True Stories of Good People is a podcast about people who are making a difference in other people's lives, or have had their lives changed by someone kind.
Grupo Folklorico Izcalli: Annel Alvarez and Stacey Valdez
After Annel Alvarez had her son Adrian, she was going through a pretty dark time in her life, feeling a sense of losing her identity. She knew she needed to do something to pull her out of it, but also knew she couldn’t do it alone—so she called up an old friend with an idea: “let’s start a dance troupe!” A pretty simple idea on its face, but what turned out to have so much power to build community, celebrate Hispanic culture, and provide space for healing.
Joy, Flowers and Community: Shanice Fleming
When Shanice Fleming left her career as a chef in New York City to start her own business as a farmer, her path seemed straight and clear. But with the help of mentors, community, and a beautiful epiphany, Shanice found something more—the desire to promote Black representation in the cut flower industry through her business, Queenz Cut Flower Farm.
Ice Cream and Neighborly Love: The Watson Family
The Watson family is committed to feeding their neighbors in their small town of Frazeysburg, Ohio. What started as a community food pantry has grown into an ice cream truck that delivers free hot meals—and of course, ice cream.
The Photographer Preserving WWII History: Jeff Rease
Photographer Jeff Rease is dedicated to honoring the stories of WWII veterans through portraiture. What started with one photograph in Alabama has grown into an international project featuring more than 290 veterans, and he has no plans of slowing down any time soon.
The Nerdettes: An All-Girls Robotics Team Inspiring their Community
When a high school all-girls robotics team from Huntsville, Alabama landed a seat at the Tech Challenge World Championships, they weren’t sure they would be able to afford to compete. Lucky for them, their local community came to the rescue. Their presence at the competition made history, and they continue to inspire other young women & girls in their community by showing there is a seat at the table for them in the world of robotics & STEM fields as a whole.
The Violin That's Making History: Anne Harris & Amanda Ewing
When a chance encounter on the internet brought together Anne, a Black female professional fiddle player, and Amanda, the only Black female violin maker in the United States, the serendipity wasn't lost on them. They immediately knew that with the help of their community, they could make history—and inspire others to live out their dreams.
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GoFundMe is a really cool platform, and this show gives you a closer look at the inspiring people making great things happen in their communities and beyond. The host does an excellent job guiding the conversations with empathy and care. Worth a listen!
This podcast inspires hope, community, generosity, and thankfulness. I am so grateful to have access to these stories of greatness about my fellow humans, who I wouldn't have heard of other wise. There is so much good in the world, and True Stories of Good People helps to bring it to light!
This is exactly the barriers of asking for help