Maryland / Dec. 28, 2012

"We're Sunflower Bakery and our tagline is 'Where caring is the main ingredient.'" Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sunflower Bakery is no...

Sunflower Bakery

"We're Sunflower Bakery and our tagline is 'Where caring is the main ingredient.'" Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sunflower Bakery is...

Glass Roots

"Youth are inherently attracted to things which are dangerous and they don't get much more dangerous than these two very basic elements:...

Stockings for Soldiers

Christmas time is a joyful time for families to come together, no matter their religious affiliations, and for the service women and men...

Puppets in Education

Puppets have forever occupied a special place in the hearts of children. From their use on television to their place in schools, puppets...

The November Project

Deciding to get fit is an aspiration for us all. Actually following through and working out with consistency is a very different matter....

Marblehead Youth News

Kids in Marblehead, Massachusetts are taking TV to the next level. Instead of just watching it like other kids, they produce their own...

Rhody Squash

The game of squash is fun, exciting, and challenging, both physically and mentally. For middle school children in Newport, Rhode Island,...

American Mural Project

Fourteen years ago, Ellen Griesedieck began painting American workers on a scale that was larger than life. Her goal was to highlight the...

Dogs Finding Dogs

For animal lovers the country over, the thought of losing a beloved pet does not bear thinking about. When a pet does go missing, people...

The Goodlands

“How is anyone going to want to invest in this community if all we're presenting are the bad things that are happening...

ISEP

With more and more resources being cut from public school systems across the country, students are becoming increasingly likely to drop...

Girls At Work

"Everything about a power tool says 'no' to a girl… It says 'power', it says 'capable', it says ‘big and strong and men'. So...

Heart of the Storm

Spending nine days on a 52-foot-long sail boat might seem like an exotic adventure accessible to few children but Heart of the Storm is...

Rocking The Boat

Very few people would be able to say they know how to build a boat using traditional methods but young adults in the Bronx, New York, are...

The Happy Post Project

What began as an idea started with some napkins and a few Sharpies has become a global movement to spread happiness using just the magic...

Jamie's Dream Team

At just 18 years old, Jamie Holmes founded a nonprofit organization that has changed the life of children and adults alike. Her goal: to...

West Virginia Health Right

“We have some of the worst health status statistics in the nation. We’re number one in the incidence of diabetes, we’re...

The Dancing Wheels Company

“It's probably the most equal playing ground for me that I've ever experienced - you're dancing with people, you're not dancing...

Fore Hope

For some, golf is a passion, for others it seems, as the saying goes, a good walk ruined, but rarely is it considered to be a means of...

Hannah's Socks

When then four-year old Hannah Turner was volunteering with her mom at a local homeless shelter in Toledo, Ohio, during Thanksgiving...

Peckham Farms

Job opportunities seem few and far between with the economic downturn in full swing, and for those with a disability, finding a job can...

Panera Cares

For those who struggle to afford warm and nutritious food there are very few options other than visiting soup kitchens. In May 2010,...

Welcoming Michigan

The once bustling city of Detroit, Michigan was hit very hard by the economic recession and the collapse of the auto industry. While...

More Than Milk

Finding time to volunteer can be challenging for a new mom trying to juggle all the responsibilities that come with having a baby. When...

Haunted Angelus

Halloween is full of trick or treating, scaring and being scared, and escaping to a different reality. For two haunted houses in Florida...

Designs for Dignity

"Design to me is a part of everyday life. It affects how you eat, breathe, sleep, wake up, do your everyday life and so I think making...

Canopies for Kids

Skydiving involves jumping out of a moving plane at over 14,000 ft and there’s no-one who can say that doesn’t require a...

Empowering Latinos

Learning a new language can be daunting, especially if the use of that language is so important to everyday life. For adults in the...

The Cops and Kids Foundation

Most children enjoy learning fun sports like fishing, archery, and bowling but not every child gets the chance to have a cop as a...

Farm Rescue

With just one injury or period of illness, a whole farm family can lose their livelihood in a matter of weeks if their crop is not...

Healing with Horses

In Waverly, Minnesota, women veterans who have returned from duty are finding the support and friendship essential to their recovery from...

Yoga in the Park Des Moines

“Anybody can do yoga. There's all kinds of yoga - there's power yoga, there's hot yoga, there's Hatha yoga, you can sit and do...

Full Cycle

Bikes can be used both as a means of transportation and as a way to enjoy a sunny afternoon exploring the local area but for a group of...

Leonardo's Basement

Most children have no shortage of imagination but they can sometimes have trouble finding a place where they can let that imagination run...

The Twin Cities River Rats

On the edges of Lake Minnetonka, a crowd gathers on the grassy banks, waiting to see a water-ski show. They aren’t going to be...

The Job Foundation

Out of a devastating series of events, Jennifer Brost created a nonprofit that is helping young children learn about financial literacy...

NEHI

While most people aspire to owning their own home, many aren’t able to do so due to financial reasons. Often it isn’t getting...

Friday Food Bag Foundation

Children in Cheyenne, Wyoming are getting free bags full of nutritious food on Fridays to make sure they are eating well over the...

TeamMates

What started as an experiment in mentoring with 22 University of Nebraska football players has now become an extremely effective...

Operation Happy Note

When Marte Byrne was deployed to Iraq in 2004, he received a guitar from his mother for his birthday. Little did he know that this one...

Helping With Horsepower

Working on old and broken motorcycles is not something that usually comes to mind when you think of therapy for young girls. In Mitchell,...

Life's Kitchen

In Boise, Idaho, young adults who have dropped out of high school have the chance to get their lives back on track in an unusual way: by...

Homeword

When people think of low income housing, they rarely think of thoughtfully designed architecture, modern technological features and...

S.O.A.R.I.N.G.

Airplanes and counseling are rarely two things that are paired together. As a family therapist, Joe McCarron understands what...

The Sophia Way

Homelessness can affect people of every age, gender and background for many different reasons. For single women who are homeless, the...

Flash Volunteer

Have you ever found yourself with a spare hour or two on a Saturday morning? What if you could use that time to volunteer in your...

Green Stage

The summer is a time to be spent outdoors, enjoying local parks, walks and scenery. In Seattle, Washington, Green Stage is providing...

Q Café

How many of us regularly visit a local coffee shop to study, get some work done or see friends? In Seattle, Washington, the Q Café...

Rodney Raccoon

Most parents wouldn’t pair hip hop music with teaching their children their ABCs and 123s. A nonprofit in Tacoma, Washington, is...

The Umpqua Valley Time Exchange

In Roseburg, Oregon, a community has come together with an innovative way of encouraging people to volunteer their time to help others:...

The Oregon Public House

Portland, Oregon is famed for its love of beer; pubs and breweries are dotted about throughout the city and you are never far from the...

The Free Photo Project

"What would you save out of your burning house? A lot of people would say, 'their photo albums'." Family photos are some of the most...

Go Inspire Go

As a TV reporter in San Francisco for eight years, Toan Lam learnt a great deal about how the media worked but he was unhappy with the...

The Banyan Tree Project

Both the medication for and attitudes towards HIV and AIDS have changed greatly since the 70s and 80s but the stigma surrounding the...

Loved Twice

When Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast and devastated the area, Lisa Klein decided she wanted to do something to help. Living in the...

Homeboy Industries

"Any place in the country or the world where you have violence among young people is a place where you have despair... it's about a...

Two Dollar A Day Challenge

What would you do if you had to live your life, spending just two dollars a day? For most of us, it is something we are lucky enough not...

Art From Scrap

Some might call it junk, but everyone at the Art From Scrap shop and studio in Santa Barbara, California, thinks of the objects in their...

Bus 52 At VidCon Part 2

Watch the second installment of Bus 52's time at Vidcon. More excitement from fellow YouTubers who get the chance to use our very special...

Bus 52 at Vidcon 2012

As you will have seen from Rob's last post, we were at Vidcon, the convention for YouTubers. While we were there, we met loads of people...

Face In The Mirror

"It's not about making them pretty, it's about touching the inner person and when you touch the inner person, the beauty comes...

B.U.S. Inc

When his daughter's school in Cottonwood, Arizona, was threatened by budget cuts, Michael Rogers decided to do something to help. The...

Helping Hands Surgical Care

Many people across the country are in need of surgery for health conditions such as hernias and gall bladder infections but they are...

Hero Pets 4 Hero Vets

The stresses and trauma of returning from active duty in the military are often over looked by every day society. As disabled navy...

Foster Grandparent Program of Northern Nevada

It is a familiar image: a grandparent sitting with their grandkids, reading books and recounting old stories. The Foster Grandparent...

The Happy Factory

An organization that started as one Utah couple making hand-carved wooden toys in their garage for their grandchildren has now grown to...

Eye Care For Kids

Not being able to see what the teacher is writing on the board, not being able to read and follow along ... with what the assignment...

Book Trails

Before there were video games and the internet, there were books. Ask a baby-boomer what it was like growing up, and you'll hear about...

Comic Book Classroom

The magic of comic books is one enjoyed the world over by children and adults alike, but it is often considered somewhat less than...

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center

One organization in New Mexico has an innovative way to help people get back on their feet: they teach them to weave. The art of weaving...

Random Acts of Flowers

Larsen Jay is a man who knows the power of flowers and the joy they can bring to a person who needs them. After falling from a ladder,...

Your Ride Is Here

Imagine having the stress of a journey to a chemotherapy appointment taken away by having a luxury car like a Rolls Royce or an Aston...

Holy Scrap

Wendy Tremayne and Mikey Sklar left their conventional lives in New York City six years ago to move to the town of Truth or Consequences,...

98th Annual OU Powwow

For one day in April, the Lloyd Noble Center at the University of Oklahoma was host, not to the usual basketball, but to the 98th Spring...

Your Ride Is Here

Imagine having the stress of a journey to a chemotherapy appointment taken away by having a luxury car like a Rolls Royce or an Aston...

Purple Songs Can Fly

In the Cancer and Hematology department of the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, children who are ill are able to escape their...

Lubbock Challenger Little League

For every small child who is a fan of baseball, being a member of a Little League team is a dream come true. For those who are not able...

T.A.K.E. Defense

As he stands in front of a group of about 50 women in Shawnee Mission, KS, Roger Kemp explains how vital it is that they each pays...

The Jubilee Café

As the doors open at 7am for the Jubilee Cafe in Lawrence, Kansas, over 100 people are there waiting to be seated and served. Smiling...

KU Audio-Reader

Picture your morning routine: You wake up, and relax with a cup of coffee and get ready to read the paper. Now, imagine you’re...

Circus Harmony

Children juggling, tumbling and flying through the air are part of daily life in the heart of the extraordinary City Museum in St Louis,...

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors

Tucked away in a beautiful forest in Chesterfield, Missouri, Diane and David Pierce’s house is home to 16 dogs, only a few of which...

Art Feeds

At just 19, Meg Bourne started a project to bring art to children's lives. After seeing the joy art brought to one boy's life, she...

YouthBuild Louisville

"It makes a total change in the trajectory of their life, for some of them it's a life or death intervention, maybe the path that they...

Riding for Hope

"The Healing power of the horse is just amazing." The Central Kentucky Riding for Hope was established 31 years ago to provide...

Our Thrift Store

Dave and Sandy Krikac, like many parents, hoped that their daughter would be able to grow up, find a job, become independent, and live a...

Random Acts of Flowers

Larsen Jay is a man who knows the power of flowers and the joy they can bring to a person who needs them. After falling from a ladder,...

Paws in Prison

There is a new addition to the usual presence of inmates, guards and wardens in the Hawkins Center for Women, just outside Little Rock,...

Recycle Bikes for Kids

Any child who rides a bike will be able to tell you about the feeling of freedom and power they get from riding. The rite of passage that...

Our School at Blair Grocery

Hurricane Katrina not only changed the landscape of much of southern Louisiana and Mississippi, it affected entire communities. The...

Flocking for Gina

Imagine arriving home after work, school, or after running some errands to a front yard full of pink flamingos. For many in Houma,...

Farm on Wheels

Many a school bus has been re-purposed, giving it a life well beyond that of carrying children back and forth from school each day....

TeachUp!

Today, schools have access to more technology than ever but many teachers entered their schools before such technologies were available....

Alabama Blues Project

"When you feel like you have no way out of a situation that you are in, nine times out of ten, you've heard a blues song that gives...

A.Skate

"People look at skateboarding as a stereotype of kids who are rebellious and you know, men that just won't grow up. It's a lifestyle,...

Swings Tampa Bay

Hand-decorated swings are popping up all over St Petersburg, Florida. Hanging from trees, overpasses, and anything else that would...

U R Awesome Inc.

"Free Hugs, High Fives, Peaceful Pounds!" Kemy Joseph cannot walk through the University of Miami campus without being stopped...

AWOL (All Walks of Life) Inc.

"Hip Hop!" "YOU KNOW!" This is a call and response led by Tony Jordan that brings youth from all over Savannah, and from all walks of...

The Shirt Off My Back Campaign

The idea of showing some skin and baring all is not the first thing that comes to mind when approaching a community challenge like...

The Generous Garden Project

Behind a small health food store in Greenville, SC lies a large unused plot of land. That is, it was unoccupied until Bo Cable’s...

The Enchanted Closet

Sitting inconspicuously on the second floor of a shopping plaza in Atlanta, GA is a treasure trove of ball gowns, shoes and jewelry....

S.P.E.E.E.D.

It is a laugh that speaks for itself: joyous, booming, and infectious. Nan Jeffers's energy is unparalleled. The force of her spirit can...

Week 1: Burning Rubber

Leaky pipes, winding roads, and an 'aggressive' chicken help Bus 52 start their journey with an appropriate ammount of adventure. See...

Three Guys With Notes

"Can you find your heart beat?" Lou Boden walks over to a woman who has just put her hand up to the question "who can't play music?" He...

Knitting Behind Bars

"Listen, if I can do it, then anyone can do it." Every Thursday at five o'clock, you can find Lynn Zwerling and Sheila Rovelstad,...

Buy Our Bus!

We are getting ready to finish up Bus 52, our year-long project highlighting positive news across the country, and need to find a new...

52 Weeks, 100 Stories, 1 School Bus

Bus 52 is a 52 week-long journey featuring five young people traveling around the country in a converted school bus named Stanley looking...

Chuck Baxter: DC Artist

"Why would anyone throw this away? Isn't it cool?" As he moves through his basement studio, DC amateur artist Chuck Baxter cannot help...