Broward Guardian Ad Litem

FLGuardianAdLitemEvery day thousands of children are abused, abandoned or neglected in our country. These children need a voice, and becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem is one of the best ways to help make a difference for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Listen as Dr. Sandy McNeill-Finklin, the program’s volunteer coordinator, explains how anyone with an open heart and time to give can help these childrenHundreds of volunteers are neededRequirements include a thorough background check, being age 21 or older and completion of a 30-hour training class. Barbara Van Voast , a South Florida interior designer, has been a Guardian ad Litem for two years and retired football great Roy Foster is about to start his training.  You’ll hear both tell their stories and find out more about why and how you can volunteer for the Broward Guardian Ad Litem Program 17th Circuit To learn more, you can visit the following online sites: on Facebook here;  on LinkedIn here; at or on Twitter here. You can also call 954-831-6214, or sent them an email here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Broward Guardian Ad Litem.  04/28/13

Countywide Concussion Care Inititative

ConcussionCareDavid Goldstein, a passionate soccer player at Ransom High School in Miami, suffered headaches, nausea and fatigue for months before finally learning that he suffered symptoms related to a concussion.   More than 300,000 high school students like David suffer from sports-related concussions each yearListen to find out how David transformed his experience into the Countywide Concussion Care Initiative, a program that helps increase awareness about how to prevent and treat concussions and provides a computer-based testing program to public schools in Miami-Dade County.  The ImPACT Test is a computer program that uses a baseline testing system to diagnose concussions.   David’s mother, Cheryl, also discusses her experience as a parent who didn’t know the signs of a concussion or how to get her son help.  She supports David in his drive to educate parents, coaches and players about the dangers of concussionsFind out how this initiative is spreading throughout South Florida and how you can help. Call the University of Miami Sports Medicine Department at 305-689-5500, or visit the Countywide web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Countywide Concussion Care. 4/21/13

Sawgrass Nature Center

SawgrassNatureCenterDid you know that having a family of opossum in your yard is good? Dubbed the “sanitation experts,” these critters eat bugs, poisonous snakes and rodents, and, much like cats, keep themselves very clean. Learn other interesting information by listening to Dotty Molski, executive director, and Donna Fife, hospital manager and wildlife rehabilitator, from the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. Located on Sample Road and the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, the facility cares for sick and injured wildlife and offers a wide variety of educational programsStan Baron, a recent retiree, is one of the center’s most loyal volunteers. Hear about his experience and how you can get involved as well. Also find out how you can sponsor an animal or habitat to support this nonprofit organization by calling 954-WILD (9453) or visiting the organization’s web site here.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Sawgrass Nature Center 04/07/13

Clinics Can Help

CCHLOGOMost people see a need, but do nothing about it.  Owen O’Neil, a nurse for 18 years, saw a need so great he had to take action.  He founded  Clinics Can Help, which helps injured and ill patients find medical equipment they need to continue their rehabilitation at home.  From hospital beds to wheel chairs, Owen scours garage sales and the back rooms of medical supply stores to find used or overstocked items he can supply to people who have exhausted all financial and insurance support.   Last year alone, his organizations supplied much-needed equipment to more than 1500 people.  The Palm Beach County based non-profit helps children, adults, and the elderly. They support free clinics, and provide equipment to nursing schools.  The organization’s lending closet provides medical equipment to underserved patients.  To find out how to donate equipment or support Clinics Can Help, call 561-640-2995, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Clinics Can Help. 03/24/13

The Lynne Warwick Institute

Lynne Warwick and Arianna Silcott joined this week’s show to talk about what they are doing to help curb the AIDS epidemic in South Florida through both support of victims and preventative educationLynne Warwick founded the Lynne Warwick Institute after moving to Fort Lauderdale from Washington and witnesses the widespread need in the community.  A pre-med student at Broward College, Arianna volunteers her time as secretary of the organization’s board of directorsPreventative education in schools and support for people with AIDS, such as financial support, tutoring and medical resources are among the wide array of services provided by this nonprofit. For more information, call 954-492-9650 or visit their offices at 3303 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite G150, Fort Lauderdale. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: The Warwick Institute. 03/17/13

Senator Philip D. Lewis Center

Ezra Krieg, the program director at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center, turned the tables at the Forum for Nonprofits by becoming a guest instead of a host to talk about his organization and how it helps individuals and families facing homelessness“Ending homelessness starts right here,” is their slogan, as their mission is to evaluate what is causing the situation and make connections to services that help people accomplish their personal goals.  Listen as Ezra explains how this new and unique “housing first” public-private partnership model works under the umbrella of Goodwill Industries. For more information, please call 561-904-7900 or e-mail us at CSD-info@lewiscenterpbc.org. To listen to the program in a new window, click here:  The Lewis Center.   03/10/13

Florida Youth Orchestra

FloridaYouthOrchestraFounded in 1988 by Myra Weaver and her husband, weatherman Bob Weaver, as a way to offer her own children more in-depth musical training, the Florida Youth Orchestra today offers seven different musical groups for more than 350 young musicians, ages 5 through 18. Listen to the Founder discuss how this organization enriches the lives of so many young people and produces outstanding cultural experiences for the whole community to enjoy.  Board member and Boca Raton Attorney Ron Poltorack talks about how he has been involved with the Florida Youth Orchestra since his own son, Carson, auditioned at the age of 9Now a sophomore in high school, Carson plays in the top Principal Orchestra and plans to continue playing the violin in college.  The Florida Youth Orchestra also provides music education and instruments to low income schools throughout the tri-county area. To find out how you can make a donation or provide an instrument, call 954-962-5666, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Florida Youth Orchestra.  2/03/13

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