Celebrities Who are Giving Back
Hollywood's biggest names know that it's good to give back. Check out some of the charity projects they've participated in over the past few years.
The Victoria's Secret angel took to Instagram on May 9 to share a photo of herself and her little girl, as they waved to the camera with smiley faces on their hands. The post was part of a social media campaign for Smile Train, an organization dedicated to helping children born with clefts and their parents, across the world.
"In honor of Motherâ€™s Day, Iâ€™m joining @SmileTrain for the See a Smile, Send a Smile Motherâ€™s Day Challenge," wrote Iman, who is the mother of two daughters -- Cali, 2, and Cassie, 1. "Mothers worldwide play a vital role in Smile Trainâ€™s work, and, together, we send our love and gratitude to all the mothers, grandmothers, moms-to-be, mother figures and beyond."
Cedric The Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer -- who founded the Kyles Family Foundation to give back to the community, and has supported numerous non-profit organizations focusing on youth, education and health -- presented a check to the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo on Dec. 11.
The singer-actress hosted the #Wondalunch Food Giveaway, along with Wondaland, Jidenna, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Yara Shahidi, at Los Angeles Southwest College on Dec. 12 in Los Angeles, California.
Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba
The actresses, along with a number of other stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, helped hand out toys and supplies at Baby2Baby's Holiday Drive-Thru, presented By FRAME, on Dec. 13 in Los Angeles, California.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
The couple kept a Thanksgiving tradition alive by delivering meals to Project Angel Food clients who are battling life-threatening illnesses and isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles on Nov. 25.
"Itâ€™s one of our very favorite traditions -- delivering with Project Angel Food for Thanksgiving," the pair said. "Even though this year is different in so many ways, we were so happy to be able to keep this tradition alive.â€
On Thanksgiving Day, Project Angel Food delivered 1,900 meals to critically ill and their caregivers, seniors and formerly homeless people throughout Los Angeles County.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, the Black-ish star helped hand out turkeys to those in need in Los Angeles and posted about it on Instagram. "Yesterday my partners @mercedesbenzusa and I provided 150 families with over 50 pounds of food through @lafoodbank and @feedingamerica," he captioned a video of the volunteer work. "Also because of a generous donation more than 40,000 meals will be provided to other families. Iâ€™m so proud to have been a part of this act of kindness and to be a #MBambassador #justakidfromcompton."
Tameka 'Tiny' Harris and T.I.
The couple took time out of their day to attend Harris Community Works' 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church on Nov. 24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kimora Lee Simmons
The Baby Phat founder and her kids helped serve Thanksgiving dinners to residents of Skid Row Housing Trust's Star Apartments on Nov. 24 in Los Angeles, California.
The actress joined Amazon in delivering smiles this holiday season by surprising hundreds of charities by fulfilling items on their AmazonSmile charity lists.
The NBA All-Star, along with The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, hosted a Thanksgiving drive through dinner event on Nov. 19 at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles.
â€œThis year has been especially hard for so many people and so many are not able to spend the holidays with their families," Westbrook said. "Iâ€™ve seen the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on my community and I wanted to come up with a way to still do our annual event in the safest way possible. Giving back and showing up for my community is important to me and Iâ€™m happy we were able to give out these Thanksgiving packages."
This is the 9th annual Thanksgiving dinner the foundation has hosted.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star helped deliver Project Angel Foodâ€™s 13-millionth meal during a small event in Los Angeles on Oct. 9.
â€œProject Angel Food is an incredible organization, and the work that they do for the local community is both admirable and inspiring. I first became involved with their team 15 years ago, and I couldnâ€™t be more proud of the work that they do," Rinna said in a statement. "Through the challenges and hardships of the COVID pandemic, Project Angel Food never closed their doors. Rather, they increased client services to help those in need. Talk about inspiring! The thirteen million meals represents an endless amount of work, thought, community contribution and hope. I couldnâ€™t be more humbled and honored to help them deliver this milestone meal.â€
The rapper helped hand out food while hosting the Feed Your City Challenge on Sept. 19 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Feed Your City Challenge provided Atlantaâ€™s local community members with boxes of fresh groceries, PPE items, and voter registration stations.
The Queer Eye star is taking part in a month-long fitness and charitable campaign, the LG Get Started Virtual 5K Challenge, which will live on the Strava fitness tracking app through Aug. 17. The idea behind the program is to inspire consumers to start on their goals. Brown produced fitness content for the campaign, explaining, "With quarantine fatigue, Iâ€™m setting serious mental and fitness goals for myself to keep moving and motivated." In the end, for every mile tracked in the app, LG will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to support communities that have been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus.
The singer was feeling the love when she co-hosted the Feed Your City Challenge Event with Mustard and Roddy Ricch and Jhene Aiko at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles on July 25.
Ryan Seacrest hosted a special virtual visit with Siwa that was streamed to his Seacrest Foundation's 10 Seacrest Studios at children's hospitals across the country. The bubbly dancer had been the most-requested celebrity of the young patients, so they were very excited to get to chat with her on July 13.
On July 14, the tennis pro and entrepreneur helped Instacart launch its #GiveFromTheCart Challenge to benefit Feeding America. The challenge aims to help customers use their groceries to help by donating the value of their last cart in order to help support communities most affected by the growing food insecurity crisis, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Williams kicked off the challenge by donating 50,000 meals to Feeding America, telling fans, "I hope you'll join me in supporting the communities that need our help the most right now."
Zac Brown Band
The GRAMMY Award-winning band raised over $1.4 million for Zac Brownâ€™s nonprofit passion project, Camp Southern Ground, and two of its veteran support programs, Warrior Week and Warrior PATHH. During the free live stream concert on July 3 dubbed "4th With the Family, ZBB performed their hits like "Chicken Fried," "Free" and "Homegrown," as well as their latest single, "The Man Who Loves You the Most." "I'm always in awe of the sacrifices and selflessness of our military -- it's really the special kind of people who choose to serve our country," Brown said. "The live stream was an amazing celebration for all the people who have fought, died and lived their life so that we can be safe. We are honored to do our part to support them in any way we can."
Patricia Field and Brazzers
Dressed in a yellow jumpsuit and white mask, the mom of two teamed up with Bless It Bag and Harold's Chicken to hand out supplies, food and water to the homeless population living on Los Angeles' Skid Row on June 7.
The Homecoming actress helped distribute meals during her #WONDALUNCH Los Angeles drive-through meal giveaway at Crozier Middle School in Inglewood, California, on May 29. In total, 10,500 meals were distributed to the community, which also included senior citizens of Inglewood, Avalon Gardens housing development residents in South Central L.A., Los Angeles Mission's homeless shelter, the My Friends House Foundation, several churches, and U.S. veterans organizations, among others.
Along with stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karlie Kloss, Rachael Ray and Tituss Burgess, the English actress took part in the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's first-ever Virtual Hot Pink Evening on May 20. The event raised $5.2 million for BCRF's scientists who are pursuing high-impact breast cancer research, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor headed to a beach in Ventura, California, to support Project Zero's "Creating in Captivity" series. Rubinstein helped clean up trash that had made its way onto the beach. "We have one metric ton of plastic entering the ocean ever four seconds," he shared. "There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by the year 2050.â€ A big push for the current cleanup came after an announcement that over 13,000 pounds of trash was collected at Cocoa Beach, Florida, after beaches opened following coronavirus closures, with many face masks and gloves being improperly disposed of. Other celebs who've taken part in the Project Zero initiative include Alan Cumming and Austin Mahone.
The reality star and fashion designer supported her local Nashville community by delivering lunch from the Sunflower Cafe to Vanderbilt healthcare workers on April 24.
The Los Angeles-based organization -- whose celebrity supporters include Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, John Legend, Zendaya, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle -- was named the winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Annual Humanitarian Prize. The group, which provides support, education and job-related resources to high-risk youth, former gang members and the recently incarcerated, received $2.5 million dollars in unrestricted funding as part of the prestigious award. "All of us at Homeboy Industries are profoundly humbled by the Hilton Foundation's recognition,â€ said Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., who founded Homeboy Industries in 1988. â€œTheir validation of our work of 32 years strengthens our resolve to create a community of kinship and healing in Los Angeles. This acknowledgment helps us all to move past â€˜survival of the fittestâ€™ and allow the thriving of the nurtured."
The Aussie singer lent his voice to "Hands Around the World," a collaboration between A.R. Rahman and "We Are the World" creator Ken Kragen for the Global Project on Climate Change. The project features renowned musicians and influencers like Simpson, as well as Jane Goodall, Alan Parsons, Natasha Bedingfield and NASA scientists, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The former Governator isn't sitting back during the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, he co-created a GoFundMe called the "Frontline Responders Fund," which aims to provide critical supplies like masks and gloves to medical professionals. Schwarzenegger posted a screenshot from the page to Instagram on March 24, writing, "I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better. This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and Iâ€™m proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes."
The One Tree Hill alum believes we're all in this pandemic together, and to that end, she has been washing, tracing, cutting and sewing panels together to create face masks for her community's healthcare and emergency professionals. Her son, Gus, has even been helping her sew the masks together, which each require two panels to piece together. She also posted instructions on Instagram so people could make masks in their homes as well. Her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, commented on one of her first posts, "You two are goddamn rockstars. Make me so proud itâ€™s stupid. (Can you make me a super dope mask if you have enough bags!) love you both so much!!" Burton's OTH co-star, Bethany Lenz, is also making masks with her daughter, writing in the comments, "Yay Gus & Hil!! Maria and I are doing this today too!! Just got my pattern last night. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork ??."
Candace Cameron Bure
The Hallmark Channel darling has partnered with the Salvation Army "to provide hope and comfort to anyone who feels lonely, isolated or concerned" and she's also sharing tips on how people can "DO GOOD while being at home." To this end, Cameron Bure is starting a digital series on her social media channels that will include promoting tips for doing good at home, shine a light on those living in poverty on a daily basis and encouraging others to donate to The Salvation Army, which will match donations up to $10,000.
The mom of three celebrated Keebler Cookies' new partnership with Make-A-Wish by encouraging others to join in helping families who need it most.
Diamond was honored at Keep Memory Aliveâ€™s 24th annual Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 7. The music legend put on a surprise performance of "Sweet Caroline" and was joined onstage by friends like Billy Ray Cyrus, Sammy Hagar, Jimmy Kimmel and Chris Isaak. The event raised raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
The GRAMMY winner performed for young patients and their families at Childrenâ€™s Hospital Los Angeles on March 3 as part of the month-long Make March Matter Campaign.
Natalie Portman and Danielle Fishel Karp
The actresses helped kick off Children's Hospital Los Angeles' 5th Annual "Make March Matter" fundraising campaign on March 2. The hospital is where Fishel's son, Adler, spent 12 days in the NICU after arriving four weeks early last June. "The doctors and nurses took such incredible care of him, but they not only took care of him, they took care of my husband and I," the Boy Meets World alum told ET during the event. "We were emotional, we were confused, we were exhausted, we were sleeping on that tiny little bed in his room, and they made sure that we felt like we had advocates, that we had answers to our questions, and they encouraged us to learn as much as we could and ask as much as we could and to also get outside every once and a while and realize that there was life outside of this and that some day, Adler would be in that life outside this hospital with us. And that's what we tried to keep in mind, too, is that we were very fortunate to know that he was going to leave some day."
The Olympic gold medalist, who is training for the 2020 Summer Olympics, biked her heart out during a Cycle for Survival event in Los Angeles on Feb. 22.
The GRAMMY winner and Pennsylvania native kicked off Penn State University's annual THON with a performance of her hits, including "Hide Away" and "Safe," on Feb. 21. The 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance-a-thon is the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world and aims to raise millions of dollars in donations to combat childhood cancer.
Clayton Kershaw and Anthony Anderson
The Black-ish star and the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher -- along with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and Jackie Robinson's granddaughter, Ayo Robinson -- joined the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation at a groundbreaking ceremony at Gonzales Park in Compton, California, on Feb. 12. In partnership with the city of Compton and Kershaw's Challenge, the LADF is beginning the construction of its largest Dodgers Dreamfields project to-date. The goal is to provide safe park access to the 28,000 local youth under 18, which makes up 29% of Compton's residence.
Tony Ferraris, Randy Flagler, Miranda Rae Mayo, Joe Minoso, Eamonn Walker and Kara Killmer
Six members of the Chicago Fire cast turned up the heat at Cycle for Survival's Chicago ride on Feb. 8. The goal of Cycle for Survival events around the country is to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for pioneering research and clinical trials to better treat rare cancers.
On Feb. 7, the MLB minor leaguer helped throw Night to Shine, his annual prom experience held across all 50 states and in 34 countries to celebrate more than 110,000 people with special needs. Tebow even turned up at several of the events -- where all honored guests were crowned Kings or Queen -- flying across a few time zones to be at as many proms as he could attend.
Art meets real life! The New Amsterdam star visited the UNC Rex Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, on Feb. 6, where he was greeted by a group of more than 50 nurses in the lobby and enjoyed an advanced screening of an episode of the NBC drama and a "Talk Back" interactive Q&A with local fans of the show.
The DWTS alum helped remove trash as she and the country duo LOCASH led a #TEAMOCEAN beach clean-up at Oleta River State Park in North Miami, Florida, on Feb. 1.
While throwing his "Shaq's Funhouse" party in Miami on Jan. 31, the retired NBA star teamed up with Yellow Tail wine and Miami-Dade County Animal Services to help get rescue dogs adopted. Shaq posed for a pic on the red carpet with an adorable dog named Hoodie, who has a waiting list of people hoping to adopt him and a rep from the MDCAS.
Not only did the F9 star surprise the music teacher at a local Miami high school with two tickets to the Super Bowl on behalf of Stubhub and the Mr. Opus Foundation, Ludacris also donated $75,000 worth of musical instruments to the Florida school.
The Zombies 2 star met kids at the Dayton Children's Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, on Jan. 30. Donnelly was there with Huffy and the Children's Miracle Network as the two announced their year-long partnership to raise funds and donate kid-friendly products to hospitals around the country.
The former New York Yankee -- alongside Eric Shanks, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer, Fox Sports, and Adrian Garcia-Marquez, NFL Announcer, Fox Deportes -- presented a $200,000 contribution to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, at the Hank Kline Club in Coconut Grove, on Jan. 29.
The contribution was on behalf of Fox Sports Supports, the community impact arm of Fox Sports, as part of the inaugural donation from its newly-formed â€œGamechanger Fund.â€ The contribution was received by President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Alex Rodriguez-Roig.
The Descendants star joined Frederic Fekkai and his family for the FEKKAI hair salon's Turns the Tide beach cleanup effort with Heal the Bay at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 26.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
The couple snapped a selfie with four of the Make-a-Wish kids -- Justice, 14, Sophie, 13, Austin, 19, and Keegan, 18 -- who were able to get their wish granted to go to the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
After the 26th Annual SAG Awards, the Joker star headed straight to a slaughterhouse in Vernon, California, where Los Angeles Animal Save was holding a peaceful vigil as part of the worldwide Animal Save Moment, a global network of over 700 grassroots groups. Phoenix was on hand to provide water and compassion to the animals in their final moments.
Kitty love! The former NFL running back cuddled up with a cute gray cat at Hallmark Channel's Adoption Ever After event at the Burbank Animal Shelter in California, which aimed to raise awareness around the plight of homeless animals and the joys of adopting a shelter pet.
The Nashville alum signed a soccer ball at the CORE Gala at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. The soccer ball was signed to raise awareness for Generation Amazing, a youth soccer program that promotes inclusion, reduces vulnerability and empowers young people. In addition, the evening, which was hosted by Sean Penn, raised $5 Million for the organizationâ€™s disaster relief work in Haiti, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the United States.
Edward James Olmos and Eva LongoriaÂ
The actors embraced at the launch of LA Collab at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory in Los Angeles on Jan. 13. The non-profit initiative from Mayor Eric Garcetti, mitÃº founder Beatriz Acevedo and AEM president Ivette Rodriguez aims to connect Latinx executives, talent and creators in order to double Latino representation in the entertainment industry by 2030.
The Bloodshot star visited a Maestro Cares Foundation orphanage in the Dominican Republic in early January, where he made a video sharing that he was going into 2020 "with hope, passion love and optimism."
Joined by her boyfriend, Jeezy, the Real co-host spoke at the 4th Annual AFRJ Gala Against Human Trafficking in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 9. The Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice is a non-profit that fights to end human trafficking and protect the vulnerable.
The "Juice" songstress took a break from her tour in Australia to volunteer at the Food Bank Victoria warehouse, where according to the non-profit's Instagram post, she thanked the "hardworking team and vollies who have been working tirelessly for the past 6 days." "What a âï¸ she even packed hampers for fire-affected regions. Thank you for the support ?????," they added on Jan. 7.
The Sinner star joined volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Aug. 24 to help kick off the #FoodForThought campaign, a partnership with the California Milk Processor Board, the California Milk Advisory Board and Feeding America. The aim of the campaign is to help provide one million meals and one million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California.