The smallest acts of kindness can have the biggest impact on the world, and these 10 men and women are shining examples of that.
They are this year’s Top 10 CNN heroes and each winner will receive a $10,000 prize. Their journey began with nominations sent in by the CNN public and you can vote to help decide who will be named the CNN Hero of the Year 2022 and receive an additional $100,000 towards their cause.
All honorees will receive a scholarship along with organizational and capacity-building support from The Elevate Prize Foundation. They will also participate in the foundation’s annual Make Good Famous Summit in Miami.
The CNN Hero of the Year will be revealed live during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa on Sunday, December 11, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Read more about each of this year’s Top 10 CNN heroes below:
CNN Heroes: Carie Broecker
When Carie Broecker discovered that many elderly dog owners struggle to care for their pets, she founded Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, providing volunteer services that help them stay together or find forever new homes for these beloved family members.
Read more about Carie Broecker and her work
CNN Heroes: Richard Casper
Haunted by his experiences in Iraq, Navy veteran Richard Casper discovered the therapeutic power of making art and music. Now he and his nonprofit CreatiVets help fellow veterans heal by sharing their stories in immersive visual arts and songwriting programs.
Read more about Richard Casper and his work
After growing up in poverty in Kenya, Nelly Cheboi found her passion in computer science. Today, she and her organization, TechLit Africa, are upcycling computers to teach technical skills and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty for a new generation.
Read more about Nelly Cheboi and her work
CNN Heroes: Nora El-Khouri Spencer
Nora El-Khouri Spencer and her nonprofit Hope Renovations are training women in North Carolina for high-paying construction careers, while also providing free accommodations that enable seniors to age safely at home.
Read more about Nora El-Khouri Spencer and her work
CNN Heroes: Tyrique Glasgow
After serving five years in prison on drug charges, Tyrique Glasgow returned to his South Philadelphia neighborhood—long ravaged by poverty and gun violence—and became a force for good. Now he provides security and opportunity for his entire community.
Read more about Tyrique Glasgow and his work
Teresa Gray, an Alaska paramedic and nurse, and her nonprofit Mobile Medics International lead teams of volunteers in natural and humanitarian disasters, providing free medical care and essential support to those in need.
Read more about Teresa Gray and her work
CNN Heroes: Meymuna Hussein-Cattan
Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her Tiyya Foundation provide essential resources and support that help refugees and immigrants successfully transition to life in the US, while her restaurant shares their culture with the greater Los Angeles community.
Read more about Meymuna Hussein-Cattan and her work
Aidan Reilly co-founded The Farmlink Project, bringing together a nationwide network of young volunteers to tackle food waste and insecurity – rescuing tons of surplus produce from farms and distributing them to people in need in the US.
Read more about Aidan Reilly and his work
Debra Vines struggled to find support and resources when her son Jason was diagnosed with autism. Now she and her nonprofit organization The Answer Inc. Black and Brown families in underprivileged Chicago communities get the services, support, and education they need to thrive.
Read more about Debra Vines and her work
Bobby Wilson and his Metro Atlanta Urban Farm nurture and heal his community by teaching thousands of people how to plant, grow and prepare their own healthy food.
Read more about Bobby Wilson and his work