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First Peace Corps volunteers look back

  Members of Colombia One, the first group of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps almost 50 years ago, are credited with helping pave the way for the more than 200,000 Americans who followed in their footsteps. NBC's Ron Allen reports.

  'The Peace Corps made me more'
  JFK addresses inaugural Peace Corps class
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Peace Corps returns to Sierra Leone

After suffering the ravages of civil war for more than a decade, the country is once again hosting American volunteers. NBC's Ron Allen reports.

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From Africa to the NFL, and back again

Madieu Williams is better known for his work as a free safety for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings than for his efforts in West Africa. But when he's not trying to stop the NFL's best receivers, he's committed to bringing better health and education to his native Sierra Leone.

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Making a Difference in Haiti
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Bringing the World Cup to Haiti

  Making a Difference: Martin Fletcher reports on the work of FilmAid International to help bring a little happiness to Haitians who are still struggling to cope in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Americans step up to help Haiti

  Jan. 26: Americans from all walks of life – from celebrities like John Travolta to 9-year-old Connor Howard – have been opening their hearts and pockets for victims of the Haitian quake. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

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Treating trauma

  Jan. 25: Basil Jackson, a 78-year-old psychologist from Milwaukee, put his life on hold to tend to Haiti’s most vulnerable earthquake victims – nursing not just the physical, but also the psychological wounds. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports

Nursing the homeland back to health

  Jan. 28: Seeing their country of origin in crisis, a group of Haitian-American medical professionals were compelled to return and offer help. NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports.

Celebrities Making a Difference
Newman's Own celebrates milestone

  The company that got its start in the legendary actor Paul Newman's basement has raised more than $300 million for his Hole in the Wall camps.

  Remembering the life and career of Paul Newman
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Will Ferrell gets serious about fighting cancer

  Ferrell's support for a fraternity brother's Cancer for College program has helped raise funds for scholarships for dozens of young cancer survivors. NBC's Lee Cowan reports.

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Cancer for College

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Usher gives youth a 'New Look'

  Usher puts his money where his mouth is, sponsoring young people with the skills to succeed. Luke Russert reports.

  Performer: ‘I’d be dead or in jail’ without Usher
Usher's New Look

Ben Affleck: Urging hope for Eastern Congo

  The actor and director, who recently started the Eastern Congo Initiative to support public policy projects in the region, talks to NBC's Ann Curry about why he's taken up what many have dismissed as a lost cause.

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Eva Longoria brings star power to special needs

  "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria Parker reaches out to special needs kids through her charity "Eva's Heroes." NBC's Norah O'Donnell reports.

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Eva's Heroes
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Helping women leaders find a voice

  The actress talks with Brian Williams about her work with the organization Vital Voices.

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Vital Voices

Celebrities Making a Difference, Part One
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Glenn Close

  Nov. 11: The actress has played dozens of powerful parts, but off-screen she's taken on a supporting role at a recovery center for people with mental illness.

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Halle Berry

  Nov. 12: Actress Halle Berry draws on her family's painful experience with domestic abuse to help others. NBC's Natalie Morales reports.

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Tim McGraw

  Nov. 13: Making a Difference: The country music megastar talks about the work he and wife Faith Hill are doing to help their home region recover from an epic disaster. NBC's Amy Robach reports.

  Full interview

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Bon Jovi

  Nov. 9: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is helping to bring new options for affordable housing to Philadelphia and New Jersey. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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Alicia Keys

  Nov. 10: NBC's Lester Holt travels to Durban, South Africa, to meet with some of those who benefit from the charitable efforts of singer Alicia Keys.

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Viewers make a difference

Nov. 3: The children from a Kabul orphanage who were featured in a recent Nightly News report spent the weekend writing thank-you notes to the viewers who reached out to help.

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A home for war's orphans

Oct. 30 2009: Andeisha Farid is making a difference in a dangerous place, providing a safe haven in Afghanistan. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

"All of us were deeply moved by this small patch of goodwill and hope... in a city that has experienced so much hardship."

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