As Told To Samaritanmag

"We started to raise money and to define what we wanted to accomplish — to help young people dealing with various teenage problems, facing illness — cancer is close to our hearts—and to promote the use of music to help them find a passion in life. Every year since then it’s been growing, more than we ever expected and the reaction has been amazingly positive." — Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau tells Samaritanmag's Liisa Ladouceur, in 2013, about the Simple Plan Foundation.

“When I explain to a 12 or a 15-year-old about energy policy or about the fact that a tree left planted in the ground, not cut down, is worth more to them in the ground than it is as a leg on one of their stools, that’s when you start seeing that process happening in [these kids’] brains, realizing that protecting their environment is much more valuable to them in the future than watching it waste away." — Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder tells Samaritanmag's Karen Bliss in 2011 about his Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

"People don’t know what to do when someone’s having [an epileptic] seizure. People freak out if someone is having a seizure. They think there’s something wrong with them or they’re on drugs or demon-possessed. I think, especially in young people, we have enough against us to make us feel awkward and different that things like that we should be able to understand because it’s totally not that weird. We all have our little differences and quirks about us. And I want to spread awareness. It’s really common.” — Evanescence singer Amy Lee tells Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag, 2011.

“Bridge School is a model. We have a teachers-in-residence program, where teachers come from all around the world and every year we have a visiting teacher from a different part of the world. Then they go back to their countries and we support [them]. And now, more with Cisco Systems and Tele-Presence, we communicate directly with all these schools throughout the world using the Bridge School model.” Neil Young tells Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag, 2012.

“The Who are doing a concert right at the end of this tour [July 8 at Wembley Arena in aid of Double O] for Refuge, which is a series of refuges. There are about 70 in the UK, which are suffering from cutbacks for women, for families, who’ve been caught up in domestic violence... I grew up with a family that was colourful and fun and crazy, but the kind of craziness that I saw in the families of the kids that I grew up with was of a completely different order — underprivileged children with not enough to eat, with violent fathers, with ineffective mothers, with no state support, despite the fact that we have social security. So that’s where I focus my energies." — The Who's Pete Townshend tells Karen Bliss of Samaritanmag in April, 2013.

“It's a place where you can go and hear stories and talk to other people going through the same things... It's been a dream of mine to have something like this. When I was first going through this thing called MS, I felt so alone. To have a place to learn all about MS and to meet people the same age as me was all I wanted. Now it's here.” — Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk tells Samaritanmag in June, 2011 of the website for young people affected by multiple sclerosis.

"I used to not believe in zoos as a concept, but now because there are so many endangered animals; there's so much poaching. With zoos now, it's really about conservation. They become safe houses for a lot of species so, I think, now, zoos are really necessary places, not totally about just family entertainment at any cost. It's about education; it's about conservation." — Slash tells Samaritanmag, 2012.

“At one time, I did not understand that slavery still existed in the world. People think, ‘Lincoln freed the slaves,’ period. But it does exist, in the form of sex slavery and child pornography and sweatshops. It was shocking to discover the sheer scale of the tragedy...It’s a $32 billion business, tied with arms smuggling for the world’s second most lucrative illegal enterprise just after drugs. And yet the amount that governments spend on it is tiny compared to what’s spent to combat trafficking in drugs.” — Mira Sorvino tells Samaritanmag, 2012.

“A few years ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and a few years before that I had another family [member] die of another cancer. It was a pretty emotional thing to watch somebody go through that type of agony and I didn’t want to see it again. Luckily enough my grandmother caught her cancer in time and she was cured, but a lot of people aren’t...I wanted to bring awareness to everybody that this is something that is pretty widespread and hits a lot of homes and just for people, females specifically, to go get checked regularly.” — Sal Coz Costa, formerly of My Darkest Days, tells Samaritanmag, 2012.

“A big deal in my family is that we’ve always learned about giving back. My mom always wanted me to know that even though we weren’t as fortunate as we are now that giving back was always very important. As much as you could do really meant a lot. So now that I have this platform that I’m able to have my voice be heard, I still have that same mentality, but I’m able to share that and educate my fans and encourage my fans to help as well. It’s all about the simple things. Your voice is the most powerful tool you have so being able to spread the word about organizations and wanting to get involved. It’s all about going online and trying to find places around your community, just about the lesson, I think.” — Selena Gomez tells Samaritanmag, 2010.