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Entries beginning with "T"

Tate, Cory

Cory Tate of Las Vegas NV has been for years a full-time volunteer and the sometime savior of Gleaners, Inc., the Las Vegas nonprofit that provides food to those in need. Tate mortgaged his own home to keep the Gleaners doors open. His spirit and his 60-75 hour work weeks kept Gleaners going, and have been an inspiration to 170 Gleaners spin-off groups across the U.S.
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Nevada
Home when commended: North America, US, Nevada
Home now: North America, US, Nevada
Gender: M (male)
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Taylor, Camilla

When she was 12 years old, Camilla Taylor of Cleveland Heights OH started a children's petition for a bilateral freeze on nuclear weapons. Criticized by some as a dupe, Camilla also braved negative peer pressure to take her petition into schools here and in Eastern Europe, finally presenting 110,000 signatures from children in 41 countries to leaders of the US and the USSR.

  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, national; Asia, Russia
Home when commended: North America, US, Ohio
Home now: North America, US, Illinois
Gender: F (female)
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Taylor, Cordelia

Nurse Cordelia Taylor was unhappy with the level of care at the nursing home where she worked, so she started her own. Giving up the safety and security of her suburban home, Taylor moved back into inner-city Milwaukee, opening Family House, where residents have both great care and maximum independence, and where the growing service's influence is driving out crime and drug -dealing in the neighborhood.

  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Wisconsin
Home when commended: North America, US, Wisconsin
Home now: North America, US, Wisconsin
Gender: F (female)
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Taylor, Mara Leigh

Mara Leigh “Coach” Taylor has worked tirelessly through GOGI—Going Out by Going In—a program she's created to reach men, women, and children in prisons and jails, helping them make better decisions about their lives and preparing for successful reentries into society. When she's not in a prison, working with inmates, she's writing books and making presentations about her work that help others follow her lead in helping inmates remake their lives.

  • criminal justice
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US
Home when commended: North America, U.S., California
Home now: North America, U.S., California
Gender: F (female)
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Tennison, Sharon

Sharon Tennison of San Francisco CA devoted years of her life to pioneering citizen diplomacy between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Tennison brought Soviets and Americans into each others' homes and spearheaded the shipment of food supplies and vitamins to Soviet families. With the collapse of the Soviet economic system, she began setting up exchanges between US business people and would-be entrepreneurs from Russia.

  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US; Asia, Russia
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: F (female)
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Terentyev, Andre

In 1988 Andrei Terentyev, a lifeguard at a Moscow swimming pool, convinced a team of volunteers to pay their own expenses so they could fly to Soviet Armenia and rescue people trapped under massive rubble following a devastating earthquake. Such volunteer efforts were unheard of in the USSR. Terentyev and his team saved 39 Armenian lives, risking their own lives repeatedly.

  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Armenia
Home when commended: Asia, Russia
Home now: Asia, Russia
Gender: M (male)
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Terry, Alice

Alice Terry of Royston GA worked around the clock to help her students create a 756-page waste-disposal plan for their county. The plan not only saved the Country enormous fines for not having such a plan, it also extended the life of the regional dump for 20 years. County officials started out patronizing the kids, but soon gave them the respect they had earned. (See also SWaMP Kids)

  • community development
  • government
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Georgia
Home when commended: North America, US, Georgia
Home now: North America, US, Georgia
Gender: F (female)
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Terry, Patricia

Patricia Terry of Mesa AZ founded SWADE (Second Wives of America Demanding Equality) to help second wives deal with the particular problems they face. Terry gives endless hours to counseling her fellow second wives.

  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Arizona
Home when commended: North America, US, Arizona
Home now: North America, US, Arizona
Gender: F (female)
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Teshome, Ezra

Ezra Teshome was raised with the understanding that one person’s troubles are shared by the entire community. Following that code, he puts his life and work in Seattle on hold over and over again to raise money and create solutions for the poverty, hunger, polio, lack of economic and educational resources and lack of water in his home country – Ethiopia.

  • community development
  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Ethiopia
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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Thayer, Rose Alyce

When Rose Alyce Thayer of Springfield VT lost her daughter to a serial killer, she converted her personal grief into a campaign to save other children, lobbying for stalking laws, immediate-search laws for missing children, and victim/witness advocates. She personally aids survivors, sometimes taking them into her home, and maintains an 800 number for victims of violent crime.
  • criminal justice
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Vermont; Connecticut
Home when commended: North America, US, Vermont
Home now: North America, US, Vermont
Gender: F (female)
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Thigpenn, Anthony

Anthony Thigpenn of Los Angeles, California, turned down a scholarship to attend a far-from-home university, instead attending a community college in his home state so he could focus on improving communities there. He created Jobs with Peace, a grassroots effort to champion the needs of the poor over those of the military-industrial complex, using the slogan  "Childcare, Not Warfare.” Thigpenn went on to organize larger and larger coalitions of people working for peace and justice.

  • community development
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Thomas MD, William

William Thomas is a physician who believes nursing homes should be places for living, not dying. Defying naysayers and regulators and putting his own career at risk, Thomas added pets, houseplants, children and gardens to the New York facility he directs. Today, his “Eden Alternative” approach is changing the face and heart of nursing homes everywhere.

  • elder issues
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, New York
Home when commended: North America, US, New York
Home now: North America, US, New York
Gender: M (male)
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Thomas, Jack Ward

Jack Ward Thomas of LaGrange OR, a US Forest Service biologist for 24 years, headed up the scientific committee that drew up the plan to protect the spotted owl, even though he knew controversy was inevitable and might endanger his career. Thomas received personal threats but stood behind the scientific accuracy of the report.

  • animal protection
  • environment
  • government
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Oregon
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: M (male)
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Thomas, Matt

Matt Thomas of Palo Alto CA dropped out of medical school to start Model Mugging, an original and highly effective program that trains women to defend themselves from attackers. As their trainer and a “model mugger,” Thomas was frequently knocked out and had several bones broken.

  • public safety
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Thompson, Bev

Bev and Earl Thompson of Clarks Grove MN turned a retirement jaunt to Nepal into a 100% commitment to the well-being of the people of western Nepal. The Thompsons moved to the Nepalese mountains to run medical, agricultural and literacy programs as full-time volunteers.
  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Nepal
Home when commended: North America, US, Michigan
Home now: North America, US, Michigan
Gender: F (female)
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Thompson, Earl

Earl and Bev Thompson of Clarks Grove MN turned a retirement jaunt to Nepal into a 100% commitment to the well-being of the people of western Nepal. The Thompsons moved to the Nepalese mountains to run medical, agricultural and literacy programs as full-time volunteers.
  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Nepal
Home when commended: North America, US, Michigan
Home now: North America, US, Michigan
Gender: M (male)
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