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Interviews:
Wendie Blanchard / Gwen Purcell - Founder NORWESCAP'S Arthur and Friends / Project Manager, Alpine Learning Group
"Cultivating a Better Planet" is an apt slogan for Arthur and Friends, an organization that provides employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities. Inspired by her thirty-three year old nephew, the Arthur, who has Down syndrome, Wendie Blanchard founded the organization that provides employment and training utilizing hydroponic greenhouses. Serving a marginalized population of people with mental and physical disabilities, ex-offenders and veterans, the greenhouse work is a conduit for teaching other marketable skills. The model is being adapted by the Alpine Learning Group serving children with autism. Wendie and Gwen Purcell of Alpine talk more about these projects with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Inspiration, Philanthropy, Mentoring
Dr. Frank R. Egan - Specialist, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
"Smiles do change lives", asserts Dr. Frank R. Egan, Long Island Orthodontist, a volunteer for the national non-profit organization, Smiles Change Lives. "It's wonderful to see a child change from being shy and hiding his/her mouth, to being more outward going and proud to smile." Dr. Egan launched the program on Long Island in 2008 to provide essential orthodontic treatment for children from low income families. A full treatment can last from one to two and a half years with an actual cost of $5,000. Eligible applicants ages 10 to 18 can receive full treatment for $500. Applicants and families must be willing to commit to investing time in the treatment, but the results are worth it -- from raising self-esteem to career enhancement. Dr. Egan discusses his commitment to the program with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Children, Health, Philanthropy
Krista Olsen-dibsie - Co-founder, The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care
In these times, paying for medical costs is more challenging than ever. Especially for women undergoing cancer treatment, and facing additional costs. Krista Olsen-dibsie, president of the Beauty Foundation, a non-profit giving money direct to women receiving cancer treatment, talks about her project with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth. Women with prescription costs of over a $1,000 monthly, or additional child care costs, or even transportation for care -- these women so appreciate money for a wig.
Themes: Philanthropy, Volunteerism, Health
Janice Lathen - Founding Executive Director, Powering Potential
Janice Lathen introduced her vision of Powering Potential on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West one year ago. She came back with an update on her launching pad with us. Powering Potential had a mission: to "use technology to enhance education and stimulate students in Tanzania...." Lathen is meeting that goal with the "technology tent" operating in Karatu connecting a school to the internet via satellite and solar powered equipment. She plans to expand to other remote schools in the country -- the very first internet activity in Tanzania introducing students to a whole new world. She has accomplished this while respecting and incorporating values of the local culture. Learn more about this amazing project on GYMW with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education, Kids
Robert Schulman / Nancy Schulman - Co-Founders, Of Home, Family and Future
The Schulmans -- Nancy, retired social worker, and Robert, retired financier -- have made a place for themselves helping women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. Their help is immediate: housing, friendships, childcare, tuition, counseling -- not one dollar for administrative costs and not one penny of government money. They have now transferred this unique brand of grants and mentoring to kids in foster care, of which no more than 2 percent complete college. They are using their incentive based program to change that dismal statistic. Judith West discusses their inspiring story with them on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Families, Mentoring, Philanthropy, Kids, Education
Bryan Douglas - Author, DOING GOOD WORKS!
Bryan Douglas makes a difference in the world. He faces each day looking to do a good deed. Sometimes it's money, but lots of times it's finding a resource, helping with a stalled car or running an errand for a homebound. It's the little things that make him feel good about what he does. "Six degrees of separation" -- that's six billion people connected through no more than six steps. He only asks that anyone who receives help, pay it back Forward -- a friend or relative is only six steps away. Get inspired to do your own good deeds by Douglas on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Inspiration, Philanthropy
Janice Lathen - Founding Executive Director, Powering Potential
Janice Lathen, computer consultant, while on vacation in Tanzania, visited a secondary school. When she introduced herself in Swahili, the students reaction so overwhelmed her that she vowed to return with computers and teach teachers and students how to use them. From this was Powering Potential conceived. She started with one laptop and an absolute minimal amount of private funding. Hear how far she had come on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy
Jennifer Mahran - Founder, Charity Begins
People helping people. No bureaucracy. Limited cost. Learn how Charity Begins, began. Two young people and an idea -- now, shoes, toothbrushes, infants' clothing, school supplies and books are traveling to some eighteen underdeveloped countries in bags -- donated. The bags are transported by pleasure travelers checking items with their own baggage and, even in some cases, delivering the transported, donated merchandise to the charity services. An amazing story. Hear Jennifer Mahran describe the process and learn how you can get involved on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy
Army Brigadier General  Anthony J. Tata - Author, SUDDEN THREAT
We are being asked to sacrifice, to contribute to our country's well-being. Brigadier General Anthony Tata, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, is not only sacrificing but he is contributing royalties from his book, SUDDEN THREAT, to the USO Wounded Warrioirs Program. The General wrote his book on terror and was from the battleground. Log on to Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West for the whole story. When you buy the book, you get a good read and contribute to Wounded Warriors.
Themes: Veterans, Philanthropy
JJ Ramberg - Co-Founder, GoodSearch.com
You can give to your favorite charity without giving. Just shop with GoodSearch.com. Well-known retailers -- Target, Macy's, Best By and Barnes and Noble, among others, contribute a significant portion of purchase prices to your favorite charity. It's a form of philanthropy that works. I know because I tried it. Listen to JJ Ramberg explain on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy
Eugene M. Lang - Founder and Chairman Emeritus , I Have a Dream Foundation
Twenty-five years ago Eugene Lang, gave a graduation speech to sixth graders in East Harlem, encouraging them to see this as the first of several graduations. Hearing that indeed college was probably not a realilty, Lang offered to pay for each child's college education. At that moment was born the "I Have Dream" Foundation. Hear his story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Bill Rappel - National Director, Computers for Youth; America Forward Advisory Board
Bill Rapel in his capacity as national director for Computers for Youth is on the Advisory Board of America Forward, a coalition of non-profits that work together for a better strategy to solve domestic issues -- education, poverty, health. His own organization puts computers in the homes of low-income students using the tool as a rallying point around which the entire family can involve themselves. Hear Bill describe his mission on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Iris Chen - President/CEO, I Have a Dream Foundation
Twenty-five years ago Eugene Lang, founder of I Have a Dream Foundation, had a vision for sixth graders at his old elementary school in East Harlem -- they would graduate and go to college. Since then, some 60,0000 "Dreamers" have been identified. They are mentored, funded and coached through the college process. View Iris Chen, CEO, and Anthony Ron and Job Bridgett, themselves Dreamers, as they describe the mission and value of "I have a Dream" on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Philanthropy, Education
Mark Goldsmith - Founder, Getting Out and Staying Out
Ordinary Americans do extraordinary things. Hear Goldsmith describe his Getting Out and Staying Out Program, operating with volunteers at Rikers Island. There, retired executives teach inmates how to find and keep a job. Every released inmate gets a tool kit with an alarm clock, metro card, resume and condoms. He tells his story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Legal, Rehabilitation, Philanthropy, Mentoring, Education
Commentaries:
 60 Seconds on Value: "Saint Paul"
Paul Newman died at eighty three an unpretentious man. Despite all the Oscars and Academy Awards, he wore his fame lightly. Decency seems to have come easily....
Themes: Philanthropy



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