Values-in-Action Foundation is a character-building education and training organization. Through school workshops, community events, leadership training and media programs, Values-in-Action empowers teens and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect by putting their values-in-action wherever they go.
Purple America is a national initiative of Values-in-Action Foundation to re-focus the American conversation to a civil, productive and respectful dialogue around our shared values. To see America's shared values and get involved, go to www.purpleamerica.us
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Awards and Past Honorees:
The Rescuer of Humanity Award recognizes and honors an individual or an organization of national or international stature, that has chosen to use their leadership beyond professional or institutional requirements to positively change the course of humanity.
Prior recipients of the Rescuer of Humanity Award include The Ohio Innocence Project, Darrell Scott, NFL Star Steve Gleason and Dr. Raymond Onders, The Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Lee Ponsky and MedWish International, Homes for Our Troops, Paul Rusesabagina, Paper Clips Project, Doctors Without Borders, Christopher Reeve and Playing for Peace, Trevor Ferrell and Dr. Bernie Siegel, Brandon Silveria and President George W. Bush, Peter Yarrow, Donna Dees Thomas and Mary Leigh Blek, His Majesty King Hussein I of Jordan and Aaron Feurerstein, Archbishop Henryk Muszynski and Tammie Schnitzer, Rosa Parks, Craig Kielberger, President Jimmy Carter, Steven Spielberg, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand and the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project and Tom Cruise.
The Malden Mills Corporate Kindness Award recognizes and honors corporate leaders who best exemplify the values demonstrated by Malden Mills CEO Aaron Feuerstein. Malden Mills suffered a devastating fire in 1999 that destroyed much of its operations. Rather than layoff employees, Feuerstein chose to keep the employees on payroll with benefits until the mills could be rebuilt. His decision, based on kindness, principles and values, not only benefited his employees, but also showed his commitment to his community.
Prior recipients of the Malden Mills Award include Alex Johnson, PhD and Cuyahoga Community College, John Kahl, Rick Chiricosta and Medical Mutual, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, CEO Eric Gordon and Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Paul Clark and PNC, Thomas F. Zenty III, Fred C. Rothstein, MD, Ed Davidson, Dan Austin, Alan Schonberg, Jack Kahl, David and Ann Brennan, Sam Miller, Vince and Joe Aveni, Michael Siegal, Scott Wolstein and Henry L. Meyer III and William Christopher.
Gordon E. Heffern Award for Values, Ethics and Community recognizes and honors a community leader who leads with values, ethics and responsibility.
Close-Caputo Educator of Humanity Award, named after educators Carole Close and Charlie Caputo, recognizes educators who have shown an intense commitment to educating and developing students of character who model the principles of kindness, caring and mutual respect. Recipients are acknowledged as role models of these values, and inspire those values in students.
Alan R. Schonberg Community Rescuer Awards are given to individuals who have chosen to make a positive difference in their communities by helping people overcome obstacles, by building bridges between people, by diffusing violence or meanness, or by encouraging and fostering community organizations that do the same. These individuals may be in leadership or behind the scenes positions in organizations of any size.
The Eric Russell Student Kindness Award recognizes students who consistently demonstrate kindness, caring and mutual respect in interactions with adults and peers. This award is named for Eric Scott Russell, a talented bright young man, who embraced Project Love programming after an incident which caused him public humiliation. Despite the efforts of some to turn the incident into a media frenzy focused on racial tension, Eric decided to use what he learned to turn the experience into an opportunity for increased kindness, growth and integrity at his school. The world lost this kind young man to meningitis in December of 2002. It is Project Love's hope that Eric's memory and the example he set among his peers will be a perpetual inspiration to other teens.
The Vedem Student Leadership Award recognizes students who take a leadership role in motiviating their peers to demonstrate caring, kindness and mutual respect in their school or community. Their leadership activities can take place in or out of school.