Sam Davidson and Stephen Moseley (Belmont class of 1998) met working in the nonprofit sector in Nashville. Seeing first-hand how community needs were changing and being affected by technology, the two joined forces to launch philanthropic Web site CoolPeopleCare.org.
“We wanted to provide a place where individuals wanting to make a difference could meet the organizations actively doing so,” says Moseley. “We also wanted to show people that it was easier than they thought to make a difference. We wanted to prove that it is possible to change the world in less than five minutes a day.”
The key concept behind the site is a daily, 99-word article titled, “5 Minutes of Caring.” These motivational and informative articles provide concrete steps and suggestions on how to make an impact in a small amount of time. Supplementing the content is CoolPeopleCare’s very own “Act Locally” events calendar that lists any event that makes the world a better place. Since its launch less than 18 months ago, the site now offers listings for 43 cities across the U.S. Malinda Moseley (Belmont class of 1997) oversees management of the calendar listings. She says, “It’s both inspiring and overwhelming to see just how many opportunities are available for anyone to change their local community.”
In November, Davidson and Moseley teamed up with Xyzzy Press to release their first book, New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours. The books offers more than 100 ideas on how to make a big impact in a little amount of time, all as a part of one’s daily routine.
The site has also recently launched its first spin-off, CoolMomsCare.org, managed by Michelle Wright Andrade (Belmont class of 2003). CoolMomsCare mirrors the format of CoolPeopleCare, but the “5 Minutes of Caring” content is modified to offer ideas and suggestions for ways parents can teach their children to make a difference. Says Andrade, “As a new mom, I’ve immediately seen the need to know how to begin to instill values of caring and giving in my daughter. I want to help other parents do the same.”
For more information, visit www.CoolPeopleCare.org or www.CoolMomsCare.org.