Latest Stories

Shining a Light in Darkness

A story written by Jordan Combs. “I am the director of a nonprofit organization in South Dakota called Light of Mine Ranch. We help support foster families and children in foster care. Our ultimate goal is to build homes for foster families centralized on a ranch property. Instead of a group home, we want to…

Clothed in Strength: Support for Women in Rural Guatemala

A story written by Meagan Ephraim de Rios. “Women in Guatemala carry a great responsibility within the social dynamic of their family. While living in harsh conditions that oftentimes include no electricity and dirt floors, the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, women, work and sacrifice to maintain their households and families. I learned this…

A Passion Project Turned Into a Community Fundraiser

Flea Market Love Letters is a passion project that Liz Maguire started in 2017. Their mission is to digitally archive and preserve found, vintage ephemera (letters, postcards, photos, etc.) often found at flea markets. So far they’ve been able to collect over 400 letters. Liz always aspired that eventually, this project could give back to…

For The Community of Santa Cruz

A story written by Shelby Dunn. “A few months ago, Santa Cruz experienced uncharacteristic summer lightning storms which sparked wildfires throughout the county and displaced thousands of residents from their homes. Not only does Santa Cruz not experience summer lightning storms, but the area also does not usually experience wildfires to this degree and was…

Ella’s Dollhouse

“The start of COVID-19 quarantine was tough. Without much warning, the kids were sent home with their books, and we knew they weren’t going back.” In March 2020, everything changed for families, and some were left with little to no options. Ella’s Kindergarten school year was abruptly cut short. When Ella learned that not every…

Love Starts With A Full Belly

A story written by Ashley Brooke, a beauty and lifestyle blogger. “Over the holidays, my husband Ryan and I visited our local food bank (Second Harvest, which is under the national Feeding America umbrella) and were absolutely blown away by how they are supporting hundreds of thousands of families in central Florida. The need here…

Small Business Story: A Jar of Pickles

When Kirstie Wang was in college enrolled in public health classes, she caught herself teaching herself Photoshop and Illustrator rather than focusing in class. She began a simple Etsy shop during this time to satisfy her creative side, but she didn’t stop there. Kirstie has pursued a career as a designer, and also dedicated herself…

Wear Jeans for Rare Diseases

Since 2005, Coastal Kids Home Care has provided more than 64,000 visits to 8,700 medically fragile infants and children with rare illness and disability. They provide these services from Monterey, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties in California’s central coast. As the only nonprofit pediatric home health care agency in the community, they…

Girls Like Science, Too!

The Dottie Rose Foundation focuses on closing the gender gap for females in computer science and technology. They encourage, support, and educate girls who have an interest in technology and want to learn how it can be used to enhance their learning and future careers. With technology quickly advancing, many future career paths could benefit…

Finding Joy Everywhere

Rachel Joy Chavez is 21 years old and was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She had the opportunity to go on her first mission trip in the summer of 2019. During this summer, she served as a 6-week intern on the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic with Kids Alive International. Kids Alive International…

Change Lives, Save Sight

Saving Sight is a nonprofit eye bank that facilitates eye tissue donation and transplantation. Last year, 2,559 heroes gave the gift of sight through eye donation with Saving Sight. Saving Sight created their shirt campaigns with Bonfire to sell three shirt designs that highlight their mission. The proceeds from the sale of these shirts will…

Building Paramedic Systems in Tanzania

Last year, Nathan and his friend had the opportunity to spend five weeks in Arusha, Tanzania. Currently, when someone gets into a car accident in Arusha they rarely receive medical treatment as there are no ambulances. This has led to mortality rates that are more than double that of the United States. Nathan knew they…