Some of the most successful actors and actresses in the United States do their utmost to share their good fortune with those who they perceive as most in need. From abused animals to underprivileged children in the United States and beyond, to medical research and social activism, causes are often adopted by stars who also become their spokespeople. Here are eight Hollywood stars and the causes that they give their time and money to support:
1) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s involvement with helping refugees and disadvantaged children throughout the world makes her among the top celebrities when it comes to supporting charities. She travels to encampments housing displaced people from Haiti to Pakistan under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and she and her partner Brad Pitt have donated one million dollars to refugee medical assistance charity Doctors Without Borders. She is also involved with other educational and humanitarian incentives that aid child and adult refugees.
2) George Clooney
This Hollywood star concentrates his substantial charitable efforts and donations on organizations that fight human rights abuses. He recently visited Darfur to raise awareness of the violations of human rights by militias operating in that strife-torn region of Sudan, and he founded a charity that has funneled millions of dollars to those who are affected by the violence in Darfur.
3) Beyoncé Knowles
The soul queen shows her caring soul by assisting low-income victims of Hurricane Katrina with their continuing needs through her foundation. She served as an ambassador for World Children’s Day in 2006, and she has held food drives before her concerts to benefit disadvantaged residents of the areas affected by Katrina. She also quietly supports a host of other charities, including those focused on women’s issues.
4) Brad Pitt
Besides his involvement in the work of his partner, Angelina Jolie, on behalf of refugees, Brad Pitt is an inveterate supporter of environmental causes. He is also dedicated to the rebuilding of New Orleans and the rehabilitation of its citizens after Hurricane Katrina, but he concerns himself with the environmental impact of reconstruction through his involvement in an organization that promotes green redevelopment in the hard-hit Ninth Ward of the city. He also participates in the work of his movie co-star George Clooney on behalf of Darfur.
5) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is another star who devotes his time, energy and resources to help those who are affected by upheavals in the most vulnerable parts of the world. He has been involved in garnering support for those affected by human rights violations during the Congo civil war through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His work has helped to build emergency shelters in Congo, and he is also involved with poverty relief and medical research charities in the United States.
6) Justin Bieber
Teen star Justin Bieber is particularly involved in supporting medical research. He supports children’s hospitals as well as a charity dedicated to curing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He has also been named as a supporter of educational and leadership efforts for youth throughout the United States and abroad who are in need.
7) Meryl Streep
The perennial movie star is known for her contributions to women’s causes as well as to cancer research foundations, AIDS-related charities, charter schools and funds that support children in need. She is one of the mainstays of support and the spokesperson for the upcoming building of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington D. C.
8) Miley Cyrus
The young star is associated with a wide range of charities, most notable among which is a project that bring music to hospitalized children to help spur the healing process. She is also known to support Amnesty International, AIDS-related charities and housing charity Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Make-a-Wish Foundation for seriously ill children.