Change Makers Edition, Volume 1

Last month Jeengle received lots of feedback about celebrating noisy change makers. So much feedback, in fact, that we’ve decided to make it a thing – a monthly-newsletter-sort-of-thing.

Introducing Change Makers Edition – a newsletter showcasing first-hand impact from the organizations on Jeengle’s platform that your donations directly impact.

These makers come in all forms – children, adults, teams, individuals, women, men – animals. Just ideas wrapped in some empathy, topped with some humanity – and sprinkled with integrity and agenda.

We celebrate these change makers because although change should be easy – it’s not the status quo. 

Lending A (Literal) Hand.

Joseph Huff has been drawing inspiration from his local 4-H STEM club since he was nine years old. Specifically, he grew a natural liking for 3D printing. By the time Joseph reached 13, he realized he could use his skills to help others. While volunteering with the 3D printers in the 4‑H STEM maker trailer at the Utah County fair, Joseph crossed paths with a young boy without a hand. This encounter encouraged Joseph to use his passion and knowledge to create something more than just a prosthetic. Instead, he was driven to create a prosthetic hand that actually operated like a real hand.

In the article that was originally published by the National 4-H Council, it goes on to say,

“His first hand snapped in half!

Through trial and error and the passion to make it work, Joseph learned by doing. His knowledge of design and slicing software helped him to correct the positioning of the lines the printer uses to create the hand, printing a hand with greater density horizontally instead of vertically.

After printing about 25 hands, Joseph’s patience, persistence and confidence in his abilities paid off. The result of learning by doing?  A hand that could hold its own, activated by the palm to open and close.

Joseph was also able to create smaller hands for children, who grow out of their prosthetics quickly, and was approached by a neighbor who lost a thumb through an accident with a saw. Branching out a bit, he even created and entered it into the Utah County Fair a 3D pen that made it to the Utah State Fair.”

Creating Opportunity Through Community Farming.

22-year old Duracier walks several miles in 90-degree heat to participate in a weekly community farming group organized by Rise Against Hunger. This particular class has 50 attendees, 10 of which are female – and Duracier is the youngest of those 10. By providing communities with new farming techniques, women like Duracier are given the opportunity to generate and sell more competitive produce at their local markets. Duracier lives with her mother and stopped attending school at a very early age because her mother could not afford it. Duracier’s intent is to use her income to attend school and become a nurse – and has already started to support both herself and her mother by raising corn and rice.

In the article that was originally published by Rise Against Hunger, it goes on to say,

“Most of the women who attended brought their children to the class, or showed up a few minutes late. Seeing the women trickle in made it clear that it doesn’t matter when they showed up — what matters is the drive for a better life that inspired them to make time for the class, regardless of how late they were or if they had to bring their children.

She shares, ‘The class was very helpful. I’ve learned that if you have a plant it can die, but I’m inspired to learn how to take care of them — like I will one day take care of people when I become a nurse.’

Providing access to new techniques in a saturated market gives women like Duracier the opportunity to generate and sell more competitive produce at their local markets. Learning proper farming techniques will lead Duracier to the life she’s dreamed of as a nurse!”

Songs For The Heart.

In the spirit of the holidays, the American Heart Association recently revealed that half of the royalties from “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” are contributed to their organization. In fact, the nonprofit’s proceeds from songwriter Kim Gannon’s estate have added up to about $3.3 million. Gannon, who died in 1974, left behind a will that bequeathed half of his songs’ royalties to the American Heart Association. Gannon, a Brooklyn native whose full name was James Kimball Gannon, wrote the lyrics to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in 1943 to voice the sentiments of a soldier serving overseas during World War II.

In the article that was originally published by American Heart Association, it goes on to say,

“Some initially found it too melancholy – the BBC actually banned it as a danger to troop morale because the song concludes, ‘I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.’

But when Bing Crosby recorded it, the song became an immediate hit and a perennial Christmas staple. Artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson have released their own versions, with no end in sight.

American Heart Association also receives royalties from five other songwriters, four book authors and the images of movie star Joan Crawford and Shoeless Joe Jackson, the baseball great who was banned from the game after the 1919 World Series gambling scandal.”