April 22, 2010 02:00 PM

With a mission of breaking the cycle of violence against children, Love Our Children USA has weighed in on celebrity moms who give back.

The recipients of this years’ Fifth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards are all familiar faces to PEOPLE Moms & Babies readers: Julianna Margulies, Amanda Peet, Keri Russell, Meredith Vieira and Vanessa Williams. Love Our Children USA Founder and CEO Ross Ellis says that each “selfless and caring” woman chosen balances work, motherhood and philanthropy with grace.

“At a time when our country’s youth are plagued by bullying, cyberbullying, Internet dangers and school violence … not to mention those parents in need of more positive parenting solutions, these mothers serve as role models for others, as their children are their first priority,” he adds.

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Margulies was singled out for her commitment to Project A.L.S., while Peet garnered praise for her work on the Every Child by Two campaign. Russell was honored for her involvement with The Adrienne Shelley Foundation, so-named for the late filmmaker Adrienne Shelley, who directed the actress in Waitress, while Viera received a nod for her service with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lastly, Williams’ work with numerous charities — including Hearts of Gold, Healthy Child, Healthy World, and SOS Children’s Villages — made her an easy choice.

Previous winners of the award include Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham.

Working to eliminate behaviors that keep children from reaching their full potential, Love Our Children USA has been promoting prevention strategies and positive changes in parenting and family attitudes since 1999. For volunteer information, click here; To make a donation, click here.

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