Mallika Chopra, a Pepsi Refresh Health Ambassador, describes the Pepsi Refresh Project and explains how it is helping communities across America.
I‘ve been really excited to be part of the Pepsi Refresh Project. It’s a campaign that I think really is changing the way that corporations work with communities. So Pepsi has created a campaign for this year where people can apply for grants at different levels, from $5,000 to $250,000 and people then get their communities and their friends to vote for them and the grants that are given to the people who get the most votes.
There have been some amazing winners from particularly women’s projects. One is a group called the Joyful Heart Foundation started by Mariska Hargitay and that’s empowering women through a newsletter who have gone through sexual abuse, child abuse or domestic violence.
Another campaign which I really loved and is a recipient of a $25,000 grant is The Pink Daisy Project out of Washington state and that is a woman who went through breast cancer and realized that there’s many foundations which are dealing with research or support, but really her effort is to just help people get through the day and the week. So helping people get their houses clean, dry-cleaning, grocery shopping, things like that.
So these are two projects, which have received grants from Pepsi through the Pepsi Refresh Project and like I said, I am a great fan of it. I am honored to be associated with it because it’s a way that we can really reach out to our communities more and get support for great projects.