We are very fortunate to love what we do, so much so that we'd happily do it on a weekend and this weekend we did just that. In Hawaii, our founder Audie Chamberlain was at the Worthshop conference soaking in the wisdom of real estate's sharpest minds and promoting the conference with local press.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, our co-founder Deidre Woollard took part in an event called Quality Time with PR Minds, a yearly event where this year over 70 PR professionals met with 32 nonprofits for a day of learning and knowledge sharing. Shown above are Jay Eckstein, Tom Bray, and Josefa Salinas, media professionals from the world of television, newspapers, and radio (three worlds that now converge in one place--online), who donated their time and advice to the nonprofits gathered.
There are many excellent nonprofits in Los Angeles whose stories have been largely untold and whose staff and volunteers are devoted to the task of improving the lives of others around them.
Deidre met with four groups doing important work in Los Angeles:
DhhEAF (Deaf and hard of hearing Educational Athletic Foundation): Students who cannot hear are often locked out of so many normal activities of growing up, including taking part in sports. Tennis, a sport with no whistles or shot calling, is uniquely suited to help deaf students gain confidence and determination. Founder Roy Trafalski has devoted his life to teaching hearing impaired people teamwork and self-discipline that through the medium of tennis.
California Elder Justice Coalition: As our population ages, elder abuse sadly has become more and more of an issue. This organization was created in 2008 to address systemic barriers to elder justice. In 2010, the group hosted the first state elder justice summit to explore challenges and solutions. The group provides necessary advocacy promoting policy and practice that improve the lives of vulnerable and abused adults in California.
Juntos: Juntos focuses on the community of Lennox, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles that has many youth at risk. Taking a school-centered approach Juntos works with students, parents, and the community as a whole to provide support for children and families whose lives have been impacted by trauma. The team responds to and supports the needs of hundreds of children and families annually making a real difference in the lives of the Lennox residents.
Diverse Scholar: This organization serves an important purpose, helping connect academia with diverse postdoctoral students for faculty positions. Director Alberto Roca, PhD. has created the a comprehensive resource for the minority postdoctoral experience especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines with career advice, professional development, jobs, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and more. Our best future relies on having our leaders, researchers, and professors come from a wide variety of backgrounds.