Unsold food from ABIA donated to charity to reduce waste

Remember what your mother told you about that food you didn’t eat on your plate? Someone out there would be grateful to have it. That’s why Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is going to do their part to reduce food waste. The airport’s food rescue program started on March 1 and, in the first month, 3,500 unsold…

Fundraiser held for baby with rare syndrome

A fundraiser was held Sunday for a baby with a rare syndrome.Baby Oakley is the child of Allison Schweitzer, she’s an EMT at Louisville Metro EMS. Oakley is one of only two people in the world with “Med 12 Associated Syndrome.” After undergoing brain surgery, he’s having a hard time keeping up. So, Schweitzer took off work to take care…

Backpacks with necessities helping homeless vets

For the past four months, volunteers at the Havasu Community Health Foundation have been covertly dispersing backpacks around town that are filled with bottled waters, shampoos and packaged tarps, among other items. The purpose of the organization’s backpack project is to supply homeless veterans with the supplies they need to survive Lake Havasu City’s harsh…

Back on My Feet opens SF chapter, helps homeless man change course

Tuesday was a big night for a national nonprofit that helps the homeless. Back on My Feet held a gala fundraiser to celebrate the launch of its San Francisco chapter. The event was held at the Marriott in downtown San Francisco.  Milton S. Williams was recognized at the fundraiser and says the nonprofit has made…

Bridge House Creates Work, Community for Those with Mental Illness

In the 2013 edition of The Associated Press stylebook, a new entry on mental illness advises journalists to avoid “descriptions that connote pity,” like afflicted with, suffers from or victim of. Pity is a passive emotion, encircled in a closed loop, offering few solutions. At Bridge House, a voluntary drop-in center for adults living with…

Churches help homeless with laundry, other needs

St. Mary of Moiliili Episcopal Church near the old stadium park might only have 70 worshippers on an Easter Sunday, but pastor Gregory Johnson says his small congregation provides a multitude of services to the homeless and working poor — including much-needed laundry assistance.He often refers to his church as “little old St. Mary,” but…

Big Vision: Nonprofit, Dodgers, Give Free Glasses to Kids

In April 2012, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney and Austin Beutner, a civic leader and candidate for mayor, showed up at Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown for the launch of Vision To Learn. The program gives free eyeglasses to kids who need but don’t have or can’t afford them, on the idea that…

Arizona State University students finish $80,000 mobile dental clinic for charity

Talk about a graduation present. Four years, thousands of work hours, $80,000 in fundraising and a last-minute miracle later, a group of Arizona State University students has finished a large-scale charity project just in time for its last two members to graduate. Five women and one man make up Engineering Smiles, a group that designed a mobile dental clinic that…

Cubs Honor Breast Cancer Survivors At Annual “Pink Out” Game

The sea of blue that takes over the Friendly Confines for every Cubs home game was mixed with some pink during Sunday night’s game against the Yankees. “It’s an impressive show of support,” said Dr. Heidi Memmel, surgical director of the Caldwell Breast Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Advocate Health Care sponsored #PinkOut, an…

Nonprofit helps former coal miner earn degree

One former coal miner is thanking a nonprofit after he received a college degree on Friday. Brandon Pierson worked in the coal mines for five years, until he was laid off in 2015.He then received help from the Center for Rural Development’s Displaced Coal Miner Training Program. The program provides assistance to former coal miners…