Category: People Doing Good

New “Halo” Invention Gives Blind Dogs a Second Chance

It seems fitting that dogs should have a halo — and with Muffin’s Halo, they get just that. It’s a 3-piece navigation device that attaches with a harness and acts as a rubber bumper for blind or visually impaired dogs. It helps them walk, run, and even play with the confidence of knowing they won’t run into things. For a blind dog the relief from that stress can make the difference between depression and living a life of joy. When Silvie Bordeaux’s toy poodle, Muffin, began to lose his eyesight, people were telling her she might have to put her dog...

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Animal Shelter Hosts Adorable Pajama Parties

What’s more fun than a sleepover? A doggie and kitty pajama party! The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Michigan has cleverly and creatively combined cats, canines, food, and films to make children, parents, and shelter animals very happy. One or two Friday evenings each month, children between the ages of five and eleven are invited to a sleepover party with the resident pups and kitties. The children arrive at Pets & Pajamas Movie Night in their jammies to play with the dogs and felines, eat, and watch an animal-themed movie. The shelter staff also provides humane education during the four-hour FunFest. The cats...

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How Will You Fight Gender Inequality This Women’s Day?

In 1975 ,the United Nations (UN) designated March 8th as International Women’s Day (IWD) with the aim of raising awareness for women’s empowerment and equality. And today, gender inequality is still a global challenge. Half of the population is still denied equal access to employment opportunities, equal pay, healthcare, education, and political representation. The theme for this year’s IWD is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. “We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices...

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How A San Francisco Biologist Saved a Butterfly Species in His Own Backyard

Though not yet extinct, Northern California’s native Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly was a rare find and had all but vanished from San Francisco. Tim Wong, known as the “Butterfly Whisperer,” has single-handedly repopulated the species. As a volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Wong was able to get a few clippings of the rare California Pipevine, which will sometimes fly to death to find the delicate vine where it lays its eggs. Wong gathered up caterpillars and built a screen-sheltered ecosystem in his backyard. The caterpillars survive by eating this same host plant. Once the caterpillar pupates, a chrysalis forms. At...

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New Sundresses Give Orphans and Underprivileged Girls the Chance to ‘Feel Beautiful’

Orphans from the Philippines and underprivileged girls from Illinois received 50 handmade sundresses from Stitching a Legacy, a nonprofit organization created by McKara Caldwell, a 17-year-old girl from Sherrard, Illinois, in October of last year. With the help of life insurance company Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) and its program Difference Maker Fund (DMF), Caldwell was given a $200 dollar mini-grant to showcase her sundresses in a fashion show and later donated them to the above-mentioned girls. Caldwell and a host of volunteers raced against the clock to create the sundresses to model on the runway. This was done...

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1 Billion Milkweeds to Save the Monarch

Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction. They have long migration routes, moving from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico. The long journey isn’t the problem, however. The real issue stems from dwindling supplies of milkweed along the migration route, which is essential to their habitat. Despite the difficulties, even unlikely groups like Pheasants Forever, which is dedicated to protecting pheasant and quail habitats, are helping bring back milkweed to protect monarch butterflies. By 2020, Pheasants Forever hopes to restore one billion milkweed stems. “By implementing some of the most diverse habitat seeding specifications...

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The Newest Vegan ‘Leather’ Comes from Recycled Banana Trees

On the Micronesian island of Kosrae, banana trees are plentiful. Good paying jobs are not. Enter Green Banana Paper. After living and teaching on the island for several years, American ex-pat Matt Simpson recognized many of his students were leaving because they could not find work. So with the help of a friend and the internet, Simpson started a local company that utilizes recycled banana trees to create environmentally friendly “leather.” Banana trees grow rapidly, but only bear fruit once and must be chopped down and disposed of to make room for new shoots. Green Banana Paper re-purposes these...

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Make Someone’s Day Brighter With The Random Act Of Kindness Generator

Whether it’s a compliment from a coworker or having your coffee paid for by the person ahead of you in line, small acts of kindness have an amazing ability to lift your mood. This week marks the 17th Annual Random Act of Kindness Week — a week completely dedicated to altruism. The Random Act of Kindness Organization (RAK) started celebrating this week in 2000 as an opportunity to “unite through kindness,” according to a press release. RAK week is observed Feb 12-18 each year. This year, RAK is launching a “Kindness Generator,” which creates kindness “challenges” for individuals, organizations, companies,...

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