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Early every weekday morning, day laborers check in at In Every Story to pick up their job assignments and, hopefully, begin to transition to a better life.
Photos by Leigh Webber
Derek Snook's social enterprise staffing company, In Every Story, pays higher wages, rewards reliability and hard work, and aims to transition workers to full-time jobs.
Jeff Kaplan saw a problem with the toxins in the stuff in our homes, so he and his partners began selling toxin-free home furnishings. His vision is to transform the industry.
Photo courtesy of New Living
Innovation begins with carefully listening to a community and defining the problems it’s facing. Then social innovators act, learning from failure and building on success, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
The nonprofit Cy-Hope has opened two Hope Centers, where 50-80 kids stop by after school each week to have a safe, fun place to hang out and get help with their homework.
Images courtesy of Cy-Hope
Members of Foundry UMC discovered deep needs in the seemingly prosperous suburb where the church is located. They responded by creating a nonprofit that has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged children.
Detail from a graphic record of a facilitated discussion in Vancouver, B.C., in which participants talked about what belonging and community mean. The artists included examples of local community development in the drawing. Illustration by Liz Etmanski and Aaron Johannes/Spectrum Consulting
People who want to help low-income communities should see them as “half-full glasses” -- places with strengths and capacities that can be built upon, says the co-developer of the asset-based community development strategy.
Intergenerational chess is just one of the many ways Dorot eases social isolation of NYC elderly.
Photos courtesy of Dorot
With a network of volunteers from teenagers to young professionals and entire families, Dorot alleviates social isolation among the elderly by keeping them connected across the generations.
Volunteer Mike Miller surveys homeless people in New Orleans as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Photos courtesy of Community Solutions
Part coach, part consultant and part "enabler," Community Solutions helps communities solve the complex problem of homelessness, not with a program but with a process.
The Nashville Food Project partners with Trinity United Methodist Church to offer a weekly meal which serves about 50 people. It provides an opportunity for people to get to know one another. Photo courtesy of the Nashville Food Project
The Nashville Food Project tackles hunger as a symptom of poverty, with a multifaceted approach that includes gardens, food trucks, community partners and a sense of respect for people in need.
Launched 10 years ago by the Christian band Jars of Clay, Blood:Water Mission draws on the power of artists -- musicians, writers, actors and visual artists -- to move people to creative social change.