2012 Shows

Partners in Education

Broward Partners in Education makes a difference in schools. Listen to Nina Randall, the executive director of Broward Public Schools Partners in Education, explain how local businesses paired with individual schools provide much-needed resources and curriculum stimulus to students.  Louis M. Ruccolo, the District’s transition coordinator, explains how partnerships with hospitals and other companies enable students with various disabilities to develop important job readiness skillsLeona Miracola  adds her stories about the impact local professionals have on enhancing programs at magnet schools.  For information about how you can become a partner or support these programs, call 754-321-1974, or visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Partners in Education.  03/04/12

Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County & Americorp VISTA

Thanks to an international program dedicated to fighting poverty, Americorp VISTA, the Homeless Coalition in Palm Beach County is able to add six staff members every year.  VISTA volunteers dedicate one year to serving as volunteers in the battle against homelessness in our community.  Listen to our guests describe how they work to serve more than 1400 homeless students in the public schools and countless others who live in poverty throughout the county.  Their goal is to end homelessness in the next decade, starting with a new homeless resource center.  Find out how you can help reach this goal by visiting the coalition web site here. For more information about the Americorp VISTA program, visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.  02/26/12

The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Both Alejandro (Alex) Lutin and Sherrod Nelson faced life-changing injuries that confined them to wheelchairs.  Both felt alone in their struggles.   Alex turned his life around by helping to start the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, which today gives hope to almost 800 people statewide who face a variety of physical challenges.  Sherrod discovered the group through the urging of his wife, who was concerned about his depression.  Be inspired by these two high-energy individuals as they describe how they help change lives.

They also run a professional wheel chair basketball team, the Sunrise Sun, plan regular social and educational programs for their members and are starting a crusade to build a handicapped-equipped gym in Broward County.  For more information, call Rob at 954-603-3143 or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Spinal Cord Injury Support Group. 02/05/12

Broward Meals on Wheels

For the past 27 years, Broward Meals on Wheels has been delivering food to homebound seniors, providing meals at congregate sites, providing grocery shopping services and offering nutritional education.  They are presently feeding 1.5 million people in Broward County. Listen to Peggy Miller, executive director, talk about how the organization does it, their new headquarters and their private meal delivery service for the general publicAlan Schreiber also joins the show as a volunteer who has built strong friendships with the seniors he sees on his weekly delivery routePR and Marketing Coordinator Amber VanBuren explains how anyone can get involved as a volunteer and donor.  For every dollar donated to Meals on Wheels, $.97 goes direct to feed seniorsFor more information, call 954-731-8770 or visit www.bmow.org. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Broward Meals on Wheels. 1/29/12

1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer

In the last three decades, one  group of women in Broward County has raised more than $3.6 million to support local charities dedicated to fighting cancer.  The 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer also brings together all types of nonprofits each April for an elegant “Women of the Year” fundraising luncheon.  Listen to one of the 2012 co-chairs, Julie Osinski, talk about the event and examples of projects the organization has funded.  Also on the show is Merrill Thomas, a 2012 honoree and 1000+ Club executive board member.  Each year, the Club selects 13 nonprofits to recognize at the luncheon.  These groups, in turn, select a “Woman of the Year” from their donor/volunteer ranksMerrill was chosen by Cystic Fibrosis. For more information about how to get involved in or support the 1000+ Club, visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer.  1/22/12

South Florida Science Museum

Listen to 9-year old Tia Duhaney describe her favorite exhibits at the South Florida Science Museum and you’ll want to steer your car directly toward Southern Boulevard in West Palm BeachOpen every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, this museum offers exhibits for all ages, an observatory, and a fun, educational science trail, for starters.  Chief Operating Officer Kate Arrizza offers a detailed tour of this special place and a sneak peek at future plans for a bigger aquarium, an Everglades Exhibit complete with airboat ride and an exhibit hall double the size of the current one.  For more information about how you can contribute to the great work at the museum, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsm.org. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: South Florida Science Museum  1/15/12

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