Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Win a copy of Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World

In his address to Congress last night, President Obama said,
"But in my life, I have also learned that hope is found in unlikely places; that inspiration often comes not from those with the most power or celebrity, but from the dreams and aspirations of ordinary Americans who are anything but ordinary."
Darius Graham is giving away a copy of his book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World to a lucky Have Fun * Do Good reader!

To enter the raffle to win a copy of this Indie Excellence Award winning book, leave a comment below about an "ordinary" person you know who is doing extraordinary things to change the world. Please include your email so I can contact you if you win.

If the person you write about has a website, or someone has done a story about them in the local paper, it would be great if you included that link as well. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009.

Darius is currently a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, and an Editor of the California Law Review.

In 2006, USA Today named him one of the Top 20 College Academic All-Stars, and the Governor of Florida awarded Darius with a Points of Light Award for his community service. While in Florida, Darius created Books All Around, Inc. , a nonprofit organization that promotes youth literacy. Darius currently serves on the Board of Directors of the McCullum Youth Court in Oakland, CA, and on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, DC.

You can learn more about Darius, and his book at

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  1. After 34 years in the Navy, Rick Koca "retired" - and started StandUp For Kids (S4K), a nonprofit that works with homeless and street kids. I've known Rick for years and have met few people as inspirational as he. Since he started S4K in San Diego, it has grown to over 30 programs in over 20 states, powered by over 2,500 volunteers.

    All because he saw an episode of "48 Hours" on street kids and decided to do something about it.

    AARP did a great short video on Rick -

    None of what he does is about him, ever. It's all about the kids. In every orientation and training he conducts, you'll hear him quote the line he asks his kids: "If I could do one thing for you today, what would that be?"

  2. My mentor, Marilyn, is an amazing women. She is a CEO of a nonprofit day program for adults with developmental disabilities. She grew her program so it now serves 700 people of varying abilities and allows them to express themselves through the art. While being CEO is her "job", the organization and it's mission is her passion. She lives for what she does and adds meaning to many individuals lives.

    My email address is

  3. Anonymous3:58 PM

    Hi Britt ~

    My sister Terri comes to mind, not to imply she is ordinary ~ She's successfully raised 3 children, attended Northeastern and earned her degree as an adult working mother and is an amazing photographer, for starters...

    The "extraordinary" thing Terri has done to change the world is the successful implementation of a mentoring program called Stand and Deliver for teens in the challenged community of Lawrence, MA. Working for Raytheon full-time, Terri put countless hours into developing and growing the Stand and Deliver program, pairing Raytheon employees with at-risk but motivated teens, with significant positive results.

    Stand and Deliver was started at a time when Corporate Social Responsibility was not a common term. Recently, Terri's paid position has come to include her work for Stand and Deliver ~ reflecting the change in corporate America to include and embrace the potential of true corporate social responsibility ~ to the benefit of all involved.

    I may have gotten a few of the facts wrong ~ but the end result is right on and a great example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change the world ~ in this case, one child at a time!

    Here's a link to an article, including some quotes from Terri, written about the importance of mentoring and the potential for using mentoring in a variety of service organizations:

    Thanks, Terri, for the inspiration and thanks as always, Britt, for your information and inspiration as well!

  4. That book looks really cool. Working in the credit union movement, I'm surrounded by ordinary people "being the difference!"

    But in my personal life, my wife constantly wows me. She is the mother of two little girls and works part-time (she stays home to watch them). In her little free time, she has taken on the hard task of rejuvenating the neighborhood association in our are in order to thwart the growing crime and other problems. In just over a year, she became president and after meeting after meeting, she is slowly making a difference. A few people that patronize her work even recognize her from the news!

  5. I picked Nancy's name out of a hat this morning (I really did use a hat!).


    Will you email your mailing address to me at britt AT DOT com?

    Thanks for all of the wonderful stories everyone. I'm going to highlight them today on Have Fun * Do Good.


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