Difference Makers

Difference Makers is KCBS Radio's ongoing series about extraordinary individuals improving the Bay Area.

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KCBS Radio's Difference Makers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make the Bay Area a better place to live and work. Every week, Carrie Hodousek shares a new story about someone who is dedicated to bringing hope and inspiring others.

If you would like to nominate someone as a KCBS Radio Difference Maker, e-mail differencemakers@kcbsradio.com.

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Sammy Wredberg is raising awareness and correcting misconceptions about blind people
Sammy Wredberg
Carrie Hodousek
July 30, 2020 - 8:00 am
Sammy Wredberg knows firsthand that there are a lot of misconceptions about blind people. So she's written a new book to bring awareness and educated sighted people.
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The teen-run Masks For All hands out masks to communities that need them.
Photo Credit: Michelle Song
Carrie Hodousek
July 23, 2020 - 5:00 am
A teen-run organization in San Francisco is making free face masks for those who need it as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
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Cupertino high school student Jonathan Dinh turned his baking hobby into a philanthropic effort
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Carrie Hodousek
July 16, 2020 - 9:08 am
A South Bay teen has launched his own baking non-profit to raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tanish Sathish collects donations for plasma to help recovering COVID-19 patients.
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Carrie Hodousek
July 09, 2020 - 5:00 am
When Tanish Sathish, 14, conducted research on COVID-19 for a school project, he discovered a need for convalescent plasma, the liquid portion of blood collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19. Now, he's collecting donations for convalescent plasma to help treat COVID-19 patients.
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All smiles at Faith Food Fridays in Vallejo.
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Carrie Hodousek
July 02, 2020 - 4:00 am
Ben Buggs has been organizing Faith Food Fridays in Vallejo since 2011, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, he knew families already struggling to make ends meet would need his help more than ever.
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Cedric DeRosas is one of many mentors that helps children starting at a young age.
KCBS Radio
Carrie Hodousek
June 25, 2020 - 6:00 am
With the COVID-19 crisis impacting low income communities of color, a local nonprofit is adapting its efforts to ensure that kids who already face obstacles are not left even further behind.
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Photographer Adam Jacobs is giving back using his own work.
Courtesy Adam Jacobs
Carrie Hodousek
June 18, 2020 - 4:00 am
An East Bay photographer is hoping to raise money for local charities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Farhan Himmati has created his own non-profit to help the homeless community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Courtesy Farhan Himmati
Carrie Hodousek
June 11, 2020 - 5:00 am
An East Bay medical student has created his own non-profit to help the homeless community during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Students and teachers learn to navigate stress during the pandemic.
Courtesy The Mindful Life Project
Carrie Hodousek
June 04, 2020 - 5:00 am
A Bay Area non-profit is helping teachers and students navigate stress in and out of the virtual classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Volunteer Tina You of Helping Hands Community, which started as a non-profit during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Carrie Hodousek
May 28, 2020 - 5:00 am
A Bay Area non-profit is connecting volunteers with vulnerable residents who need help shopping for essential items during the coronavirus outbreak.
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