Families First of Palm Beach County

FamiliesFirstPBCFrom preventing AIDS or child abuse to housing and parenting classes, Families First of Palm Beach County serves families in need in the Glades area of Palm Beach County.  Clients with medical or psychological disabilities are set on a path to self-sufficiently through Bridges to Success, while Healthy Families Florida prevents child abuse and neglect before it starts.   The organization helps keep families together and children out of foster care and works with mothers-to-be to help prevent the spread of HIV.  Learn more about the life-changing programs provided by this organization by tuning in to hear Julie Swindler, CEO of Families First of Palm Beach County and Jim Springer, VP and Sr. Lending Officer of Palm Beach Community Bank, and Board President of Families First of Palm Beach County.  For more information, call 561-721-2887, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Families First PBC.   1/20/13

Florida Amputee Support Team (F.A.S.T)

FASTlogoCheryl Risse loved her daily runs in Pompano Beach until one day when she was dashing over the railroad tracks and didn’t see a train speeding past another sitting on the tracks. In an instant, her life was drastically changed.  Luckily, her life was spared, but she lost both of her legs. Listen to how this young mother of a 14-month-old son gets around with the use of two high-tech bionic legs and donates her time to lend support to others who have experienced amputations. Also hear Lisa Strong, president of the support organization, Florida Amputee Support Team (F.A.S.T), tell her personal story about tragically losing both arms and legs in a botched hospital diagnosis. She was a mother of two young children at the time, but since then has mastered the use of prosthetic arms, hands and legs and leads a group that offers amputees social activities, sporting events, education, advocacy support and invaluable camaraderie. For more information about F.A.S.T., call 954-537-7932, or visit their web site here. Donations also can be mailed to 1721 NE 42 Street, Oakland Park, FL  33334. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Florida Amputee Support Team  01/13/13

The Firewall Centers

FirewallCneterswithTagThe goal of the Firewall Centers is to keep students focused on academics. Meet Angelo Defrank, who was typical of most middle school students.  He had trouble focusing on school. His mother enrolled him in a Firewall Center at his school, however, and everything changed. Find out how he learned to make good grades and go on to studywith scholarships – at Broward College. Also listen to Firewall Executive Director Andy Fernandez talk about how the tragic drug-related death of a 13-year old girl caused him to take action and prevent other young people from taking the wrong path in life. Currently serving nearly 150 students, Firewall Centers will grow to help more than 300 middle and high schoolers by next year with plans to expand to at least 1,000 students within five years. To find a way you can make a difference, call 954-252-0838, or visit their web site here to donate online or volunteer. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: The Firewall Centers  12/23/12

Broward League of Cities

BrowardLeagueofCitiesOur special guests this week are two dedicated political leaders who donate their time to support Broward County League of Cities, a non-partisan, non-profit organization representing the 31 municipal governments, plus more than 80 associate government, nonprofit and business organizations within Broward County.   City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby Dubose serves as president of the organization and has focused his goal on logging 1 million volunteer hours at local municipalities.  Listen as he discusses the many opportunities to give back to your local communities as a volunteer.  He also talks about the League’s signature programs that provide scholarship, encourage young people to pursue careers in local government and recognize eco-friendly initiatives.   Senator Chris Smith talks about why he is involved in the League of Cities and how the organization allows municipalities to share ideas and solutions.  For more information, call 954-357-7370, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Broward League of Cities 12/16/12

Junior Welfare Society

JuniorWelfare50YearsSeventy years ago, a group of 35 women got together to figure out to support local charities and their efforts to provide much-needed social services to the community.   They formed the Junior Welfare Society, which today remains a 35-member group supporting 50 different nonprofit organizations in Broward County.  Listen to Lynn Marchetto, JWS projects chair, explain how the nearly $100,000 a year raised by the organization is used to fund for families in need such expenses as electric bills, new eye glasses and automobile repairs.  As a 100 percent volunteer organization, all monies raised goes directly back into the community.  One charity supported by JWS is Jack and Jill Children’s Center in Fort LauderdaleExecutive Director Shannon Prohaszka explains how important the JWS is to her organization in providing “extras” for customers. Liz Caldwell brings the message home with specifics on how to make donations to JWS and support the existing programFor more information, visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here:  Junior Welfare Society  12/09/12

Youth Automotive Training Center

Gabby Stewart was destined to be a short order cook the rest of her life until someone told her about the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) in Deerfield Beach.  She always loved working on cars with her dad and was thrilled by the opportunity to pursue this hobby as a careerListen to her tell about her experience as a student at YATCExecutive Director Terry Routley offers insight into the organization, which was founded by Jim Moran in 1984, and how it provides a wide range of services to disadvantaged youthFree tuition, counseling, GED support, college scholarships, daily meals and uniforms are among the benefits offered to YATC students.  For more information on how to support the school or hire their graduates call 954-428-0909, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here:  Youth Automotive Training Center  11/18/12

South Florida Wildlife Center

SFWildlifeCenterLogoSouth Florida is home to one of the largest wildlife trauma hospitals and rehabilitation facilities in the nation, caring for more than 12,000 animals every year.  Listen to Sherry Schlueter, executive director of the South Florida Wildlife Center, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, talk about the organization’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife that has been harmed or displaced and to educate the public toward coexistence with all animals. Jerry Madden, one of the SFWC’s 600 volunteers, describes why he spends part of every day  there.  Find out how you can support this worthy organization, by listening to Diane Shawcross, senior director of  development, as she describes what makes this state-of-the-art surgical and treatment center such a vital part of our tri-county culture.  For more information, call 954.524.4302, or visit their website here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: South Florida Wildlife Center  11/11/12

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