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The Positive Signs Initiative Serves The Community Through Art

March 10, 2023 |

As an artist, Areli Pellegrino has always been passionate about making art accessible to everyone and using it as a way for self-care. So in 2021, she established The Positive Signs Initiative (PSI). “PSI is a community-based arts engagement aimed at creating meaningful connections that are equitable & accessible for…

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Philly TRUCE Foundation Helps Prevent Violence Through App And Outreach Program

February 20, 2023 |

The Philly TRUCE Foundation started in May 2021 with a vision to “make every community functional, meeting dysfunctional communities where they are most likely to be underserved; in their neighborhoods and schools; in their media consumption; in correctional facilities.” With these missions in mind, the organization offers three core services…

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Hunting Park Green Invests In The Youth Of North Philadelphia

December 27, 2022 |

When Jose Ferran was 17, he was shot. Since that traumatic incident, he has been passionate about serving others and creating environments that guide and support youth to become the best versions of themselves and also give back to their community. Healing Hurt People first inspired Ferran, a program offered…

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Mercy World Organization Supports Vulnerable Children in Tanzania

November 8, 2022 |

In Tanzania, the Mbeya region has the highest number of children and teens who have been orphaned by HIV and AIDS. This staggering number of children, which is approximately 860,000 from 0-17 years old, are often abandoned and left homeless. They will often turn to gangs and drug dealers, or…

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New Horizons Rebuilds, Restores, and Renews Lives In Ukraine

September 20, 2022 |

When Russia started invading Ukraine in February 2022, many Ukrainians had to deal with the reality that the war could damage their houses and put their lives in danger. Thousands of families were forced to leave their homes for their safety. Two sisters, Daria, age 5, and Dasha, age 7,…

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Restore Ukraine Provides Life-Saving Support for Displaced Ukrainians

September 9, 2022 |

Since Russia began launching attacks in February 2022, Ukraine and its citizens have suffered devastating destruction, violence, and loss of life. According to a statement by the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Russia has destroyed more than 3,500 residential buildings, including more than 500 apartment complexes. As of August…

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Reparations Finance Lab: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

August 10, 2022 |

In the summer of 2020, racial injustice in the United States came to a boiling point when the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others by police officers sparked widespread movements for long-overdue change. One of the many who were inspired to make a difference was Enith Williams, who…

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The Lynfield Community Center Provides A Safe Place For Bethlehem Children To Thrive

July 11, 2022 |

The high number of single-parent households in Bethlehem, PA means that many children are at a higher risk of being left without support when their guardians are out of the home, like in the summer or after school hours. However, since 2012, children in this area have instead been able…

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Backpack Pals Bethlehem Provides Meals And More For Students Facing Food Uncertainty

June 6, 2022 |

For students who face food uncertainty, free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch programs at their schools are crucial; for some, it’s their only nutritious meal of the day. But when school isn’t in session, those missed meals make an impact. Backpack Pals Bethlehem provides students in the Bethlehem Area School…

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A Conversation With Ibrahim Issa, Director of Hope Flowers School

May 19, 2022 |

On March 15, the Board of U.S. Friends of Hope Flowers School and Humanitarian Social Innovations (HSI) gathered for a virtual conversation with the director of Hope Flowers School (HFS), Ibrahim Issa. With HSI’s Linda Rentschler moderating, together they discussed updates about the school, funding efforts, and the challenges faced…

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Allentown United Football Club

March 22, 2019-“United Premier Soccer League Announces Pennsylvania Expansion with Allentown United Football Club”


Writing Wrongs

August 13, 2018-“Intensive 2-Day Workshop to Challenge College Students to Produce an Awareness-Raising Book on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault”

September 1, 2016 – “Student Journalists Illuminate Issue of Addiction at Easy Does It”

Bringing Up A Bookworm

July 30, 2018 – “2018 Freedom Through Literacy Award Winners Announced”

Reading Entrepreneurs’ Connection

June 4, 2018 – “Reading’s Entrepreneurs’ Connection Announces Kauffman FastTrac® Entrepreneur Training Program”

We Need Books

February 8, 2018 – “Local Nonprofit Partners with Greek Nonprofit to Aid Refugees”

MELTDOWN: Based on True Events

November 22, 2017 – “JML Films LLC has partnered with EUE/Sokolow to develop a TV limited series based on true events about the 1979 nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island.”

July 6, 2017 – “Humanitarian Social Innovations Sponsors Movie on Lasting Impact of Three Mile Island Disaster”

Bethlehem Women of Excellence

November 13, 2017 – “Organizations Collaborate to Assist Area Poor”

Overcoming Odds

May 1, 2017 – “I Am on a Mission to Revolutionize the Adoption Process”

Great Girls Scholarship

April 11, 2017 – “Humanitarian Social Innovations Partners With Scholarship Program”


La Befana and Friends

"Madison native writes book to inspire small acts of kindness."

Fox 61, January 7, 2021, interview by Audrey Kuchen

Y.E.A.H. Philly

"This successful Black-led org couldn't get a loan that wasn't predatory. Philanthropy needs to step up."

Generocity, November 17, 2020, by Sarah Martinez-Helfman

Mountain Bike Afghanistan

"These Afghan Women are Defying the Patriarchy--On Bikes"

Bicycling, October 12, 2020, by Farid Noori

“Young Afghans Look to Mountain Biking as a Means to Transcend Conflict”
The Diplomat, November 5, 2019, by Ian J. Lynch

“Farid Noori, Mountain Bike Afghanistan”
iamtedking Podcast, July 2018

“Student Hopes to Represent Afghanistan at 2020 Olympics
Middlebury College Online Newsroom, May 15, 2018

“Farid Noori ’18 Looks to Blaze a Trail with Mountain Biking”
Middlebury Campus Newspaper, March 14, 2018

Bringing Up a Bookworm

“Nonprofit Kindled by Teacher’s Fervor for Early Reading”
Reading Eagle, April 27, 2018

Overcoming Odds

“He was a Russian orphan. Now he’s a podcast host changing lives.”
The American Statesman, June, 2018

Humanitarian Social Innovations

“The Business of Making a Better World”
Gettysburg: Our College’s Magazine, Winter 2016