Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation: The Dream Lives On

Khadijah Butler (she/her) created the Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation, a foundation that aids young adults from under-served populations in pursuing higher education, in honor of her father, Craig D. Butler. The CDB Scholarship Foundation provides annual, merit based college scholarships to Black students in Philadelphia.  Here is the story of The Craig D. Butler…

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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council: Fighting to Protect What Matters Most

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is a homegrown conservation group of Southeast Alaskans fiercely fighting to protect their home – the Tongass National Forest and the waters of the Inside Passage. The SEACC works to protect Southeast Alaska’s wild lands and clean water – thereby sustaining an intact ecosystem, abundant fish and wildlife populations, and…

BeeWorthy Farms: Making Buzz Worthy Strides in Pollinator Friendly Farming

BeeWorthy Farms, a pollinator friendly flower and herb farm in San Diego, CA, is run by three fierce female farmers and small business owners: Cathryn (she/her), Diana (she/her), and Onnalee (she/her).  Here is BeeWorthy Farms’ story, told by Diana, in her own words. “BeeWorthy Farms is a small, women-owned flower and herb farm focused on…

American Therapeutic Riding Center: Making a Difference Through Equine Therapy

The American Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, is a place where individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities are empowered to achieve goals, overcome challenges, and create life-changing relationships through therapeutic horseback riding. Brooke Vincent Shipman (she/her) is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at American Therapeutic Riding Center. Here is ATRC’s story, told…

Aljona Tcherniavskaia: Turning Heartache Into Hope

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year, Ajona (she/her), who is half Russian / half Ukrainian and living in Los Angeles, CA, felt called to action. Her Support for Ukraine t-shirts are raising funds for World Central Kitchen, United Help Ukraine, and Revived Soldiers Ukraine. Here is Aljona’s story written in her own…

Creating Safe Spaces for Queer & Trans Youth

Lauren Anderson (she/her), AKA Lauren Marigold, is a queer, plus size, eco-conscious, style influencer (among many other things) who lives in Orange County, CA with her partner, V (they/them). Lauren’s goal in life is to create spaces and communities where everyone feels welcome and included. Together, Lauren and V created their Protect Queer & Trans…

Gabby Frost: Using Art to Smash Stigmas & Start Conversations

Gabby Frost (she/her) is a 24-year-old artist, mental health advocate, content creator, and public speaker. She is also the founder of Buddy Project – a non-profit movement aiming to prevent suicide by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. Through her art brand, GMF Designs, Gabby creates designs that open up dialogue…

Evelyn Burttram: Crochet Finds A Way With Pink Sheep Design

Evelyn Burttram, AKA The Pink Sheep, is the creator and maker behind Pink Sheep Design, a brand for crochet enthusiasts (and creatives of all kinds) that focuses on promoting happiness, creative empowerment, and community. They are known for their beginner-friendly, super-bulky patterns, their 3D printed & ergonomic jumbo crochet hooks and tools, and their live…

Must Love Dogs and Comedy…and T-shirts!

Must Love Dogs and Comedy is an NYC-based company that produces dog-friendly comedy shows that raise money for charity. It was founded by Jolie Dudley (she/her) and Nicolas Polanco (he/him). Here is their story, written by Must Love Dogs and Comedy co-founder, Jolie Dudley. “Must Love Dogs and Comedy is a female and minority-owned small…

A New Leash on Life for Older Rescue Pugs at Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary

Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, retirement, and hospice care of unwanted or abandoned senior pugs. Here is their story, written by Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary co-founder, Melissa McCartney. “We run a hospice sanctuary for unwanted or abandoned senior pugs and pug mixes. Oftentimes these sweet seniors come to…

The Cloth Option: A Sustainable Alternative

This is a story written by Kaitlyn Japikse.  Kaitlyn is a board member and distribution advocate who has been with The Cloth Option since it was started. “Matt flips through the last few diapers left until next payday: “one, two, three, four, five, six.” With just over a week left until that check comes, he…

Friends of Tonga: Rebuilding Classrooms and Communities

A story written by Michael Hassett, the President of Friends of Tonga. “We met in the Kingdom of Tonga, when we served as Peace Corps Volunteers from 2012-2014. We lived on different island groups: I was on the main island of Tongatapu and Chiara was on the outer island of ‘Eua. In 2018, Cyclone Gita battered the…