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David M. Landis Presents a Powerful Holiday Production with the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant

David Landis Live Bethlehem Christmas PageantLive Bethlehem Christmas Pageant is a nonprofit performing arts group which provides entertainment to the local community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As its president, David M. Landis oversees daily business operations, and he also produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of Christmas. Passionate about the organization, Mr. Landis also assists in fundraising efforts, promotes shows, and manages public relations. Hard working and dedicated to the organization’s cause, Mr. Landis has become recognized as a thought- and action-leader throughout his community.

From The Morning Call:

Spend an hour contemplating the reason for the season at the 35th annual edition of the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the bandshell at Rose Garden Park, Eighth Avenue and Union Boulevard in Bethlehem.

The fully costumed re-enactment tells the story of Joseph and Mary and the birth of Christ. Joseph accompanies the Virgin Mary, who is riding a donkey to the stable where Christ is born and laid in a manger. The angels appear and summon the shepherds, who come with their offerings of sheep and various other animals. The Wise Men and camels, with an escort of Soldiers on horseback, arrive to receive the words of Herod and the High Priests. They proceed to the stable, where the Holy Family and the resident animals await under the watchful care of the angels.

David M. Landis produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of ChristmasThe animals are all real. Singers and a narrator tell the story.

There is a musical prelude at 1:45 p.m. each day and the pageant starts at 2. Admission is free, however, a goodwill offering is requested to support the community event, presented by David Landis of Bethlehem and his family.

Mr. Landis is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding- which named him an Outstanding VIP member in 2013. He is also an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and Minsi Trails Council. In 1990, he was honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoys buying and selling goods for others.

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Heather Laanbroek Supports BARK NZ, an Organization that Champions Safety of Children Around Dogs

Girl safely hugs a Golden RetrieverBARK is an acronym for Building Awareness aRound K9s, and Heather Laanbroek serves as the Director of operations at BARK Ltd. She has been at this post for a number of years, and she has forged new ground in the nonprofit business management sector. The innovative nonprofit business leader demonstrates a shining expertise in general management, and adeptly runs the company’s the daily operations, ensuring that BARK Ltd. offers solutions for educators that enable children to learn how to remain safe around dogs.

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children's safety around dogs

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children’s safety around dogs

Ms. Laanbroek attributes her success to her dedication to remaining current in her field. She became involved in her profession after volunteering for another organization and recognizing a need for a dog safety education business. She earned a Postgraduate Diploma from Massey University, and has remained abreast of trends and developments in the field as a member of numerous Animal Welfare Organizations. In the near future, Ms. Laanbroek would like BARK to become a national organization.

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Susan A. Biggers Helps Low-Income Seniors Develop Skills and Find Jobs

Sarah Biggers. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah Biggers, CEO of Experience Works. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah A. Biggers has spent nearly a decade in her field, and she currently heads Experience Works, a community-based charity organization that provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes. Ms. Biggers specializes in strategic planning, and in implementing plans to leverage the various programs provided by the organization. She has also made a name for herself as an expert in performance management. She is responsible for coordinating with various departments, conducting advocacy and outreach, and speaking to legislative people to ensure funding. Ms. Biggers ensures that programs in place are meeting the needs of clients.

Experience Works provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. It was originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program. At the helm of the foundation, Ms. Biggers has recognized and accomplished many of her goals, and she attributes her success to understanding that all people have a purpose in life. She has determination and passion for helping the less fortunate. She became involved in her profession because she was influenced by the mission of Experience Works and was recruited to join the organization in 2008. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. In future years, Ms. Biggers wants to grow her company and help as many people as possible.

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Samantha Hunter Pushes to Put Corruption to a Halt with Crime Stoppers Victoria

Samantha Hunter has more than two years of experience as the CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria, an organization that serves to protect community members by passing on information to law enforcement officials to help them solve crimes. Over the years, Ms. Hunter has established herself as an expert in nonprofit management and leadership by serving at the helm of the organization and guiding community members toward safety and social justice. Each day, she manages the strategic direction of the association, as well as budgeting operations, and raises funds to keep the organization in operation. Ms. Hunter successfully built a marketing, public and community relations firm prior to taking on the role of CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria and Director of Crime Stoppers Australia.

Samantha Hunter is passionate about helping the people of Victoria to build resilience and securing social justice for Looking back, Ms. Hunter attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and a passion for what she does. She worked in marketing for a long time and had served on the board of Crime Stoppers Australia. She was able to use her existing skill set to effectively market the goals of Crime Stoppers Victoria since she understood the business model from an insider’s perspective. Ms. Hunter is passionate about giving back to her community and helping citizens develop resilience.

Ms. Hunter received a Bachelor of Art in politics from La Trobe University, Australia. In looking forward to a bright future, she would like to serve another term in order to ensure that newly planned executive strategies are executed within the organization. She is grateful to be able to give the people of Victoria a chance to live fruitful lives without fear, and by serving Crime Stoppers Victoria, she can provide a safety net for the members of her community.

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Thomas McGovern Champions Community and Church Initiatives with the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center

Thomas McGovernAfter the untimely passing of Thomas McGovern’s wife Denise, he was prompted to follow her advice, and “be generous.” Because that was one of the last things that she wished of him, Mr. McGovern made that his life’s goal. In honoring her final request, he founded a nonprofit organization—the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center—where the people of his community are welcome to holding conferences and events that support both the public and the church.

Mr. McGovern has since made the most of his background in the service sector and his financial expertise by serving as the organization’s Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all accounting initiatives, calculating expenses, and decorating the center, in an effort to ensure that all who enter its doors can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Additionally, Mr. McGovern is in charge of bringing food to these events and setting up, and hosting family reunions, Christmas parties, class reunions, tournaments, and parties for small churches, small businesses, and companies. He also raises funds for his local church.

nonprofit man hands heartA compassionate and kindhearted soul, Mr. McGovern will never forget the words instilled in him by his late wife Denise, and these words have allowed him to help others. His enduring generosity has garnered for him recognition from his peers and fellow community leaders, as well as induction into Worldwide Branding. He is a member of the Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization, the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, the First Baptist Church, the Council of Community Services, and the Life Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas McGovern, please visit his LinkedIn page.

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Rhonda K. Bello Honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her Commitment to Helping the Spiritual Community

Rhonda K. BelloRhonda K. Bello serves as the president of The Prayer and Salvation Organization. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for managing overall business operations, executive direction and vision, the board, strategic planning, financial fundraising, new business development, approval of any funding to religious organizations that will help advance members, the main sanctuary, international expansions and youth services, programs, leadership development, volunteers, and financial analysis and forecasting.

A true believer, Mrs. Bello decided to help the spiritual community by opening a nonprofit organization after she spent more than 24 years in the United States Armed Forces. She believes in international business and integration of diversity, and she currently heads different projects in Nigeria and India, as well as several other countries. She attributes her success to her faith in God, and great mentors throughout her military and spiritual career. She became involved in her profession because her daughter asked, “If God is so powerful and the everlasting healer, then why is there poverty and grief?” Mrs. Bello’s answer was that we are a family, and need to help each other. She realized then that it was her time to start a nonprofit to help churches and spiritual centers internationally with financial assistance.

Rhonda Bello CardMrs. Bello became a doctoral candidate through the University of Phoenix, having earned a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. She is a mentor of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus, and an alumna and events chair of the University of Phoenix in Washington. To benefit the less fortunate, she serves as an administrator of The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries. In years to come, Mrs. Bello hopes to complete a doctoral degree, build international awareness for her mission and complete a multitude of projects in worship centers worldwide.

The Prayer and Salvation Organization is based on the belief that its projects, which refurbish and assist the spiritual community, are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs, and as a result, they have a high percentage of donations that come from businesses around the world and repeat donors who are impressed by what a difference their donations can deliver.

For more information about The Prayer and Salvation Organization, visit http://www.prayerandsalvation.org.

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Axel Lanausse Supports Religious Organizations with the Global Commission Partners

Axel LanausseMore than two decades ago, Axel Lanausse became inspired to work with nonprofit organizations and to support charitable causes in an effort to help those who were in need. For the past five years, he has served as president of Global Commission Partners—a nonprofit missionary association which indentifies and evaluates the fruitfulness of native ministries. Once ministries are approved, Global Commission Partners raises the funding to supply them with the necessary tools to make the religious organizations thrive.

As president of Global Commission Partners, Mr. Lanausse is responsible for handling all administrative duties, maintaining donor relations, traveling, and conducting evaluations. Drawing on his educational background, which includes a master’s degree in bible studies, he has become an expert regarding indigenous missions. In the coming years, he plans to keep abreast of changes in his ministry through networking and consulting worldwide.

religion doveRecognized for years of invaluable contributions to the church, Mr. Lanausse has garnered several awards. In 2013, he was inducted into Worldwide Branding as an executive member. Later that year, based on outstanding achievement in his field, he was selected as an Executive of the Year, representing nonprofit missionary work. Mr. Lanausse feels his success can be most aptly attributed to his faith in God, hard work, and a passion for the people that have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Learn how you can champion the initiatives of the Global Commission Partners by supporting a child or a missionary.

 

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Ray Jacobs Invites You to Make a Contribution to ToyMakers of East Lake

Volunteers Work Hard to Champion the Initiatives of ToyMakers of East LakeRecently, Ray Jacobs of Palm Harbor, Florida, the president of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee, took up a great cause by volunteering for the ToyMakers of East Lake.

Mr. Jacobs’ story is a testament to the innate generosity, compassion and sense of giving  that lies within all of mankind, as he was compelled to help the organization to make toys for deserving children. After long having been admired by the members of his community for his innovative thinking and hard work, Mr. Jacobs was prompted to help others. He joined ToyMakers of East Lake and placed himself in a position of benevolence by participating in activities that would someday enable children to smile, one toy at a time.

Mr. Jacobs, a professional with a lofty background which also encompasses that of the position as president the Local Homeowners’ Association, has since been making toys for the organization with a mission to provide brightly painted, simple wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress.

From Toymakersofeastlake.org:

The ToyMakers began in 1982 when Jim McCullagh was advised that his grandchild didn’t have any toys to play with while in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He realized that there was a need and enlisted the help of his boy-hood friend, Bruce Pahl. They and their wives started making simple, colorful wooden toys. These toys were given to All Children’s Hospital, then to local Ronald McDonald Houses, and other local agencies. The ToyMakers grew by word of mouth and now has over 200 volunteers in several states.

The ToyMakers tradition continues today. We have made and distributed over 350,000 toys to this date. All are wooden, no metal anywhere, and brightly colored. We have even made a special toy that has a “handle” for children with muscular dystrophy. We are always adding new children’s agencies in the United States as well as special situations in other countries.

child care boy toyThroughout the years The ToyMakers have been blessed with individuals and organizations who have donated monies and products. When you consider that we go through about 36,000 various size wheels, thousands of dowels for axles, and untold gallons of spray and liquid paints every year, not to mention repairs to our machines, you can understand our very deep appreciation of our Sponsors. We proudly list them in this web site as our partners in this mission. The ToyMakers have also been fortunate to receive recognition for our work with a Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution and as a Runner-up in the Min-Wax Community Craftsman Awards. We are deeply appreciative for the recognition.

In addition to his work with The ToyMakers, Mr. Jacobs also writes an informative article for the community newsletter. He encourages everyone to support this worthy cause.

Contact The ToyMakers of East Lake today to learn how you can help.

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Jas Jassal, BEM Uses Sports for Youth Education, Engagement and Empowerment

Jas Jassal, BEMJas Jassal, BEM is the Co-founder of the Asian Cricket Awards, a program with a purpose to celebrate the success of the British South Asian community within the cricket industry. This sponsor-driven initiative is supported by the governing bodies of UK sport and provides a positive platform to increase participation and representation from an existing and future generation. The journey of these nominees is highlighted and awareness of industry pathways communicated.

Mr. Jassal was recognised in 2014 amongst the Queens New Year Honours list for services rendered to charitable and community service providers with the British Empire Medal. He serves as a positive role model for people of all ages from all communities. Mr. Jassal puts in nearly seven-hundred voluntary hours each year, while balancing his day job and family life. This in itself is an amazing amount of dedication from an individual who clearly wants to change the landscape for diversity in sport. As Vice-Chairman of Concorde Rangers FC, he has assisted the club in its endeavors, and the West Middlesex and Hayes League in the forging of a partnership with the Queens Park Rangers Community Trust with the aim of raising standards and increasing participation in football in those sections of the community that are possibly under-represented in the game. One aspect of the partnership between the West Middlesex and Hayes League and QPR is the community development centre designed to raise the level of grassroots football and allow teenagers looking to break into coaching access to mentoring from QPR coaches.

Jas Jassal inspires others through volunteer servicesMr. Jassal was recently named trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust. This volunteer role will allow him to provide grants to important equality and engagement initiatives in the Hillingdon Borough. His position will serve to ensure grants are provided to improve the quality of life in this region. In working with the Middlesex FA, Mr. Jassal has helped drive provision of coaching and refereeing courses locally while also encouraging young people to get into volunteering. He hopes to become an ambassador promoting volunteering to the masses. This commitment to volunteering has resulted in Mr. Jassal being awarded many honours for making a valuable contribution. His project work has impacted many lives positively and had an influence on his own children, who understand the values associated with volunteering. Both Mr. Jassal’s sons are football coaches. His eldest son was a volunteer at the Olympic Park; at a care home for the elderly and at the West Middlesex Hospital. His youngest son recently completed his referee’s accreditation and is an FA referee. Serving as volunteers has aided his childrens’ development and positively shaped their learning and behavior, gearing them up for adulthood.

Mr. Jassal has become revered for his commitment to volunteering and helping people. He personifies the importance of supporting one’s community through volunteer initiatives, and he pushes to share these experiences with the next generation. Working selflessly with others throughout his community in an effort to foster a better nation drives Mr. Jassal to continue serving as a volunteer, build and maintain grassroots movements, and promote the values that he genuinely cares about.

Asian Cricket AwardsOutside of football, Mr. Jassal has supported many charities through fundraising and awareness campaigns. These include British Airways Flying Start, a partnership with Comic Relief, where he has helped mentor young apprentices to organise fundraising football tournaments and encouraged colleague engagement through delivering road-shows. He recently supported a national campaign to increase Asian bone marrow donors on the stem-cell register. Recruitment drives organised by the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust, Delete Blood Cancer, Jaskomal and Rik Basra Foundations and Sunny Bains, father of Gaurav Bains, lead to a 1200% increase in Asian donors on the bone marrow register.

International Peace Day took place on September 21st; Mr. Jassal supported the organisation’s global football campaign ‘One Day One Goal’ helping to raise much needed awareness of promoting peace across the world by using the power of football to bring nations and communities together. His strong network at grassroots allowed many football matches to be dedicated to peace day.

Having been a volunteer for more than ten years, Mr. Jassal is still as excited about volunteering today as he was all those years ago. If it’s to do with grass roots or charity, Mr. Jassal is the first to lend his support. He is widely respected and acknowledged amongst his peers at the charities and trusts for his passion and dedication. He is also a champion for Include Me Too, a charitable organization that is focused on raising awareness of disability within the BME community, and providing support.

Mr. Jassal is currently developing a project involving hundreds of community coaches aiming to deliver social education and development to the under-privileged in third world countries. Delivery targets include developing and empowering youth leaders to help inspire others and provide sustainability.

Mr. Jassal has been awarded a number of honours, including the British Empire Medal, selection to be the Olympic Torchbearer in 2012, and the title of FA Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for Middlesex County and region of London. He was also named British Airways Flying Start Volunteer of the Year 2012, and a recipient of the British Airways Community Award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Jassal is passionate about his community, volunteering, inclusion, education and development, having spent ten years championing best practices. He uses sport as the vehicle to deliver education and development, which empowers young people to become role models and leaders within their own community. They can then go on to inspire others.

For more information about Asian Cricket Awards and Majestic Global Marketing Ltd, visit www.asiancricketawards.co.uk
Please visit Jas Jassal’s LinkedIn page by clicking here.
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Lillian Light Works to Help the Environment through the Environmental Priorities Network

Lillian LightLillian Light’s organization, Environmental Priorities Network, runs public forums, and their next meeting is being held on September 27th, 2014 at:

The Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

The forum is being held from 9-10 with snacks being served.

People can visit the environmental tables, and from 10-12:30 speakers from Citizens United will be on hand to foster stimulating interactions with those in attendance.

Come one, come all!!!

Celebrate the Earth with the Environmental Priorities NetworkThe organization has conducted nine solar home tours, and these are held every year in May. An “Earth Day” is also celebrated in April, and the board meeting for Environmental Priorities Network is on the second Thursday of every month in the Pacific Unitarian Church library.

Ms. Light also writes articles for the Audobon Society’s newsletter. She helped to found the organization in September of 2001.

If you are interested in learning more about Lillian Light, please click here.

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