The Light of the World Clinic

 Light of the World Clinic, founded by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez, has provided free care to medically disadvantaged families in Broward County for more than 20 years. Each year, as many as 1,000 people are treated with respect and dignity by 40 or more volunteer medical professionals from the clinic’s 2,000-square-foot facility in Oakland Park.  Hear Sandy Lozano Barry, the clinic’s director for the past 12 years, talk about the program and the Board of Director’s vision for the future. Ana Maria Martinez and Pam Byrne share their experiences as clinic patients, while soon-to-be medical student Andrew Barry tells how his volunteer efforts have helped to shape his future.  For more information, please call (954) 563-9876, or visit their website. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Light of the World Clinic.  05/20/12

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Based in Fort Lauderdale, the national Multiple Sclerosis Foundation offers a complete menu of programs and services to individuals and families battling this dreaded diseaseNatalie Sloan, development director, and Lisa Sculnick, a patient and volunteer, provide a detailed overview of the organization’s many services.   Lisa, who was diagnosed with MS in 2005 at age 35, was able to visit her neurologist thanks to support from the Foundation, and has since become a devoted volunteerNatalie explains that the organization is set up to handle patient needs quickly and easily.  To find out more about the services of the MS Foundation or how to support them, call 954-776-6805 or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.  05/13/12

The Scleroderma Foundation

Scleroderma, also known as Systemic Sclerosis, affects over 300,000 people. Ferne Robin, the executive director of the Scleroderma Foundation, Southeast Florida Chapter, and volunteer Rachel Ebert joined us on the Forum for Nonprofits to help raise awareness about this chronic connective tissue disease. The disease causes an over-production of collagen and hardening of the skin. The symptoms vary and are similar to other autoimmune diseases, often damaging internal organs as well as the skin. The Foundation organizes local support groups, holds a variety of fundraising events and hosts patient education programs at North Broward Hospital. For more information about the organization and how to donate, call 954-798-1854, email or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: The Scleroderma Foundation  05/06/12

American Cancer Society

Gale Butler, Vice President of Public Affairs for AutoNation, is involved in countless charitable organizations, but one touches her in a deeply personal way.  Her close friend, Jane, is fighting Stage Four melanoma and has leaned on the American Cancer Society for support and information.  Listen as Broward’s Executive Director Tracy Paige gives an overview of the countless resources ACS has to offer, from free wigs, make-up tips and prosthesis to camps for kidsGale also talks about a new fundraising event for the American Cancer Society designed to raise awareness about melanoma and importance of regular screenings. The one-mile Melanoma Moon Walk will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 North Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Tickets are $65.00. Sponsorships are also available.  A Full Moon Party will follow and Jane will be crowned “Queen of the Full Moon.” For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-2000-7516. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: American Cancer Society.  04/29/12

National Single Parent Resource Center

The National Single Parent Organization supports adults and children in divorce. Judy Romanoff, who likes to be called “Coach Judy,” founded the center after going through two divorces and a nasty custody battle with family members.  She has dedicated her life to making sure others have the support and resources she wasn’t able to find.  Listen to her explain the organization’s litany of services, including support for family members facing neglect and abuse.  Also hear from single dad John Reed, who had to fight a system that traditionally supports mothers.  To find out how to support this organization or access its services, call 561-441-8557 or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: National Single Parent Resource Center  04/15/12

SunServe: Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Wilton Manors-based SunServe offers free and sliding scale services to individuals of all ages in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Question (LGBTQ) community.  The organization provides youth programming throughout Broward County, including an effort to provide role models through the  “Making it Better” projectMental health counseling is available as well as senior respite care and educational training for nurses, health care workers and mental health professionals.  Listen as Executive Director Mark Ketcham and board member Jaime Yordán-Frau, M.S., explain how SunServe has made a difference in the lives of so many people and how you can support them with your gifts of time, talents and financial resources.  To find out more, call 954-764-5150 or visit their web site.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: SunServe Social Services, Inc.  04/01/12

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

Almost one in 17 girls in the six-county district of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is a Girl Scout, according to CEO Denise Valz. Yet, as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, she worries about the other 16 girls.  Listen as she and her program director, Demi Clemens, describe the varied programs available to girls ages 5 to 17 to develop self confidence, leadership skills and valuable knowledge for life.  From programs led by women engineers to financial literacy training through cookie sales, Girl Scouts today help prepare girls for the future through fun, enriching programs for troops as well as individuals.  You’ll also hear from long-time Girl Scout, Sara Recht, who started as a Daisy at age 5 and is now in 8th grade at Eagles Landing Middle School.  For more information about the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, call 561-427-0178 or visit their website. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida  03/25/12

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