25 Years, 25 Stories

In celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, the Homeless Prenatal Program created a series of short photo and video testimonials, which feature parents and kids giving first-person testimonies on how the organizations has helped them. The program also has a small set of Success Stories on its website.

Stories URL: http://www.homelessprenatal.org/news/25-years-25-stories
Organization or Project Description: Homeless Prenatal Program Home
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Vital Stories Interactive

Vital Voices describes their mission as to “to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.” The organization features many stories of such extraordinary women (see also Vital Voices), and this interactive site encourages visitors to explore individual women’s stories in greater depth. Each ‘featured voice’ includes a video, slideshow of captioned photos, and links to related content.

Stories URL: http://stories.vitalvoices.org
Organization or Project Description: Vital Voices Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Living Well with MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, on its organizational website, includes both written profiles and short videos about people who are invested in the theme of “living well with MS.” The text stories are short profiles, and are organized into categories, such as “Life With MS,” “Shakers” (advocates’ stories), and Seekers (stories about researchers). The videos are <30 seconds, and feature individuals with MS describing their strategies for living well with the disease.

Stories URL: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Personal-Stories
Organization or Project Description: About the National MS Society
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Commuter Profiles

These written profiles are aggregated from Reclaim, the magazine of the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives. In each profile, an ordinary or extraordinary New Yorker who commute by bicycle to work is interviewed about his or her commute and experiences riding a bike. The magazine also publishes “Partner Profiles” of a similar style.

Stories URL: http://www.transalt.org/resources/commuters
Organization or Project Description: Reclaim Magazine Archives/a>
First Stories Posted: 2008
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Colorado Springs Together

This collection of written stories and professional photographs documents the experiences of individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire in and around Colorado Springs, CO. The stories’ presentation is unique, in that each is presented not in type, but in the storyteller’s own handwriting. The stories recount the experience of and aftermath of the fire, and each story includes a photo of the storyteller posed with an object that survived the fire or is reminiscent of it.

Stories URL: http://www.coloradospringstogether.org/gallery/Scott-Hente.cfm
Organization or Project Description: About Colorado Springs Together
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Transformed Lives

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The campus-ministry organization, CCO, has a collection of over 300 personal profiles on its website, accessible via a button to “Read About Transformed Lives.” The collection displays individuals’ personal photos and full names with first-person quotations; their name is hyperlinked and leads to a longer profile of the individual’s experience with CCO and subsequent life trajectory. These profile are written in reportage-style third-person, and they cover nearly a fifteen-year period. The organization also has a small collection of Transformed Lives Testimonial Videos.

Stories URL: http://ccojubilee.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: Coalition for Christian Outreach Home
First Stories Posted: 2001
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Stories of Hope

The American Cancer Society, under the “Find Support and Treatment” tab of its website, offers a collection of “Stories of Hope” from cancer survivors. The stories are written as profiles, and typically tell the story of a survivor’s diagnosis and treatment. The articles contain links to information relevant to the story, including cancer types, treatments, and side effects, and more relevant links are included in a static sidebar that appears next to each story.

Stories URL: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/storiesofhope/
Organization or Project Description: American Cancer Society Support and Research Page
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Freedom to Marry

The marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry collects stories from same-sex couples in the US, especially from states in which same-sex unions are not legal. The stories, told as photoessays, have vibrant and intimate photos, and are prominently featured in the organization’s communications.

Stories URL: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/story
Organization or Project Description: Freedom to Marry Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Clinical Research Trials and You

The National Institutes of Health features a collection of stories on their website by people who have participated in clinical trials. The stories vary in media (some are written, many are video, one is audio), and also vary in production quality, with some professionally shot mini documentaries and other fairly basic interview videos and written profiles. The stories demystify clinical trials and explain the health and other benefits that come from participating. Note that the volunteer stories are more personal than the researcher stories, which are lower on the linked page.

Stories URL: http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/stories/
Organization or Project Description: NIH's Clinical Trials Page
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Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is a collection of personal experience narratives about the effects of US immigration policies on families. The collection is a project of the well-respected Center for Community Change, and is described, on the story collection website, as “encourag[ing] people to share their personal stories and empower[ing] them by building a community to advocate for immigration reform.” Stories are contributed by affiliated organizations, and website visitors can also create and upload their own videos. The collection includes both English and Spanish-language stories.

Stories URL: http://www.keepingfamiliestogether.net/immigrant-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2013
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