What Makes You Hopeful? Resilience.

This month, Notes From An Optimist features the founders and leaders we wrote about this past year. We asked what inspires them and what makes them hopeful? We hope their answers will help you find more optimism, hope and inspiration.   From Danielle Butin, Founder of AFYA Foundation, celebrating 10 years of rescuing, sorting and... Continue Reading →

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Year in Review: Hopeful About Gun Violence Prevention

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts with volunteers. This month, Notes From An Optimist features the founders and leaders we wrote about this past year .  We asked what inspires them and what makes them hopeful?  We hope their answers will help you find more optimism, hope and inspiration.   From Marit Brock, Volunteer at... Continue Reading →

What makes you hopeful?

This month, Notes From An Optimist features the founders and leaders we wrote about this past year who are creating positive change in the world.  We asked what inspires them and what makes them hopeful?  We hope their answers will help you find more optimism, hope and inspiration. Chef Kristin Macan, Director of Community Kitchens and... Continue Reading →

How to help a Community heal

Chief Melvin Russell of the Baltimore Police Department first met Gary LeBlanc of Mercy Chefs during the civil uprising in 2015, following the death of Freddy Gray. Gary parked one of his food trucks in front of Police Headquarters and promptly prepared and served 4,000 meals a day until the crisis abated.  Their relationship blossomed... Continue Reading →

Food For Good

Chef Kristin Macan, Director of Community Kitchens and Programs for Mercy Chefs heard a divine call on a cold morning in March of 2012.  Her husband heard the call first in their Pentecostal Church about a tornado that struck West Liberty, Kentucky.  He told Kristin, hoping she would be the voice of reason but instead... Continue Reading →

CHEFS TO THE RESCUE!

Gary Leblanc has been a hotel restaurant professional for 35 years and he wants to get out of the kitchen. His story, however, reads differently as he keeps getting thrown back in. In 2005, when Katrina hit New Orleans, Gary's daughter's home was under 9 feet of water for 6 weeks.  His grandmother was evacuated... Continue Reading →

We Declare a State of Moral Emergency

Becca Israel is a Development Officer for Bend the Arc.  She got involved with the organization  while participating in a Jeremiah Fellowship program in the Bay Area. Jeremiah Fellowships give young adults who are committed to economic and social justice the opportunity to explore how Jewish values, culture and community can support and further their... Continue Reading →

Successful Activism

Ten years ago, when she was 12, Melanie Thompson was kidnapped as she walked home from the movies in NYC.  She was locked in a closet in an abandoned house and forced into prostitution.  Melanie worked on the streets and in an underground strip club. Once her pimp found and started advertising on Backpage.com, her... Continue Reading →

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