Introducing the vision for the 2011 Help-Portrait event on 10 December 2011. Founder, Jeremy Cowart, explains how we’re doing things a little different this year.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips  |  2 Comments
  • Sher Sher

    Help Portrait Project
    Sher | 03/11/2011 6:15 PM

  • Sally White Sally White

    Sally, Eric and I were thinking that we could come take portraits at the DHC. See the attached video. The participants would get a copy that they could give for a holiday gift, we could post a copy at the DHC. They don't have to give one to pat on line, altho some might want to. What do you think? Let's talk more if you're interested. Julia
    Sally White | 05/11/2011 5:44 PM

First, welcome to the 505 new members that have joined within the past 10 days. We’re honored that you’re a part of our community and the international movement of Help-Portrait.


Leaders—I need your help.

We’ve been using this community site for the past two years of Help-Portrait and we’re running into a problem: the groups are out of date and inconsistently titled, making it difficult for new members to find groups and get plugged in. Here’s where you come in:

1. Please update the title of your group to the following format: City, State/Providence, Country – 2011

Here are the instructions on how to make that change:

  • Go to group home page
  • > Options
  • > Edit Group
  • Make change to group name
  • > Save

If the group you are using no longer has an active owner or admin, please email us at and send us a link to your group along with the name of the new leader. We will make that change for you.

2. If you are leading a group, we need to hear from you TODAY!

Please take a moment to fill out this form so we can contact you for potential local press opportunities, donation processes, and other miscellaneous needs.

Finally, we realize that many of you aren’t using the community site as your group gathering place. In the best interest of new members, please be sure your group is registered on the community site so that new members can easily find you.

Thanks again for all that you are doing to help make this years Help-Portrait the best yet.

Kyle Chowning
Executive Director
Help-Portrait, Inc.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011  |  Category: Updates  |  4 Comments
  • ~AR ~AR

    Link is broken to the Leader sign up form. here is the correct link:
    ~AR | 28/10/2011 7:43 PM

  • Fred Norris Fred Norris

    In the above group name format it should say Province, NOT providence.
    Fred Norris | 29/10/2011 12:07 AM

  • Susan Sermoneta Susan Sermoneta

    I can't find anything for 2011 in any of the five boroughs of NYC. I've looked several times in the past few weeks. I've participated before and loved it, but it appears nobody is organizing this year. Or are they?
    Susan Sermoneta | 31/10/2011 1:28 PM

  • Stanley-Carl Stanley-Carl

    Hi. I've completed the form as the leader of our group although the form does not fit how our group is set up. In short: Ubuntu Help-Portrait [] is Johannesburg based and started shooting portraits on 24 September 2011 and will continue until 10 December 2011 at over 100 locations [listed here:]. We are also coordinating other volunteers in other towns in addition to Johannesburg. Our website home page [] contains all the information about our activities although we use the community site for all events and volunteer communication. Regards, Stanley-Carl du-Pont
    Stanley-Carl | 03/11/2011 4:38 AM

Check out this inspiring guest post at A traffic accident left Shaun bound to a wheelchair. As part of his therapy, he was encouraged to take up a creative hobby.

Photography has become an emotional outlet for Shaun in the past six months. He talks about the challenges and benefits he’s receiving from it, and has some advice for able-bodied photographers as well.

“My photos are not as technically brilliant as many of your authors – but that’s not what photography is about for me,” he writes. “For me it is a part of getting well and celebrating life, something I never thought I’d do again.”

Read more: Camera Therapy: How Photography Gave Me Hope Again

Posted on Oct 26, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  1 Comment
  • Yuba City Photographers Yuba City Photographers

    Keep up the good work Shaun. The inspiration generated by someone who begins at an inferior position exceeds those who start from ground level. Keep it up and you'll shoot photos as good as the best pros.
    Yuba City Photographers | 04/11/2011 6:48 PM

We recently announced some big changes to Help-Portrait. 1. We’re going to start showing the photos if the subjects want us to. 2. We’re going to have them draw and write on their actual photos and tell their stories. 3. We’re going to hand the cameras over and let them do some shooting.

I’m so excited to show you what this looks like, finally.

I ran a small Help-Portrait event Sunday in downtown Los Angeles at what’s known as “The toughest block in the U.S.” We were at the Union Rescue Mission at Skid Row. I’m new to LA and had no idea what to expect. But I was excited about trying all our new ideas this year: showing the photos, telling the stories ON the photos, having people sign model releases, handing the camera over, etc…

Here’s how each went:

Handing the camera over: Easy. No-brainer. They loved it. I had several people telling me about how they had wanted to be a photographer in the past but had to give up due to their situation. Their eyes lit up when I told them that they could be the photographer this time. It was a big deal and made me really excited to hand over my camera…

Showing their photos: Every single person happily signed a model release. (We’re absolutely okay if someone doesn’t want to. We will always respect and honor those wishes.) But each person was almost giddy at the idea of their photo being splashed on our website and on the Internet. In fact, some of them asked me to “promise” them it would go online. They asked for our web address and wanted to know when they could see themselves on the Internet (we’re working on a solution to that right now). Just like the photos themselves, this is also something we take for granted: having our photos online. It’s very special for someone to have a nice picture online that they can send to relatives, etc., especially in time for the holidays. This new direction was a big hit.

The stories on the photos. I printed at least two pictures of every image – one for them and one for us. For our picture, they wrote something ON the photo. I told them to write anything. Literally anything. Whatever the day meant to them, or whatever they wanted to say to the world or about themselves. This was their chance to speak their minds. I don’t have to explain how powerful this was. You can see for yourselves below.

With all these new additions, it made it very clear that this year is going to be more special than ever. I cannot WAIT to see the stories and photos that emerge from your events in a few weeks.

Til then!



Posted on Oct 25, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips  |  51 Comments
  • em em

    this is absolutely beautiful. so excited about this.
    em | 25/10/2011 5:00 PM

  • adhit adhit

    i love the idea, that's wonderful thing
    adhit | 25/10/2011 5:06 PM

  • Dan Falvo Dan Falvo

    Love it. !!!
    Dan Falvo | 25/10/2011 5:08 PM

  • Ivona Ivona

    I love everything about it. The mother/daughter photo got to me...
    Ivona | 25/10/2011 5:09 PM

  • victoria mitchell victoria mitchell

    i can not wait to see the action here in Nashville! super pumped :)
    victoria mitchell | 25/10/2011 5:13 PM

  • Dani Dani

    God bless you all
    Dani | 25/10/2011 5:13 PM

  • lise lise

    lise | 25/10/2011 5:17 PM

  • david david

    Great twist to a great project.
    david | 25/10/2011 5:19 PM

  • Eric Eric

    Awesome... what a great way to give back. Can't wait for this year!
    Eric | 25/10/2011 5:19 PM

  • Heather Heather

    What an awesome thing to do! Just made my day seeing this and the good you have done.
    Heather | 25/10/2011 5:19 PM

  • Jack Jack

    This is much more inspirational than thanking the photos and just giving it to them. I love it.
    Jack | 25/10/2011 5:34 PM

  • Erin Erin

    Amazing! How empowering.
    Erin | 25/10/2011 5:34 PM

  • Andre Andre

    This is awesome. Really looking forward to the big day!
    Andre | 25/10/2011 5:40 PM

  • Sohail Khwaja Sohail Khwaja

    most wonderful idea. Kudos.
    Sohail Khwaja | 25/10/2011 5:42 PM

  • jana jana

    amazing. so beautiful and powerful it made me cry. keep up the good work.
    jana | 25/10/2011 5:59 PM

  • Kari Nichols Kari Nichols

    I don't know any of these people, yet can't wait to see the next picture & read the writings of each one of them! You do such important things, and they're all based out of the perfect place in your soul!!! I would love to be a part of this someday soon!
    Kari Nichols | 25/10/2011 6:08 PM

  • Tara Leigh Tara Leigh

    This is incredible. I love their faith! So encouraged by the people in these photos.
    Tara Leigh | 25/10/2011 6:10 PM

  • mightymission mightymission

    mightymission | 25/10/2011 6:10 PM

  • Gail Gail

    The portraits tell part of the story, the messages tell more--wonderful idea!
    Gail | 25/10/2011 6:34 PM

  • Leroy Skalstad Leroy Skalstad

    With all the hardships that come from living on the streets the one thing I remember the most is the loss of individuality. Thanks Jeremy for helping raise awareness that each person is a unique soul. Leroy, Formerly homeless Vietnam veteran .
    Leroy Skalstad | 25/10/2011 6:46 PM

  • Jorge Ivan Jorge Ivan

    I am no longer associated with the photographer who introduced me to your project. I do remember however that there was an agreement with an entity that had agreed to donate 8 X 10 prints. It might have been Wallgreens. Is that still in place? I'm considering offering my services and recruiting make up people and maybe hair stylists but can't afford the printing costs. Please advise. Thank you.
    Jorge Ivan | 25/10/2011 6:49 PM

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    z. lynn | 25/10/2011 7:44 PM

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  • Jen May Jen May

    It was definitely an incredible event--looking forward to doing it again on Dec 10th!
    Jen May | 25/10/2011 9:30 PM

  • Stewart Uy Stewart Uy

    For a few years now I"ve been taking portraits of the homeless people i've come across and was able to spend some time with. I love what you're doing here and I praise God for putting into your heart reach out to those who are looked over. I wish I had the materials to allow people to write on their photograph! That idea is genius!!!
    Stewart Uy | 25/10/2011 11:06 PM

  • Daralynn Daralynn

    This is awesome!
    Daralynn | 26/10/2011 12:53 AM

  • Branden Harvey Branden Harvey

    I love this.
    Branden Harvey | 26/10/2011 1:16 AM

  • Ivan Boden Ivan Boden

    Ivan Boden | 26/10/2011 2:12 AM

  • Scott Huck (@scotthuckphoto) Scott Huck (@scotthuckphoto)

    this is fantastic! I can't wait to participate again this year!
    Scott Huck (@scotthuckphoto) | 26/10/2011 2:15 AM

  • che roa che roa

    SUPERB! <3
    che roa | 26/10/2011 2:17 AM

  • Kathy Fulton Kathy Fulton

    The BEST!! So inspiring and honest.....beautiful!!
    Kathy Fulton | 26/10/2011 3:44 AM

  • Holly Holly

    Holly | 26/10/2011 4:28 AM

  • Richard Danter Richard Danter

    Richard Danter | 26/10/2011 9:08 AM

  • Teena McMichaelname* Teena McMichaelname*

    LOVE IT !!!!! This is a wonderful idea! Whoever thought this one up deserves a medal. May this help many, mant ppl. And open the eyes of those who can help.message*
    Teena McMichaelname* | 26/10/2011 12:59 PM

  • Mark Bush @ Catchlight Photography Mark Bush @ Catchlight Photography

    I'd love to see this done in Evansville! Count me in!
    Mark Bush @ Catchlight Photography | 26/10/2011 1:10 PM

  • Lilimar Lilimar

    WOW!!! Amazing how much a stranger can teach you if you take the time to listen to their story.
    Lilimar | 26/10/2011 2:48 PM

  • Connie Riley Connie Riley

    GREAT pictures & stories of how GOD is working in their life. Thank you for sharing this. I want to help in DALLAS area, just day and time hasn't worked out. I want to take pictures. Blessings
    Connie Riley | 26/10/2011 3:43 PM

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  • Shannon McFerren Shannon McFerren

    NOW I'm excited! This will touch them, but God will touch me more, I have a feeling.....
    Shannon McFerren | 26/10/2011 8:28 PM

  • Juli L. Juli L.

    This is so wonderful! Thank you to all of you for sharing. What beautiful people! :)
    Juli L. | 26/10/2011 8:40 PM

  • Jenny Hansen Jenny Hansen

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! You guys are truly amazing! Such an inspiration!
    Jenny Hansen | 26/10/2011 9:02 PM

  • Matt Carter Matt Carter

    I loved seeing all of these photographs with each person's unique individual touch. Thank you for doing this. I know it's encouraging to not only the subjects of the photos, but also to myself and everyone who sees these images. Thank you for serving and glorifying God the way that you do through Help-Portrait!
    Matt Carter | 27/10/2011 5:57 AM

  • Charlene Chavez Charlene Chavez

    This is great to lift up their spirits and remind them they are people and that they matter no matter what their story is!
    Charlene Chavez | 27/10/2011 5:28 PM

  • ~AR ~AR

    Awesome! Love the idea! The personalization of the portraits is extremely moving! I'm going to talk this over with the other photographers that are doing the event I'm doing the H-P event with this year, and I know we're going to use some of these ideas! Great job! Do you happen to have a PDF of the release you used? Would make good resource material for the event.
    ~AR | 28/10/2011 7:37 PM

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  • Stephanie D Stephanie D

    All of these amazing photos made me cry. I love their stories and the new changes. Can't wait to be part of this amazing event this year!
    Stephanie D | 10/11/2011 9:34 PM

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From the beginning of our movement nearly three years ago, photographers and volunteers around the world have embraced the Help-Portrait ethos: that is giving, not taking photos. It’s never been about the photographer or his skills or what he has to offer. It’s always been about connecting with and giving back to the subject. And you all have gotten that – really gotten that – since day one. It’s been amazing to see such a generous spirit permeate these events around the world.

Because of that, countless stories have emerged. From families who have never had their portrait made together, to mothers and daughters reconciling, to rehabilitated men starting a new life symbolized with a picture …. Help-Portrait is rife with stories of hope. The stories that Help-Portrait events generate make up the most magical and meaningful part of this movement. And we’ve neglected to tell them. Until now.

(I, Jeremy, as the founder of this movement, felt it was best to not show the photos. I didn’t want this movement to be about photography. But I underestimated you and the rest of the community. You all instantly caught on to the spirit of Help-Portrait and I’m so grateful for that. But now I’m realizing just how much we’ve kept the world from seeing and experiencing. This year, I want to let them in our little secret.)

On that note, we have three big announcements to share. (Please keep in mind that these are simply ideas and options for your event, and by no means mandatory to be an official Help-Portrait event.)

1. This year, for the first time, we’re going to allow for the photos to be shown, if our subjects want them to be.

Now before you get too panicked, hear us out.

Simply put, we’ve been hiding the magic of Help-Portrait. We’ve kept more than 100,000 portraits and 100,000 stories all to ourselves. Now imagine how our movement would grow if we shared these photos and stories? The movement spreading = more lives being impacted. That’s our singular goal.

And of course, if anyone does not want their photo shown for any reason, we will completely honor that request and keep the portraits private. In addition, portraits will never be sold or used to make a profit.

We’ve seen in years past that many people WANT to tell their story and share their photos. For the first time, they’ve seen themselves in a new light. They’re proud and WANT to let the world know how far they’ve come. We want to allow them to do that!

We’ll follow up with complete details about how to share the photos in the coming days. One requirement is that they must have the Help-Portrait watermark in the bottom right corner before posting or sharing. We’ll give you everything you need.

But let’s not just post pictures on the Internet, let’s truly make this a party and celebrate these stories of hope, reconciliation and reunited families!

2. This year, let’s let our subjects take the photos!

That’s right. Put your camera on a tripod or just simply hand over your camera. Let a child take a photo of his mother or vice versa. Let a former gang member take photo of his friends. Let a sick child take a portrait of her friend. Let them take a photo of YOU, the photographer, for fun. Let’s encourage creativity and let our subjects discover the pure joy of photography, and let’s encourage them in their gifts. This isn’t about us anyway, right? So why do we need to take the photos? Let’s be the teachers, not the photographers, this year.

3. What if instead of just filing people through the line and having their portrait made, we invite them to stick around and tell their story ON their actual photo? 

This is a new vision for the actual portraits that we’re excited to tell you about.

Imagine doing a Google Image search of Help-Portrait and seeing thousands of portraits pop up and each photo has a simple story told on it by the person in the photo. Just a couple lines… “Reunited mother and daughter after 30 years of separation”… or “This portrait represents the new me and where I’m going”… or “I’m going to beat this cancer.”

Or maybe the photo just has a simple drawing on it or something funny. Maybe the subject wants to draw bunny ears on themselves or their favorite number of their favorite athlete.

What we’re saying is: What if Help-Portrait now becomes an art project? 

Kids can use stickers, glue, glitter – whatever inspires them. Markers, pens, paper … words, phrases, stories … there are no parameters here. Just bring your art supplies and provide them with whatever you can. We believe that the portraits will transform into works of art that reflect their subject.

There are a couple ways of going about this:

  • Print two portraits: one for them to modify and one for them to frame. We’ll need you to share the modified art prints in a special Help-Portrait Flickr group after they’ve been watermarked with the Help-Portrait logo. (We’re okay if they just draw the Help-Portrait “hand” in the corner as the watermark.) We believe this unique set of art images will generate new interest in the movement and help us reach even more people in years to come.  (And imagine the Google Image Search :)


  • Print just one portrait for them to modify and then take home as their final portrait. Just be sure you scan it or take a photo of it before they leave if they want to share it.

    And of course, they don’t HAVE to do the art project. If they just want their portrait as usual, that’s okay with us as well.

Whew. So that’s it! Big changes huh? We couldn’t be more excited. It’s a new direction but the principle remains the same: This isn’t about us. Let this truly be a collaboration between the stylists, photographers, volunteers and the beautiful people we’re serving that day. Let’s break the walls down. Let’s pull out all the stops and make this a year that changed everything.


-The Help-Portrait Team

Posted on Oct 19, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers, H-P Tips, Updates  |  14 Comments
  • Peter Khauo Peter Khauo

    I love it! I think the idea is wonderful. I can't wait for it to start again this year!
    Peter Khauo | 19/10/2011 9:31 PM

  • James James

    This is actually just diluting the industry even more. There are already too many people expecting free photos. You don't see people in other industries giving away their time and expertise away for free, just to help.
    James | 19/10/2011 9:44 PM

  • Joe Joe

    That's really cool guys! There's nothing like the magic in a child's eyes when they hold a camera for the first time... good stuff! We made it a point ourselves to stick with who ever we shoot throughout the whole process, so we can learn their names and their stories. You guys are doing great with the updates and the news. Thanks for the added motivation to get going this year!
    Joe | 19/10/2011 9:57 PM

  • Tom Tom

    James, You have missed the point by so much that all I can do is shake my head. Jeremy, everyone at HP, this is wonderful. It's exciting to think of the impact this will make.
    Tom | 20/10/2011 12:10 AM

  • Amandalynn Amandalynn

    James, you're out of touch about what HP is about dude. This isn't about giving away service to your mooching neighbor or family friend, it's about giving back to your community. Furthermore, MANY professionals in other industries donate time and talent for causes they believe in. If you don't want to find the meaning in this movement, fine, but you're complaining to the wrong crowd. As for the original post - I love the artistic, community art element being incorporated into it, but I'm a little bummed this announcement wasn't made sooner.... It's coming somewhat late to those of us who have already been working hard at other plans.... I'd love to be able to incorporate some of these ideas into my local hp event, but it would have been nice to have gotten this direction/suggestion earlier. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing the results from other groups :)
    Amandalynn | 20/10/2011 1:23 AM

  • Sharley Sharley

    James, actually there are other industries willing to donate their time, resources, money and other things, especially during the holiday to help those less fortunate. Perhaps you need to rethink you career choice or maybe just rethink your outlook. It's a shame that someone will try to put down an organization that is about helping people.
    Sharley | 20/10/2011 1:46 AM

  • Kyle Kyle

    James, is a construction company that volunteers their time and provides materials to build a house for Habitat for Humanity or similar organization for a family that otherwise wouldn't ever afford to live in their own home going to destroy the home building industry? No, that's dumb logic. Go troll somewhere else.
    Kyle | 20/10/2011 2:15 AM

  • lindsay lindsay

    First off.. i ENTIRELY disagree with James.. HOWEVER, I just wanted to express some concerns. 1) There needs to be SPECIFIC guidelines for sharing photos, even if only through the HP website. Rules such as "no personal branding or watermarks on HP images". This will stop people from trying to promote their own business through HP portraits. To me, that was the main reason why, as an organizer, I really pushed the rule of NO PORTRAITS ON THE INTERNET. I hated seeing people trying to use those photos to push their own brand in the vein of HP. 2) I don't like the idea of giving the camera to people to take portraits. I believe that really dilutes the message of Help-Portrait to GIVE portraits. I had found that the reason people were so moved by this movement was because they never had the experience of working with a professional photographer and getting that PROFESSIONAL picture. Even if a photographer sets up all of the lighting and puts the camera on a tripod, that person is not getting the experience of a professional portrait. I dont know about you, but I feel that the photographer behind the camera makes all the difference in the world - even if it's just a pre-set lighting set up. It's the pro who can really get the right moment and the perfect picture. I feel that by adding the element of creativity and art to it you are completely missing the point which is to give people something that they would love to have in their homes but wouldn't have without HP. I love the idea of writing a message. We actually did this in a few ways. Firstly, each person got an ID number - after the event they were encouraged to send a request for the digital files using their ID number - in that request form there was a check box asking "Would you like your picture and story to be shared" and then a comment field for them to tell their story. We received SOOO many really great stories that way yet we were able to avoid the mess of a craft area and didn't dilute the concept of giving great PORTRAITS and having the experience of feeling beautiful. When you start adding things to the experience of feeling great about yourself and start asking people to not only feel great about themselves but then to get creative adn write and draw, i think you might be asking alot. We also had a LOT of things for people to do while waiting. We didn't have lines - we had stations and people had numbers. We had magazine racks and a kids play area as well as food and music. We never felt that the people waiting were being cattle called in to line at all.. and we did about 300 portraits!
    lindsay | 20/10/2011 3:32 AM

  • Jerry Voelker Jerry Voelker

    I love this idea. The most amazing moments before were capturing pictures of people and families that had never had a photo taken. I love the idea of letting them capture the images. I'm excited by the idea of a little kid taking a picture of their parent - you know it is something they will be proud of for the rest of their lives.
    Jerry Voelker | 20/10/2011 4:34 AM

  • Tamara Okoti Tamara Okoti

    Lindsay: Kinda liking the idea of a form for them to fill out while they wait, with their story. Otherwise, I think that adding all that art stuff would create a bit too much mayhem plus mess. Last year we had trouble with one big paper and felts for the kids as it was. Secondly I agree that this is pretty late coming, and if you would like us to be able to share photos of any kind, you will have to provide a very good model release for everyone to use. I also agree that handing your camera to someone would take away from the "professional session" experience, however, I can see this working well with the candid photographers we will have around.
    Tamara Okoti | 20/10/2011 6:38 AM

  • Alan Mars Alan Mars

    I like #1 and I like #3. I'm a little cautious though about #2. I'm a little scared handing over a $3500 camera/lens to someone who doesn't know what they're doing. This makes me want to bring my old Rebel XT with a kit lens instead of my 5D Mark II and 24-105 L Series Lens which would really be a shame.
    Alan Mars | 20/10/2011 10:44 AM

  • carandavis carandavis

    Thanks for the feedback, guys, keep it coming. We also have another blog post coming with more detailed specifics.Thanks!
    carandavis | 20/10/2011 12:30 PM

  • carandavis carandavis

    Also, the team wanted to add that these are ideas and options for your event - we're not saying you have to do one or all or any of them. We think these ideas could help infuse some new life and creativity into Help-Portrait events but leaders and team members should manage their local events as they feel is best for their community.
    carandavis | 20/10/2011 4:21 PM

  • Lindsay Lindsay

    @Tamara - if you are going to put pictures ANYWHERE you absolutely have to have at least a model release, so if you want I can post the release that we used for you all to use as a template for creating your own. The release included the question "whats your story" and "do you want your story shared with your photo?" and "do you want your story shared but leave your photo out" We had published some stories not on our website, but in our press kit (all stories/photos were with permission). If you wanna see that you can download it here
    Lindsay | 20/10/2011 8:09 PM

Posted on Oct 13, 2011  |  Category: H-P Organizers  |  3 Comments
  • Charity from Suffolk, VA Charity from Suffolk, VA

    This is SUCH a moving video!! I can not wait to participate this year!!
    Charity from Suffolk, VA | 13/10/2011 4:51 PM

  • amy amy

    powerful...i can't wait either!
    amy | 29/10/2011 3:04 AM

  • Audrey_Indiana Audrey_Indiana

    As you can see this website is full of [url=]Copilot: add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 & 2000[/url]
    Audrey_Indiana | 03/02/2012 11:32 PM

2011 nobel peace prize winners

Just 12 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in history. But this year three women will share the honor. Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen (left), Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (right) and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (center) were named by the Norwegian Nobel Committee “for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.”

Posted on Oct 07, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

I think we can all think of one person to add to this today.

Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011)

Posted on Oct 06, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

H-P founder Jeremy Cowart recently did a fine art video for POTSC, and we thought you’d like to see it and learn more about this incredible group.

This film is what People of the Second Chance is all about: the beauty of radical grace in the midst of evil and darkness.

If you’d like to learn more about the movement, click here and check POTSC out on Twitter and Facebook. POTSC also invite you to take the conversation (and video) to your own blog, and let the world know how the video made you feel. Submit links to your blog below the video, and be a part of the bigger conversation!

Posted on Oct 05, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments
Oct 04

The F Word

In this new PSA from ONE, Bono, George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Idris Elba and more unite behind a new campaign to help focus the world’s attention again on the famine and food crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Sign this petition to send U.S. Congress this message:

The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands. Please fully fund Feed the Future and help break the cycle of famine for good.

Posted on Oct 04, 2011  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments