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PHOTOS: Boy's Lemonade Fundraiser Covers Neighbor's Deductible After Storm

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.20.2012 | Impact

Although he's only eight years old, Johnny Karlinchak knows what it means to give back to his community. In late June, a deadly storm hit his hom...

WATCH: Man Won't Leave Bathroom Until He Raises $50,000

Posted 01.04.2013 | Impact

What if every crap you took could make a difference? It's a question that social entrepreneur Simon Griffiths asked the world to ponder as he took a b...

Illinois 5th Grader Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative

St. Charles Patch | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact

When a bully bothered fifth-grader Aria Novak, she decided that instead of fighting back, she would be kind. "I was on the bus one day and this gi...

Curtis M. Wong

Surfer Buddies Provide Drinking Water In Western Kenya

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact

A career in the cutthroat world of footwear design can be a certifiable challenge for young entrepreneurs. But when they established the California-ba...

Simon McCormack

Founder Strives For A Future Without Family Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

When Esta Soler formed what would become the San Francisco-based Futures Without Violence 30 years ago, no one would return her calls. "It was pret...

Kia Makarechi

Using Play To Light Up Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 11.13.2011 | Impact

It started out simply enough. As classmates at Harvard, Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman took a class on engineering for non-engineering stude...

Simon McCormack

25-Year-Old CEO Tutors Low-Income Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact

When Erik Kimel launched Peer2Peer Tutors, at the age of 16, his idea was simple: students can help other students succeed academically. "We have a...

Bringing Health Care To The Homeless

Posted 11.02.2011 | Impact

Bobby Watts says the homeless have enough to think about without worrying about their health. "They have other pressing needs," said Watts, the exe...

Kia Makarechi

Taking Aim At Low-Quality Food

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.31.2011 | Impact

You'd think an M.D./Ph.D. student at competitive medical schools would have his hands full with school, but Ian Wong isn't waiting until he's practici...

Kia Makarechi

Machine Seven Revs Up To Raise $10 Million For Charity

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.22.2011 | Impact

Anyone remotely familiar with NASCAR knows that advertisements and sponsorships are a large part of the sport. From the cars to the drivers' uniforms,...

Kia Makarechi

Stephanie Krivitzky And The Social Tattoo Project

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact

If typical internship activities include filing and making coffee, Stephanie Krivitzky's 10 weeks with the BBH Barn were anything but orthodox. Th...

Kia Makarechi

'Doc' Dorsey Brings Golf To Disadvantaged Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact

Many people hate going to the dentist, but there's one practitioner in Orlando, Fla., that everyone is happy to see. For 20 years, Dr. Thomas J. Dorse...

Simon McCormack

Roger Shiffman Brings Joy To Sick Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact

Roger Shiffman has been bringing children joy for decades. The toy guru, who was behind the marketing of the massively successful Furby, is in the ...

Kia Makarechi

A Former Investment Banker Brings Light To East Africa

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.10.2011 | Impact

Katherine Lucey spent 20 years as an investment banker focused in the energy sector. Now, she endeavors to bring clean energy to rural east Africa and...

Curtis M. Wong

Giving U.S. Military Veterans A Voice

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.09.2011 | Impact

He may be an army veteran with three tours of duty and seven years of active service duty in Iraq and Afghanistan to his credit, but Patrick J. Nelson...

Kia Makarechi

Fighting Human Trafficking & Helping Refugees

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.08.2011 | Impact

When An Phong Vo was nine years old, her family fled Vietnam and was resettled in Texas. The year was 1992. Nineteen years later, she's teaching Vietn...

Kia Makarechi

Inspiring Disabled Veterans To Run

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.14.2012 | Impact

Dr. Dick Traum has competed in multiple marathons, run with former President Bill Clinton and inspired thousands to lead more active lifestyles -- and...

Kia Makarechi

Getting Kids With Disabilities On The Field

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact

It's not uncommon to find scores of Orange County children spending their evenings and weekend mornings playing soccer, baseball or basketball on cour...

Kia Makarechi

Baking Cookies And Inspiring At-Risk Youth

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact

Cupcakes and gang violence aren't normally connected, but one Bay Area 26-year-old is taking a passion for well-crafted confections and a desire to pr...

Kia Makarechi

A 7-Year-Old's Inspiring Battle Against Epilepsy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact

Evan Moss's story is one of those inspirational stories that makes one stop what he or she is doing and marvel at the strength of will some children d...

Kia Makarechi

Bringing Real Food To The Next Generation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact

It turns out star chefs like Alice Waters (Chez Panisse, Berkeley) and Ferran Adria (El Bulli, Costa Brava) have more in common than dining rooms peop...

Kia Makarechi

WATCH: Reimagining Food on College Campuses

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.10.2011 | Impact

Yoni Landau says it's time to transform our relationship with food, and with each other. As a founder and director of the Cooperative Food Empower...

Introducing HuffPost's Greatest Person of the Day: Lessons in Creativity, Generosity and Passion

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

We're launching a new feature called HuffPost's Greatest Person of the Day, which puts the spotlight on the people who are refusing to let their lives be blighted by the consequences of inept leadership without doing something about it. READ MORE 100 Game Changers, Millions of Votes, Here Are Your Ultimate 12 Your picks are an eclectic mix of those accustomed to the spotlight and those who have been working under the radar. And there were more than a few surprises. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses 2010's "Not Ready for Prime Time Candidates" on AC360 Watch: Arianna Dishes About Her Forbes Cover, Her Book, and the HuffPost Sanity Bus on The View