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A Bunch Of Young Geniuses Just Made A Corrupt Corporation Freak Out Big Time. Time For Round Two.

When you've got giant energy companies this scared, you must be doing something right. At 3:38, I snorted. Just sayin'. And at 4:43, he explains brilliantly what's in it for you.

A Bunch Of Young Geniuses Just Made A Corrupt Corporation Freak Out Big Time. Time For Round Two.

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UPDATE (9/3/2013, 12 p.m. ET): New Era Colorado Executive Director Stephen Fenberg just emailed me to say: "The response from everyone across the country has been mind-blowing! We're getting a donation EVERY MINUTE. The momentum we're getting from you guys is AMAZING. Please keep sharing this, it's going to make such a huge difference. THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER."


UPDATE (9/3/2013, 9 p.m. ET): You guys more than doubled their original fundraising goal. Now they want to take it to the next level. Think you could help them break $100,000?

UPDATE (9/17/2013, 10 p.m. ET): You guys are INCREDIBLE. With a little more than 24 hours left in their campaign, you have managed to raise almost $175,000, and now there's a big donor willing to match dollar for dollar on any donations over the next day to help them reach $200,000. I am kind of freaking out.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.