THE ICON: Liz McCartney
THE LEGACY: Like countless others, Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg watched in horror as the depth of the devastation from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina unfolded live on their TVs. Like so many others, they also decided to do something about it. Within a few months of the storm, they made the 17-hour drive from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans, determined to help however they could. Their planned two-week visit would become a permanent stay. It would also see them found a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dubbed the St. Bernard Project, designed to help rebuild local homes both quickly and affordably. Since then, the program — rebranded SBP — has gone national, helping to restore more than 1,500 family homes in Louisiana and beyond, and turning McCartney into an emblem of the power of volunteerism.
THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker
THE INSPIRATION: “In a way, I wish that we didn’t need to exist. In a country with so many resources and innovators, it seems like we should be able to help communities both prepare for and recover from disasters a lot faster than we do now.” — Liz McCartney, in a 2015 interview with People magazine