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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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Martine L. Nolletti, Chairman of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, Strives to Assist Underprivileged Women and Children in Africa

Martine NollettiWhen Martine L. Nolletti met the co-founder of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, a native Kenyan, she felt compelled to give back to the women and children of Kenya. Currently serving as the chairman for the nonprofit organization, she assists in providing education for AIDS orphans in Kenya. In her position, Ms. Nolletti oversees all daily business operations and logistics. This includes orchestrating education and housing for children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Northwest Kenya. Currently, Cornerstone Project Incorporated is working diligently to construct a boarding school in the area which will house and teach both orphaned and tuition paying students. Seeking to minimize annual operating costs, they will rely partially on charitable donations to maintain the institution. Ever eager to bring awareness to this cause, and receive additional donations, Ms. Nolletti also handles fundraising, business development, and design in pursuit of ecological sustainability for Cornerstone Project Incorporated. Attributing her success to collaborating with and listening to others, she plans to raise money to open a vocational high school and conference center for adult education.

As with most journeys, Ms. Nolletti’s journey for personal empowerment lead her to the absolute and resolute desire to assist others in  achieving their own empowerment, especially where these challenges are the greatest: for the children of the poorest of the poor, living in the worst of circumstances. This is how she began her journey and where she found her own peace in the process. Ms. Nolletti feels that she has been blessed with good health and good fortune along the way and it has been a great gift to assist others in flourishing.

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

It has been Ms. Nolletti’s observation that many well-intended projects in the philanthropic arena fail, and she has come to some conclusions as to why. “Many projects are taken on from a ‘missionary’ ideology,” she says, “and imply that the group being served does not have the sovereign capability to manage themselves. This smacks of the colonialist mentality that has decimated entire cultures for millennia. My approach is to provide assistance to an area or a project where the change is sought after by the group themselves, organically and with respect to that areas culture. Women and children are at the heart of my philanthropic pursuits as they have been most largely marginalized globally.”

“Another area I have observed that maligns the philanthropic arena is the paradoxical ego attachment on the part of the philanthropist. This produces control issues that typically strangle a project before it even gets out of the gates. I try to assume all projects have nothing to do with me…because they don’t really. That has been the key to my success.”

Ms. Nolletti is professionally affiliated with US Green Building Council. Away from the demands of her work, she enjoys Yoga, gardening, traveling, architecture, and interior design.

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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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Robert Cassidy Finds Purpose in Making a Difference in the Lives of The Less Fortunate

Robert CassidyA dedicated philanthropist, Robert Cassidy has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent the last decade as the president and CEO of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons. In the course of his duties, he is responsible for acquiring sponsors and donations for the scholarship drive, as well as trying to raise revenue for the organization. He frequently works to provide scholarships to deserving college students, as well as financial assistance to the less fortunate individuals who are struggling financially and need assistance to get back on their feet.

Robert Cassidy and MEPHGCHRAM’s goal is to sponsor approximately 15 students per yearMr. Cassidy is a retired sergeant major of the United States Army with 26 years of active service experience serving every rank of leadership. He joined the military in 1983, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Services Medals, eight Army Accommodation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, and other prestigious awards and recommendations. He attributes his success to the military, and his family. Mr. Cassidy studied human relations and business administration at Saint Leo University. He is a member of the Sergeant Majors Association. In years to come, Mr. Cassidy wants to establish a shelter for the homeless, open a food bank and continue to award scholarships to deserving students.

If you would like to make a contribution in the form of girls’ and boys’ clothing, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards, or monetary donations through the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons, please click here.

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