50 in 52 Journey The Videos
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50 In 52 Journey interview of Dorothy Breininger. Born out of necessity when her best friend and her best friend’s husband both had their Fathers come to live with them, Saving Our Parents was born. With books, DVD’s and organizational tools, watch this video of a passionate woman who believes that helping the elder generation is not only something we should do but something that benefits all of us. For the elderly it’s a chance to live the remainder of their lives peacefully knowing all is in order and that their history is being preserved. For the children of parents it’s a chance to really learn about who they are and where you come from. Be inspired by what can happen when communities are improved by an idea born of necessity and soon the community, the state, and ultimately the country are moving forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Nouriel and Yaelle Cohen of Global Kindness. Many people have been affected by the country’s economy. Many people have lost all they have. If you lived in Beverly Hills, had a successful business and then lost everything what would you do? Watch this video of an incredible couple who lived in Beverly Hills, had a successful business of their own and did lose everything, and then decided what they needed to do was simplify their lives and focus on helping other people, which is exactly what they did. With modest beginnings Global Kindness now feeds, clothes, and even pays bills for people who cannot do it themselves. With plans to grow into a storefront, despite the fact that the Cohens and their six children still don’t have much themselves, this couple continues to give what they do have, their time, their energy and their home. Be inspired by this couple who have little but give so much.
50 in 52 Journey tour of Global Kindness Home. When most people say they open their home to help other people they mean the spare room or perhaps the garage. In this video you will see that Nouriel and Yaelle Cohen mean their ENTIRE home when they said they were opening it to help other people. Watch as we take a tour through their home, yard, and garage where every available space is used to receive, sort, and store food, clothes, and other items donated to help those less fortunate. Though this is the current headquarters for Global Kindness, the Cohens are hopeful that the will soon be able to expand into a more suitable location. For information on how you can help go to www.myglobalkindness.org.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Ci Ci Foster and Mashari Bain of Flower Goddess Productions. Meet two actresses who got tired of the challenges of the motion picture industry and the facades and superficiality and decided to do something about it. They formed Flower Goddess Productions to, as their website states, “Provide a platform for rising actors … and other entertainment professionals to create projects that are a unique and candid reflection of the human experience”. Watch this video to learn about their documentary about the real women of hollywood and find out how they created a calendar with 100% of the proceeds going to charity as a way of giving back despite the fact that they aren’t the typical successful actors portrayed on tv. Be inspired by two women making a difference in the community they work and live in and who are determined to change the world by changing peoples perceptions of the true art of acting and making a difference in the lives of communities everywhere.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Edward Hernandez. Growing up with music all his life, Edward found himself wanting to volunteer around music somehow but without a place to go. Along with a friend they devised an idea of tutoring at a local school to help students in the music classes. But when Edward and his friend found that the school had no music department they decided to do something about it. And so with little else but their own musical talent and a desire to help children incorporate music into their lives they began a music program at the school. Scrounging for help and instruments they were able to get enough of a start to enable a music concert at the end of the school year. Watch this video of a young man who simply saw a need and filled it. Be inspired by what you can do with your own passions in your community and help move America forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Jim Keegan. A longtime volunteer around the homeless, Jim noticed that no one was serving the homeless of Laguna Beach breakfast and so for the last three years he’s been bringing coffee and pastries to them. But this homeless advocate doesn’t stop there. When the city began issuing tickets to homeless people because they were sleeping outside, Jim began calling the lawyers. With persistence and the 8th amendment as his reasoning he now has lawyers and the ACLU fighting to help those who have no place to fight for. Watch this video of one man making a difference and helping those who have so little. Be inspired by this man moving his community forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Stacy Lasky, Operations Officer for Families of American Military (FAM). Spouses of our Military service men and women are often overlooked for the sacrifices they must make. For Stacy Lasky it was 23 years of being married to her military husband. While most people would consider this more than enough time to have given back to her country Mrs. Lasky and her husband are not most people. When her husband retired she saw a need for other military people who were retiring and who didn’t have the knowledge or understanding that they could do something as simple as own a home. And so, FAM was born. Now working together with the husband she spent so much time apart from they are helping military families get a fresh start by helping them navigate the processes of home ownership. Perhaps it’s no surprise that these hero’s continue to give back to their community and country after so many years. Watch this video and be inspired by what incredible work Mrs. Lasky is doing and perhaps you too will find a way to help move your community, your state, and this incredible country forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Richard Rosenberg, former CEO of Bank Of America. Watch this interview of a message from one CEO to other CEO’s and to non-profit organizations about how retirement is an opportunity for CEO’s to take the skills they garnered in the for profit sector and apply them to help the non-profit world. Be inspired by a man who continues to give back to his community in many ways after heading one of the largest companies in California and one of the most well known banks in the country.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Scott Silverman, Executive Director of Second Chance. Scott knows all about needing a second chance after going down a path of self destruction himself and almost ending his own life. As he turned his life around he began helping others and soon discovered that ‘the system’ wasn’t designed to help those who needed it. Taking a page out of his book “Tell me no, I dare you” Scott began a non profit to help those who were homeless and former prisoners find jobs. in a state which has an 80% recidivism rate, Second Chance is able to boast that it’s program has over 70% of it’s clients staying out of prison and trouble. Watch this video of a man who not only completely turned his own life around but is helping others do the same thing and ultimately moving his community, his state, and one day he hopes, the whole country forward.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Kara Richards, Michelle Halvorson, Christopher Davis, Alexandria Graham and LeAnn Larson of The Many Faces of Autism. With two children of her own who are autistic, Kara knows first hand the frustrations and challenges that parents and families go through trying to get help for their children. She soon realized that although children with autism are lumped together by most of society, in fact each child is unique and has difference needs. It was this realization that has spurred her on to write a book in the hopes of helping parents, families, and especially the children with autism. Watch this video and be inspired by someone who simply saw a need and began her own journey to solve that need.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Kari Grady Grossman, Executive Director of Sustainable Schools International. Most people who adopt children from a foreign country don’t get involved in the communities of that country. Most people would certainly not fundraise $15,000 to help build a school in that community. Of course, most people aren’t Kari G. Grossman. Watch this video of an amazing woman who not only did all of those things, but when she went back and found out that the school she helped build wasn’t being used because there was no money to pay teachers and children were dropping out at a rate of 80% she couldn’t sit by and do nothing. Sometimes the community we need to help is a global one. Be inspired by one woman’s journey to make a difference half way around the world.
50 in 52 Journey with Kari Grady Grossman – Stories: If you’ve watched the interview of Kari G. Grossman, you know all about the amazing work she’s doing. Now watch this video and listen to a couple of heartwarming stories in her own words, about the people she’s helping. GET INSPIRED!
50 in 52 Journey interview of Jerry Herships. Watch this video of a former bartender/entertainer turned Reverend and see how his unusual Church is doing some pretty spectacular things. Be inspired by one man who five years ago was sitting in a pew wondering if there was another way and now has found it. Although his Church may be less than ordinary, what they’re doing to help the homeless in Colorado is nothing short of extraordinary even though it may be extraordinarily simple.
50 in 52 Journey interview of a dozen women from the Junior League of Ft. Collins. The Journey has interviewed several people this year from the Junior League all over this country. We have covered their mission of Volunteerism, Developing the potential of women, and improving community. And although all the women share a common interest of caring about the community in which they live, this video will introduce you to the type of women who join the Junior League. Watch and see how women from all types of backgrounds find the training and support of the Junior League are as invaluable as the service they give to others because of it.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Allison Hines, Deb Kahn, Susan Crowe and Trish Roker of the Career Closet. The Career Closet is one of the Signature Projects of the Junior League of Ft. Collins. It helps women who are transitioning into the workforce and cannot afford work appropriate clothing to get the clothes they need in a warm and friendly, upscale-like atmosphere. This is no mere hand-me-down clothing shop. The items donated are top of the line and very often beyond the price range of the clients. Watch this video and see how this project is giving back to the community and paying it forward for the future helping women get back on their feet in style.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Deanna McCrery. A long time member of the Junior League, Deanna talks about her current role as volunteer for the Junior League of Ft. Collins’ Able Women’s Mentoring Program, one of the Signature Programs for the Junior League this year. Watch this video and listen to someone who came to the Junior League just for a ‘break’ from her daily life, and who has stayed because of the incredible work the Junior League does in the community. Work that she continues to do does first hand as a volunteer mentor.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Marianne Leviton. A former NASA employee, after years of using her left brain for most of her career she decided to find something to do for her creative side and so she left her job, moved to Colorado with her husband and became a filmmaker. The change in jobs and move gave her time to ponder life’s ‘bigger questions” and she found herself trying to find ways that she could give back to the community and the planet. When she saw a friend that she had worked with on several projects going through dialysis, she found her answer. Watch this video and see how one woman is trying to make a difference by educating people on Kidney disease and organ donation with the help of people volunteering their time and expertise to make and independent film and public service announcements. Helping her friend, her community and the country move forward.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Kimberly Nolan, a lawyer who has decided to follow her passion and started her own company of natural organic skin care products; but her real passion lies in philanthropy. Rather than waiting until her company grew in size to become large enough to make large donations, she decided to find some way to give back and make what little her startup company could afford go the furthest possible. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman taking what she has and making a difference in the lives of many.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Carrie A. Olson. In this PART 1 of a two part interview watch this incredibly teacher as she breaks the stereotype of children of poverty. Through life-changing trips to Washington and Europe, teaching them about genocide and the Holocaust, Carrie is not only expanding the lives of children who would otherwise never have an opportunity to travel outside of their community much less their state, but her impact reaches beyond the children to their families as well. Be inspired by this incredible teacher who is giving so much more to her students than just an education. She is changing the world, one child, one family, one community at a time. (You do NOT want to miss the rest of this amazing story, be sure to watch Part 2 after you see this video)
50 in 52 Journey interview of Carrie A. Olson. In this PART 2 of a two part interview, the amazing work of this incredible teacher continues. Watch PART 1 to really see what this teacher is doing for the children of poverty she teaches and be inspired by these amazing children and how they can change your perception of the traditional stereotype. You do not want to miss the rest of this story. Watch Part 1 and then watch this part 2.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Paula DePre’ Pesmen, Executive Director of There With Care. While working in film on the Harry Potter movies, an accidentally routed phone call turned the course of Paula’s life around. She found herself in a position to grand some Make a Wish Foundation wishes for terminally ill children but found that as fulfilling as that was, there was a greater need for the children and their families. There With Care, was born from that need. Watch this video of a woman who thought she “had it all”, a great job, working on fun films with great people until she found that helping families and children, making a difference in their lives in whatever way they needed was where the real joy of life comes from. Be inspired by someone who left one ‘magical’ world, and found an even better one.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Libby Birky, Co-Founder of the Same Cafe. In this first of a two part interview meet Libby who, with her husband Brad, were working as a teacher and computer consultant respectively and volunteering at soup kitchens. During their volunteering they noticed that certain populations were not using shelters and soup kitchens. Single mothers, the elderly or college students, and the food was often pass prepared and not the freshest. So, taking their entire life savings, they decided to open a safe place for people who needed some food to eat. But that’s not all, they also decided to use only organic locally grown food. Yet that too, is not what makes the same cafe so unusual. Watch this video and find out why this restaurant is truly special and you’ll see that it’s really not the SAME at all…. So All May Eat.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Brad and Libby Birky, co-founders of the Same Cafe. In this second of a two part interview we’re joined by Brad who, along with Libby share some stories and incredible wisdom about the cafe and getting started. Watch and be inspired by two people who had a great idea and have put that idea into action, creating an amazing safe haven of wholesome good organic food… So All May Eat. the SAME Cafe
50 in 52 Journey interview of Molly Wolff. Words, it is often said, have powerful meaning. For Molly Wolff, it was a book, given to her by her neighbor which has so greatly impacted her life. Watch this story of one woman who after reading a book on ‘Human Trafficking” was so affected by it that she could not sleep. And so she decided to do something about it. In Molly’s case, doing something about it has meant helping to raise awareness about the issue not only globally, but here at home at well. Be inspired by what you can do to help those who fall victim to this ‘modern day slavery’ where 80% are women and 50% are children.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Woody Bliss. For many, to help build community means to serve in some public office. This is true for Woody Bliss. A First Selectman in Weston Connecticut, he cares about preserving the community that is Weston and champions those things that help keep this secret of Connecticut such a beautiful place to live. Watch this video of a man who loves his community and does everything he can to help those who live in it.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Monica Chusid. A mother’s worst nightmare is the loss of a child and especially a baby barely 15 months old. For most mothers, the most heart-wrenching moment is the last time they are allowed to hold their baby. This was true for Monica as well, but this was also the moment she made a promise to her baby daughter. A promise to find a way to help her name live on. Watch this inspiring video of a remarkable Mother who took the most painful moment in her life and turned it around to find a way to give back to the community. Listen to the story of Rebecca and the legacy her family carries on. But be warned, don’t watch this video without a box of tissues handy.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Tim Koller. Tim has been involved for years with A Better Chance, a program to help youth attend high schools and college prep schools they otherwise would not normally be able to attend. Listen to this interview of a man who believes education is the key to helping communities improve and who has been involved in helping that happen for many years. Making a difference in communities isn’t always about doing something by yourself, sometimes it’s about being part of something that’s bigger than you are. Tim shows us that by helping an organization in whatever way you can you too can make a difference in your community. It’s all about doing something… one community, one state at a time.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Melissa Zales Koller. Some people see a need and complain about it, others see a need and decide to do something about it. Melissa Zales Koller saw a need in her community to improve the schools her children were going to and she got involved. In a community that had doubled in size but whose school infrastructure was the same as in the 1970’s she fought against a community that believed ‘if it was good enough for our kids it should be good enough for yours’. Though she didn’t believe she had the leadership background to fight she fought alongside other leaders and helped improve the schools. Later, when the schools were being challenged to repeal all the work she had done, Melissa was now the leader who was ready to take on the fight once more. Watch this video of one woman who is wiling to stand up for her children, the children of her community and for herself as she shows you that one person can indeed move their community, their state and ultimately America forward.
50 in 52 Journey Interview of Nancy McCormick. A simple desire to get involved with her daughters school has led to a multitude of volunteering for this Mother of two. Watch this video and be inspired by one Mom’s path to getting involved, not waiting to be asked, and not complaining unless she’s willing to do something about it. Nancy McCormick is one person making a difference throughout her community, her state and showing the rest of America what it means to move this country forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Debbie Schwartz. An adoptive parent herself, and someone who works with Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Debbie saw a need to address something no one else seemed to be focusing on. Namely, she wanted to help adoptive families and their children deal with the issue of religion as it pertains to Jewish adoptive parents who were adopting children from non-Jewish families. Watch this video to see how one person saw a need and found a way to fill it in her community. A true example of a problem solver, watch and be inspired as to how you can solve a challenge your community is facing.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Gayle Weinstein. With no background in politics Gale Weinstein moved from New York to the small town of Weston Connecticut and found herself getting involved in a grass roots effort to prevent overhead power lines. From there she has now become involved as a town selectmen and is championing Service and Volunteerism in her community. Watch this video to see how getting involved is sometimes just a matter of paying attention to what’s going on around you and following your passion. Gayle Weston is another example of one person making a difference in her community and helping get others involved through service and volunteer initiatives thereby moving her community, her state, and ultimate this country forward.