How This Mom Turns Tragedy Into A Lifesaving Mission
November 9th, 2002 changed Heidi Johnson's life forever. After a tragic accident that killed her mother and left her father hospitalized for weeks, Heidi realized she had a greater calling. "You don't just wake up one day and start a non-profit. Something happens... there's a moment. I became intrigued by that moment and who these people were."
She started a blog called Charity Matters to tell the stories of small non-profits that are doing big things. "There are 1.9 million non-profits in the U.S. and the small ones don't have a voice."
With a goal of being the spokesperson and storyteller for the everyday heroes that start non-profits, Heidi's passion led to the creation of her blog, Charity Matters. "I knew I had to give back what I've been given."
With over a decade of non-profit experience and Heidi's current position as the Executive Director for a non-profit called The Association of Catholic Student Council (TACSC), which is an organization that teaches leadership skills to middle school students; Heidi is helping tell the stories of those who can't do it alone.
"When you make the time to make giving a priority there's nothing better!"
In A Dog's Journey Home, see the dedicated Tracy's Dogs team in action, led by Tracy Whyatt, as they work tirelessly to save the lives of thousands of dogs and find them proper homes across the country. In this emotional episode, see the team save dozens of dogs from a "kill shelter" in San Antonio and bring them to meet the owners of their new forever homes in Buffalo, New York. Watch the full story only at onlygood.tv!
"The best way I have always put it is: If you wake up in the morning, and you have cancer and you don't feel well, you can call into work and say 'Hey, I have cancer, I don't feel well,' and everyone understands. You are told to rest and not worry. Now, try to call into work and say, 'My anxiety is so bad. I can't do this today.' In that case, you are told to get it together and get to work. How is that possible? How are these two conditions, which are both life threatening, treated so differently?"
While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, Marine Corporal Juan Dominquez lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion. He may have lost 3 limbs, but it hasn't stopped him from pursuing his dreams.
Art classes allow young people to express themselves in important ways. Unfortunately, arts education is disappearing from schools in America; since 2008, 80% of school districts have cut funding for art programs. Simultaneously, student creativity scores have dropped. Fortunately, there are people and groups out there fighting to keep arts education present and vibrant in schools across the country.
Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to do something to change it. In 2009, JTCC launched a Community Outreach initiative, with the goal of introducing underserved kids in Prince George's County, MD, and Washington, DC to tennis. And the program has become an indisputable success.
What's more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs??
Jim Curtis is an award-winning health industry pioneer. But reaching the pinnacle of success, as he has today, was no cake-walk. Only after accepting the curveballs and challenges that life threw his way could Jim find happiness and thrive in his career.
The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.