Devon Haas Talks Exclusively To SL About Ian Somerhalder’s Foundation And More! [VIDEO]

September 19th, 2012 // Leave a Comment
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The Vampire Diaries hottie, Ian Somerhalder is known mostly for his role in the show, but there is so much more to the man. He’s one of the most gracious, charitable men around. I had the pleasure of seeing him a few times and he truly is so dedicated to his foundation. It’s appropriately named the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, commonly abbreviated to ISF.

Lucky for me, I was able to get an interview with one of the team members of the foundation. Her name is Devon Haas and she’s so full of information. Like the foundation’s founder, she could really change the world.

ISF has their mission statement right on the website, as well as any other information someone could want to know Right now they’re in the process of trying to build an animal sanctuary. Somerhalder’s goal is to raise five million dollars. The sanctuary will be built for abused animals and troubled children who both need to learn about compassion.

The interview and very important ISF contest details can be found after the jump!

Right now there is a contest via Facebook and Chase Community Giving. Both Haas and Somerhalder are encouraging fans to vote. First place receives $250,000 towards a project and the top 10 charities receive $100,000. The contest ends tonight, so if you can, please vote here!

Activist, actress, and model Haas is just eight years old! She’s much more knowledgeable than most children her age and is such a joy to chat with! She helped found the ISF Kids Army and is working on a project called Kids of the Gulf.

I found out she’s not allowed to watch Ian’s show, which shocked me! I will admit the material is quite mature though. Her favorite show is Grimm and she aspires to be a Volocanologist, in addition to an actress.

Check out our exclusive interview with the shining star!

How did you get involved with Ian Somerhalder Foundation? Was there a motivational event, or was it something you were always interested in?
I kept trying to help at other organizations and they said I was too young. The ISF let me help. I gave them my toothfairy money when I was six to help animals and the earth and they asked me to help. I love it.

What, in your opinion, is the most important thing for people to know about their surroundings and the planet itself?
It can’t help itself. People made the mess and people have to fix it.

If you could change one negative thing about the world and make it positive, what would that be?
That everybody would be nicer and care more.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never say never!

Please tell me a little bit about Kids of the Gulf.
It’s being created so kids that had their lives turned upside down can have a voice. [In reference to areas effected by the BP oil spill.] There is still oil there. Just because the news isn’t there anymore doesn’t mean it’s all fixed.

Were you one of the founders of the ISF Kids Army? Can I have a little information about that?
I started it to help and then I saw other kids wanted to help too and it just happened.

Are you involved with any other foundations or charities besides ISF?
I love the Sea Shepherd. And there’s a lot that do good stuff. But the only one I really do stuff for is ISF. They’re my family.

Is there a certain message you’d like to spread to everyone?
Yes. If everybody was nicer to everybody else it would stop a lot of problems. Like a kid that’s being bullied is probably not thinking about helping the earth. And a bully is probably not either.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned through your work?
I can’t pick. I learn new stuff every day.  Actually, I learned that to make real changes you have to change laws. That’s a big one.

Are there any places you would like to visit as a volunteer to improve their conditions?
I want to go all over the world. It’s one planet. Everything is connected.

What are your currents projects? Do you have any projects for the future? If yes, what are they?
There’s so much stuff. The Kids Armies are doing new stuff every day. If people follow them they can see.

Interested in learning more about ISF, Devon, and her projects? They can all be found on Twitter! @ISF_KidsArmy, @DevonHaas, and @IS_Foundation.

By Erin Cosgrove
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