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Sam Ross

Sam Ross

“I thought, I can do better!”

The founder of Green Chimneys saw a need for a special place where children could heal and learn. And then he built it.

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Nelson Cecarelli

Nelson Cecarelli

“It is incredibly rewarding to deal with people who appreciate the produce we sell.”

A small family farmer took a chance on bringing fresh, local, nutritious produce to an urban neighborhood that has no access to grocery stores.

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Kelly Carlisle

Kelly Carlisle

“I was meant to grow food, and growing food was going to transform my community.”

Kelly Carlisle served her country in the US Navy, then decided to serve her neighborhood in East Oakland.

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Michael Parker

Michael Parker

“I learned how to get a diverse group moving the same direction.”

The student co-founder of UMaine's Engineers Without Borders found that it takes a village to build a septic system.

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Deborah Bial

Deborah Bial

“I learned it is important to be part of something that can make the world a better place.”

Deborah Bial is president and founder of The Posse Foundation, an organization that sends groups of students to college together for mutual support.

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Emily Weitzman

Emily Weitzman

“To have hope is a powerful thing, but to be able to say ‘I Can,’ every single day, is even more powerful.”

Emily traveled to Kenya to teach, but instead became the student.

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