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Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi Launch a Food Bank

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Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi Launch a Food Bank

              Through their Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, famous rocker Jon Bon Jovi, together with his wife Dorothea, have launched the JBJ Soul Kitchen Food Bank. This charity aims to Make a Marc on the world by meeting the needs of hungry and food-insecure people across Long Island’s East End. The food bank started distributing food in May 2020.             The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the already dire situation of many of the impoverished. When Dorothea and Jon learned that many East End food pantries were having trouble meeting demand, the socially conscious couple immediately swung into action. “The...

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Cathryn Couch’s Project Vs. Pandemic

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Cathryn Couch’s Project Vs. Pandemic

           A strong commitment to helping the hungry characterizes Cathryn Couch’s career. She served as Director of Communications for The Hunger Project’s United States operations 1987-1991. In 1993, she founded a gourmet organic and vegetarian meal home delivery service. (The Hunger Project is among the 4-star charities Marc Skid supports). In 2007, she launched the Ceres Community Project. The seed that flowered into the Ceres Community Project was planted in 2006. Couch was a chef at a Sonoma County, California retreat center when she found out about a mother with advanced breast cancer. The charitable chef started leaving meals...

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Surfers Making Bracelets 4Ocean

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Surfers Making Bracelets 4Ocean

“Hey man, how come there’s all this plastic on the beach and no one’s doing anything about it?” Andrew Cooper, a surfer from Florida, asked a lifeguard at a beach in Bali. Government workers clean the beach in the morning, the lifeguard replied, but trash washes up with tides throughout the day. For Cooper and fellow surfer/close friend Alex Schulze, a seed was planted. They could do something about that trash. But what? The two men had recently graduated from college with business degrees. They decided to found a company that would produce products crafted from recycled marine trash. Cooper and Schulze formed...

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Making a Marc - How Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Advances the Disabled

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Making a Marc - How Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Advances the Disabled

                Nicknamed “The Happiest Place in Wilmington,” a North Carolina shop called Bitty & Beau’s Coffee employs 40 workers with disabilities. To assist those people in doing good work, it also employs two managers with backgrounds in special education. The founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is Amy Wright who was honored as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2017.             The morally conscious coffee shop opened in January 2016 and immediately attracted media attention for its disabled staff. It also won the affection of the public, not just for hiring the handicapped, but...

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Memorial Day Remembrance -- “They gave the last full measure of devotion.”

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Memorial Day Remembrance -- “They gave the last full measure of devotion.”

“... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” This Memorial Day, I wanted to honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion by posting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. As I’m writing this, I’m more worried about the internal tension in this country than ever before in my 54 years of life. Of the many wars fought by our brave soldiers to protect our way of life, values, and freedoms, we can never forget that the deadliest war of all was that waged amongst ourselves. An estimated 655,000 of our brethren gave their...

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