Sunday, May 19
This week we speak with Ellen Lettvin, the Vice President for Science & Education at the Pacific Science Center. She is also the Director of the Seattle Science Festival. The Science Center is hosting the second annual Seattle Science Festival from June 6th through June 15th at a number of places around the Seattle area with many events. From the opening night event at The Paramount Theater to the free Science Expo Day at the Seattle Center to the grand finale at The Seattle Repertory Theater and the many events in between, there is something for everyone to learn and enjoy. Everything is listed online at www.seattlesciencefestival.org and there is an app on the iTunes store as well. Learn more about the Pacific Science Center at www.pacificsciencecenter.org
Sunday, May 12
This week we speak with the Director of Washington State's GET program, Betty Lochner.
GET stands for Guaranteed Education Tuition. GET is a prepaid tuition plan, and in our state, the increased value is guaranteed when you redeem them for college in the future. You can buy four years of future college tuition at today's rate that is based on current tuition at the State's public universities. For example, a year's worth of GET units purchased for a newborn this year at $17,200 could be worth nearly $37,000 when ready for college. There are many flexible and portable features with the GET program.
Enrollment in the current period ends May 31st. Learn more online at www.get.wa.gov
Sunday, May 5
This week we speak about a disease that affects 1.4 million Americans, yet many are too embarrassed to talk about it. The Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is having their 6th annual Take Steps Walk to raise awareness and funds on Saturday, June 1 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. Deborah Jacoby is the Manager of the annual Take Steps Walk and Chrissy Egan is the Chair of the Take Steps Walk committee. Both illnesses do have one strong feature in common. They are marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system. In people suffering from IBD, the immune system reacts inappropriately, mistaking benign or beneficial cells and bacteria for harmful foreign substances. When this happens, the immune system can do harm to the gastrointestinal tract and produce the symptoms of IBD. Crohn's and Colitis are still chronic and incurable, but the CCFA is working on ways to help people live with them as well as funding research to find a cure.
Learn more online at www.ccfa.org/chapters/northwest and sign up for the Take Steps Walk at www.cctakesteps.org/westernwashington
Sunday, April 28
This week our guests are Janis Avery, the CEO at Treehouse and Nicole Grubbs, the Marketing Director at Westfield Southcenter.
Treehouse was founded 25 years ago to help foster kids just be kids. While still doing that, Treehouse now has a focus on education planning, coaching and support to build each youth's engagement and investment in their education and their future. They have an ambitious goal to get foster kids in King County graduating high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future. Currently foster kids graduate at half the rate of their peers. Westfield Southcenter is supporting the work of Treehouse with an event on Saturday, May 4th; Trends for Treehouse in Macy's Court. The public will have the opportunity to participate in style seminars and a VIP lounge that will load them up with gifts and goodie bags. All proceeds will benefit Treehouse. Learn more about Treehouse online at www.treehouseforkids.org and buy tickets to Trends for Treehouse at www.facebook.com/westfieldsc
Sunday, April 21
This week we talk with folks from the American Cancer Society's Great West Division. Kimberly Dinsdale is the Regional Communications Manager, Lisa Meindl is the Distinguished Events Director, and Kathy Mendel is a volunteer driver with their Road To Recovery program. The American Cancer Society is celebrating their 100th year of fighting what was once a deadly disease.
We talk about the great strides made over the past century, the volunteer spirit that keeps it moving forward, as well as what it takes to raise so much money that it takes to fund ground-breaking, life-saving research. The 5th annual Hope Gala dinner and auction is June 15th at the Museum of Flight. Learn more about The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org and find out about the Hope Gala and buy tickets at www.acshopegala.org The American Cancer Society's cancer information line at 1-800-227-2345.
Sinday, April 14
Joining us this week is Doug Clerget, co-founder of Dollar Per Month. Dollar Per Month is a non-profit organization that empowers its members to create real change in the world by removing the time, effort and financial constraints to traditional charitable giving. Members can give as little as a dollar per month and be part of a larger community that wants to make the world a better place.Members vote on where donations go so it is fun and interactive with social networking taking a large part in spreading the word as well as demonstrating that lots of little contributions can add up to cause a big impact. You can learn more about Dollar Per Month online and at their Facebook page: www.dollarpermonth.org or www.facebook.com/dollarpermonth You can also meet them in person and ask all of your questions this Thursday evening at the Suite Restaurant and Lounge in Bellevue.
Sunday, April 7
Our guests this week are from The Friends of the Children KC. Kelly Stockman Reid is the Executive Director, Alicia Uehling is a Mentor and Ariana is one of their students. Friends of the Children is the only program in the nation that connects young children with paid, professional mentors for thirteen years. Friends of the Children provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for the most at-risk children, from the time they enter kindergarten until high school graduation. The mentors help to uncover a child’s potential and build a lifelong foundation for success– through friendship, advocacy and education. Alicia and Ariana have been together for more than four years and their lives have been changed as a result. Alicia hopes to be with Ariana through her graduation from high school. If you would like to learn more about Friends of The Children King County and how to support their goals for children, visit their website and participate in their Bowl-a-thon on April 13th.
Sunday, March 31
Our guests this week are two mothers, Lara Kim and Sabrina Aherns. They share their stories about how the work of the March of Dimes has impacted their lives. This is the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. When they began they were focused on eradicating polio and now they are focusing tightly in on eliminating premature births. Nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year and the annual March for Babies is working hard to fund research to find the causes, treatments and preventions for the serious problems that threaten babies' health.
Both Lara and Sabrina walk in the annual March for Babies walks to support the March of Dimes work. Two key March For Babies walks in Western Washington are coming up soon; Saturday, May 4th in Seattle and Saturday, May 18th in Tacoma. To register or learn more on line at www.marchforbabies.org or www.marchofdimes.com