Bringing Everyone Together
On Thursday, July 25, 2013, the BOCI Share audience, live and online, were educated about some of the great nonprofit programs serving Shelby County and surrounding counties. Our BOCI host for the day, Carolyn Bendall, kept the program going and the audience wanting to hear from the non-profit representatives:
Mrs. Wy Woods Harris: ACSCAN – Mid-South Comfort Care (WySoJoyful Company),
Master Sgt. Carolyn Howard: Toys for Tots, www.midsouth.toysfortots.org
Pastor Larry Hunter: SOBER Mission House, email@example.com
LT Bart Ragland, Representative of Memphis Police Department (MPD/Shelby Count Deputy Domestic & Sexual Violence Council, www.shelbycountytn.gov
Ms. Danielle Paez, Memphis Child Advocacy Center, www.memphiscac.org
As Carolyn interviewed Mrs. Wy Harris, we learned about Wy’s intensive background and why she is an expert in the area of advance life planning. Wy discussed how ASCAN is involved with legislative matters that will greatly impact everyone and how we should go about educating ourselves for better protection in this area. According to Ms. Wy, quality of life is something we all need to start thinking about while we are still able to make conscious decisions for ourselves. She promised to keep us updated on the legislative activity and progress so we can be proactive and make sound decisions for ourselves as well as our loved ones.
Next, the misconception that the Toys for Tots Program was something which happens only during the holidays was de-bunked during the interview with MSgt Carolyn Howard. Carolyn shared with the BOCI audience how volunteers are needed to work and maintain this vital program all year round. The program biggest need in addition to dependable volunteers is a permanent storage area to house all of the toys and supplies. I was shocked to learn that the local Mid-South Toys for Tots chapter footprint expands to 23 counties. Carolyn stated volunteers, donations, and the spreading of the word about the Toys for Tots program is the key to its continual success. To learn more about the Toys for Tots Program and how to get involved, you can contact MSgt Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘We have the power to save our most valuable resources – people’ is how I best summarize the information shared by Pastor Hunter the next interviewee. He wanted the audience to know how we all have to be aware of what is going on within our community and decide to make a difference. While sharing with us the importance of the mission of SOBER Mission House, Pastor Hunter helped us to understand what each and every one of us could do to make a difference. This Memphis preacher helps recovering drug addicts and alcoholics through the recovery services provided at SOBER Mission House, a homeless shelter. He relates his services to something that happen to him while he was a MATA bus driver. According to Preacher Hunter, the bus he once drove for MATA often became a rolling homeless shelter during winter. "Helping the homeless is all I know. I have seen people on drugs. I have seen people get delivered off of drugs. I have seen people on alcohol that God turned their life around," Hunter said. Those who take the steps to recovery may find shelter for new-found sobriety at the SOBER House. He believes what makes his program different is how he provides the service to those in need without judgment. If you'd like to help Larry Hunter and SOBER Mission House, call 901-581-2860 or email email@example.com
As the BOCI Share interviews continued, Carolyn Bendall started to get emotional as with many in the live audience because these nonprofit organizations really challenged us to step up our game to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves. In my humble opinion, the interviews could have stopped here with these three guest because I was ready to take action. But oh no, the BOCI Share program had more in store for the listening audience.
Next were two guests, LT Ragland and Ms. Paez, who were connected for the same cause but offered different levels of services. LT Ragland educated the audience on the services provided by the Domestic Sexual Violence Council and how volunteers make the program possible. This council service definitely could use the volunteer services of anyone who feels they help anyone going through such a life-altering experience such as domestic violence of any kind. Memphis Child Advocacy Center spokesperson, Ms. Danielle Paez, came with one BIG message: They are seeking as many supporters as they have victims to help prevent and reduce the number of cases of child abuse. The numbers Danielle shared about how many local child abuse occurrences that take place within a short time frame was just alarming.
As Carolyn Bendall, concluded the interviews, there was an appeal to all who were in the listening audience to consider how we can better serve the community. It was my experience that BOCI Share did an outstanding service with connecting the community with these organizations and we were encouraged to do more. If not with these special organizations spotlighted today then find one that works best for you. For more information about any of the organizations spotlighted please go to BOCI USTREAM TV and watch the interviews in full.
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