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Entries beginning with "W"

Waddles, Charleszetta

In1956 Charleszetta Waddles started providing the poor of Detroit with food, clothing, job hunting skills and other necessities at "Mother Waddles' Perpetual Mission." Mostly, she said, what she does is “love the hell out of folks.”
  • community development
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Michigan
Home when commended: North America, US, Michigan
Home now: North America, US, Michigan
Gender: F (female)
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Wade, Barbara

Barbara Wade of Miami FL was a social worker with the Miami police force gang detail when she asked gang members to draw up their own dream program. The kids came up with bylaws, procedures and a mix of activities including weekly support groups and encounter sessions, GED classes, sports and field trips. Wade quit her job to become fulltime volunteer director of the program the kids designed; she supports herself as a consultant and lecturer.

  • education
  • public safety
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Florida
Home when commended: North America, US, Florida
Home now: North America, US, Florida
Gender: F (female)
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Wadeya, Bashir

The Mpolyagiere Foundation’s outreach team--Rose Kawarach, Mary Kyabanagwe, Enoch Magala, Ritah Nassuuna, Dylan Patterson, Bashir Wadeya, and Ronnie Wandera--have worked round the clock in dangerous rural Ugandan villages to launch a community-based campaign to stop the spread of AIDS/HIV. All the Ugandan team members are college grads, choosing to do this work rather than taking their degrees into safe, well-paying city jobs. Dylan Patterson, an undergrad in the US, has served with them, using his savings from summer jobs to get there and help pay for supplies.

  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Uganda
Home when commended: Africa, Uganda
Home now: Africa, Uganda, North America, USA
Gender: M (male)
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Wagner, Scott

Scott Wagner is a long-distance runner from Florida with Down's Syndrome; he endures the taunts and condescension of others to compete in marathons and half-marathons, running to benefit charities. Wagner practices running every day with his friend, psychologist David Nathanson, while also holding down a job in the community.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Florida
Home when commended: North America, US, Florida
Home now: deceased
Gender: M (male)
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Walden, Richard

Richard Walden of Los Angeles CA left a lucrative career in corporate law to start Operation California, a private international emergency relief program that he runs with such dash he's become known as the "Charity Buccaneer.” Using his own money and donations he’s talked others into giving, he provides short-term disaster relief as well as long-term assistance in educational, health, and community projects in over a hunded countries.

  • international aid
Giraffe work location(s): global
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Waldron, Gary

Gary Waldron of New York NY left his safe corporate job to invest all his time and savings in creating an inner-city herb farm where he hired and trained neighborhood people to raise quality herbs for New York's top restaurants.

  • community development
  • ethnicity/minorities
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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Walk, Sharon

Founding a 100-member support network and serving as its leader could tire anyone out. For young Sharon Walk of Florham Park NJ, who lives daily with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the effort could be life-threatening. Walk goes on because her regular newsletters, telephone calls, advice and encouragement are so vital to other young people with CFSs.

  • health/public health/disabilities
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, New Jersey
Home when commended: North America, US, New Jersey
Home now: North America, US, New Jersey
Gender: F (female)
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Walker, Amye

Amye Walker and her family—Morris, Skye and Lynn Walker—created a traveling show of skits and songs about saving the environment. They performed at schools and colleges all over the US.
  • education
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: F (female)
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Walker, Lynn

Lynn Walker and her family—Morris, Skye and Amye Walker—created a traveling show of skits and songs about saving the environment. They performed at schools and colleges all over the nation.

  • education
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: F (female)
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Walker, Morris

Morris Walker and his family—Skye, Lynn and Amye Walker—created a traveling show of skits and songs about saving the environment. They performed at schools and colleges all over the nation.

  • education
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: M (male)
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Walker, Richard Jr.

Richard Walker of Marshfield MA gave up his career in business when he learned that an agency was closing that ran programs for over 700 of the area's mentally and physically handicapped adults. Walker took over the program, using his life savings to cover payroll costs, and going unpaid himself until the program was in the black.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Massachusetts
Home when commended: North America, US, Massachusetts
Home now: North America, US, Massachusetts
Gender: M (male)
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Walker, Skye

Skye Walker and his family—Morris, Lynn and Amye Walker—created a traveling show of skits and songs about saving the environment. They performed at schools and colleges all over the nation.

  • education
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, Oregon
Home now: North America, US, Oregon
Gender: M (male)
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Wallace, Don

Don and Fran Wallace of Seattle WA campaign to save others from lead poisoning after being nearly killed by the lead glaze on their own coffee mugs. They spent half a million dollars buying and testing pottery for lead, lobbying for tighter federal controls, and developing an inexpensive test kit people can use to test for lead in their homes.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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Wallace, Fran

Fran and Don Wallace of Seattle WA campaign to save others from lead poisoning after being nearly killed by the lead glaze on their own coffee mugs. They spent half a million dollars buying and testing pottery for lead, lobbying for tighter federal controls, and developing an inexpensive test kit people can use to test for lead in their homes.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: F (female)
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Wallace, Fran and Don

Don and Fran Wallace of Seattle WA campaign to save others from lead poisoning after being nearly killed by the lead glaze on their own coffee mugs. They spent half a million dollars buying and testing pottery for lead, lobbying for tighter federal controls, and developing an inexpensive test kit people can use to test for lead in their homes.
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: C (couple)
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Wallace, MIke

Mike Wallace of Hutchinson KS is a member of Vietnam Revisited, a crew of veterans intent on rebuilding the country they once fought in. They began by removing land mines they laid 25 years earlier, and went on to help supply medical facilities in Vietnam. (See also Nate Genna, Robert Dalton, Bill Johnson and Frank Noe.)

  • international aid
  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Vietnam
Home when commended: North America, US, Kansas
Home now: North America, US, Kansas
Gender: M (male)
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