2013 Nominee: Denisse Montalvan

The Mobilizer


As founder & Chief Inspired Visionary at The Orphaned Earring, Denisse Montalvan uses her personal and her organization’s Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to ask people to mail in their orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry to make bracelets. By asking and collecting orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry on her social media platforms, she re-purposes the materials and creates bracelets that are later sold. The Orphaned Earring is dedicated to bringing arts and crafts, school supplies as well as year-round festivities to four orphanages in Latin America: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.

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