The celebrities recognized at this year’s Do Something! Awards have committed themselves to various initiatives focused on poverty, civil liberties, and other causes that strengthen our society. Take a look at some of the organizations that were highlighted during the ceremony. We’re also featuring our youth finalist who wound up winning big for his campaign against racial injustice.
Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia, started the Julian D. King Foundation to help children in their native Chicago. Their second annual Hatch Day, where they provide school supplies for students in the city’s South Side, is approaching on August 14. See her acceptance speech in the clip above.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the stage to be honored for his Tie The Knot organization, which fights for marriage equality using both staunch activism and Ferguson’s signature humor. Watch his heartwarming tale of gaining his father’s acceptance years after he revealed his sexuality.