The CNN Heroes initiative recognizes everyday people who help to change the world. Even after these do-gooders are highlighted for their commitment to helping others, some continue to find ways to reach even more people. Here's one great example:
Nominated and selected in 2008, Marie Da Silva and Carolyn LeCroy (pictured above) first met at the CNN Heroes awards ceremony that year. Both women were recognized for their volunteer work advocating for youth.
LeCroy is the founder of The Messages Project- a non-profit organization that supports the needs of children of incarcerated parents across the U.S. - and Da Silva is founder of the Jacaranda Foundation and Jacaranda School for Orphans, which provides free education, nourishment, health care, and home support to more than 400 children from her native country of Malawi in Africa.
With a shared passion of supporting at-risk youth, these CNN Heroes recently announced plans to join forces and extend the Messages Project to children in Malawi whose parents are in prison. LeCroy and Da Silva will travel to Malawi this August to film and deliver personalized video messages from the incarcerated parents to their children.
Learn more about the work of these CNN Heroes and others. And, if you know someone who is giving back in your community, nominations are open for the 2013 CNN Heroes through August 31, 2013. Find out how the process works and submit your nominations here.