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Helen verDuin Palit Strives to Feed the Hungry with Innovative Altruistic Programs

Helen Verduin PalitHelen verDuin Palit is the Founder and President of America Harvest Inc., and she is also the Founder and President of Maple Leaf Harvest, both of these, beneficial and resourceful nonprofit organizations which serve the public in the most accommodating ways possible. It is through these organizations that Ms. Palit drives unused food toward a greater purpose—toward feeding the hungry. When Through Maple Leaf Harvest, Ms. Palit enables companies within different industries and governments the opportunity to donate their good un-served food that our professional Health Department certified truck drivers will pick up and within the hour, deliver free to the approved local soup kitchens, food pantries and banks, and emergency shelters to feed their hungry men, women, and children today. Her work with America Harvest Inc. enables her to develop a smart link between abundance to need with logistics and communications delivering the free donated food immediately to the soup kitchens and shelters for the hungry person’s next meal while reducing the waste of this good food.

Helen Verduin Palit receives Fourth Point of Light honors in Former President George H.W. Bush's Thousand Points of Light

Ms. Palit was honored in 1989 by Former President George H.W. Bush as the Fourth Point of Light in his Thousand Points of Light. She also received the prestigious Community Service Award with the mandate to replicate the program in other cities that need it. Upon reflecting on a rewarding career, Ms. Palit recently told Worldwide Branding Charities that what she loves most about her line of work is that she can have fun while helping others. As a former truck driver, she is fascinated by logistics; while working with food in one area and a truck in another area of the city, she is able to oversee logistics and have fun while doing it. She has also been afforded a few amazing opportunities over the years, such as meeting Former President Bush.

Ms. Palit’s charities are located across 1,317 cities around the world, and she also trains people without charge in an ongoing effort to feed the globe. Ms. Palit’s charities have served 8 billion meals and counting since 1981.

If you are interested in learning more about Helen verDuin Palit, please check out her LinkedIn page, or visit her Facebook page for more information about her charitable efforts through America Harvest Inc. and Maple Leaf Harvest.

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Daniel LeBlanc Gives Youngsters “A Home for Life” at “L’appart à moi”

Daniel LeBlancThough Daniel LeBlanc has a long professional career with the CN Railroad, and is involved in all aspects of rail-based logistic solutions for customers across multiple industries, he feels that one of his proudest achievements was creating a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide appropriate long-term housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as his own adult son. Together with other parents, Mr. LeBlanc established the foundation known as “L’Appart a moi” with the objective of making this dream a reality. The project consists of several bachelor-type condominiums that will be designed to meet the needs of these individuals. As Mr. LeBlanc explained, it is crucial for special needs individuals to have safe and secure housing so that they may fully contribute to society in their own ways. Though financing such projects is always challenging, the most critical aspect of the organization is having committed, well-intentioned people at the helm. Mr. LeBlanc considers himself fortunate to be working with just such a group of dedicated parents and individuals that share this common vision. He is also grateful for the support he receives from his employer.

Mr. LeBlanc believes that everyone is entitled to a long, full, and happy life, and he and his wife plan to give their three sons the best opportunities in life while making unique provisions for their son with special needs so he may maintain his independence. Once the first complex has been constructed, Mr. LeBlanc plans to share his journey with other parents, with the hope that the Foundation’s mission will be adopted by other groups across Canada.

From the website:

This project was conceived by a group of parents wanting to offer a stable, permanent and safe living environment to their adult children with Down Syndrome or another intellectual disability.
Daniel LeBlanc heads L'appart à moi, a project that seeks to help people with Downs Syndrome to fight poverty and vulnerability, and find affordable and sustainable housingThese parents have always encouraged their adult children to develop their intellectual, physical and social skills to the best of their ability. They are an integrated part of their family and their community.
Having reached adulthood, they now wish to prove that they are ready and willing to face the challenges of independent living.
In order to help them reach this lifelong dream, L’appart à moi has chosen the following mission:
  • To fight against poverty and vulnerability of young adults with an intellectual disability
  • To offer a stable and permanent living environment in their own apartment
  • To allow a natural transition while continuing their integration into society

Mr. LeBlanc received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1979. In his spare time, he is heavily involved with the Special Olympics. In three years, Mr. LeBlanc expects to have completed his first building. He will then lead the charge to build additional ones.

To keep track of the project’s progress, visit http://www.lappartamoi.ca.

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Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

Dawn Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to childrenDawn Fontaine gained a breadth of experience in nonprofit management and child services when she worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In her position, she was responsible for working with the Attorney General on prevention, providing mediation services to cease fighting between parents and officials, and overseeing all areas of protection and abuse prevention. In 2010, she assumed a position as coordinator for The Family Center Community Connections of Brockton. The nonprofit organization provides community services to individuals and families in a local area near Rockland, Massachusetts.

At her current post as coordinator, Ms. Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to children—this role involves collaborating with the Department of Social Services. A natural leader, she provides services for nine towns in Brockton and organizes activities, support, and social events. Ms. Fontaine oversees four staff members, 40 volunteers, and approximately eight interns. She has become proficient in coordinating grant writing, bills, and invoices. Ms. Fontaine holds a Master of Science in administration of justice from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science in administrative justice from Roger Williams University, and completed community engagement training. She also earned certificate and training diplomas from Prevention Institute.

Ms. Fontaine is well known for her desire to help others succeed and for providing necessary resources to those in need. She seeks to assist those who are struggling while empowering them to take back their life and find their own independence. Ms. Fontaine is a believer in the theory of “paying it forward” and often encourages clients to help their neighbors once they have restored their own lives. Ideally, she strives to help families to completely prevent child abuse and neglect. Through a sound educational foundation and parental training, Ms. Fontaine believes this is attainable for any and all family units.

In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Fontaine aims to help Brockton build leaders, and not politicians. She seeks to reach out and help people become more involved in the community so that they can have a voice in how things are managed. Ever eager to keep abreast of changes in her field, she is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding, Brockton’s Promise, Policy Counsel for Headstock, and Community Service of Greater Brockton, where she serves as treasurer.

Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

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Geraldine Cox Operates a Home for Abused, Disadvantaged and Sick Children in Cambodia

6d7636066a59415cb088f26a8020cef4Geraldine Cox always knew she wanted to be a mother but, when she was in her 20s, she found out that she could not have children. She decided to embark on a career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970 where she was posted overseas and saw the hardships and struggles of people in other countries.

Ms. Cox’s first posting was to Phnom Penh, where she experienced life in a country at war when the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia. The country left a huge impression on Ms. Cox and, after subsequent postings in Manila, Bangkok, Tehran and Washington, DC, and a stint with The Chase Manhattan Bank in Sydney, Ms. Cox returned to Cambodia in 1996 and co-founded Sunrise Children’s Villages.

Today, Ms. Cox is mum to more than 400 children who live on the premises. Sunrise Children’s Villages is a nonprofit organization that provides education, medical care, and a home for orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable and disadvantaged Cambodian children. Many of the children have HIV or have been shunned by society. Sunrise Children’s Villages offers these children a safe and nurturing environment where the receive care, love and education, as well as explore their individual talents.Ms. Cox now understands why she could have not children of her own. Her destiny was to become a mother to hundreds of children who have nowhere else to turn.

She is the recipient of many Australian awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000. Pan Macmillan published her autobiography, “Home Is Where The Heart Is” in 2000 and Hollywood bought the rights to make a feature film based on her book. The documentary on her life, My Khmer Heart, won the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival Documentary of the Year Award and has been screened extensively. Ms. Cox’s story also has been featured on Australian television over the last few years on Australian Story, The Sunday Program, This Is Your Life, Four Corners, Today Tonight, The 7.30 Report and 60 Minutes, Talking Heads and the 7pm Project.

09c4f5acfd2e4ca59f1b19cb03ff0e76Ms. Cox would like to have access to the philanthropy sector, which will give her access to money and religious groups. She currently spends half the year with the children and the the other half traveling to raise funds. She does all the fundraising herself and has raised more than $1 million U.S. per annum to support the work in Cambodia. Ms. Cox wants to continue expanding the orphanage’s reach, and needs funds in order to support the children. She prides herself on not taking no for an answer and being persistence in her search for donors.

From her website:

“When they walk through the Sunrise gates they are suspicious and afraid with no power over their lives. I am just another adult who will hurt them as every adult in their life has done. To watch the fear and trepidation dissolve over ensuing weeks through the love and attention of our staff and the other children is a reward that cannot be expressed. When a distrustful abused child finally finds trust in their heart and limbs into your lap for a cuddle there are no words to express the joy I feel.

As a woman who could never have my own children, to experience the unconditional love of these vulnerable children brings me the joy and contentment in my life that nothing before could satisfy. I know that I am living the life that I was put on earth for and am just annoyed that I had to wait till I was 50 before I got the plot!

While you are reading this, helpless children are being sold into prostitution, slave labor in factories and fishing boats and in the homes of the rich as unpaid housemaids.

When they are old enough to understand we tell them that anything is possible and this has certainly been true for those who are now working and married with their own families in Cambodia. We have graduates in careers as such as dentistry, hospitality, IT, insurance, car and generator maintenance and repair, banking, sales and advertising to name a few. We even have Sunrise graduates studying in Australia who will return to Cambodia and use their degrees to make Cambodia a better place.”

To learn more about Sunrise Children’s Villages and to donate, visit www.scv.org.au. Also visit www.geraldinecox.org and listen to Ms. Cox’s interview on Worldwide Broadcasting here.

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