Ian Somerhalder talks about his foundation and “The Vampire Diaries”

August 13, 2012 By Mike Gencarelli

Ian Somerhalder is known best for his television roles on shows like “Lost” and “The Vampire Diaries”. Ian also spends a lot of his time working with his foundation, Ian Somerhalder Foundation or ISF. The foundation is participating Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt event at Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana this year. Media Mikes had a chance to ask Ian a few questions about his foundation and also about returning to season 4 of “The Vampire Diaries”.
Mike Gencarelli: Tell us what made your start your foundation, ISF, and how did you come up with the mission of promoting love and interconnectedness?
Ian Somerhalder: After witnessing the devastation of the Oil spill in the Gulf, I had find a way to utilize my voice to make a change. I was not alone. I witnessed the compassion from others, equally as grief stricken, unite in determination. People of all ages gathered together to make a difference. I soon realized the immediate need for a platform for these amazing people to come together to have their voices heard. This launched the IS Foundation. As we come together more and more from all ages and walks of life, we celebrate our shared passions as well as our differences. With an understanding of the ultimate interconnectedness of the universe, we emphasize the unique strengths in all the different voices that make up the ISF Family.
MG: Tell us about your participation in the Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt eventat Park Sans Souci in Lafayette, Louisiana?
IS: ISF has long been a fan and supporter of Best Friends Animal Society and their mission of “No More Homeless Pets”. As we developed the idea for our Animal Sanctuary, we were looking for opportunities to spread the word and raise funds for this ambitious project. The “Strut Your Mutt” event in my home state is a great opportunity to get out and do just that alongside some amazing people and animals. We hope you join us and participate in this fantastic event!
MG: How can people help that cannot attend the event?
IS: Understandably, not everyone will be able to attend. By spreading the work of ISF, especially our plans to build a sustainable animal sanctuary, you are still participating! We are tremendously grateful for donations from ISF family members who want to see this dream come true. If just 1,000 people donated $10 a month for a year, we could achieve our goal!
MG: How do find time to focus on your charity along with starring in the hit CW show “The Vampire Diaries”?
IS: Although it can appear overwhelming at times, it’s necessary. We all lead busy lives, but to see the changes we want for this world we have to make time to stay active with our ideas and continue to collaborate. We can’t do it alone. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish nearly as much as I do without the incredible ISF family. Together our voices weave a tapestry that serves as support for our array of initiatives. ISF has an amazing Executive Director, Kim Klingler, who brings a tremendous amount of passion and knowledge to the table. We are also fortunate to have talented and driven volunteers who commit countless hours contributing their time on projects, content for the website, event planning and much more.
MG: How is filming going so far for the upcoming 4th season?
IS: Great! Coming back for a new season is always reminiscent of the first day of school. The cast and crew are incredibly close, so rekindling bonds and positive energy encompasses the set. And from what we’ve seen so far, this season is bound to be excellent. Things are going to be very interesting for Damon…so I hope you stay tuned to see… MG: What do you have planned next for ISF and where can people find out more information?
IS: ISF is currently working on several projects and initiatives. We are planning our very own Vampire Diaries Convention to be hosted in Canada early next year. We are also working on a youth development conference to held next year as well. To see information about any of our current projects like the Animal Sanctuary, you can visit isfoundation.com and follow us on twitter and facebook

AUTUMN IN THE FOREST – RESULTS It is our great pleasure to announce that the winner of the photo competition is Kasia Olszewska, Class IIB. All the photos taken by the contestants are really beautiful. We hope more students will take part in another challenge soon!

On 4th October people celebrate World Animal Day to honour all the animals. It is a good opportunity to show us your pets. Do you have a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rat or just a friendly spider at home? It is high time everybody could see them. Take a photo! You may write something about your friend if you wish. And post it on Facebook: ISF Green Team. The best photos will appear here in our photo gallery.

Another school year and a lot of things to do! We hope you are full of enthusiasm and ready to get down to work. Please, read the articles here. It seems a good idea to know what Ian Somerhalder wants to tell you about ISF’ s current initiatives. It is also good to refresh your English which might be a bit rusty after the holidays. We would like to attract your attention to Cool to Care Video Challenge. How about making such a video? We need to talk about it soon. In July we sent a request to California asking for an official recognition by ISF. Here is the email we received: “Hi ISF Green Team, We have received your request to become an official ISF Community Group. We know you are eager to get started, but we aren’ t quite ready yet, there are still some legal steps we need to complete. We will email you the minute everything is finalized. (…) Thank you for your patience. ISF Team”
Finally, we are happy to inform you that we are going to have a Facebook group soon! Join us!


ISF want to build a very special animal sanctuary. The idea behind the venture is to bring together children displaying bullying tendencies and neglected, mistreated animals. They often share common emotional baggage, so the time spent together in the sanctuary might be beneficial for both: the kids and the animals.
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AUTUMN IN THE FOREST – RESULTS It is our great pleasure to announce that the winner of the photo competition is Kasia Olszewska, Class IIB. All the photos taken by the contestants are really beautiful. We hope more students will take part in another challenge soon!

Here are the results of the spring photo competition.
The winners are:
1. Julia Chmielewska
2. Weronika Dąbrowska
3. Zosia Pazdrowska

Save the Frogs 2012
On 20th May we completed monitoring the spring migration of amphibians in our area. 47 volunteers took part in the event carrying toads and frogs across the busy road to the nearby pond. They managed to save 561 amphibians including 366 toads

Cool to Care Video Challenge
Do you know someone passionate about a cause who you look up to or admire? Are you also particularly interested in a certain cause? If your answer to both of these questions is yes, then there are probably many people who admire you for your passion. Check out this video for some inspiration!Click the link up!!!!!!! Send a video telling us what you care about (involving the environment, green energy, or animals) and why it is cool to care about that cause. All winners will be recognized by having their videos posted on the ISF Youth site. We would like to have many winners, so please don’t hesitate to send something in! We will keep this challenge going as long as we are receiving videos from you, so keep them coming! As always, we love to hear from you.