Celeb with Heart, Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson was fifteen years old when she was discovered on the stoop of her apartment building in New York City. All these years later, she’s never forgotten her humble beginnings, and openly expresses gratitude for the life she leads as a successful actress, singer, producer, and writer.

But for Rosario, it’s not enough to just be grateful. A true philanthropist and activist, Rosario Dawson gives back on a regular basis. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, she said, “It took a long time for me to realize how to commit that celebrity value to something that I really believed in. I don’t want to just be the spokesperson for something; I want to be affected by it as well.”

This celeb lives by the philosophy, “If you want something better, you had to do it yourself.” Fueled by her drive to make the world a better place, she’s attached herself to numerous philanthropic organizations such as the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and International Rescue Committee. She has participated in the Vagina Monologues, and is on the V-Day Board. And that just scratches the surface.

But despite breadth of these causes, Rosario makes sure to remember her roots. She’s involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club, which provides a healthy and educational environment for girls aged 8 to 23 who live on the Lower East Side of New York City—right where Rosario grew up. And perhaps one of her biggest philanthropic contributions is the founding of Voto Latino, an organization dedicated to encouraging young Latinos to vote. Voto Latino has drawn the support of several other celebrities—watch this video to see them motivating young voters.

It’s one thing to be an activist yourself. But Rosario takes it a step further, inspiring young people to become passionate and get involved. In this interview, she describes herself as an “actress, producer, philanthropist, environmentalist, and bad-ass chick.” We couldn’t agree more!

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