Tag Archives: Human Services

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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Janet Johnson Drives Donor and Child Sponsorship Initiatives in the Wake of Ebola Crisis

Janet JohnsonJanet Johnson currently oversees all channels of fundraising and meets regularly with key donors. Ms. Johnson, who has been working in this capacity for five years, has honed her expertise in leadership, human resources, sales, and marketing. “When the giving experience of our supporters and donors are delightful we see increased retention (donors renew their gift year after year),” she said in a recent statement. “We see increases in acquisition through referrals and positive word of mouth. Delighted sponsors and donors increase their giving commitment and we enjoy revenue growth, increased engagement and commitment from the giving community of time, talent and treasure ultimately results in increased yield to ministry for World Vision.”

From Worldvision.ca:

Your help is needed today to fight the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly contagious, deadly virus to which there is currently no vaccine or cure. It is very important to stop the spread, before the virus rages out of control.

Health services are overwhelmed by the outbreak, with many health workers having been infected and a large number having died. Mothers and children are unable to access much-needed health services for treatment of malaria, diarrhea, or even childbirth. Markets have closed making it difficult to access food. A large humanitarian crisis is looming.

World Vision is working urgently to protect children and their families, by educating communities about how to stop the spread of the virus, as well as providing protective equipment. But with your help we can do more.

World Vision CanadaThrough World Vision Canada, Ms. Johnson initiates charitable causes that serve to stop the spread of disease at its core. Her work with the organization has changed many lives, and she continues to work towards serving as an agent of positive change in the lives of children and adults around the globe.

Click here to sponsor an underprivileged child for the Christmas holiday; your donation will triple in value!

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Gary Maskagak Seeks Cure for Cancer through Community and Government Services

health care cancer research treatment cureFor more than 20 years, Gary Maksagak has served as facilities manager for Community and Government Services. The community service organization provides programs and funding which support core municipal operations, infrastructure development, and land development. Its main goal is to maintain assets in a safe level for public interest. Client departments rely on safe operation and maintenance from the Asset Management Division.

In his position, Mr. Maksagak communicates with clients and community government departments. He is responsible for overseeing five communities, including health care centers, schools, and wildlife offices, as well as supervision of nine employees. Mr. Maksagak serves on the board of directors for Northern Territories Water and Waste Association and, is an active member of Worldwide Branding. In the coming years, he plans to enter retirement and continue pursuing community services on a personal level.

Community and Government Services LogoRecently, Mr. Maksagak lost both of his parents to cancer. He is interested in collaborating with other professionals to work toward battling cancer. He is seeking to become involved with various cancer societies and charitable organizations which are actively pursuing cancer research. Mr. Maksagak also aspires to network with professionals who are passionate about creating awareness and finding aid for those currently suffering from cancer.

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Kelvin Glen Paves the Way to Growth in Educational Programs in Africa

Kelvin GlenAfter two decades of success in the nonprofit and corporate social investment industries, Kelvin Glen is uniquely qualified to lead The Tiger Brands as director. This foundation focuses on providing education and school feeding programs that feed 4,300 children in 62 schools. As director of the organization, Mr. Glen ensures that the strategy and budget are achieved. He also works with schools and the government. Mr. Glen’s hard work and ability to work at strategic and operational levels have led him to continued success at the company. He has seen how much work needs to be done in Africa, and is passionate about making a difference.

Mr. Glen is pursuing a Master of Business Administration, and earned a degree in social science in 1993. Prior to joining The Tiger Brands, he served a number of boards in both executive and non-executive roles. He also worked at companies including the Charities Aid Foundation Australia, the South African Red Cross and the Giving Organisation. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Glen was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Looking forward, he aims to gain more experience at an executive level, increase his strategic expertise, publish more reports and train others.

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Marsha Goldford Demonstrates Human Resources Management Expertise while Helping Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Marsha GoldfordMarsha Goldford serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Association. A certified human resources professional with 15 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Goldford has spent the past two years working with the nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is within this capacity, as well as her work as an independent consultant and community volunteer, that Ms. Goldford is able to employ her areas of expertise in human resources management and labor relations. As the director of human resources, Ms. Goldford provides advice and support for a range of human resources and labor relations activities including HR policy, recruitment, employee learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, HR metrics, employee health, safety and wellness, benefits planning and records management.

Marsha Goldford helps children and adults with developmental disabilitiesThe success that Ms. Goldford has achieved throughout her professional endeavors is attributed to her ability to maintain strong relationships within her network of varied business contacts as well as her 12-plus years’ experience in line management roles in the social housing field. She is also a strong advocate for the use of technology as a means of offering affordable, accessible and innovative programs and services for organizations on a tight budget.

In order to prepare for her career, Ms. Goldford earned a master’s degree in public administration from Queens University in 1978. She also received certification in human resources and training design and facilitation. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Goldford was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Additionally, she functions as a consultant for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and its member agencies, as well as Shelter Net BC. She is an active volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Vancouver and a past-president and active board member for the Red Door Housing Society. In the coming years, Ms. Goldford plans to retire and expand her consulting work with nonprofit organizations locally and beyond both on a fee-for-service and pro bono basis.

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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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Dr. Kathleen Walk Established a Nonprofit that Spreads the Word of God and Heals People Physically and Spiritually

f0142aa996a34a9f849ae776dc95a07cDr. Kathleen Walk is the founder and executive director of Hope International Services, a nonprofit organization that promotes Christian missionary endeavors, with an emphasis on planting churches through healing crusades, and training Christians and their leaders using international radio and short-term ministry. H.I.S.’ goal is to provide health and human services to all underserved people in the world.

Dr. Walk was inspired to get involved in this type when she was sitting in church with her mother and heard a missionary doctor speak of how she was able to remove a tumor from someone when no other doctor would. At 7 years old, Dr. Walk knew what he career path would be. Beginning her career in 1968, Dr. Walk earned an MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After working for two years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a physician, she spent the next 10 years practicing as a medical doctor and missionary overseas.

Dr. Walk has long been committed to healing and teaching the word of God. She hosts a weekly radio show that is heard in 180 countries, and has served as a physician in developing countries, including Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Walk did volunteer relief work in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran war, from 1969 to 1970, and was the director of a new hospital that opened in Nigeria in 1999.

gfhfgIn 2004, Dr. Walk built an orphanage in Malawi. The orphanage now cares for hundreds of children whose parents have perished, either from AIDS, starvation or war. H.I.S. provides these children with food, water, shelter, clothes, blankets, supervision, education, and most of all, hope.  Dr. Walk has also established new churches in Africa and Russia, developed a rural health program in Bangladesh, and built hospitals for the elderly in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Walk has traveled to Pakistan twice and established a primary school for disenfranchised children there in 2011. She will soon be returning to Pakistan to teach men and women how to work together.

Dr. Walk has published her poetry with Cambridge of England, and is currently working on her third book, an autobiography titled “Beyond Abundance.” Her writing is published under her pen name, Kathy A. Bliese.

For more information about Hope International Services, visit http://www.hopeinternationalservices.org.

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