Sunday, November 24
This week we talk about success for students in the context of sports in schools. Will Niccolls is the Executive Director and founder of a local non-profit organization called Sports In Schools. They feel that kids who are engaged in team sports are more engaged in their school and community, have higher self-image, and are more likely to be active later in life. They go about accomplishing that goal by removing barriers that keep many kids out of sports programs; barriers such as much needed team equipment, uniform fees, team enrollment fees,etc.
Started from humble beginnings of a group of referees who pooled their money for an inner city team that needed socks, Sports In Schools has donated $500,000 since. Learn more online at www.sportsinschools.org
Sunday, November 17
This week we speak with Lorraine Thomas, the Assistant Manager at VA Puget Sound Fisher House. Fisher House is the home away from home for family members of veterans who receive treatment in Seattle. It is a caregiver for caregivers and the results can be quite powerful. Hundreds of military and veteran families come to Seattle each year while their loved ones receive inpatient care through the VA Puget Sound Hospital. Fisher House is where they can stay free of charge. Not only is their stress and anxiety somewhat relieved while there, they find a support network with the other families that are experiencing the same emotions and traumas. Fisher House is supported through donations and volunteers. Learn more online at www.fisherhousevaps.org or call 206-277-3950.
Sunday, November 2
5:30am Pacific Standard Time
This week we speak with Fred Koontz, the Vice President of Field Conservation at the Woodland Park Zoo.
It's not just about wonderful animal exhibits; conservation is also a big part of Woodland Park Zoo’s mission. By working with conservationists and researchers, Woodland Park Zoo focuses on a conservation strategy that includes: habitat and species conservation, research, education, local capacity building and community support. Fred tells us about the project they have underway in Malaysia in partnership with Panthera to preserve the endangered Malayan tiger sub-species that is believed to have dwindled to under 500 in the wild.
Learn more at www.zoo.org
Sunday, October 27
As it's October, we speak with Mona Locke, the Interim Executive Director of Komen Puget Sound. Mona speaks of the continued need to raise awareness about breast cancer. She tells us that half of the women in Washington that even have insurance coverage still don't get screenings for breast cancer. She also talks about the money needed for research to fight this deadly disease, and points out that 75% of the funds raised locally, stay local. One new area that needs more research involves a correlation between Vitamin D deficiency, obesity, and the rate of breast cancer, and that Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a recipient of a Komen grant to pursue such research. Komen Puget Sound's biggest fund raiser each year is the Race for the Cure; next scheduled for the first Sunday in June, 2014.
Learn more at www.komenpugetsound.org
Sunday, October 20
This week we are joined by Annie Jones-Barnes, the Executive Vice President and Korbett Mosesly, the Director of Communications at Northwest Leadership Foundation.
The Northwest Leadership Foundation exists to encourage, develop and strengthen leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city. They actively discover, develop, and deploy a new generation of leaders and citizens for lasting, positive change. Based in Tacoma, they have programs of prevention and intervention, college access & retention, mentoring, volunteerism with "servant leadership" principles and guidance. Learn more online at www.northwestleadership.org
Sunday, October 13
Joining us this week is longtime local newswoman Penny Legate. Penny has a tragic story to share about losing a daughter to a heroin overdose. Finding something positive about such a horrible part of life can be hard, but Penny has started the Marah Project that will offer kids at Seattle Public Schools' Alternative High Schools the opportunity for paid internships. Penny discusses what it was about Marah, her school, and teachers that led her to this type of honoring of her daughter. Learn more about The Marah Project online at www.teensinpublicservice.org or www.pennylegate.com