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Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Hungry Hearts Foundation

Hungry Hearts Foundation has been feeding thier community for years and are open and willing to help other school districts start similiar programs. Tammie Enders, a teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary school and Mirza Advic talk about how Hungry Hearts Foundation came into being and how Covid -19 is afftecting our students who struggle with enough to eat.
https://www.hungryheartsfoundation.com/

Spotlighting WA 529 GET Savings Plan

This week we talk with Luke Minor, WA529 Director. The GET program’s 2019-2020 enrollment period comes to a close on May 31. Washington families still have time to start saving for future college costs with the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program.
The GET program is one of two college savings options offered by Washington College Savings Plans (WA529). The DreamAhead College Investment Plan was launched in 2018 to create additional choice and flexibility for families as they plan for college costs.
“Even during a crisis like COVID-19, it’s important to keep in perspective that your child’s dreams and your goals for their future are long-term,” says Washington College Savings Plans director, Luke Minor. “Building a savings strategy when kids are young and staying the course are essential to keeping those dreams moving forward. A GET account from WA529 is a great starting point.”
https://www.get.wa.gov/

Spotlighting The 529 GET College Savings Plan

This week we talk with Luke Minor, WA529 Director. The GET program is one of two college savings options offered by Washington College Savings Plans (WA529). The DreamAhead College Investment Plan was launched in 2018 to create additional choice and flexibility for families as they plan for college costs.
Washington College Savings Plans director, Luke Minor says “Even during a crisis like COVID-19, it’s important to keep in perspective that your child’s dreams and your goals for their future are long-term,” says. “Building a savings strategy when kids are young and staying the course are essential to keeping those dreams moving forward. A GET account from WA529 is a great starting point.”
https://www.get.wa.gov/

Spotlighting March of Dimes

Kasey Rivas, Director Maternal Child Health & Government Affairs with March of Dimes joins me to talk about the pivot in their fundraising efforts. For 50 years parents and their children have been marching and as we know this year that will not happen. The new improved virtual campaign is March for Babies Step Up! March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies, and believes in a world where every mom and baby is healthy regardless of wealth, race or geography.
For over 80 years, March of Dimes has pioneered research, led programs, provided educational resources and enabled policy change so that every mom and baby can have the best possible start.
marchforbabies.org

Spotlighting Mercy Watch

This week we talk with Deacon Dennis Kelly with Mercywatch.org. Mercy Watch is a nonprofit all volunteer organization. They are dedicated to helping the homeless. Whether it is with medical care or just listening to their stories. They are building relationships with the marginalized community. They go out on the streets of Snohomish County Tuesdays and Thursdays and the covid 19 situation has added an extra challenge to the ministry.
https://mercywatch.org/

Spotlighting 2020 Give Big Campaign

Give Big 2020 is already underway. It’s a great annual fund-raising event for our community to come together and support many of the non-profits in the Puget Sound area. And to underscore the need is greater than ever this year! We hear from leaders in just 2 of the nonprofits we can choose to support:
Tereza Marks is the Executive Director Pawsitive Alliance. These trying times will affect how Pawsitive Alliance will be able to provide life saving programs across the state, please consider donating to help Seattle’s homeless pet caretakers, Central Washington’s low income pet parents, and those animals across the state who need a home.
Nancy Long the executive director of 501 Commons, the nonprofit producing GiveBIG. 501 Commons has expanded training and support to nonprofits to encourage their supporters to create effective peer to peer campaigns.
Please support www.givebigwa.org @givebigwa

Spotlighting Juvenial Diabetes Research Foundation / Beat the Bridge

Meet Lucy Teichman who was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age 6. She is now 13 and telling her story and raising money for JDRF. This year with the ourbreak the Beat the Bridge fundraiser has had to be re imagined and listen s Lindsey Larkin tells you how they have transformed the 38th Annual Nordstroms Beat the Bridge event.
https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=8012&pg=entry

Bonus Spotlight Alpha Supported Living Services

Scott Livengood CEO Alpha supported Living Services, says Alpha needs your help. They are a facility that needs the same thing as hospitals, but they are not considered front line to get supplies. If you have masks, gloves, cleaning supplies it would help them tremendously. Or if you want to make a donation that will help as well.

Spotlighting Don't Keep Your Day Job

Cathy Heller has a podcast and a book called Don’t Keep your Day Job. It’s about finding your lifes work and turning your joy, your passion into what you do in your day to day life.
https://www.dontkeepyourdayjob.com/