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‘Giving Tuesday’ spotlights role of non profits in COVID-19 response

first_imgPart of that Accardi says is reaching out a hand to those who may be reluctant to accept. “We have been emphasizing providing not just the non perishable foods but fresh dairy, meat, fish, produce,” said Lori Accardi, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Broome County. “We want to be able to help as many people as possible as easily as possible,” said Sister Mary O’Brien, Executive Director of Tioga County Rural Ministry “We are simplifying our financial relief intake sheet so anyone who has been laid off or lost their employment can easily access funds from us.” “Any generosity from the community would help us be able to help more people during this time,” Lesko said. “There are so many people who are unemployed for the first time,” she said. “These are people who never imagined they would reach out to an organization like Catholic Charities but we really want to get the message out that it’s here for you if you need it right now.” The Ross Park Zoo Accardi stresses that Giving Tuesday Now is about more than just pressing the donate button. Kopernik Observatory Some organizations also providing financial assistance. center_img That means providing help with things like access to food. Giving Tuesday Now hopes to help make sure they are able to continue answering the call. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together and give as well as support their communities,” she said. The Broome County Humane Society “What we’re seeing is folks who have lost their jobs who have not received any unemployment yet and they still need to pay rent they have phone bills and utility bills,” said Jennifer Lesko, CEO of the Broome County Urban League. “We want people to know you aren’t looking for an handout you’re looking for a hand.” (WBNG) — With the COVID-19 pandemic putting many in the Southern Tier in a financial position they didn’t see coming, non-profits across the area have stepped up to help provide for those in need. Giving Tuesday Now isn’t limited only to organizations involved in the COVID-19 response, some local organizations have started fundraisers in order help them make it through the crisis, they include:last_img read more

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USC twirler makes her dream come true

first_imgIt’s halftime at a USC football game at the Coliseum, and some students are heading up the aisle to get some snacks.They stop when a fire erupts.Looking back toward the field, they see flames tossed high into the sky, standing out against the backdrop of the night. The Olympic torch that rests at the top of the Coliseum is not lit yet, so the flames must have another source. The spinning flames reach the arc of their flight and start to fall.Underneath the flames, Emily Clapper impatiently waits. She seems oblivious to the flame dancing just dozens of feet above her head and falling fast. She does a few graceful twists and looks up just in time to catch the baton with a ball of fire at either end. She smiles to the 80,000 people watching as she twists the baton in her hands a few times and tosses it back up in the air.Clapper, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, is a baton twirler in the Trojan Marching Band. Although most kids who go to a USC football game in the Coliseum idolize the football players and Song Girls, Clapper had her eyes elsewhere.Ever since she was little, she dreamt of hearing her name announced at the Coliseum as a USC twirler by legendary announcer Dennis Packer. She set a goal in second grade to turn her dream into a reality, which is something we all can learn from.Too many times, kids dream about becoming a firefighter, astronaut or ball player, and though sometimes people’s interests change, most of the time society decides that making those dreams a reality is impossible and discourages it. Although twirling won’t be Clapper’s profession, she nevertheless sought out her passion and pursued what she loved — even though she had no idea where it might take her.“It was a goal. I never knew it was actually going to happen,” Clapper said. “That’s what I wanted to do and I was going to do everything I can to make it happen and twirl at USC.”Clapper’s dad, a USC alumnus, has been taking her to Trojan football games for as long as she can remember, where she was immediately attracted to the twirlers.“They were highly visible,” she said. “I thought they were beautiful and really cool and their names were announced.”Clapper started twirling in second grade at St. Theresa Catholic School in Palm Springs, Calif. She joined an after-school program and performed at malls, in parades and during assemblies. Three years later, she got her first big break when Lynn Mallotto, a former twirling national champion who had a son one year older than Clapper, partnered up with Clapper’s after-school coach. Mallotto is still Clapper’s coach to this day.As more kids dropped out of twirling in middle school and high school to pursue sports or music, Clapper stuck with it. By her sophomore year in high school, she was the only student left that Mallotto took under her wing. Even though Clapper found success at nationals in the summer between high school and college, her goal hadn’t changed.“I didn’t want to be the best twirler in the world or whatever; I just wanted to twirl at USC,” Clapper said. “So that was my goal in my twirling life and I knew that twirling at USC meant that I had to have the grades and everything to get into USC before I could even be a twirler here. Everything I did in high school was to prepare for my career at USC.”When it came time to choose what college she would attend, Clapper picked USC before twirling tryouts.However, twirling tryouts came in April of her senior year of high school. She only had one other person to compete against, but there was a twist that she wasn’t prepared for. She had to try out in front of the entire marching band.Twirlers try out at the same time as the drum majors, the person who dresses up as Tommy Trojan, and because the band votes on the new drum major, they also vote on the new twirler. But many band members don’t know much about the intricacies of twirling.“Oh my gosh, it was so scary,” Clapper said. “The band is literally there judging you and deciding if you’re going to fit in with the band and if they’re going to like you. So all the band really knows is if you look the part and you don’t drop [the baton].“Fortunately, band director Arthur C. Bartner has the final say of who gets the twirling gig, and Clapper found out it was her that night. She hasn’t looked back and she’s been twirling at USC football and basketball games ever since. Clapper has also performed at two Rose Bowls and the many exotic places the band travels to, including Hawaii and Brazil.“It’s seriously the experience of a lifetime,” Clapper said. “I felt like it was so special for me.”Clapper, who can twirl as many as three batons at a time, says USC will be the final stop of her twirling career. She starts her master’s program in public health in the spring and doesn’t want to compete individually because she feels burned out after exhaustively competing in high school.But for the rest of her life, she won’t forget the experience of twirling at the Coliseum and hearing her name announced over the speakers of the Coliseum. Announcer Packer approached Clapper at the Stanford game a few weeks ago and complimented her on her fire-twirling abilities.For Clapper, that perfected her dream that came true.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Kenny at [email protected]last_img read more

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What does it mean to win an England Golf Award?

first_img Tags: Drax Golf Club, England Golf Awards, Liam Ridgill, Young Ambassador of the Year What does it mean to win an England Golf Award? What difference does it make? As we search for our 2019 winners, we set those questions for Liam Ridgill, our 2018 Young Ambassador of the Year.Liam is the captain of Drax Golf Club in Yorkshire, taking on the role at the age of just 23! He is the youngest captain in the club’s history and the only person to have been both junior and club captain.Winning the award has had a great influence on his year. He explains:“The award came a catalyst for success, not only personally but for the club and more importantly in my eyes, the game as a whole. I have always aimed to help modernise the game and attract younger players to all golf clubs. After all, it is a fantastic social sport that has served me well since picking up my first 7-iron at the age of eight.“I’m happy to say that through further initiatives from members’ benefit schemes and other developments at the club, we have seen 34 new members this year – with the majority never been members of golf clubs before!“While it has been fantastic welcoming new players to the game, I have tried to focus on keeping people playing and involved in the sport. In the busy 21st century, some of us unfortunately don’t find the time to play golf, mixing it with work and family time. This is why in March 2018 we at Drax introduced “Sticks at 6”.“It was a new 9-hole social gathering which was run by myself every Wednesday from March to mid-September to encourage people to pick up their clubs for 9 holes at 6pm.“This was also a great way to integrate new members with longer serving members of the club. Two of the new members, off the back of our first Sticks at 6, managed to reach the semi-finals of our doubles knockout competition.“From the success of this year, I encourage all clubs in England to host their own Sticks at 6 and keep their members engaged with the club.“As you can imagine, being a club captain at such a young age has been a happy challenge. However it has now put me in good stead, along with the award, to start looking at the future of golf in terms of junior players.“When I first joined Drax as a 12 year old, we had 40+ juniors. Sadly, over the years the number has unfortunately dwindled. My focus for 2019 and the following years will be around encouraging and supporting the younger generation of players and trying to encourage those of school/university age to take up the sport we all know and love.“I’m hoping to draw on the award to show people of a young age that golf is a game for everyone. I believe that England Golf has fantastic values that can be relayed to a wide audience using all forms of social media. Drax members have come to embrace platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and it is now an invaluable part of our marketing strategy.”Know someone equally deserving for 2019? Nominate now for one of these categories:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoLifetime Service AwardVolunteer of the YearYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with The Golf FoundationCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGACounty of the YearInnovation Award, sponsored by Players 1stTo find out more click here. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 30 November 2018.Caption: Liam Ridgill (right) is pictured with TV presenter Dan Walker (left) and Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation. 13 Nov 2018 What does it mean to win an England Golf Award? last_img read more

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Ice Chips Grandmas to Deliver Keynote Address at South Sound Success…

first_imgAbout the Business Resource Center:The Business Resource Center, a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, exists to support business with services and resources to achieve success. The Thurston EDC is a private non-profit organization focused on creating a vital and sustainable economy throughout Thurston County that supports the livelihood and values of our residents. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilConference to provide workshops, networking and inspiration for local business ownersThe Ice Chips Candy grandmas have signed on to deliver the keynote address at South Sound Success Small Business Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday November 5, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the SPSCC Hawks Prairie Campus Annex, 1401 Marvin Rd. NE, Suite 201 Lacey, WA 98516.South Sound Success is a one-day conference designed specifically for new business owners and people interested in starting a business. The conference is coordinated by the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Business Resource Center, the South Puget Sound Community College, the Small Business Development Center and other community partners.Featured on the hit television program “Shark Tank” in November 2012, Bev Hines and Charlotte Clary, business partners and owners of Ice Chips candies, will share their path from entrepreneurial concept to business success with attendees of the conference. In addition to the Ice Chips Grandmas, South Sound Success will feature 16 workshops during multiple breakout sessions throughout the day on a variety of topics, including:Finance, bookkeeping and tax preparationMarketing and social mediaHuman resources and leadership skillsLegal structure and moreAttendees will enjoy breakfast and lunch, and learn tips and strategies they can apply immediately to their business operations. They will have the opportunity to connect with available resources that can help them become more efficient and successful at running their businesses. They can talk with experts who have done it before, and leave feeling inspired to do more in their own businesses.To pre-register for South Sound Success, please click here. Check-in and registration for the conference will begin at 8:00 am, with the conference beginning at 8:45 am. The cost per person is $45. Please contact Daryl Murrow at 360.754.6320 or visit www.southsoundsuccess.com for more details.last_img read more

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Snow Detours Continue on Intercity Transit Routes into Monday Morning

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitDue to poor road conditions and anticipated worsening weather, many Intercity Transit routes continue to be on snow detours that will stay in place through tomorrow morning, Monday, February 11. Standard snow detours are in place on the following routes:Route 12Route 21Route 41Route 42Route 45Route 47Route 60Route 64Route 68All current detours can be found on our website at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts and all standard snow detours can be found at intercitytransit.com/bus/routes/snow-detours.Intercity Transit’s goal is to get passengers to their destinations safely, which may take longer in bad weather. Customers are asked to be patient and expect delays. You can stay up-to-date on service information from Intercity Transit during inclement weather by signing up to receive text message or email alerts at intercitytransit.com/subscribe.Snow and ice can prevent buses from reaching curbs, stopping at some bus stops, and using lifts or ramps. For your safety, riders should stand away from the curb and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it. Use caution when boarding and getting off the bus.Our Customer Service lines will likely receive increased call volume during inclement weather. Please be patient if you try to call. Information about any route changes and delays will be posted on our website at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts, on Facebook and on Twitter.Dial-A-Lift customers should be aware that this service operates when and where it is safe to do so. If you do not need to go out during winter weather conditions, you can call the 24-hour cancellation voicemail at 360-705-5827 to cancel your ride.last_img read more

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