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How A Group Of Parents Fought And Won The Battle For Better Schools

Sibyl Reagan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Sibyl Reagan

Kids might not have minded having nine extra days of summer vacation, but many parents like myself were frustrated. Many were confused and wanted to understand what was behind this stalemate that was keeping our schools closed.

A Simple Facebook Trick Makes Our Charity Unique

Saajan Abrol | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Saajan Abrol

Our idea was to take clothes that are not needed anymore and give them to the not so fortunate ones, and to do so by building a unique network all over India. Our basic insight was that we saw a poor delivery mechanism for donations, which lacked efficiency and credibility.

I Started The First Gay Pride Celebration In My Town After My Facebook Event Went Viral

Carden Crow | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Carden Crow

I thought we could bring out a rainbow flag and have a picnic in our backyard. I created an open Facebook event so friends could invite friends, but I only expected about 15 people tops. I had no idea I was about to create the first gay pride event in my hometown of Tahlequah, Okla.

My Dad And I Lived A Mile Away Without Knowing Until I Found Him On Facebook 26 Years Later

Jessica Porter | Posted 06.13.2014 | Good News
Jessica Porter

That's when I approached my grandparents about my birth father. My grandma simply stated that she did not know who he was since my mother never told her. As time moved on, I realized my grandparents were the only family I needed, and the questions I had had about my dad faded away.

How My Mobile Bookshop Overcame A Bump In The Road With Facebook

Filippo Nicosia | Posted 06.11.2014 | Good News
Filippo Nicosia

So, I got an old Fiat seven-seater, half broken down, uncomfortable, with a grumbling engine. I removed all the seats and I assembled a bookstore inside: I named it "Leggiu," which in the Sicilian dialect means "slow." Then I called some independent publishers and got over 30 of them to provide books. And that's how Pianissimo - libri sulla strada, or "Books on the Road," was born: a mobile bookshop that travels around southern Italy with hundreds of books for adults and children.

Teaming Up On Facebook To Fight Childhood Cancer

DeAndra Chapman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Good News
DeAndra Chapman

I watched my daughter lose her hair and her appetite. She was tired and nauseated, experiencing vomiting and weight loss. We lived through what the St. Jude's commercials don't show. Starla was in the hospital for six months with only three short visits home. She went through five rounds of intense chemotherapy, with each round carrying its own set of side effects.

Asthma Brought Us Together As Kids. Facebook Reunited Us As Adults

Scotty Reiss | Posted 05.29.2014 | Good News
Scotty Reiss

I stayed at CARIH for almost two years. When I was released and sent home, my friends and I exchanged addresses and promised to write, and we did for a while. But people grew up, moved, married and changed their names, and could be impossible to find. Over the years, I wondered what happened to my old friends.

The Healing Power of Friends

Alison Chavez | Posted 05.20.2014 | Good News
Alison Chavez

It never occurred to me to keep my diagnosis a secret, and I'm so glad that I didn't. Cancer became such a huge part of my life; I would have had to hide from the world if I didn't want anyone to know, and that's no way to live.

Finding The Right Fit For My Specialty Clothing Line With Facebook

Wendy Gavinski | Posted 05.15.2014 | Small Business
Wendy Gavinski

A few years ago, I decided if someone else wasn't going to do something about this void in the market, I would. That is how Divas SnowGear was born. I wanted to make women feel like they have a place in this sport by giving them their very own brand to be proud of.

How I'm Turning My Nano-Brewery Into A Mega-Success Using Facebook

Mark Osborne | Posted 05.13.2014 | Small Business
Mark Osborne

Because we're different, we have to sell differently. We need to develop hardcore, raving fans who will return to try all our new stuff, who will join our membership club and tell other people about us. That direct connection we make with people in our tasting room and on Facebook is key.

From Busy Moms To Business Partners: How We Started A Fashion Company On Facebook

Victoria Wise | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Wise

Our initial success was exciting, even though it meant a ton of work for us. Meredith and I, along with our husbands, worked through the night on auction days manually tracking orders and processing invoices. Our side project was becoming a 100-hour-a-week job as we were every facet of the company from photographer/model, shipping/receiving, AP/AR, buyers/stylists, customer service and the list goes on. It was imperative that we begin hiring our first staff, many of whom are still with us today.

We Used Facebook To Organize A Run Across America To Support Boston

Kate Treleaven | Posted 06.17.2014 | Good News
Kate Treleaven

We wanted to make a donation but that didn't seem enough. So we decided to create an event that would help bring the running community together and raise a lot more money between us. The idea we had was for a non-stop running relay across America, all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast.

Bringing Drought Aid To People In India Through Facebook

Jaydeep Pathare | Posted 06.10.2014 | Good News
Jaydeep Pathare

There were reports of deaths and it was very difficult for a large number of people to find drinking water in drought-affected areas. Cattle deaths were reported. There was a rise in farmer suicides. I felt that humanity should not suffer such crisis and started thinking on how we could help.

From Flea Market Stalls To Retail And Online: How We Turned Our Hobby Into A Thriving Business

Nivedha Charles | Posted 06.09.2014 | Small Business
Nivedha Charles

We decided to keep going to flea markets to sell our work, and more and more people started asking us how they could get in touch with us or where we would be selling next. We created a Facebook Page as a way to update people on our new items and where we would be setting up stalls to sell them.

How Photography And Facebook Helped Me Recover From A Devastating Time In My Life

Vonda Jensen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Vonda Jensen

For some reason though, just taking pictures didn't feel like enough. I wanted to do something bigger. Something that could be shared across the world. Something that could inspire people. Something that could distract from all of my own pain and heartache. I needed something to help heal my heart.

How Facebook And Job Training Brought Me From The Streets Of Egypt To A Desk At The Arab World's Largest E-Commerce Company

Ahmed Sakr | Posted 05.06.2014 | Good News
Ahmed Sakr

I feel as though every day before Feb. 2, 2013 was a search for myself. February 2, 2013, my first day at Souq.com, was the beginning of my future. I have always wanted to use my mind for work, and not by body as a laborer. Now I get to do that for the top e-commerce company in the region.

Putting Faces To A Cause Gave My Fundraising A Boost

Sarah Coulam | Posted 04.27.2014 | Good News
Sarah Coulam

I dedicated the last 99 days of my training to a different individual with NF. Through Facebook I highlighted 99 different heroes over the course of 99 days. I shared stories and photos of these kids and their families, along with a link to my donation page. I would also tag the parents so they would share my post with their friends. In the end, I raised more than $13,000 for research.

How A Woman's Kindness And Facebook Helped A Homeless Poet Find His Family And A New Start

Posted 02.24.2014 | Good News

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho writes beautiful poetry, but for almost 35 years only a few passersby in São Paulo, Brazil, got the chance to read his words...

Social Blood: Building The World's Largest Network Of Blood Donors

Karthik Naralasetty | Posted 04.16.2014 | Good News
Karthik Naralasetty

The entire blood donation system is broken. It's old and archaic and very little has been done to change or fix it for past 50 years -- but it's not just a problem in India.

It's Never Too Late - How Facebook Helped Me Find The Love Of My Life

Patsy Thompson Sutton | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Patsy Thompson Sutton

Then John came into my life. My grandson said, "Grandma, I think that's the one. I see the way you look at him on Facebook." One day John sent me a message asking if he could give me his phone number and if I would call him. I said yes. From then on, we would talk all day and into the night.

Things Aren't Always As Bad As They Seem

Emma Goddard | Posted 04.12.2014 | College
Emma Goddard

When you're having a day like I did, believing there's no way you can get through it -- sit back, relax and breathe.

DIY Rainbow: How Australia Showed Its Support For Gay Rights With Chalk And Facebook

James Brechney | Posted 04.06.2014 | Good News
James Brechney

I thought the symbolism of the crossing was fantastic. Mardi Gras was born out of a gay rights protest on Oxford Street in 1978 where many arrests were made. To see our community's flag proudly painted on that road just a few decades later demonstrates how far we have come in Australia. History aside, the crossing was a fabulous colourful addition to our city. I thought it would be fantastic for tourism and local businesses.

How We're Tackling Food Waste One Facebook Alert At A Time

Nick Papadopoulos | Posted 03.30.2014 | Food
Nick Papadopoulos

Sometimes a chance to help solve a problem hits you like a ton of bricks. And if that problem relates to a fundamental human need, like food, suddenly your chance becomes an obligation. You pull together whatever gear you've got and get to work.

I Got A Second Chance At Love Thanks To Facebook

Kay Gibbs Martinovic | Posted 03.25.2014 | Small Business
Kay Gibbs Martinovic

My heart skipped a beat when I received a message on Facebook from him a couple of days later. We messaged back and forth, and eventually I gave him my phone number. That first day, we talked for seven hours. Over the next few weeks, we continued to catch up and it was clear that there was still something between us -- even after all those years.

How A Pedometer And Facebook Changed My Life

Peg Bradford | Posted 03.04.2014 | Good News
Peg Bradford

I remember the day I decided to make a change. I had been crying in the dressing room, thinking "This is not good. I can't do this anymore." I came home and as soon as I walked in the front door, I told my husband I was done. I was going to stop making excuses and make a lifestyle change.