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Do you know when your heart may be touched where you can no longer ignore the strong pull and drive to give back and help others? It can be ANYWHERE. ANYTIME. “It all started with a home visit.” ~ Regina Dickerson.Join us as we talk with Regina Dickerson, Executive Director of Hearts Connected 4 Humanity, as she shares her experience walking into a home visit to witness bare cupboards and true hunger happening right here in our own cities and communities. Regina opens her heart and fuels her passion by providing services for youth, men, women, and seniors to heal the family as a whole through Hearts Connected 4 Humanity.For more information to volunteer, support, or connect with Hearts Connected 4 Humanity or Regina Dickerson:info@heartsconnected4humanity.orghttps://www.heartsconnected4humanity.org us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“The world of human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking, is not a new thing but the world of anti-trafficking is.” ~ Lacy Tolar. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, trailing the drug industry.  It has estimated an annual revenue of $42.5 billion and America is the #1 consumer of human trafficking due to the national and international consumption of commercialized sex and pornography.  The average age a person enters into the sex industry is 13 years of age, with 70% women and 30% men.  According to the International Labor Organization, over 45 million people are enslaved in human trafficking with another child entering this world of trafficking every 2 minutes.  In Lacy’s state of Tennessee – 700-900 children run away in a month, and according to national statistics, 1 out of every 6 children end up in human trafficking within 72 hours. On this episode, Dr. Natalie Phillips chats with Lacy Tolar, Founder of Rescue 1 Global. She shares her story about how her OWN child was almost taken right beneath her grasp and how she and her husband, Daniel changed the path of their lives with Rescue 1 Global, a standalone full-fledged prevention, rescue & restoration mission and force in the anti-trafficking world “It’s about rescuing ONE. There is a need around every corner. You never know who that ONE will be. Step in and step out of your comfort zone. ONE is worth it.” ~ Lacy Tolar For more information about Lacy Tolar and Rescue 1 Global, please visit:https://rescue1global.org If you see any suspicious activity, please CALL the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or Text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733, 24 hours, 7 days a week OR  Call 911.
As a business owner and massage therapist, Clara Gonzales Santillan volunteers her time as she continues to follow her heart and uses the passion and skills of her hands providing massages to help support many non-profit organizations and their fundraising efforts.She specifically shares about her continuous involvement with the work of the Saruni organization by participating in their annual volleyball tournament in Greeley, Colorado, as a massage therapist for athletes to raise funds and benefit the girls who have been rescued through the organization. The Olooloitikoshi Girl’s Rescue Center (GRC) is now in its 10th year of existence. The GRC home provides a safe haven where girls in Kenya who have been rescued from the tragic practice of marrying young girls to older men can now pursue their dreams of an education and an independent life without fear. As of November 2018, the center has rescued 87 girls who range in age from 8 to 16. One of Clara’s favorite quotes she has read: “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey but we are spiritual beings on a human journey.”For more information about Clara or the Saruni organization, please visit the following:Saruni: The One Who Rescues
“I grew up seeing images of war. I grew up in an environment knowing how it feels to not have enough.” ~ Dr.Emily LetranJoin our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, as she talks with refugee, wife, mother of three, dentist, business owner, high performance coach, author, and speaker, Dr. Emily Letran, who started her own non-profit organization, The Emily Letran Foundation, in which she opens her doors once a month to provide free dentistry to the community. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Letran talk about time, energy, and the importance of setting intentions and looking for opportunities. “We are in business.…BUT, if you want to give...just give because that is what makes it fulfilling in your heart and it makes life more meaningful to you. You will never know the extent of your touch or your impact” – Dr. LetranFor more information about Dr. Emily Letran, please visit the following:
“I felt like God said...What’s in your hand to do? How can you help people? Getting a car is a big deal - it’s independence and freedom...but the skill sets that we get to impart on these ladies buoys them beyond what a car can do. We have a “holistic” approach to get people to the next level in their lives...We teach budgeting, life skills, single parenting skills, help with job interviews...we partnered with a local food bank so with every car that we give away, we give away 25 lbs of groceries...we have a clothing ministry that provides business attire, we have a photographer taking professional headshots, an insurance company that gets them insurance with a bank that sets up free checking accounts.When I help someone else, there is a hole inside me that gets fulfilled in a deep and meaningful way - nothing can compare to it. And we all have that hole because we weren’t made to be islands and just take care of ourselves - we were made to work together and help each other.”~ Chris Williams, President at God’s GarageFor more information about God’s Garage, please visit the following:https://godsgarage.org Media Links: by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“THAT is transformation because you know you have changed a person’s life."Regeanie Corona is Founder & CEO of Advancing the Seed, a non-profit organization to help youth find their path to prosperity through entrepreneurial education aimed at financial literacy and stability.Listen to her journey beginning in cybersecurity to becoming an entrepreneur, business development strategist and coach, speaker, author, and social change agent. Regeanie has truly learned to embrace her gifts that has led her to serve both youth and young adults, creating a track record of starting non-profit organizations in 30 days or less, and how she continues to move through fear and not let anything hold her back in walking in her purpose and what she was uniquely created to do.Learn more: us on Patreon: by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM: show is supported by its listeners, and by Audible. With over 180,000 titles to choose from, allows you to listen to an immense library of books for every taste on your iPhone, Android, Kindle, tablet, or computer. Audible has a special offer for listeners which includes a free audiobook of your choice and a 30-day free trial.Learn more and get your free audiobook now at
On this episode, we chat with Jeff and Karlie Ruiter, Founders of Ordinary Nurses.Jeff and Karlie founded the non-profit organization to bring health and hope to the starving babies of rural Guatemala. With infant mortality high and accounting for 25% of all registered deaths as well as knowing that within the villages of Guatemala, over 80% of children under five years of age are malnourished, Ordinary Nurses is on a mission to change these statistics through disease prevention, community health education, high-quality medical care, and nutrition services.Listen as they share their emotions and experience in taking the HUGE step of faith along with their dedication to be obedient to the call that shaped the last few years of their lives together.For more information about Ordinary Nurses, please visit:www.ordinarynurses.org
High Performance Dance Theatre is an innovative, alternative style, dance company that enhances Northern Colorado's cultural community. As a nonprofit educational organization, their mission is to combine dance and modern technology to provide high quality training and productions, while increasing the community’s knowledge of the arts. Today, we will be talking with Founder and Owner, Artistic Director Kim Lang. She shares her vision and passion to perform throughout Colorado and hopefully beyond!Learn more:http://www.highperformancedancetheatre.org
Come listen as we chat with Yee Campbell, Founder of the Young Men’s Service League - Fort Collins Chapter. Listen to the story of how Yee brought the first chapter in Colorado to life from an incredible national non-profit organization and her vision to serve in the community, provide opportunities for other mother-son relationships, and to watch her own son thrive in leadership, education, and philanthropy.Young Men’s Service League is a 4-year program for moms and their high school sons to serve together and impact their local communities. YMSL believes that not every important lesson is learned in the classroom. Getting out into the community in order to serve and learn from others offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to last a lifetime. YMSL provides moms and sons opportunities to develop, practice, and enhance leadership skills. For more information about the Young Mens Service League (YMSL), please visit the following:https://ymsl.orghttps://www.ymslfortcollins.orghttps://www.ymslnoco.org us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“I remember my mom would always read me the book about the ‘Little Engine that Could’ climbing up that mountain...and I found out later why...she KNEW that like many other deaf children out there, we would have our own mountains to climb and our own challenges to face”.Join our host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, as she learns from Justin Osmond as he shares the REAL story behind how the Osmond Brothers, Donny and Marie, and how the Children’s Miracle Network came to be!“I believe everybody has a gift. We may be broken, but I truly believe that we do not overcome hopelessness by removing the obstacle in our lives. I believe we conquer adversity by not letting it own us, control us, or even define personal motto is: I may have a hearing loss, but my hearing loss does not have me!”Fill in the blank with Justin:“I may be/have __________, but my __________ doesn’t have me!”For more information about Justin Osmond and his work, please visit the following:https://www.justinosmond.comhttps://www.hearingfund.org us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“There are approximately 18,000 small business started every year in Colorado; 500 in Fort Collins. It is important to understand that it goes both ways…although there were about 270,000 jobs started in 2019, there were also 220,000 lost jobs – so, therefore, if there were no entrepreneurs, we would have lost more jobs than those that were gained. Entrepreneurs create ecosystems.” – Mike O’DonnellOn this episode, we chat with Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director of Colorado Lending Source, an organization that has helped inspired people create thriving businesses with funding, education, and resources. For over 25 years, they believe in fostering the economic growth of diverse small businesses within our communities. They strive to offer outstanding customer service and expertise as a resource for lenders and small businesses. Colorado Lending Source is an organization engaged with one another and in the success of their stakeholders. As a small nonprofit lender, they have created a culture where the pursuit of individual passions is supported and encouraged, emphasis is placed on living life, and the desire to have a positive impact in communities is a collaborative effort. For more information about Mike O’Donnell and Colorado Lending Source, please visit:https://www.coloradolendingsource.org
On this episode, we chat with Jason Phillips, husband to our OWN host, Dr. Natalie Phillips, father of two, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University, and Founder of DAWGS, a non-profit organization that provides dads, and other father figures, with opportunities to support, encourage, fellowship, and serve one another, their children, their families, and their communities while demonstrating the willingness to be involved in their own and their children's mental, physical, and spiritual health & well being.Going into its 4th year, DAWGS has provided many environments and activities for Dads to have fun with their children including an annual chili cook-off competition, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, internet safety workshops, family game nights, “Chopped” cooking events, and even a hairstyle night where Dad’s learned how to make different braids and ended in a little friendly competition. Listen as Jason shares how DAWGS began and his commitment to continue to work with relationships within the family and with his athletes as a male leader, coach, and inspiration. For more information about DAWGS, please visit:www.daddawgs.com
On this episode, we have A LOT of fun talking (and even singing!) as we spend time with Jill Van Orden, founder of Arts Reach Center and Jalyn Webb, owner and director of The Academy by Divabee. After moving to Fort Collins in 1999, “Miss Jill” made quick connections into the Arts and soon became a much sought after and loved free-lance choreographer for local high schools and other local performing arts organizations.  In 2012, Jill founded her non-profit organization, Arts Reach Center, Inc. offering year-round performing arts opportunities both in her studio and in many area public schools. Through Arts Reach Center, Jill has produced and directed over 40 productions at local performance venues and is best known for the inclusive, thoughtful, and supportive environment she creates with each and every cast while teaching performance skills, developing self-confidence, and life-skills to each and every child. A favorite performer and vocal coach throughout Colorado for the past 25 years, Jalyn Webb has an impressive list of performance and directing accolades on stage including performing as the National Anthem Singer for the Colorado Avalanche.  As the owner and director of The Academy by Divabee as well as teaching Music Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, Jalyn is an incredible vocal and stage coach and instructor for kids of all ages and adults.Together, these two powerhouses of talent and instruction are joining forces to continue to give back and provide quality performing arts education for the Fort Collins community.Sign up for King Soopers Community Rewards: more information about Arts Reach Center and The Academy by Divabee, please visit:
Who are the women in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood…in your neighborhood…Whether you have grown up living in Fort Collins, have lived here for 10 years, or have just moved to town, have you ever wondered just WHO had a part in changing the landscape for the future? Who are the prominent and courageous female trailblazers who leave behind a LEGACY in our community?In this episode, we meet retired nurse and entrepreneur, Patti Smith. We spend time learning about the journey of her idea into a now 4-year project coming into fruition as an art exhibit in the community as well as curriculum from elementary to college level courses to deepen students’ understanding of the women who have made a difference in our community.For more information to volunteer, support, or connect with Patti Smith and Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins:http://www.herlegacyzontafc.com by Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear and Charles Joseph Kelly for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM: show is supported by its listeners, and by Audible. With over 180,000 titles to choose from, allows you to listen to an immense library of books for every taste on your iPhone, Android, Kindle, tablet, or computer. Audible has a special offer for listeners which includes a free audiobook of your choice and a 30-day free trial.Learn more and get your free audiobook now at
The Junior League of Fort Collins is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and identifying needs within the community to create projects to impact those needs through collaborations and partnerships. In this episode, Amanda Sammartino, President of the Junior League of Fort Collins chats about how the Junior League continues to support our community with an ongoing project called the Career Closet, which is a place where women can make an appointment to be “styled” with gently used (and sometimes new) clothes and accessories to help them be confident and prepared for the work force.For more information to volunteer, support, or connect with Junior League of Fort Collins:http://www.jlfortcollins.orginfo@jlfortcollins.org us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“Lead with your heart and be genuine and unapologetically YOU.”“It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I read her biography and saw that everything she did was to serve others – it’s IN my DNA! My definition of success has changed…it is no longer a monetary thing, but how many lives I have been able to touch and impact.”Markiss Stone delivers daily motivation and positivity on his daily show, The Daily Dose Show, on Facebook LIVE, Monday-Friday at 6:30amEST. In addition to being a military veteran and inspirational and motivational speaker and trainer, Markiss was a student in radio/TV communications and is dedicated to make the world smile and to change peoples’ lives.For more information about Markiss Stone, please visit the following:http://www.thedailydosestore.com us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“1 in 8 women struggle to buy period products in the United States alone; this is called period poverty.” On this episode, we chat with Emily Jorgensen, as she shares her own, vulnerable story paired with her giving heart that led her to create the Grace Upon Grace Project in October 2019. The Grace Upon Grace Project is committed to provide under-served families and infants in northern Colorado the basic necessities to live and grow with grace and dignity while addressing the roots of social inequities.  The Grace Upon Grace Project provides basic necessities to families in the northern Colorado area in order to help women and children live and grow with grace and dignity by currently providing diapers, wipes, and disposable feminine products. For more information about the Grace Upon Grace Project: https://www.graceupongraceproject.org by Lilo SoundLicense:
“It’s not just the homeless person on the’s sometimes your neighbor. It could be a job loss, sickness that causes them to have an interruption in their financial situation - Cherri HouleThe House of Neighborly Service is a faith based and non-profit organization which provides a variety of programs from basic and emergency intervention to preventative and educational programs in order to help strengthen vulnerable and at-risk families. 
Today, we will be talking with Glorie Magrum, Executive Director who joined the House of Neighborly Service staff in 2001, and Cherri Houle with us who has worked with the House of Neighborly Service for 3 ½ years – 2 years in case working and 1 ½ years as donor relations. She is honored to be a part of the life-changing work of the HNS – where every individual is treated with kindness and dignity.For more information about the House of Neighborly Service, please visit:https://www.honservice.org
Alessandra (Aley) Desiderio is a serial entrepreneur and mom who has fought to overcome homelessness, cancer, the loss of her daughter, domestic violence, and divorce. She has dedicated her life to making an impact in the areas of family issues and security, justice, equality, education, and creating economic opportunity. As a result of her own insufficient and expensive childcare issues raising children as a single parent, Alessandra created CREW Childcare Rewards App, a technology solution to the high cost of childcare. The app pays parent users to share information about the care options in their area; draws a map of care check-ins for parents; and offers providers a marketplace where they can buy field trip vouchers, classroom supplies, and services for their center.For more information about Alessandra Desiderio or the Crew Childcare Rewards App, please visit:https://crewchildcareapp.comhttps://www.alessandradesiderio.comhttps://www.fiore3.consulting us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Stina Willemsen for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
Sosamma Samuel-Burnett, J.D, is Founder and President of G.L.O.B.A.L Justice, an international non-profit organization founded in 2014 that informs, impacts, and inspires the generations to learn, lead, and do justice together.  With 30+ years of experience in human rights advocacy and 15+ years as a university professor, Sosamma has focused the work of G.L.O.B.A.L. on serving as a significant justice resource to the community. G.L.O.B.A.L. helps inform the community on international justice issues, equips students and professionals to pursue justice, promotes advocacy organizations addressing global injustices, and supports educational institutions preparing the next generation of advocates.  On this episode, we spend time chatting with Sosamma as she shares with us her passion for advocacy through learning opportunities to pursue justice ethically, creatively, and collaboratively.For more information about Sosamma and G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice, please us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“I’m just a guy…it doesn’t take much time or effort…it’s worth it for me to do this because I SEE how grateful people are and what a difference it makes.”Join Dr. Natalie Phillips as she spends time with Rich Cruse, an award-winning photographer living near San Diego, California who’s work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, People Magazine and Runner’s World. They talk connection, meeting Oprah Winfrey, and connecting to people the RIGHT way using social media. Rich is deeply involved in fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and helping the homeless.“Believe in the goodness of people – there are good people out there.” ~ Rich CruseFor more information about Rich Cruse, please visit the following:https://www.crusephoto.com
“There is a connection between physical and spiritual health and in addition to the physical care, we want to be able to provide the spiritual care to those who desire it.” ~ Dr. Rich Simmons, Medical Director, and Kathy Simmons, Clinic Director.The Christ Clinic accomplishes its mission by providing free primary care in an appointment-only, outpatient setting to those who are uninsured and do not have access to providers. The Christ Clinic provides family medicine care for all members of the family with the goal to develop ongoing relationships between patients and the Christ Clinic.For more information to volunteer, support, or connect with the Christ Clinic:http://christclinicfc.org
“We need to start [the conversation] as early as freshmen and sophomores. This group of the next generation coming up…is struggling with what they want to do, what direction they want to take, what education or career path would work for them as well as moms [and transitioning careers.]”“We know there is a lot more depression and anxiety and addictions, yet there is an affluence that we have not seen before. We want to empower people. If we can work with highschoolers while they are still going through the curriculum they are going through but before they have chosen a career or an education path, then we can actually hijack that, interrupt it, and understand what their gifts, talents, and strengths are and play off of that and map them into their careers.”Discover Pathwaze applies self-knowledge, self-introspection, behaviors, interests, and values and works throughout the entire United States with high school students on the college or non-traditional path as well as college students with degree and career matching, individuals who are on the path to launch their careers, or transition into a new career, as well as offer a plethora of career services.For more information about Discover Pathwaze, please visit the following:http://discoverpathwaze.comhttp://www.discoverpathwazefoundation.org by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
“You can do all these great things but at the end of the day, it may not mean anything if you have not done anything positive for the community.” ~ Dr. Amit GosaliaMany people know Dr. Amit Gosalia for his passion and rallying behind his profession to encourage individuals to have healthy discussions, lead a healthy lifestyle, and to get involved in making a difference! Find out where Dr. Gosalia also spends his time and energy into giving back outside of the world of Audiology!For more information about Dr. Gosalia, please visit the following:https://www.drgosalia.com by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
The OtterCares Foundation is an organization that was founded by Nancy Richardson to invest in the education and to empower youth to create lasting change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship. Since 2009, the foundation has equipped kids, classrooms and communities to recognize their true potential to make a difference. In this episode, Linda Crum, Executive Director of The OtterCares Foundation, chats about the mission of the Otter Products company of “Grow to Give” and how working for and with the company starts from the interview process all the way to their end goal of inspiring people in business through their investment in their employees to truly CONNECT to their own passions and to go out and make a difference in our community.For more information about The OtterCares Foundation, please visit: us on Patreon! by Dr. Natalie Phillips. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo FM.Hear more great podcasts at https://noco.fmFollow Natalie: NoCo FM:
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