Hope South Florida

Listen as Hope South Florida’s Eddie Copeland and Pery Canan outline their unique approach to helping individuals have hope and, as a result, overcome homelessness.  Organized by more than 50 churches, the organization provides both food and housing to more than 150 families a year.   Find out more about their goal to build hope, housing and community for families and individuals facing homelessnessHope South Florida organizes daily buses to take people to “sharing” meals at existing facilities, often a church.   Their goal is to be able to provide meals 365 days a year to people facing homelessness.  To find out more about Hope South Florida and how you can support their efforts, call 954-566-2311, or visit their web site at www.hopesouthflorida.org. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Hope South Florida  06/03/12

The Best Foot Forward Foundation

Two dedicated and compassionate women, Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase, join the show to talk about how their personal experiences with teenagers about to “age out” of the foster care system inspired them to start the Best Foot Forward Foundation. Together with West Boca High School Principal Mark Stenner, this organization, which was formed in 2010, provides critical individualized support to foster kids in the eighth grade and above. By donating everything from a simple birthday gift to college scholarships, Best Food Forward has enabled many young people to better themselves and avoid falling through the cracks of society. Both funding and volunteer support is needed to run this program, so call 561-470-8300, or visit www.bestfoot.org, to discover how you can help. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Best Foot Forward Foundation  05/27/12

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 sclerodermasefl@gmail.com 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

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