Mark Horvath, a.k.a. @HardlyNorrmal is the creator of InvisiblePeople.tv, the nationally recognized nonprofit that tackles poverty and homelessness using the power of social media. Once homeless himself, Mark is an incredible advocate in the fight against homelessness. His work allows individuals to share their stories, helping to put a face on the problem. As Mark says, “I believe it’s so important to make the invisible members of our society visible.” Mark has traveled across the country interviewing people, raising awareness about homelessness, and serving as a catalyst for change.
Over the years Mark's work has elicited increased attention, and this year, thanks to Calgary Homeless Foundation and Community Action Committee, InvisiblePeople.tv was able to go international! During the summer of 2011 Mark traveled extensively throughout Canada gaining more media attention than even he thought possible! Upon his return to the United States, Mark continued his trip through Maine, the Midwest, and back to Southern California. We are happy to welcome Mark back to Los Angeles after several months on the road!
Mark's work through InvisiblePeople.tv has inspired communities to join the fight against homelessness by advocating for policy change, creating housing programs, and even dedicating farming land to help feed low-income families. Recently, the impact of InvisiblePeople.tv was recognized by Pierce Family Foundation, which pledged a $10,000 matching grant to help Mark continue his work. So far, Mark raised over $6,000 from 85 individual donors! The deadline to meet his challenge grant is today and United Way of Greater Los Angeles is welcoming Mark back by supporting his efforts with a donation of $1,000 to meet the Pierce Family Foundation's challenge grant.
United Way's donation will help Mark continue to reach out and film the stories of people living on the streets, give new perspective on people's struggles, and continue to inspire us all to take action and end homelessness!
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