Gloria Vazquez Merrick, Latino Hispanic American Community Center Exec. Dir., tells host Jill Horner about the many programs and services the center has in place to sustain and empower Latino individuals and families in the Greater Harrisburg Area, including helping Hurricane Maria victims in and from Puerto Rico. www.lhacc.org
Helping ease insecurities about lack of food and shelter in turn helps kids be more open to learning and succeeding in the classroom. Ryan Riley, Pres. and State Dir., Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, talks to host Jill Horner about pairing professionals with students and families, and how the community can help. www.cisofpa.org
W. Russell McDaid, Pres. and CEO, PA Health Care Association, tells host Jill Horner that his organization tries to educate about the challenges of long-term care and that government funding for nursing care is underfunded. www.phca.org
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse tells host Jill Horner how the City of Harrisburg is seeing a dramatic financial turnaround after being on the brink of bankruptcy, describes some of the projects for downtown and beyond and a surplus fund for infrastructure. www.harrisburgpa.gov
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania has been spending nearly 100 years providing various services, training and employment opportunities for the visually impaired. Director of Development & Public Relations Paul Zavinsky talks with host Jill Horner about the many ways funds are raised to provide for the visually impaired and prevention programs such as screenings for school kids. www.vrocp.org
Host Jill Horner talks with Safronia Perry, Exec. Dir., Hope Station, about what it means to be a neighborhood-based group that has just about every type of program necessary to meet a child’s needs, from getting out of the rain to homework and recreation to nutritional and training for adults and volunteers. www.hopestationcarlisle.org
According to an internal audit, more than 57,000 veterans have not been scheduled for an initial appointment with the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) discusses this delay in healthcare access for our returning servicemen and women. Visit Rep. Runyan on the web at www.Runyan.house.gov
Opioid, youth and jobs are priorities in Nashua
Nashua Mayor, Jim Donchess, discusses his top priorities for the city. Some of these priorities include education, public safety and infrastructure. The Mayor also discusses his economic development plan. The economic development plan includes rail service and workforce development. Like in many places across the nation, the opioid public health crisis in Nashua is a challenge and a top priority. Jim created the Mayor's Opioid Task Force. Another topic discussed during this interview is Nashua's youth. Youth is a common challenge in many towns and cities. The Mayor accepted My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge as one way to provide Nashua youth with more opportunities. We also learn about some of the exciting things happening in the downtown area.
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess
Jim Donchess becomes Nashua New Hampshire's Mayor for a second time. After a 24 year hiatus. He was elected Mayor in 1984, and he served for 2 terms.
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A new report from Georgetown University analyzes public spending. Sonal Shah from the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University discusses ways to increase effectiveness while reducing cost. Visit the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation on the web at www.DriveImpact.org
According to the Identity Theft Resource center, nearly 700 data breaches were reported in 2014. Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League addresses consumer protection and privacy. Visit the National Consumers League on the web at www.NCLnet.org