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April 19, 2014: 8:06 AM ET

MONEY magazine is searching for Money Heroes, and we hope you can help us find them.

The July issue of MONEY will feature 50 people who have made extraordinary efforts to improve other people's personal finances — one hero from each state.

Maj. Dan Rooney

Maj. Dan Rooney, who raises scholarship money for families of fallen soldiers, is a Money Hero. We're looking for more.

We're looking for people who are doing work like teaching financial skills, cutting through red tape to help people in need, or assisting on other money-related matters. We hope to draw attention to unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond the everyday in helping others, whether through previously established programs or on their own initiative.

MONEY will be spotlighting these people alongside the dozens of heroes MONEY has already written about since 2012 — educators, consumer advocates, fundraisers and other volunteers. (You can read about them at cnnmoney.com/heroes.) Following our July issue, we'll continue to focus on heroes, illuminating the work they have done to benefit people's financial security and freedom.

So if you have a friend, relative, neighbor or colleague who you think qualifies as a Money Hero, please let us know. Tell us about him or her in the form below, and a MONEY staffer will follow up on your suggestions.

Thanks!

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  • Money Hero: Ann Calahan

    Ann Calahan, president, Joe's House 

    Achievement: Creating a website that provides info on thousands of discounted lodgings near medical centers.

    Why she's a hero: When Calahan's husband, Joe, had to travel to Texas for cancer treatment in the 1990s, the New York travel industry veteran faced an extra task: finding affordable lodging near the hospital. Seven years after Joe's death, memories of that chore led her to launch JoesHouse.org. The site offers 1,900 options MORE

    Mar 28, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Money Hero: Jason Olsen

    Jason Olsen, advocate for federal employees with disabilities 

    Why he's a hero: Olsen, paralyzed from the chest down by a drunk driver in 1999, has spent 10 years in D.C. working in the federal government on employment policy.

    Critical of the government's own treatment of workers with disabilities -- it has passed over him and others for advancement, he says -- the Labor Department staffer launched Federal Employees With Disabilities in 2012.

    The 250-person MORE

    Mar 27, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Money Hero: Claudia Burch

    Claudia Burch, retired attorney and volunteer driver 

    Why she's a hero: Over the past four years Burch has logged nearly 20,000 miles as one of the busiest drivers for Houston Ground Angels, a group providing free local transportation for people traveling to the city for medical care.

    The retired lawyer does more than save patients from $75 airport taxi rides; she's taken them shopping and out for dinner, and even housed them.

    Keenly aware MORE

    Mar 26, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Money Hero: Mandy Houk

    Mandy Houk, writer and English teacher 

    Why she's a hero: In June 2012, Colorado's Waldo Canyon wildfire consumed nearly 350 homes and caused $450 million in damage.

    Watching from her nearby Black Forest home, Houk thought "how stupid my stuff looked" in light of others' losses. So she enlisted her church and writers' group to collect donations of household goods, then held free "garage sales" where affected families picked out items ranging from MORE

    Mar 25, 2014 1:31 PM ET
  • Share your money story

    Have you overcome a financial hardship or obstacle to achieve a goal? MONEY magazine would like to hear about it.

    For a new project, MONEY is looking for people who have accomplished such a milestone to share their story about how they did it.

    We're looking for stories from parents who had to scrimp and save for years to put their kid through school, undergrads who worked weird jobs to pay the bills, MORE

    Mar 14, 2014 11:58 PM ET
  • Money Hero: Maj. Dan Rooney

    Maj. Dan Rooney

    On a mission since: 2007

    Day jobs: Retired Air National Guard pilot, golf pro

    Achievement: Paying for the education of relatives of military personnel killed or disabled in action.

    Why he's a hero: Flying from his Oklahoma home to a family-owned golf course in Michigan, Rooney was pained to see, on the tarmac, a family with the flag-draped coffin of a soldier killed in Iraq. The pilot-turned-golf-pro began raising money for survivors by asking golfers MORE

    Mar 13, 2014 1:29 PM ET
  • Money Hero: David Block

    David Block, volunteer financial planner for wounded veterans 

    Why he's a hero: Block's concern for people with disabilities dates to his twenties, when his first wife died of multiple sclerosis.

    After a 25-year career as a financial planner, Block started teaching budgeting to wounded warriors in San Diego. That led him to the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops, which builds free houses for injured veterans.

    Block, 65, shows recipients -- often young and untrained MORE

    Mar 10, 2014 4:05 PM ET
  • Money Hero: Rosemary Shahan

    Rosemary Shahan, president and founder of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety 

    Why she's a hero: Shahan, 62, has spent three decades fighting on drivers' behalf for more effective repairs, improved safety, and fairer financing. Turned activist in 1979 when a garage failed to fix her VW Dasher, the California college instructor lobbied the state for better protection; her model lemon law requiring timely repairs and dealer disclosures sparked legislation nationwide.

    Her current MORE

    Mar 7, 2014 4:31 PM ET
  • MONEY experts chat: Smart holiday shopping

    Have you started your holiday shopping? If you're like most people, the answer is "No." Good. That means you still have time to plan your budget carefully, unearth the best deals, and keep yourself out of financial hot water.

    Holidays and overspending go hand in hand. According to a recent report by the credit bureau TransUnion, the typical consumer charges nearly 40% more on credit cards in December than he or MORE

    Nov 15, 2013 2:54 PM ET
  • Chat with MONEY's credit card experts

    Picking the right credit card can be confusing, infuriating, and treacherous. With so many options out there, you may find it nearly impossible to cut through the jargon to make sure you're getting the best deal. And with changes to rewards programs, it could mean you're not getting all you can out of your plastic. Worse, if you choose poorly, you could find yourself weighed down by high fees and MORE

    Sep 20, 2013 1:51 PM ET
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