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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The Pony Express organization in Santa Rosa helps young people deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
The Pony Express Equine Assisted Skills for Youth
Carrie Hodousek
February 27, 2020 - 6:18 pm
People suffering from anxiety or depression may find better results by riding on a horse rather than reclining on a therapist's couch. That's the philosophy at a center in Santa Rosa which reins in mental illness among young people by saddling them on horses.
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A box of the overdose antidote Naloxone Hydrochloride sits on a counter at a Walgreens store on February 2, 2016 in New York City.
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Carrie Hodousek
February 21, 2020 - 9:59 am
As overdose deaths continue to rise in San Francisco, a citywide project is working to tackle the problem by teaching people how to administer a life saving drug.
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Vanessa Ogbu, left, became a mentor through Oakland Promise to Tillena Sylva who was the first person in her family to enter college. The nonprofit provides mentors to raise the college graduation rate of students from Oakland.
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Carrie Hodousek
February 13, 2020 - 2:29 pm
Only 10% of Oakland high school graduates finish college within four years, but the Oakland Promise mentorshp program is trying to raise the success rate of students.
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Anne Devereux- Mills, left, in a photo on her Facebook account from September 2018.
Anne Devereux- Mills
Carrie Hodousek
February 05, 2020 - 12:17 pm
San Francisco-based author Anne Devereux-Mills has been working to harness the power of female connection since being simultaneously hit years ago with the loss of her high-powered job and a cancer diagnosis.
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"Team Stacey" raises money for Alzheimer's research after a surprising diagnosis
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Carrie Hodousek
January 21, 2020 - 4:24 pm
A San Ramon couple is working to raise money to end Alzheimer’s in response to an unexpected diagnosis in the family.
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Ryan Kyote, a 10 year old in Napa, was named as one of TIME magazine's heroes of 2019 for helping pay off classmates' lunch debts.
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Carrie Hodousek
January 09, 2020 - 2:20 pm
The simple gesture of buying pizza in the lunchroom for his classmate put 10-year-old Ryan Kyote of Napa on track to force schools throughout California to change the way poorer children get lunch.
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Students at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School make sandwiches for homeless people through teacher Brett Lorie's 10,000 Lunches nonprofit.
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Carrie Hodousek
December 21, 2019 - 10:07 am
An East Bay teacher has set an ambitious goal for his students to make 10,000 lunches for the homeless each year.
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Joe Bologna formed surprisingly deep connections with the customers who lived on his Walnut Creek mail route.
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Carrie Hodousek
December 12, 2019 - 1:32 pm
It’s not often people get to form a special bond with their mail carrier, yet that's exactly what happened with Joe Bologna who deliverred letters and packages in Walnut Creek for 38 years. Reporter Carrie Hodousek has the story in this week's Difference Makers.
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Sandy Preto beat breast cancer and started Notes4Hope to help others with the disease.
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Carrie Hodousek
December 04, 2019 - 1:43 pm
An East Bay breast cancer survivor is working to raise awareness about the disease through Notes4Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to the healing power of music.
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Steve left) and Gordon met through the Mon Ami program and hiked in Tilden Regional Park.
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Carrie Hodousek
November 26, 2019 - 11:47 pm
Senior citizens often need all the help they can get when it comes to building social connections as they age. Mon Ami, based in Palo Alto, is an organization that is working to fill that communication gap.
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