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Actress, branding strategist and philanthropist Hayley Gripp recently sat down to talk about her charity work.

Gripp got her start in the industry in 2012 as a print model, landing national ads for brands such as “Verizon Wireless” and “As Seen OnTV.” She is currently the face of The Organic Face, and on their billboard in NYC.

Tell us more about the charities you support?

I avidly support multiple charities. I am a youth ambassador as well as a young adult board member for the Tourette Association America. I am a female national spokesperson for The Stop Bullying Now Foundation. I have hosted workshops for the homeless teens, and actively attend events to raise awareness about The Covenant House California. I have done multiple donation drives for The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society, as well as adopted pets from this shelter. A few other charities I hold close to my heart and also support are: A Place Called Home and The Good Shepherd Battered Women And Children Shelter.

How or why did you select to support the charities you currently work with?

I was bullied about my Tourette Syndrome, so I decided to educate others through the Tourette Association America. As a survivor of bullying, I couldn’t help but jump on board with the Stop Bullying Now Foundation! The Covenant House CA and A Place Called Home are amazing organizations that keep kids off the streets, so how could I not support them? I’m definitely an animal lover and my pets have come from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. My family has been working with domestic abuse victims from The Good Shepherd Battered Women and Children Shelter for over twenty years, and I am excited to continue working with them.

What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?

I like to stay positive in life, and prefer not to question why other people don’t give back into our communities. I know my calling in life is to help others, and I will help people till the day I die. That’s enough to satisfy me.

And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?

I believe celebrities should use the press they generate to shed light on different charities. Celebrities have a role in the public spotlight and people want to do what celebrities do. In essence, celebrities are role models for others. If we can encourage others to give back, that is all that matters at the end of the day.

What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?

I try to leave a positive impact on this world every day. All I can do is continue to give back and support deserving charities.

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