CNN selects 10 for Volunteer Heroes awards

CNN has selected 10 nominees to receive its annual Volunteer Heroes awards, which this year recognized individuals and non-profit organisations working to make the world a better place.

The network honoured those honorees for a variety of their humanitarian endeavors. This year’s inaugural awards recipients come from the US, Venezuela, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

The 2018 Volunteer Heroes honorees include:

Brian David Johnston, of Minnesota, the leader of the Minnesota Hunger Coalition, which has reduced hunger and nutritional disparities in the state through its strategic distribution of nutritious foods.

Cheryl and Edward Poe, of Miami-Dade County, the supporters behind Trinity Renewal International, a faith-based nonprofit organization working to transform the lives of children and adults through structured faith-based initiatives.

Raquel Meija, of Venezuela, founding director of Zuntadego, which works to help refugees and immigrants in the country.

Kevin Wallace, of Gurnee, Illinois, the director of the Kid Rock Foundation, whose vision has helped transform the lives of underprivileged children in southern Illinois.

Sagar Sarin, of Houston, Texas, the founder of WaterSecure Foundation, an organization that provides clean water to rural communities in India.

Joni Maravich, of Nashville, Tennessee, the architect behind the Ja Rule Cares Foundation, which aims to improve educational opportunities for children in impoverished areas through guidance, financial assistance and mentorship.

Jose Plaza, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the primary driver behind Borne Global as a charity that empowers children living in poverty to create change by leading youth councils.

Susanna Berejiklian, of Sydney, Australia, the founder of the Australian Apprenticeship Association, a group that aims to identify and address existing youth employment gaps in Australia.

Colby Stroman, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the founder of 834 National, which helps first responders build relationships with students in recovery and treatment programs.

For more information about the Volunteer Heroes network, or how to nominate an individual or charity, visit

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