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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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Rochunga Pudaite has Helped in Translating the Bible into Five Different Languages

Rochunga PudaiteAt the helm of Bibles for the World, Inc., Rochunga Pudaite—an expert in bible education—trains preachers and teachers, and translates the bible. He has set the precedent in the field of bible education, paving the way for religious servicemen to reach out to neighbors abroad and spread the glory of God, via his 501(c)(3) organization.

From CBN Asia:

Chwanga Pudaite, the son of a headhunter, met a Welshman by the name of Watkin Roberts. The year was 1910, and the seven days that Roberts spent in the foothills of the Hmar territory in India changed Chwanga’s future. The quiet, soft-spoken Welshman told Pudaite of a living God who sent His Son into our world to bring life, and that week Chwanga Pudaite made a decision which cost him dearly.  When he decided to follow Jesus, he was driven from his home and family.  But when his son was born, he prayed that he might be the one to take the Bible back to the hills of Hmar from which he had come.

Chwanga’s son, Rochunga, was anything but a model boy, yet early in his teen years, Rochunga followed in the footsteps of his father and likewise became a Christian.  After he completed high school by sweeping floors and chopping wood for board and tuition, Rochunga appealed to Prime Minister Nehru for a scholarship.  His faith was rewarded.  The first scholarship ever given by the Indian government to a tribal student went to Rochunga.

During those years, he began thinking of his father’s dream‑‑a Bible in their native Hmar dialect.  When Rochunga was elected president of the newly formed political party by the Hmar leaders, he was on the verge of forgetting his dream for a political career.  During those days of decision, a cable arrived from Watkin Roberts‑‑the man who had first introduced his father to Christ. Instead of throwing his hat into the political arena, Rochunga came to America for graduate study. As he studied, Rochunga (Ro for short) also translated the New Testament into his native tongue, and it was published by the London Bible Society.

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Dr. Pudaite, more affectionately known as “Dr. Ro,” is a renowned public figure who has fascinated audiences for years, with the book “Fire on the Hills: The Rochunga Pudaite Story” published in 1999 and written about him by James C. Hefley. He is also the subject of “Beyond the next mountain: The story of Rochunga Pudaite,” a reflective biography that was authored by his lovely wife, Dr. Mawii Pudaite.

Lauded as a thoughtful, insightful and philanthropic evangelical expert with a wealth of experience and a huge heart, Dr. Pudaite has given Bibles to 19 million families across 110 nations.

Watch a classic episode of “This Is Your Life” featuring Dr. Pudaite below, learn more about Bibles for the World, Inc. by visiting the organization’s website, and visit Dr. Ro and Dr. Mawii’s Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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Terrie Lea Exemplifies the True Meaning of Faith and Perseverance, and Shows Miracles are Possible through God’s Singing Children

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea has gone through a lot in her lifetime, enduring many smiles, laughter and love as well as heartaches, trials, and tears. The Lord called her in 1987 and gave her the gift of song. She was ordained in 1991 as a song minister. In 1992, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December of 1992, she was in the hospital getting ready to have surgery, but the Lord told her to tell the doctor to check one more time, and when the doctor did, the cancer was no longer there. On through the years, Terrie Lea has had things happened to her, different sicknesses, but the Lord was always there on time to deliver her from all the attacks. She has been healed so many times by her Father God, who loves her so dearly. From the year 2003 to 2007, it seemed there was always something to discourage her, but her vision and the calling God had placed in her life gave her the strength to overcome all the traps the enemy had set before her.

Upon her arrival into the year 2007, everything one could have imaged when it came to illness was thrust her way every four days—but God was there, right on time. In October 2007, Terrie Lea suffered an injury from protecting her granddaughter that led to blood clots in her left leg that traveled to her right lung as well. In December 2007, another blood clot developing in the other leg and traveled to the other lung. Terrie Lea has suffered several physical ailments, disappointments or setbacks that have transformed her life, but she refuses to give into the despair or depression that could weigh her down. She focuses on the positive outlook in life and is sometimes described as too optimistic and trusting, and has come to be known as a “Pollyanna.” Through the many medical conditions, Terrie Lea had to make the difficult choice of moving to Florida to be close to the Mayo Clinic for her health. This was an extremely difficult decision to be away from her family. However, her health and medical care have improved and she visits as often as she can, especially during the holidays. She loves Christmas, and the holidays would not be the same without her family. They know that she is the spirit of Christmas in their home. She strives to a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend each and every day.

Terri LeaTerrie Lea believes in the goodness of others and the importance of unconditional love, faith, family and the Lord and Savior in her life. She has been extraordinarily blessed in her life and wants to continue to make her mark upon this earth. It is the Lord within her that sings, not her. When He called her to sing in 1987, she couldn’t talk let alone sing in front of people. He said then it was Him in her and to not be afraid. She has gone through many hardships and trials that have tested her faith and strength in the Lord. She has suffered physically with illness, such as COPD, cancer, and blood clots in both lungs and legs and when she felt like giving up and quitting singing for the Lord, He has spoken to her and said, “Terrie, I am not finished with you yet.” She is so blessed to have always been held in the palm of God’s hands to be protected, loved, guided and inspired. Her family is the most important thing in life and she has fought to protect her husband, her children and grandchildren from life’s hardships. She is not perfect, but she strives to be better each and every day.

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea hopes to see her legacy continue with her grandchildren. It is amazing to see how a young girl who was afraid to sing is working on her fifth album—singing, producing, and writing songs. She can see God’s blessings in her grandchildren and how they are touched with God’s love, empathy and grace. Her oldest grandson, Colton, wrote his first song at the age of seven. The younger grandchildren want to work for the Lord and she knows that one day Alyssa, Landon, Laken and the ones waiting in heaven to be born and bless the family, will work for the Lord in one capacity or another. Upon reflecting on the decisions she has made and on what she intends to be a bright future, Terrie Lea said, “I had to move to Florida for my health and to be away from all that I love in West Virginia. However, I know that with my family and God’s unconditional love that I will be okay. My calling has been to sing and speak to the broken-hearted with words and song. I am so blessed to have seen my life experiences, both good and bad, touch others in ways that I would not have thought possible.”

Please visit Terrie Lea’s website or http://godssingingchildren.com to learn more about her incredible journey.

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William “Bill” Kaler Runs WeatherFun, a Nonprofit Group Founded to Connect Weather Enthusiasts from around the U.S.

kaler, williamWilliam ‘Bill’ Kaler, Vice President, Treasurer and Moderator for WeatherFun, has was recently named a Worldwide Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Nonprofit Operations Management for his commitment to quality and enthrallment with meteorology.

Mr. Kaler has spent nearly two decades at the helm of WeatherFun, a nonprofit organization that specializes in weather forecasting. He previously spent 33 years working for the New York State Office of Mental Health, where he pinpointed the emotional health needs of children and made recommendations for treatment or support. In his current comprehensive role for the not-for-profit weather reporting company, he is responsible for short-term forecasting, updating the website and approving new members.

Visit http://www.weatherfun.com to find out weather predictions for your region today. Also, check out Mr. Kaler’s interview with Worldwide Broadcasting by clicking here.

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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.

For more information about Community and Government Services,
please click here.

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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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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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