PACE Center for Girls – Broward Chapter

In 1992, Aggie Pappas, executive director of PACE Broward, and her then-volunteer Judy Joffe, met on card tables to plan events to support the program for girls, ages 12 to 18, whose needs were not met in traditional school environments.   Listen to find out how Aggie has grow the program into a beautiful campus in Wilton Manors, where middle and high school age girls can learn academic and life skills.  Identified as “dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills,” the PACE girls receive the help they need to be successful.  Judy talks about her more than 15-year reign as a volunteer and board member and how she involves her colleagues at NCCI in fundraising efforts to support PACE.  To find out more, call 954-561-6939, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Pace Center Broward  09/23/12

The Hanley Center

Baby Boomers are one of the fast growing groups of people suffering from addiction diseases, according to John Dyben, the executive director of treatment services at the West Palm Beach-based Hanley Center.  Now part of the national Caron Treatment Centers network, the facility prides itself on individualized treatment based on age and gender, says Dyben.  Listen as he and his colleague Juan Harris, program director, Center for Older Adult Recovery, talk about the “accidental addicts” who unwittingly get hooked on prescription medications.  They also describe the treatment options available for adolescents through seniorsRachel Docekal, CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation, describes how scholarships help individuals, who would not otherwise be able to experience the Hanley Center, get the help they need.  For more information on how to support the organization’s treatment and prevention education programs, call 1-800-4-Hanley, the Foundation directly at 561-841-1211, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Hanley Center  09/09/12

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 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, 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 or visit their web site. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: The Scleroderma Foundation  05/06/12

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