What We Do // Profiles

Street Medicine

For the past 23 years, Dr. Jim Withers has been caring for the homeless, not in his office but in the streets of Pittsburgh, PA. At night, Withers and staff from Operation Safety Net go into abandoned buildings … Read More »


At age 7, Adarsh Alphons was expelled from school in India for doodling. At his new school, his drawing was encouraged. “Paint the walls . . . paint the whole school,” the principal told him. A few years later, a school … Read More »

Building Community, One Stitch at a Time

The Tenderloin District of downtown San Francisco is not filled with cafes and cable cars, but instead is known for drugs, crime, and homelessness. However, Michael Swaine doesn’t see it that way. “I find the Tenderloin the … Read More »

Girls Who Code

In 2009-10, during her unsuccessful run for Congress, Reshma Saujani noticed something as she visited various schools along the campaign trail – a lack of girls in computer science classrooms. Despite the growth of technology as an industry, … Read More »

NJ Woman’s 10-year Effort for Children in Nepal

In 2005, Maggie Doyne graduated from a New Jersey high school as an academic and extra-curricular standout, but felt burned out and decided to travel before heading off to college. However, on a trip to Nepal Doyne encountered … Read More »

Movie Theater’s Special Feature – Jobs for Disabled

When Valerie Jensen learned Connecticut’s Ridgefield Playhouse was slated for demolition, she had an ‘aha’ moment. Jensen had worked developing arts programs for those with special needs, knew the challenges the disabled faced finding work, and saw … Read More »

Katie’s Krops

In 2008, when she was just 10 years old, Katie Stagliano planted a cabbage seed in her backyard. When it grew to nearly 40 pounds, she donated it and the rest of the vegetables she had planted to a local … Read More »

Lillian Weber: 99-year Old Sewing ‘Hero’

For the past 3 years, 99-year old Lillian Weber has been making a dress a day for little girls in need. Each dress takes 4 hours and is personalized with a special pattern or stitching detail. To date, the … Read More »

Alive! 55+ and Kickin’

A show recently opened in New York that did not get a lot of attention, but the voices it features and the stories it tells are extraordinary. Alive! 55+ and Kickin’ tells the real-life stories of its performers, … Read More »

Anthony Riley

In cities and business districts across America, artists and street performers fill the air with many different sights and sounds. Their art and music are now part of the hum of everyday life, and so it is … Read More »