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Focus On The Delaware Valley introduces you to the people and organizations making a difference in our community, from health and safety issues to education, employment, and even entertainment opportunities. Focus On The Delaware Valley looks for solutions and positive action to make our region a better place to call home.

December 2 Delaware Humane Association

Greg Munson, Director of Development and Marketing for the Delaware Humane Association, discussed the statewide agency, its mission to 'make friends for life' by finding homes for cats and dogs abandoned or voluntarily surrendered, He also discussed their other services, including a low cost spay/neuter clinic, dog licenses and a pet food pantry.  The DE…
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November 25 Historic Odessa Foundation

Deborah Buckson, Executive Director of Historic Odessa Foundation, discussed the 18th century community.  The town, originally known in colonial times as Cantwell's Bridge, it was a busy grain shipping port, renamed to take advantage of the more famous city's reputation for shipping.  As the railroad came and the local crops of grain and apples failed, the town…
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November 18 Delaware Emergency Management Agency

AJ Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency discussed his agency's work to protect not just lives, but livelihoods in the event of emergency.  We discussed the potential disasters that could strike the region, from fire, flooding or hurricanes, to man-made emergencies, including chemical spills, biological hazards and train derailments.   He discussed their mission,…
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November 11 National Organization on Disability

Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) spoke about employment opportunities - and barriers - facing the one in five Americans who have some type of protected disability.  The number - 57 million - includes any potential worker with any condition that affects his or her mental health, neurological or physical health,…
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November 4 The Ministry of Caring

From the Ministry of Caring, Cindy Gamble, Planned Giving Manager, and Maureen 'Reenie' LaFate, Program Director of Emmanuel Dining Room, discussed the non-profit's work in helping people lift themselves up, believing 'the poor should never be treated poorly.'  They talked about their holistic approach, working with individuals and families to feed, house, train and sustain…
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October 28 US Product Safety Commission

Maryanne McGerty-Sieber, US Product Safety Investigator, discussed the agency's work in regulating over 15,000 products, testing and investigating claims against 'everything you touch from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed.' CPSC oversees the safety of all items sold to US residents on US soil, including mail-order and online…
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October 21 Special Olympics Delaware

Jon Buzby, Director of Media Relations for Special Olympics Delaware, discussed the organization as it hits its 50th year, with over 5 million in 170 countries now participating.  Delaware now has 4,200 athletes at 150 schools within five state areas.   He talked about their work toward 'inclusion' - not just participation, but acceptance, and providing…
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October 14, Glenn Bergman of Philabundance

Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance, discussed one of the country’s largest food rescue and distribution efforts that produced over 4 million meals to the area last year.  He discussed its start, as a restaurant gleaning project, and how it grew to become a model for distributing food to the needy.  We talked about hunger…
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Mental Health Association

Broadcast on August 12, 2018 Emily Vera, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Delaware discussed it mission, to promote improved mental well-being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support and advocacy and to improve the community’s understanding of mental health and the mind-body connection between mental and physical health. She…
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