Facing prison time, Joe Hernandez of Armona was saved by an officer. Now, he volunteers to help others in the community of Hanford as a way of paying back a kindness that helped him turn his life around.
Kristina Garabedian of Fresno, who founded ShoeBox Sharing, gathers volunteers each year to make fleece blankets, then donates them and other supplies to people in Armenia, India, Rwanda, Bolivia and Romania, as well as local groups such as CASA,
Orthodontist Pat DiCiccio and his wife, Mischelle, work with Smile For a Lifetime at their practice, DiCiccio Orthodontics in Fresno, which provides free braces and oral care for 12 academically deserving teenagers each year. The DiCiccios are amo
Joanne Harland, 73, stops to feed Cheryl Raffeo's dog Bruce in the parking lot of a convenience store in Fresno. Harland, who also bakes treats about twice a week for patients receiving cancer treatments, feeds stray dogs 3-4 days a week. She is o
About 100 members of the San Joaquin Valley Fine Woodworkers Association spend part of the year building thousands of high-quality toys for disadvantaged children. Club president David Dunlap has coordinated the effort for years. He is one of .
Cathouse on the Kings founder Lynea Lattanzio gave up her home on the Kings River to open a no-kill shelter for cats and kittens and to provide spay and neuter services. Lattanzio is one of The Bee's .
Oakland Raiders Booster Club of Tulare & Kings Counties, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, has raised thousands of dollars for charitable groups, including Valley Children's Hospital and Good News Center & Bethlehem Center, says the
Audrey Riley founded of Spirit of Woman after fighting through her own struggles. She provides programs for women and children to help them cope with any of a variety of issues and empower them to gain their own voices. She is one of The Bee's .