"Barton Brooks's compassionate heart and leadership of Guerrilla Aid brings hope to some of the darkest corners of the world.
I admire all his hard work and especially enjoyed seeing the positive difference he's making in Africa."
- - Laura Bush
First Lady of the United States of America
"I have personally contributed to their projects, and CAA chose Guerrilla Aid to launch our volunteer program in South Africa and Mozambique. I believe the work they do around the world is commendable, and I strongly endorse the support of Barton Brooks and Guerrilla Aid".
- - Kevin Huvane
Creative Artists Agency
"When I decided to go to Africa I wanted an experience that would change my life, and after returning I realized that the experience was one that not only changed my life but changed me personally and deeply. My experience was eye opening and Barton and Guerrilla Aid made the trip not only an adventure, but a calling. I was inspired and moved, and felt for the first time that one person truly can make a difference. The word seems so much bigger and yet so much more attainable after visiting Africa with Guerrilla Aid."
-- Melissa Menillo
"I had never left the USA until my trip to Africa with Barton Brooks with Guerrilla Aid. I was instanly put at ease. Barton made my experience both personal and about the people we were visiting. It was a life changing experience and I will travel anywhere in the world with Barton and feel safe and secure."
-- Ginger Waters
At 38, Brooks is what you might call a professional helper. Simply put, he spends most of his time doing the two things about which he is most enthusiastic: traveling and volunteering. Getting to this point involved swapping a career as a real estate broker in New York for a bare-bones, itinerant existence, which he says is far more fulfilling than making money ever was. "I felt lost for a long time," he says. "I had a bit of wanderlust and somehow never felt like I was home." But four years ago, inspired by an exuberant and needy group of kids he'd met outside a temple while vacationing in Cambodia, he left his job and launched a grassroots organization called Guerrilla Aid, a deliberately small outfit with a deliberately simple purpose: connecting people who could use some help with others interested in helping.
After years of traveling and volunteering, Barton Brooks started solving the world’s woes — guerilla style. Without a master plan or a group of suits behind him to front the bills, Brooks ventured out on his own with one goal in mind: go as many places and help as many people in need as possible.