May 3, 2017: Dawn Blackman Sr. saw a need for fresh food in her urban community. The Randolph Street Community Garden in Champaign, Ill., where she serves as garden steward, now has 72 beds, and more than 3,000 people received fresh produce in 2016.
How a city girl found herself in a community garden that feeds thousands
A one-time lawyer forsakes confrontation for mediation in his encore career
An author troubled by war invites veterans to "write peace"
How a boxing gym opened the door to encore purpose
How this woman became a voice for children in foster care
How a ‘computer guy’ came to be a Promise Fellow for kids who have it tough
November 9, 2016: William Lah got involved at a local middle school, pledging that students will have a caring adult in their life, no matter what. Among other things, he helps them envision a future at college.
Once a newcomer, she now helps others apply for US citizenship
How this woman became ‘MaMa’ to ex-gang members
September 7, 2016: Constance Caruso was already in her 80s when she decided to volunteer for Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation program. She draws on challenges she’s had herself as she supports others.
She creates quilts with a message
A critic of schools gets a new view as a tutor in Cleveland
June 29, 2016: Larry Jemison was a self-described complainer about
poor schools. But after he retired, he saw a chance to
actually do something. Now, three days a week, he helps
children learn to read.