Doing Good

WDSRA FInds A Way To Have Fun

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s Katie Weadly (left) and Heather Richardson (right) talked with First Light host Brian O’Keefe for this month’s ‘Doing Good’ segment

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s Katie Weadly (left) and Heather Richardson (right) talked with First Light host Brian O’Keefe for this month’s ‘Doing Good’ segment

Each month at First Light, in an on-going partnership with Giving DuPage, First LIght host Brian O’Keefe takes some time to highlight the work of the region’s non-profit organizations and the volunteer opportunities they provide to people that want to give back to the community. This month, Brian visited the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association offices in Carol Stream

Photos of the various activities WDSRA offers welcome visitors to the agency’s Carol Stream office

Photos of the various activities WDSRA offers welcome visitors to the agency’s Carol Stream office

A trophy case at the WDSRA office illustrates the success of its athletic programs

A trophy case at the WDSRA office illustrates the success of its athletic programs

Givring Job Seekers The Skill To Land On Their Feet

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Each month at First Light, through an ongoing partnership with Giving DuPage First Light host Brian O’Keefe turns a spotlight on one of the many non-profit agencies that serve the county. The ‘Doing Good’ segment also highlights the various volunteer opportunities available for people that want to give back to the community. This month Brian visited with Naperville based Community Career Center and talked with Executive Director Kim White

The Community Career Center in Naperville gives job seekers skills to find a new job as well as access to a number of online resources

The Community Career Center in Naperville gives job seekers skills to find a new job as well as access to a number of online resources

Furnishing Hope Across The Region

Sharing Connections COO Ryan Vaju stacks chairs in the organization’s Downers Grove based warehouse

Sharing Connections COO Ryan Vaju stacks chairs in the organization’s Downers Grove based warehouse

Each month at First Light, in an on-going partnership with Giving DuPage, First Light host Brian O’Keefe takes some time to highlight the work of the region’s non-profit organizations and the volunteer opportunities they provide to people that want to give back to the community. This month…Brian visited Sharing Connections in Downers Grove. CEO Deb Rickert, Development Director Beth Carey, and COO Ryan Vaju and Brian sat down in the group’s warehouse for this month’s ‘Doing Good’ segment

Rows and rows of donated furniture pack the Sharing Connections warehouse

Rows and rows of donated furniture pack the Sharing Connections warehouse

Couches are cleaned and stacked before being moved into the warehouse showroom

Couches are cleaned and stacked before being moved into the warehouse showroom

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Providing Service & Support For Teen Parents

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Each month , thanks to a partnership with Giving DuPage, First Light host Brian O’Keefe turns a spotlight on one of the many non-profits in the area with this ‘Doing Good’ segment. It’s a chance to bring attention to the work the agencies do and the volunteer opportunities they provide for people in the area that want to give back to their community. For this Mother’s Day installment of First Light Brian visited the Glen Ellyn offices of
Teen-Parent Connection

Young parents are able to get supplies for their new baby at the parents pantry

Young parents are able to get supplies for their new baby at the parents pantry

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One Event To Benefit 50+ Non-Profits

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Each month…in an ongoing partnership with Giving DuPage I take some time on First Light to turn a spotlight on the various non-profits in the county…the services they provide and the opportunities for volunteerism they make possible. This month in the ‘Doing Good’ segment…Giving DuPage Executive Director Shefali Trevedi and I discuss the organization’s annual ‘Human Race.’ The event gives local runners a chance to support more than 50 local non-profits with a single event

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Riverwalk Adult Day Services Offers An Option For Caregivers

Clients at Riverwalk Adult Day Services enjoy a visit from dogs from an area animal shelter

Clients at Riverwalk Adult Day Services enjoy a visit from dogs from an area animal shelter

Each month through a partnership with ‘Giving DuPage’, First Light takes time to highlight one of the county’s many non-profit agencies. The ‘Doing Good’ segment also points out the multitude of volunteer opportunities available for people that want to give back to their community. This month, First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited Riverwalk Adult Day Services in downtown Naperville. Board President Marian Stricker and Executive Director Jennifer Brasfield and Brian sat down to talk about the service. Marian explained the service was previously known as the Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville .

First Light host Brian O’Keefe (left) speaks with Riverwalk Adult Day Services Executive Director Jennifer Brasfield (right) and RADS Board President Marian Stricker (center)

First Light host Brian O’Keefe (left) speaks with Riverwalk Adult Day Services Executive Director Jennifer Brasfield (right) and RADS Board President Marian Stricker (center)

Working To End Homelessness

DuPage PADS President & CEO Carol Simler

DuPage PADS President & CEO Carol Simler

Each month through a partnership with ‘Giving DuPage’ First Light host Brian O’Keefe takes time to highlight one of the county’s many non-profit agencies. The ‘Doing Good’ segment also points out the multitude of volunteer opportunities available for people that want to give back to their community. This month, Brian visited the office of Public Action to Deliver Shelter, better known as DuPage PADS. Carol Simler is the President and CEO of the Wheaton based agency that celebrates 45 years of service this year

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Earthpaint: Reducing Waste & Creating Jobs

Workers from the Little City program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities scrape dry paint from used five-gallon buckets. The non-profit is reducing waste going to landfills and helping to employ people with special needs.

Workers from the Little City program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities scrape dry paint from used five-gallon buckets. The non-profit is reducing waste going to landfills and helping to employ people with special needs.

Every month at First Light, in the ‘Doing Good’ segment Brian O’Keefe visits with one of the region’s non-profits to shine a light on the service they’re offering and to feature the volunteer opportunities that exist in the community.  This month I visited a store front in Wooddale, it’s the home of Earth Paint. Chris McCarthy is the organization’s founder

The Wooddale based Earthpaint has collected more than 10,000 gallons of water based latex paint

The Wooddale based Earthpaint has collected more than 10,000 gallons of water based latex paint

The non-profit remixes, stores and sells paint to contractors, painters and homeowners

The non-profit remixes, stores and sells paint to contractors, painters and homeowners

REACHing DuPage County's Hungry

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In this ‘Doing Good’ segment, the coming holiday season will bring a surge of attention for food pantries across the region. Many people and organizations make donations of food, money, and their time to help address the problem of food insecurity. While there are a number of large pantries in the area, First Light host Brian O’Keefe traveled to a smaller operation in southern Lisle. Deborah Hammond-Watts is the Chairman of the REACH food pantry. The group…located in a former single family home serves more than 200 families every month

The REACH food pantry serves more than 200 DuPage County families that are dealing with food insecurity every month.

The REACH food pantry serves more than 200 DuPage County families that are dealing with food insecurity every month.

REACH pantry shelves waiting to be filled for the November disbursement

REACH pantry shelves waiting to be filled for the November disbursement

Retired Executives Help Entrepreneurs & Non-Profits Succeed

Once a month at First Light, with the help of Giving DuPage, host Brian O’Keefe spotlights one of the many non-profit groups in the region with the ‘Doing Good’ segment. The various agencies not only deliver a wide variety of services, they also provide volunteer opportunities. For this month’s segment, Brian sat down with Ed Peterlinz and George Safford; they work with the Fox Valley chapter of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Ed is a certified business mentor and he explained how SCORE helps to create and maintain jobs in the area

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Serving The Multi-Cultural Community At Marian Park

Over the past year First Light has continued WDCB’s commitment to highlight the work of the region’s non-profit human services agencies and the volunteer opportunities they provide with the ‘Doing Good’ segment. First Light host Brian O'Keefe continues that effort, this month he visited the Marian Park Apartment complex in Wheaton and  Resident Services Coordinator Donna Iwicki. She’s working to create an after school program for the community. Their conversation started with some basics about Marian Park

Volunteers added encouraging words to the walls of the room at the Marian Park Apartment complex that will serve as a space for the after school program

Volunteers added encouraging words to the walls of the room at the Marian Park Apartment complex that will serve as a space for the after school program

Marian Park Resident Service Coordinator Donna Iwicki worked to create an inviting space for her planned after school program for the apartment complex's youngest residents

Marian Park Resident Service Coordinator Donna Iwicki worked to create an inviting space for her planned after school program for the apartment complex's youngest residents

Helping Children, Families, and Caregivers

Once a month here at First Light, WDCB’s Gary Zidek continues a series of conversations with non-profits in the region. This ‘Doing Good’ segment not only highlights the service those organizations provide; but also celebrates the volunteers that make what they do possible. Becky Pundy is Executive Director of the Naperville based Respite Endowment Organization. She joined Gary recently to talk about REOrg.

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Respite Endowment Organization Executive Director Becky Pundy

Respite Endowment Organization Executive Director Becky Pundy

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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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