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MISSION: Caring Solutions doesn’t want to be a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, it is focused on providing long-term support to meet the needs of its clients with developmental disabilities, and is altering its services to fit each individual.
Bethany Penrod of Maryland Heights signed up to volunteer at Mid America Horse Rescue. Though she didn't have much experience with horses, she was interested in learning to care for them.
It had to be…Harry Connick Jr! The popular crooner has been announced as the headliner for this year’s Dinner with the Stars to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. The event takes place Saturday, May 3, at Peabody Opera House.
If you can’t wait to get a taste of spring, then you’re in luck! Fantastic Finds, the upscale resale boutique staffed by volunteers for Assistance League St. Louis, has just done a little spring cleaning (and restocking) in preparation for the warm weather ahead.
“Most radio stations just play music and sell advertising; we support the local community and the arts in all disciplines," says Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis GM Jim Connett.
Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton
Let the trumpets sound! This year's Women of Achievement recipients, who will be honored during a luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, May 15, have been announced. The recipients are...
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
Elizabeth Berrien experienced more pain and loss by the time she was 27 than many of us will have to deal with in our lifetime. Within two years, she lost both her infant son to stillbirth, and her husband, a Special Forces soldier, to the war in Afghanistan.
For almost 15 years, the Chulicks have enjoyed the sense of community among their Kirkwood neighbors. The neighborhood’s charm, historical houses and friendly residents make them feel at home. Kim Chulick volunteers for local nonprofits, including Gateway Children’s Charity; while her husband, Tom, is chairman and CEO at UMB Bank; and son, 17-year-old T.J., attends Whitfield School. Their Boxer, Sophie, also is part of the family. Kim talked to us more about life in Kirkwood.
Representatives from area businesses, hospitals, radio stations and television channels got an early visit from the LLS Bunny, as they assisted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society prepare for its annual egg hunt. Children at the 4th Annual LLS Hunt for a Cure will search for 60,000 toy- and candy-filled eggs, all stuffed by area seniors. The hunt will be held April 12 at Queeny Park. Pictured: James Perry, Erik Beishir, Chelsey Childress, LLS Bunny, Kevin Robinson, Jared Henningsen, Kelly Rebal, Kristi Carson and Stephanye Pitts
Like the foundation beams of a bridge, Ranken Jordan helps support kids and families with safe passage from the hospital to home. “The magnitude of the bridge is dependent on the needs of the family,” says president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “For some patients, it could be over a creek; and for others, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge. But it is about moving, and it is about transition—with the end result being home for our children.”
North Glendale Elementary School kindergarten students in Ms. Ducey’s class packed up care packages to be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. The students began collecting items after a Veterans Day visit from Lt. Col. Mark Parcells, who is the father of one of the kindergarten students.
The Sher household is always buzzing with activity. And it’s not just because of the Shers’ own biological and adopted children (ranging in age from 4 to 32) and the two grandchildren for whom Linda Sher helps care. It’s also, in large part, due to the 59 children she has fostered in the past 18 years as a volunteer through Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Nanci Bobrow is the ultimate juggler. As a mother, grandmother, psychologist and community leader, she has mastered the art of balancing family, work and volunteer life—with a little social time thrown in here and there.
When Adrian Bracy took on her leadership role at the YWCA four years ago, she was told that the organization was one of St. Louis’ best-kept secrets. To that, she responded, “Well, we don’t want to be a secret anymore!”
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
Volunteer Pegi Nordoni, Foundation Staff Member Sarah Pritchard, Library Staff Member Carol Lockhart
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
In 1914, while the world’s attention was focused on the Great War, here in the U.S., the women’s suffrage movement was gathering steam. Inspired to help women develop their potential and contribute to society, St. Louis suffragists Margaret McKittrick and Ann Drew founded the Junior League of St. Louis.
Summer will be here before you know it. The 2014 Summer Opportunities Fair will exhibit athletic, educational, travel and artistic camps and programs to help families prepare for an exciting and fun-packed season.
Through the Veiled Prophet Organization’s Maids of Honor Project, participating young women and their fathers have supported the community with painting houses, cooking meals and planting flowers. In recent years, the program has averaged 400 volunteers and about 2,300 hours of community service, including rehabbing 75 homes in North County, cooking and packing 65,000 meals for Food Outreach, and landscaping the grounds of Rainbow Village and City Hall for Brightside St. Louis. LN spoke with three exceptional young women, who walked at this year’s ball, about how they gave back.
Kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis smiled and laughed as colorfully costumed members of the Veiled Prophet Organization paraded through the halls one recent weekend.
The Veiled Prophet Organization is widely known for its annual events, but the volunteer-driven group also is involved in service throughout the community. Moving forward, it has plans to extend the charitable impact of its philanthropic arm.