How Patricia Arquette is Making a Difference Post-Oscars

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 3:58 PM PST, March 04, 2015
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Patricia Arquette is not just an Oscar-winning actress. She's a humanitarian.

After the Boyhood star gave a rousing acceptance speech on gender wage equality at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22, she's keeping the goodwill going by teaming up with the charity network Chideo to continue raising awareness for another issue that she’s passionate about: sanitation in Haiti.

The 46-year-old actress co-founded a non-profit organization called GiveLove in 2010 to support community development projects after Haiti's earthquake devastation. GiveLove has also helped draw attention to the sanitation crisis that affects more than 2.6 billion people worldwide.

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And she knows she’s making a difference. "There's nothing like the feeling of when a little kid runs up to you, and they love their toilet," she says. "That's a strange thing. We don’t usually experience it in America, but if you didn't have a toilet, it might mean a lot to you too."

In order to encourage her fans to donate to the cause, one lucky person who donates on Chideo between now and March 26 will get to spend not only a weekend with her, but he or she will get to spend the time with her at one of GiveLove's international project sites. Arquette hopes to inspire in the process, because there's a lot of love to give! For more on Patricia's charity, click here.

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Check out the ET exclusive video above to hear Arquette share a happy story about sanitation efforts.

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