50 in 52 Journey The Videos
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50 In 52 Journey interview of Roger Black, Carol Black and Shannon Martin. Living in small communities in Kansas means you can’t wait for someone else to do things for you. When your neighboring communities are also small, you can’t afford to be in competition with each other either. That’s exactly what Cowley County and those around it are like and so the ABCDE Group was formed to foster ideas and growth. Watch this video of an economic development organization made up of the people who live there, changing their community for themselves and those around them.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Shelley Coulter. Shelley has been helping people most of her life, whether by volunteering or being the mom on the block in her neighborhood where kids went for help. When she saw teenagers with children at 13 and 14 she decided she had to do something about it. Watch this video of a woman who believes every child should have a scholarship and the life skills to help them go to college or whatever the next phase in their life is to be successful. Be inspired by how Shelley Coulter is changing the Kansas City Public School system once year and one child at a time.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Rosalea Hostetler. A native of Harper Kansas, she’s battled one thing or another most of her life. After moving away and then becoming ill, she decided she still had things left to do and moved back to Harper. With a small board of directors she founded The Balmer Fund to preserve the history, art, and culture across the prairies for future generations. Watch this video to see how one woman is determined to preserve the history of a small town and keep her community so that it can move forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Amanda Lamb, Office Manager for Van Go Mobile Arts. Started because of a gap in social services for teenagers 14-18, Van Go now teaches kids the arts but also gives them social services and skills they need to get jobs and take their lives to the next level. Watch this video of a wonderful organization giving children who otherwise would not have the opportunity, a chance to succeed. Moving their community, their state, and the kids of this country forward, with art, one child at a time.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Robert Simon. A self-titled ‘Edu-Tainer’, it’s easy to deduce that he’s an educator and entertainer; but what he really is, is a StoryTeller. Through stories at time personal and real, and other times imaginary or from other’s experiences, he seeks to help people become empowered to be their best. From kindergarden to the elderly, with humor and music and maybe even dance this StoryTeller just wants to help people. Watch this video and be inspired by one man moving those in his community to become better, thereby moving his state forward and the country forward, one story at a time.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Judy Wright and Mary Lou Wright, members of the founding group of the Fairy Godmother Fund. Though many agencies exist to help people in need, these women and the other founding members realized that there is a large gap between women who are doing ok and those who are in need of services provided by the many non-profit agencies that exist. Sometimes women just need a helping hand, a temporary leg up if you will, something to help them get by so that they can get back on their feet or take their lives to the next level. Watch this video and see how the Fairy Godmother Fund is helping women in this Kansas Community move forward and how they in turn will move the state and this country forward as well.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Cathe Dykstra as well as Rhonda Bynum and Patricia Brown of Family Scholar House. Believing that education is the key to success Family Scholar House was created to give single parent families a stable housing environment and educational program with the specific purpose of helping families with their education. Watch this video of an amazing program which helps single parent families focus on their primary way out of poverty…. education. With the support and collaboration of businesses and people in the community, Family Scholar House is giving people a safe and focussed place to live while they and their children focus on their education. Be inspired by a program that isn’t simply helping change todays community, but those of the next generation, and the ones after that… and the ones after that….
50 in 52 Journey interview of Lonnie Lawson and Michael Cornett of The Center for Rural Development in Somerset Kentucky. The brainchild of one of Kentucky’s congressmen, the Center provides programs and services to help with the issues facing eastern Kentucky such as poverty, job creation, and healthcare to name a few. in addition, the Center works with youth to teach them the skills they will need to become leaders of tomorrow. Watch this video to see how the Center is changing the lives of those in their community and around the state, and is now reaching across the country and hopes to one day reach across the world.
50 In 52 Journey interview part 1 of 2 of Judy McLaughlin and & Ginny Ramsey, co-founders and co-directors of The Catholic Action Center. Seeing a need for filling in the gap of social services for the homeless in Lexington Kentucky, these two ladies began a hospitality house. That modest beginning has now turned into multiple programs and locations that allow the homeless places to stay, a restroom to use, showers to take, laundry services as well as three meals a day. Watch this video, part 1 of 2 interviews with these incredible ladies who have created an all volunteer based way to get the community involved in helping their community. Be inspired by this example of moving community forward by people who volunteer to help those most in need.
50 In 52 Journey interview Pt 2 of 2 of Judy McLaughlin and Ginny Ramsey of the Catholic Action Center. In this second part interview we see a brief tour of one of the centers buildings and also hear the touching story of John, one of the clients who had an impact on these two ladies lives. Watch and be inspired by the good that volunteering can do in your community and help move your community, your state, and this country forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Dr. Enangaw Mehari. Born in Ethiopia and educated in eastern Europe and America, Dr. Mehari founded People to People to help those in need in Ethiopia. And although this non-profit helped Us Doctors and companies give of their time and resources in Africa to help others, Dr Mehari wanted to do something in his new home state of Kentucky. And so, with help the Peoples Free Clinic began and now Dr Mehari is giving his time and energy to helping those who do not have insurance get first rate medical care. Watch this video of a man who was raised to believe that “community is everything” and who gives back to his community, his state, this country and indeed across the globe. Be Inspired.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Daro Mott. While many people complain about government few actually do something about it. Daro Mott believed that instead of complaining he would roll up his sleeves and get to work. He chose local government as his way of helping behind the scenes to make real change. As if working in your local government wasn’t enough he also took his passion for chess to schools who did not have resources to teach students chess and began teaching them how to learn the game. Watch this video and see an example of someone who’s making a difference in his community and his state to move them forward.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Rodger Roeser, President and Founder of the Eisen Marketing Group. When Rodger started his company he realized that giving was going to be a part of his success. Once they were in a position to do so they began giving back to the community by helping Non-Profit organizations who had little to no money by helping providing them with top notch marketing services for free. With applications jumping from one year to the next, they now have a formal process to try to find the best candidates to have the most impact. Watch this video to see how one company is making a real difference by helping those companies who make the most difference all across the country.
50 In 52 Journey interview of Stephanie Little, Gloria Metz and Pam Wright. What started out as a part time idea is now a full time business. In one of the more impoverished counties in Kentucky, these three ladies started a program to help families break the generational poverty cycle through education. The Family Learning program focusses on the whole family not just the adults or the children to give parents the tools and education they need to be able to help their children and break the cycle of poverty. One family at a time, these ladies are making a difference in their community and their state.