A former judge, Bridge brings stability to the lives of youths in Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems, through innovative programs.
Briggs educates people about rabies and helps vaccinate animals to reduce the rate of human rabies deaths around the world, which are largely preventable.
Choi strives to provide dignified care for elderly Asians by matching them with home health aides who speak their language and understand their culture.
Czerkas alleviates hunger and social isolation among low-income residents of Madison, Wisc., by providing free food and services in a welcoming atmosphere.
Duron uses her understanding of Hispanic culture to raise cancer awareness, promote prevention measures and provide support services among low-income Latinos.
Estes brings higher education to prisoners, improving their chances for better lives, and advocates for changes to the prison system.
Fletcher helps change lives for hundreds of children with autism, cerebral palsy and other disorders through therapeutic horseback riding.
Forsyth gives less-affluent children and teens in New York the chance to experience the beauty, rigor and discipline of ballet, as they perform alongside professional dancers.
Froman helps veterans transition from military to civilian life by providing training they need to get jobs in a tight labor market.
Gardner and Moscovitch are helping Massachusetts schools boost reading skills among low-income students by coaching teachers and focusing on individual student needs.
Graham brings fun, hands-on science and math education activities to low-income children, to boost America’s homegrown technical know-how.
Hamilton fosters collaborations among large businesses, farmers and conservationists to bring sustainable food production from niche market to mainstream.
Through a for-profit business with a social mission, Hammond brings modern medical tools, medicine and safe drinking water to low-income, rural communities in India.
Hildreth’s organization provides workshops, resources, connections and financial incentives to low-income families, to help them get their children to college.
Jacobs helps low-income families with limited access to public transportation obtain dependable, affordable used cars and car repairs, so they can get to and from work.
Laird works to reduce instances of teen suicide in Colorado by connecting at-risk youths to free, immediate treatment.
Inspired by influential labor activist Cesar Chavez, the LeGerrettes promote civic engagement and community service in student clubs throughout San Diego, Calif.
Mabion organizes events to bring more people of color into the growing movement advocating for energy efficiency and environmental protection.
Maloney fosters entrepreneurship – especially among women – in conflict zones, to create jobs and move communities toward prosperity and peace.
Moles established a collaboration of farmers, landowners and residents to develop sustainable, local agricultural businesses in rural Virginia.
Morgans-Ferguson’s all-volunteer free clinic provides health screenings, primary care and mental health services to the underinsured and uninsured in California.
Nicholson uses fly fishing – a sport that requires precision and strength – to help rehabilitate disabled veterans.
Olsen provides free, ongoing medical care to the uninsured in the Hartford, Conn., area from a custom-built, fully equipped mobile medical van.
Sager helps rural communities in North Carolina create businesses and jobs that protect and restore natural resources.
Inspired by the idea that the kitchen is the original play station, Saunders creates kitchen-oriented, online learning tools to encourage kids to be smart and healthy.
Shannon advocates for and protects Maine’s 6,000 lakes and ponds through stewardship and teaching others the importance of caring for the vital waterways.
Shimoda’s organization builds preschools in remote villages in Laos and addresses poor health among the children, through daily vitamins, immunizations and medical checkups.
Through forums and workshops, Skeie helps people 50 and older find self-determination, civic engagement and personal growth – and change their communities for the better.
As a doctor who studies epidemics, Slutkin works to reduce violence in urban communities by treating it like a disease that must be stopped at the source before it infects others.
Ward helps women and children recover from physical and sexual violence, mentoring them through psychological, economic and educational steps that help them regain their lives.
White-Hammond advances political, social and economic justice for Sudanese women by helping the women acquire education and find strength in each other.
Wilson develops methods of compassionate care for vulnerable elders in Nicaragua, while helping local communities cultivate their own solutions.
Young provides Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American cancer patients with physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support.