On Charity and Change

When I was young, I remember hearing President Lyndon Johnson announce he was instituting the War on Poverty! The goal was to eliminate poverty in the United States. I clearly remember his optimism and belief this war could be won! I still recall being excited that we could truly be a country where everyone wasContinue reading “On Charity and Change”

What Do My Dad, Gary Coleman, and MLK Have in Common? My Path to Community Service

Growing up, my father generally discouraged us kids from watching TV with the exception of “educational” programs.  When planning for a family outing, he announced our departure time and stressed being ready on time.  However, we knew the drill.  At the stated time of departure, he would say to us, “Go ahead and watch aContinue reading “What Do My Dad, Gary Coleman, and MLK Have in Common? My Path to Community Service”

Neighborhood Networks Work to Save Lives

I did not mean to start a network of volunteers and make more than 2000 masks in 2 months. It just happened. A need arose and I saw a chance to give back. In my youth I was a seamstress and a cutter. In Baltimore worked for a small company sewing polar fleece hats. InContinue reading “Neighborhood Networks Work to Save Lives”

Addiction, Recovery, and Social Change: Creating a New Perspective

I’m about to embark on a topic that doesn’t come out of our mouths too often when we’re talking about social change. But for me it was the most pivotal change that I made in my life and also provided immensely for hundreds of others that I have worked with. This social change project isContinue reading “Addiction, Recovery, and Social Change: Creating a New Perspective”