Category: People Doing Good

To the Rescue: Zimbabwe’s All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit

The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife species across the world, has recently launched a new program with a special name: Akashinga. Akashinga, meaning “brave ones,” is a revolutionary project designed to provide disadvantaged women in Zimbabwe with meaningful employment as wildlife rangers and managers. The women in the program come from checkered backgrounds: some once gained income through trophy hunting, and many more are either orphans or widows, victims of violence or unemployed wives of imprisoned poachers.   Now, IAPF is providing these women and their communities with an alternative to killing —...

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New Research Shows Being Kind to Others is Good for You, Too

You know that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone? Well, according to science, those sweet little things you do — from opening the door for a stranger to volunteering at a homeless shelter — turn out to be good for you, too! Newly released research from global non-profit organization Kindness.org, in partnership with Oxford University, has found that being kind to others doesn’t just help the recipients, but actually boosts your overall wellbeing.   “Our studies, as well as similar studies by other labs, have investigated the effects of performing acts of kindness to other people, such...

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This Group is Sending 100 Free Solar-Energy Trailers to Help Puerto Rico’s Power Crisis

A Maine based company has announced plans to ship dozens of portable trailers outfitted with solar panels to provide emergency power to Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico over two months ago, but its impact still looms large. Fifty-five people lost their lives. Ten percent of people are without access to potable water. Twenty municipalities and hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. To help address access to power, Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amurtel (a disaster relief nonprofit) initially provided panels and trailers, and now ReVision Energy plans to outfit the trailers with solar panels in Massachusetts and then send...

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Compassion Over Killing Director Erica Meier is Building a Kinder World for Animals

When Compassion Over Killing (COK) hit the animal-rights scene in 1995, they were an all-volunteer high school club. No budgets, development strategies, or even paid staff — just a group of dedicated kids out spreading the word about cruelty to animals. But from those humble roots, COK has sprung up into a national organization that’s challenging laws, influencing minds and shifting corporate policy — all to stop animal suffering in the meat, egg and dairy industries. And over the past 12 years, the organization has blossomed to new heights under the leadership of Executive Director Erica Meier. With Erica...

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Visually-Impaired Staff Members Ensure Vegan Bakery Flourishes

Carina’s Bakery in Beaverton, Oregon, is gearing up for its grand opening later this month. Unlike most brand-new businesses, this unusual bakery is already up and running successfully, thanks to its founder Carina Comer and her staff members, all of whom are visually impaired. Carina, who is legally blind, has always had a passion for baking. She wanted to open a business that achieved two goals: to showcase the flavors of treats from her Scandinavian heritage, and provided a safe accessible workplace for people with disabilities. Carina and her employees run the bakery with the assistance of adaptive devices,...

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Abandoned Puppy Found Tied Up with Pizza and Note Now Has A Foster Home

At 2pm on Sunday, October 15, Justin Hanley stepped outside his Philadelphia home to find a puppy tied to the rail of his front steps. The 15-week old pit bull was accompanied by a bag of half-eaten pizza and a note which read, “Please take me home. I’m a girl named Diamond. We can no longer keep her in our home. Thank you.” Hanley took Diamond to his back patio, where he could give her some food and water. With two young children and a dog, Hanley knew he and his family wouldn’t be able to give Diamond the...

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Olympic Medalist Dotsie Bausch Wants Papa John’s Pizza to Offer Vegan Cheese

With plant-based versions of fast-food classics hitting menus of international chains like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the cruelty-free lifestyle is clearly making an impact around the globe. Now, Dotsie Bausch, Olympic silver medalist and vegan, is asking Papa John’s to join in. Partnering with animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing, Bausch recently sent a letter to Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter requesting the chain offer dairy-free cheese. In her letter, she writes, “Everyone, hungry athletes included, craves a slice of cheesy, gooey pizza from time to time. But I — along with millions of other Americans — fuel my body...

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VIDEO: These Incredible Men Have Rescued Thousands of Cats Stuck in Trees

Cats are terrific at climbing up trees — but getting back down is a whole other story. And if you’ve ever had a kitty trapped in branches high above your head, you know the sinking feeling. If you live in Western Washington, though, you and your wayward feline climber are in luck. The daring team at Canopy Cat Rescue — a nonprofit that charges zero fees for its services — will come fetch your beloved kitty from any height. Thank you, Tom Otto and Saun Sears of Canopy Cat Rescue for saving the cats of Washington!...

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