|Deborah J. Briggs , Global Alliance for Rabies Control|
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Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012
Every year, rabies kills more than 55,000 people, more than 50 percent of them poor, rural children in Africa and Asia bitten or scratched by infected dogs.
Deborah Briggs knows the statistics well: She serves on the World Health Organization Expert Committee for rabies and has contributed her expertise to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has lectured in many developing countries on rabies prevention and talked to locals who’ve lost family members to the disease.
|Bobbe J. Bridge , Center for Children & Youth Justice|
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Center for Children & Youth Justice
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012
Bobbe J. Bridge, who served for two decades as a judge in Washington’s juvenile, superior and State Supreme Court systems, never forgot the troubled youths who had come before her bench in the early years.
They often were foster kids with mental health issues who had been removed from abusive, neglectful homes. About 20 percent had been homeless. A disproportionate number were children of color.
“As a judge, I felt helpless and hopeless to make a difference,” Bridge says.
Making it Easier to Do Good in the Encore Stage of Life
10/31/2012 - 06:56:39am
By Amy Singer
Robert Chambers, a former banker, was working as a car salesman when he spotted a problem. Low-income buyers were getting gouged by high-interest rates or turned away altogether. So Chambers started a nonprofit that provides car loans at low-interest rates to low-income buyers, helping hundreds of people get out of a vicious cycle in which having no car means being unable to get to and from work.
If You Have a Couch, You’ll Want to Read This Story
10/08/2012 - 02:53:38pm
Years ago, Purpose Prize winner Arlene Blum helped ban toxic chemicals once commonplace in children’s pajamas. Now, as The New York Times Magazine highlights, Blum is targeting a potentially dangerous product we all use: the couch.
Want some encore career advice? Learn from the experts
07/19/2012 - 01:00:34pm
We at Encore.org often hear from people who want to embark on encore careers that serve the greater good, but they just don’t know where to begin.
In addition to the resources on our website, there’s a new service from the creator of VocationVacations that may be of help. PivotPlanet provides individualized advice from experts in a variety of encore-friendly fields.
Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Purpose Prize Fellow
06/20/2012 - 10:27:53am
At a recent White House ceremony, Purpose Prize fellow Dolores Huerta became one of only 13 people – including such big names as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former astronaut John Glenn and musician Bob Dylan – to receive the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Purpose Prize Winner Lends Expertise to New York Times and NPR
06/04/2012 - 12:53:42pm
Purpose Prize Winner Championing Children Named CNN Hero
05/31/2012 - 06:28:41am
CNN selected Siskowski for her compassionate and innovative work in helping youths care for aging, disabled or ill family members.
Wanjiru Kamau will never forget the shock of arriving in Oregon from Kenya, moving as a 20-year-old student to a foreign land. "Leaving my family and my country, coming to a place where I knew no one, that was the most difficult but also the most exciting thing I've done in my life," says Kamau, now 70. To help other African immigrants going through the same difficult transition, Kamau started the nonprofit African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation. In 2011, she won The Purpose Prize.
Purpose Prize winner Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of ill, disabled or aging family members. Since 2006, her nonprofit has provided assistance to more than 500 young caregivers in Palm Beach County, Fla. For her innovative and compassionate work, CNN named her a 2012 CNN Hero.