Tag Archives: Poverty

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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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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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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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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