Project Help Empowers Parents With Mentoring and Training

Just about once a month here on First Light, WDCB’s Gary Zidek brings us a discussion with leaders from the region’s non-profit community for our ‘Doing Good’ segment. The goal is to both spotlight the work the agencies provide and the many volunteer opportunities that exist across the metro area. This week Gary sat down with Peggy McGuire, she’s Director of Child and Family Development at Project Help

 Learn more at www.projecthelpdupage.org 

Learn more at www.projecthelpdupage.org 

Loaves & Fishes Serving DuPage County For 30+ Years

This week in the latest installment of our on-going ‘Doing Good’ segment, WDCB’s Gary Zidek continues his look at the non-profit agencies in the region and the volunteers that help them achieve their goals. For over 30 years, Loaves and Fishes Community Services has helped feed DuPage County residents; but the Naperville-based group has now expanded its mission.

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 Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala (right) and Director of Corporate & Volunteer Engagement Shelly Schmitz visited the WDCB studios to talk with Doing Good segment host Gary Zidek.

Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala (right) and Director of Corporate & Volunteer Engagement Shelly Schmitz visited the WDCB studios to talk with Doing Good segment host Gary Zidek.

One Event To Benefit Many Agencies

Periodically on First Light…WDCB’s Gary Zidek visits with representatives from the region’s non-profits for our ‘Doing Good’ segment. The conversations not only highlight the work the agencies do, but also the volunteer opportunities for people that want to give back to their community. This week, the focus is on a single event that benefits many, the Human Race has raised close to $500,000 since it was started in 2011.  Gary talked with ‘Giving DuPage’ director Shefali Trivedi about the unusual fundraiser.

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Clare Woods Academy Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Periodically on First Light, WDCB’s Gary Zidek shines a spotlight on the work non-profit agencies are doing across the region. This week Gary visited with Clare Woods Academy Development Director Michael Gresk. The agency provides educational resources to developmentally disabled young people and this year…it celebrates 50 years of service to the region

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Local Group Works To Meet The Needs of Children With Hearing Loss

Nearly two thirds of every 1000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss. This week in the ‘Doing Good’ segment, WDCB’s Gary Zidek has more on a local non-profit that works to help families affected by childhood hearing loss

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Looking Back On A Year of Doing Good

For the past year, WDCB’s Gary Zidek has worked with Giving DuPage to shine a spotlight on the various non-profits in the area and the opportunities they offer to people that want to give back to the community. Many of the organizations wouldn’t be able to accomplish their mission without volunteers. This week Gary looked back at the yearlong series of discussions…and looks forward to 2018

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Doing Good: Helping Domestic Violence Victims Recover

The National Institute of Justice says one quarter of women will experience at least one physical assault by a partner. Wheaton based Family Shelter Service provides resources to the victims of domestic violence every year.  WDCB's Gary Zidek has more in this week's Doing Good segment

 Learn more at familyshelterservice.org

Learn more at familyshelterservice.org

Local Group Makes Scuba Possible For People With Disabilities

Throughout the year…WDCB’s been working to shine a spotlight on area non-profits and the work they do. This week, WDCB’s Gary Zidek talked with an unique  organization, Diveheart takes people with disabilities scuba diving…and it isn’t JUST about recreation

 Diveheart Founder Jim Elliot                    Image courtesy                                                                        of Diveheart

Diveheart Founder Jim Elliot                    Image courtesy                                                                        of Diveheart

Local Effort Combines Fitness With Memorial

Throughout the year, WDCB’s been working to shine a spotlight on area non-profits and the volunteers that make their work possible. This week, in our 'Doing Good' segment WDCB’s Gary Zidek talked with Greg Kantz, he’s the founder and executive director of the Naperville based ‘Pull-Up Bars for Patriots.’ Kantz’ group combines physical fitness and honor of local soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who died while service the country

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Local Salvation Army Offers Service To All

In this week's 'Doing Good' segment WDCB's Gary Zidek sat down with Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corp Commander Major John Pook and Social Services Director Jacqueline Mead to discuss the services the Salvation Army offers in DuPage County and the importance of volunteers to the agency

 Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army