Connecting Collaborators: Kids Are Heroes & Rachel Zevita

Gabe O’Neill  is an active community member, frequently and generously engaging with others. Professionally Gabe is a consultant and social entrepreneur.

Gabe O'NeillWith his (then) 9-year-old daughter MaryMargaret, Gabe co-founded Kids Are Heroes, a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. By showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving, Kids Are Heroes cultivates a culture of volunteerism and social engagement.

As an active member of the community,  it’s no surprise that he attracts attention. Not too long ago, Gabe received this message in his inbox:

“If you ever need live music or an original song for one of your charities I would love to be involved. The world can use more people who actively spread goodness like you do. God Bless!” – Rachel Zevita

Some of you may remember Rachel from our Featured Content announcement, or more likely from her time as a star on American Idol. A wonderfully talented singer, Rachel reached out to volunteer her time and talent for Kids Are Heroes. Gabe was thrilled, and the rest is history.

Rachel will be performing at Kids Are Heroes day 2013 in Frederick, Maryland. The event celebrates volunteerism and kids making a difference.

Rachel will headline the event, which begins at 10am on September 14th. You can also hear a track from Rachel’s new album on her page or purchase music on bandcamp.

Rachel Zevita on

It’s both exhilarating and gratifying to see generous people connecting and collaborating – the team loves to hear these success stories.

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4 responses to Connecting Collaborators: Kids Are Heroes & Rachel Zevita

  1. Very kind of you all to write about this connection. And you have no idea how important it is to us. We were actively trying to engage “celebrities” all summer to help draw people to our event. But between the diva requests and the non-committal attitudes, we were unable to secure anyone of note. So how cool is it that someone who loves what we are doing just jumps in to help with no assumptions about anything in return?

    This is a relationship that we will develop well beyond Kids Are Heroes Day. We hope to be a close witness to Rachel’s rise in stardom and are quickly becoming her biggest fans!

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