate with a passion for gender equality and educational opportunity. Shelby, along with her partners, Aditi Bansal and Sheila Maina, launched 1girl, a non-profit organization in Columbus, Ohio that inspires low-income middle school girls to become successful leaders through a professional development program and individually designed real-world projects.
After years of her own personal medical struggles, Barbara Gray discovered the healing power of Physical Therapy and wanted to share this gift with those that lack access to such care. With this passion, Barbara, along with John Gray, Dan Jones and Yousef Ghandour, founded Physical Therapy For All, a new nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California.
People’s Open Network provides local residents with off-the-shelf wireless routers reprogrammed to run an open source operating system that connects them wirelessly to the rest of their community. Also, by allowing the opportunity to share of a portion of their internet connection with the rest of the local network, Marc focuses on creating resilient and sustainable alternatives to current Internet Service Providers.