Archive for July 8, 2015

(Good News Network) Three weeks ago in Nepal, 1,000 villagers gathered to mark a momentous day in the history of Room To Read, a charity that builds children’s libraries around the developing world. They celebrated the opening of the group’s 10,000th library. John Wood, founder and executive chairman, launched Room to Read 10 years ago after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools.  He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages in furthering the educating of young people. Wood wrote on his blog, “This achievement was not just an achievement for me but it was an achievement for all of us -– for our staff that has worked tirelessly over these past ten years to enable us to reach this point, and for our partners who have helped us to create a global movement to bring change to the world through education.” Room To Read boasts an astonishing average of 6 library openings every day in the developing world -– that’s 3,000 kids every day who gain access to a well-stocked library with the tools they need to further their education.

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(Operation Homefront) Home may be where the heart is, but for 36 lucky veterans, it’s on a street where Tim McGraw has bought each of them a house. It is fitting that on America’s Independence Day week we introduce you to the country singer who is providing financial independence for veterans with thirty-six mortgage-free homes. He’s handing out one per stop on his current nationwide tour. McGraw already has given away 108 homes to deserving military families in the last three years, after he formed a partnership with Chase Bank and Operation Homefront. “Launching our Homefront program made last summer so much more special than I could have originally imagined,” McGraw said. “I can honestly say that I got as much or more out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes and assistance.”

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(GoodNews Network) Richard Avanzino was a bit of a wallflower as a kid. He didn’t have any friends to speak of—well, friends on two legs, anyway. His friends with four paws were his true pals, and because of them, he vowed to dedicate his life to helping dogs everywhere. And he did: millions of them, in fact. It all started back in 1976, when Avanzino arrived at the San Francisco SPCA. At the time, the primary discussion within the humane movement was how to best kill the animals, but that all changed after he encountered Sido. As its president, he revolutionized animal sheltering by housing dogs and cats awaiting adoption in cozy, home-like settings rather than cages, setting a new standard of sheltering practices—and not just the cute, young ones, either.

>> Click HERE to read how Sido changed everything.