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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | January 18th, 2014 |

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014, MADD will be holding a certified 5K walk/run and family festival at Tropical Park. For more information or to register, visit www.walklikemadd.org/miami or call (305)-273-3744

 

 

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Florida Art Therapy Association

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | January 11th, 2014 |

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Today art therapy is widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

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WVUM News Special: Philippines Relief Efforts

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | November 16th, 2013 |

Rolly Aberion, Miami Area Coordinator, spoke with Shelly Lynn about the recent disaster in the Philippines and the necessity of everyone coming together, supporting the relief efforts going on right now. The situation is time sensitive, the sooner we get supplies to the devastated regions, the faster the damage will be repaired.

For more information: visit http://gk-usa.org or email rollyaberion@gmail.com

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Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | November 9th, 2013 |

Jessica Allen, Program Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program, talks about the great need for more volunteers willing to give a child a voice in court and at home. There is an unfortunate increase in children neglected and abandoned and an equally unfortunate lack of attention and care given to these children. The majority of the program is funded through Voices for Children, a non-profit organization. Guardian ad Litem program works with children in the child-welfare system in order to advocate for their best interests in court and the community. Currently working with over 500 volunteers, there is still a dire need for more in order to represent all the children in care. Children with a Guardian ad Litem are half as likely to languish in care and twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home.

 

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A Filipino Update with Miranda

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | November 2nd, 2013 |

Typhoon Haiyán hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, the morning of Friday, Nov. 8, bringing with it sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts as fast as 235 mph. Shelly speaks with Merce Bernadette Miranda, known as M.B., the president of the Filipino Student Association at the University of Miami, about the conditions surrounding the Filipinos and what kinds of efforts are being made to help those afflicted.

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A Strong Girl is A Strong Women

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | November 2nd, 2013 |

Andrea O’Neal, president of the student run organization, Strong Women, Strong Girls sat down with Shelly Lynn to discuss the different programs offered by SWSG. Young women from the University of Miami are given the opportunity to be a part of an underprivileged young girls life, guiding her through the character building moments in her life and setting an example through proper conduct and instruction.

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Miami’s Vice City Rollers

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | October 26th, 2013 |

Miami’s Vice City Rollers is a local non-profit organization focused on empowering women and girls through the camaraderie, self-esteem, and fitness that roller derby brings. Not only do they focus on roller derby itself, but they also team with other non-profit organizations to spread community awareness and support. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, they are dedicated to fostering national and international competition of amateur athletes in the sport of Roller Derby. Shelly speaks with Bella Belligerent, and Kristen De La Rua, aka De La Ruthless about the origins of Roller Derby. Accepting of every size, color, and career, VCR holds no specific requirements for women interested in roller derby. Come as you are and learn to skate.

For more information on Miami’s Vice City Rollers visit www.miamirollerderby.com. For more info on derby, check out www.wftda.org, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

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A discussion on the sex trafficking industry

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | September 8th, 2013 |

Victoria Morales and Barbara Padron lead outreach teams in Hialeah, Biscayne Blvd and Miami Beach. This is part of Sharing One Love Outreach program. http://sharingonelove.org/  They’ve been conducting outreaches for the entire year and have repeatedly come across locations and information about the possible sex trafficking of local runaway children. They also connect with local groups, law enforcement and business owners to increase awareness and the identification and rescue of children that are at-risk of being commercially sexually exploited.

A typical outreach includes the following activities:

  • All first time volunteers receive street outreach training.
  • Volunteers form into small groups and identify local businesses to share information on Human Trafficking and the vulnerability of runaway children to being commercially sexually exploited.
  • Volunteers also handout flyers with red flags on on how employees can identify and report suspected human trafficking.
  • Groups also show pictures of missing children from the community to employees and record and report and possible sightings and relevant information.
  • Participants also complete surveys of areas that show signs of suspected commercial sexual activity. This data is used to identify areas that benefit or profit in facilitating human trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Opinion: Don’t Push Charities Over The Fiscal Cliff

By Shelly Lynn | NFP | December 27th, 2012 |

Since 1917, our nation’s tax system has strongly encouraged Americans to give back to their communities, and the broad concept of charity on which the deduction is based has given rise to a diverse set of organizations all dedicated to the public good. Right now, there are proposals in Congress that would make it more difficult for food banks to raise money and help hungry Americans. 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger. Preserve the charitable deduction’s powerful incentive for giving.

 

 

 

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