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Entries by Erica Liepmann from 05/2010

It Just Takes One: Foster Mother Mollie Jelks Raises 36 Foster Children

Posted 05.03.2010 | Impact

In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have ma...

Valentin Abe: Helping Haitians Feed Themselves With Fish Farming Projects

Posted 05.03.2010 | Impact

When Valentin Abe arrived in Haiti, he was startled that fishing that wasn't a large part of the island nation's economy. Abe had a simple vision: fis...

Jane Beshear, First Lady Of Kentucky, Addresses Breast Cancer Among Women In Horse Industry

Posted 05.04.2010 | Impact

Of the thousands of women who work behind the scenes in the Kentucky horse industry, many are uninsured and don't have the time or resources to get me...

Nonprofit Matter Of Trust Uses Donations Of Hair, Fur To Clean Up Gulf Oil Spill

Posted 05.04.2010 | Impact

One nonprofit has an innovative solution for cleaning up the massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast, using the ultimate renewable resource: human hair. S...

Erik Martin, 13-Year-Old With Cancer, Is Superhero For A Day Thanks To Seattle Community

Posted 05.04.2010 | Impact

The Seattle chapter of the Make A Wish foundation makes hundreds of dreams come true for children struggling with cancer and other life-threatening di...

Haiti Volunteer Documents Port-au-Prince Devastation In Short Film

Posted 05.05.2010 | Impact

On a week-long volunteer trip to Haiti with the J/P Haiti Organization, the nonprofit founded by actor Sean Penn and philanthropist Diana Jenkins, vol...

Troy Yocum, Iraq War Veteran, Drums Up Support For Military Families In Need

Posted 05.06.2010 | Impact

When Iraq War veteran Troy Yocum heard that a fellow vet had lost his house in this down economy, he decided to quite literally drum up support for st...

Amputee Kiera Brinkley Overcomes Obstacles To Become Dancer

Posted 05.06.2010 | Impact

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kiera Brinkley doesn't mind curious children, and mostly brushes off the stares of adults. Every once in awhile, someone will ...

Volunteers Pitch In For Cleanup Efforts Following Tennessee Floods

Posted 05.06.2010 | Impact

Following the devastating floods that destroyed dozens of homes in Nashville, Tennessee, volunteers from the community are rallying together to join t...

Oprah's Live Your Best Life Walk Raises Money For Charity

Posted 05.06.2010 | Impact

Over 30,000 walkers will take over New York City streets on Mother's Day, May 9, to raise money for charity as part of Oprah's Live Your Best Life Wal...

It Just Takes One: Debi Kroman Dedicates Two Decades To Supporting Parentless Children

Posted 05.07.2010 | Impact

In honor of Mother's Day, HuffPost Impact presents It Just Takes One, a series on children and the tutors, mentors, guardians and others who have ma...

Daniel Chung: New Zealand Taxi Driver Feeds Homeless Each Week Out Of His Own Pocket

Posted 05.10.2010 | Impact

When taxi driver Daniel Chung heard that homeless people in his Christchurch, New Zealand community had died sleeping outdoors overnight, he knew he w...

FosterClub Honors Foster Youth Who Went On To College, Helping Other Foster Children

Posted 05.10.2010 | Impact

Each year, Foster Club chooses all-star foster youth to represent the organization. These kids have been through a lot, but are resilient and determin...

Will.i.am Pays Off Mortgages For Two Families Facing Foreclosure On The Oprah Show

Posted 05.10.2010 | Impact

When two struggling families appeared as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the home foreclosures they were facing, they had no idea a sur...

Alex Bond, British Sailor, Helps Starving Villagers On Kanton Island

Posted 05.11.2010 | Impact

When Alex Bond and his crew anchored his yacht briefly near Kanton Island en route from Hawaii to Australia, they had no idea what they would find on ...

'Wash Smart, Give Smart' Laundry Truck Collects And Washes Clothing Donations

Posted 05.11.2010 | Impact

We've seen laundromats pop up at music festivals, serving as a kind of brand butler for festival-goers with dirty duds. Not until recently, however, h...

Max Adrien, Haitian-born Professor, Gives Free Creole Lessons To Medical Workers Going To Haiti

Posted 05.11.2010 | Impact

When the January 12 earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haitian-born Hamline University Professor Max Adrien immediately wanted to return to the country to...

'Circle Of Friends' Makes High School A Better Place For Special Needs Teens

Posted 05.13.2010 | Impact

For Amelia Jones, an autistic teenager in California, navigating high school can be difficult, especially when it comes to socializing. That's where a...

Matt Szczur, Villanova Football Star, Donates Bone Marrow To 19-Month-Old Leukemia Patient

Posted 05.13.2010 | Impact

The baseball and football star for the Villanova Wildcats recently took time off to help a little girl. A football standout ... Matt Szczur (pronounc...

Bpeace 'Race To Innovation' Supports Social Entrepreneurs In Rwanda And Afghanistan

Posted 05.14.2010 | Impact

To help local economies rebuild themselves in two countries plagued by war, the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) presents the Race to Innovation, a...

Three Schoolgirls In Palestinian Refugee Camp Invent Stick-tech, Revolutionary Cane To Help The Blind

Posted 05.17.2010 | Impact

After six months of diligent testing, three schoolgirls in a Palestinian refugee camp have developed a revolutionary walking cane that could help the ...

Daviene Smittie, Former Homeless Drug Addict, Helps Others Overcome Addiction

Posted 05.17.2010 | Impact

As he strolled down a Milwaukee street one day, Daviene Smittie stopped to ask a man planting a flower bed if he could lend a hand in exchange for cas...

Glassybaby Candles Light Up New York Charity Scene

Posted 05.17.2010 | Impact

During her seven-year battle with lung cancer, Lee Rhodes was moved by the struggles of the patients sitting alongside her in the waiting rooms. Many ...

Sally Field Works With Vital Voices, Helps Women Leaders Around The World

Posted 05.17.2010 | Impact

Each night this week, NBC Nightly News is highlighting the work of a celebrity and how they are making a difference. The series puts the spotlight on ...

Homeboy Industries, Nation's Largest Anti-Gang Program, Lays Off 300 Workers

Posted 05.18.2010 | Impact

For over 20 years, Father Greg Boyle has worked to help Los Angeles gang members rebuild their lives. The organization Boyle founded, Homeboy Industri...