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The Do Gooders Podcast

Christin Thieme

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The Do Gooders Podcast
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Life is busy, but you can do good right where you are, and The Do Gooders Podcast is here to help. Join Christin Thieme, editor of The Salvation Army's Caring Magazine, as she interviews guests each week for ideas to make an impact-from what it means to do good, to where to discover joy, what it is really like to be homeless or how to raise kind kids. If you want to be inspired and find tangible tips for simple actions you can take for good, this is the podcast for you.

Latest Episodes

22: How to address gun violence in the U.S. with Dr. Daniel Webster

It’s no secret that the role of guns in violence and what should be done about it are subjects of intense debate in the U.S. And it’s an important one as some 100 people die by firearm every day in our country. It’s an issue Dr. Daniel Webster has studied throughout his career, including now as a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. As one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence, Dr. Webster has published numerous articles on youth gun acquisition, adolescent violence prevention, intimate partner violence and sensible firearm policy. As The Baltimore Sun said about him: “Gun control policy tends to be dominated by emotion and ideology. Dr. Webster has become a leader by approaching the debate with data and reason.” In this episode, he talks about the epidemic of gun violence, the misperceptions surrounding the issue and evidence-based approaches to addressing it. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

27 MIN1 d ago
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22: How to address gun violence in the U.S. with Dr. Daniel Webster

21: Yes, The Salvation Army is more than kettles and thrift stores

Did you know: The Salvation Army is more than red kettles and thrift stores? Yet, if there’s one thing we hear time and time again it’s this: “I thought The Salvation Army was just kettles and thrift stores!” Which is generally followed by: “I wish more people knew about all The Salvation Army does.” The Army’s extensive range of services are available in more than 130 countries worldwide and in every ZIP code in America. Each year, The Salvation Army serves more than 23 million Americans in need. In this episode, Christin Thieme, Caring Magazine editor and Do Gooders Podcast host, aims to provide as complete an overview as possible on the extensive work of The Salvation Army and its six key pillars of service. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

24 MIN1 w ago
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21: Yes, The Salvation Army is more than kettles and thrift stores

20: How to fill a political conversation with grace with Beth Silvers

It’s not polite to talk politics. I’m sure you’ve heard the sentiment. Especially in any kind of mixed crowd where people might disagree on the issue at hand. We live, worship and work in diverse communities, but with politics becoming so tribal in nature, many of us simply avoid the subject. And that does a disservice to us all. Yet we can get comfortable with being uncomfortable and do it in a grace-filled way, according to Beth Silvers, co-author of “I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations.” She and Sarah Stewart Holland also co-host the Pantsuit Politics podcast. As working moms from opposite ends of the political spectrum, they regularly sit down to talk politics together. Beth, a conservative life and business coach, spent 11 years as an attorney and then an HR executive before opening her own business. Named one of Cincinnati’s “40 under 40” business leaders and as one of Ohio’s Most Powerful and Influential Women, Beth regularly speaks to organizations about hard conversations. She asks us to hear each other’s thoughts, to test our own beliefs against each other’s philosophies and to better appreciate our own core beliefs by having to articulate and challenge those beliefs. As Beth says, politics is all about how we live in community with each other. And if we engage in conversation with a goal not to persuade but to be open to personal growth, we’re all better off. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

18 MIN2 w ago
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20: How to fill a political conversation with grace with Beth Silvers

19: How The Salvation Army engages the federal government with Sabrina Kiser

The Salvation Army is actively involved in fighting hunger, homelessness and more across the country. In fact, the organization serves some 23 million people a year in the U.S. But you may not know that The Salvation Army is also engaged in nonprofit advocacy with the federal government. Sabrina Kiser serves as Assistant Director of Social Services and Public Policy Coordinator at The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. She and a team of policy analysts work to engage policymakers in The Salvation Army’s fight against poverty. Once a month, the team heads to Capitol Hill to zero in on a specific issue and educate congresspeople and staffers about the size and scope of The Salvation Army’s work, while extending its hand as a resource. It’s a critical partnership, Sabrina shares on this episode, as this kind of advocacy forms a vital link between the daily realities of community needs and federal policymakers. By being at the table, The Salvation Army can help to impact lives. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

27 MIN3 w ago
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19: How The Salvation Army engages the federal government with Sabrina Kiser

18: Is faith personal or is it inherently social? With Commissioner Jolene K. Hodder

Our salvation in Christ begins personally—it’s a decision and commitment made individually. But it does not end there. A genuine personal relationship with God flows into all of our relationships. After all, Jesus gave us two commands: love God and love others. In this episode, Commissioner Jolene Hodder shares more about her own experience of faith, how she knows God is real and where she finds him. She explores how we can express love for God and for others as commanded. And why, as she says: love is a decision not a feeling. Commissioner Jolene holds a master’s of religion and has served as an ordained minister—an officer—in The Salvation Army for 31 years. She currently serves as the Territorial President for Women’s Ministries of The Salvation Army USA Western Territory. As a two-time author, Commissioner Jolene shares in her writing about her overseas ministry and day-to-day life in Kenya—including the good and the moments where she had to look for God. Her stories illuminate a personal relationship with God, and how it is central to understanding who we are and what life is about. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

13 MINSEP 23
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18: Is faith personal or is it inherently social? With Commissioner Jolene K. Hodder

17: How The Salvation Army keeps kids full for the weekend with Lt. James Fleming

You’ve probably heard of The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving dinners, food pantries or the provision of meals during a natural disaster. But you might not know that TSA in communities across the country fills backpacks or other bags with food to send home from school with kids for the weekend. That’s to make sure kids who receive free or low-cost breakfasts and lunches at school don’t go hungry at home. Hemet, California, is one of those communities. Located some 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Valley, the 28-square mile city has a population of roughly 85,000 people. With a median household income of about $37,000, some 23 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line. And the number of children who qualified for the National School Lunch Program was so high, the school district decided to make it easier—now everyone qualifies. For Lt. James Fleming, the corps officer or pastor of the Hemet Corps, making sure a person gets the help they need is his greatest passion. And that includes these kids. In this episode, Lt. James shares more about The Salvation Army’s weekend food program for school kids in Hemet. He works with volunteers, donors, drivers and school nurses to make sure bags with four meals, four snacks and two drinks go home on Friday afternoons with the kids who need it. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

24 MINSEP 16
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17: How The Salvation Army keeps kids full for the weekend with Lt. James Fleming

16: How to define and communicate your core values with Krysta Masciale

What are your core values? Do you know? Can you put four or five specific words to them and explain the way those values show up in your life? As Krysta Masciale says, any brand is the promise of an experience. On a personal level, is that experience consistent? Will anyone who interacts with you say the same thing about who you are? Krysta is the CMO of LumaForge, a technology company in Los Angeles, where she leads the way in brand awareness, content creation and strategic partnerships. It’s a role she came into after years as CEO of brand agency B!G DEAL BRANDING, which led the way in strategic design and messaging for both small creative organizations and multi-billion dollar corporations. And she’ll tell you that just as a company does, defining our personal core values is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who we are and what we stand for—beyond any current job title. But owning our values takes clarity, commitment and communication—and in this episode, Krysta offers best practices for it all. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast

32 MINSEP 9
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16: How to define and communicate your core values with Krysta Masciale

15: What it's like to work at a Salvation Army summer camp

Did you know: The Salvation Army is a big supporter of fun with 44 summer or day camps in the United States devoted to children? Last year, more than 260,000 kids attended camp with The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s Summer Residential Camping Program at Camp Redwood Glen near Santa Cruz, California, encourages at-risk and under-privileged kids to learn new skills and self-reliance through swimming, archery, hiking, and other fun activities. And it’s more than a picturesque vacation. Campers learn new skills and self-reliance. Each week of camp helps kids explore the natural world and grow in knowledge of who God is and who he created them to be. It’s also a time of growth for the camp staff, those age 16 and up who are hired for the summer to fill positions from dish room crew to lifeguard, naturalist or cabin leader. In this episode, two Camp Redwood Glen campers turned cabin leaders—Abel Sanchez and Jezabel Aparicio—talk about what it’s like to work at summer camp. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

22 MINSEP 2
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15: What it's like to work at a Salvation Army summer camp

14: How the Salvation Army sponsors education around the world with Rachel Thieme-Ramirez

Building well being in a person is like building a strong house—it requires certain materials, resources and opportunities. When these materials are not available, we may have a hard time surviving the storms. For so many kids around the world, The Salvation Army is a key part of their building materials. Did you know The Salvation Army operates more than 2,700 schools—including schools for blind and disabled children, and residential programs for orphaned, neglected and trafficked children? These programs are supported by people like you and like me and the lady at the center of connecting it all for The Salvation Army on the U.S. West coast is Rachel Thieme-Ramirez. In this episode, Rachel shares how she aims to do good and how you can be part of providing for the essential needs of children right where you are. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

17 MINAUG 26
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14: How the Salvation Army sponsors education around the world with Rachel Thieme-Ramirez

13: Life inside a Salvation Army Kroc Center with Major Phil Lum

A network of Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the U.S. have a common goal: to help people discover and develop their passions in their own neighborhood. The 26 centers were created thanks in large part to Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, who entrusted The Salvation Army with $1.5 billion to build a space for arts, education and athletics in underserved communities. The Hawaii Kroc Center, on the island of Oahu, has been offering fun for more than seven years. With some 11,000 members, the center attracts locals with everything from a water park to a dance academy to Kroc Church. In this episode, Executive Director and Senior Pastor Major Phil Lum says the Hawaii Kroc Center is a one stop shop for the family. A Salvation Army officer for more than 30 years, Lum was appointed to help develop the Kroc Center back in 2006 and he’s steered its growth since. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

25 MINAUG 19
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13: Life inside a Salvation Army Kroc Center with Major Phil Lum

Latest Episodes

22: How to address gun violence in the U.S. with Dr. Daniel Webster

It’s no secret that the role of guns in violence and what should be done about it are subjects of intense debate in the U.S. And it’s an important one as some 100 people die by firearm every day in our country. It’s an issue Dr. Daniel Webster has studied throughout his career, including now as a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. As one of the nation’s leading experts on firearm policy and the prevention of gun violence, Dr. Webster has published numerous articles on youth gun acquisition, adolescent violence prevention, intimate partner violence and sensible firearm policy. As The Baltimore Sun said about him: “Gun control policy tends to be dominated by emotion and ideology. Dr. Webster has become a leader by approaching the debate with data and reason.” In this episode, he talks about the epidemic of gun violence, the misperceptions surrounding the issue and evidence-based approaches to addressing it. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

27 MIN1 d ago
Comments
22: How to address gun violence in the U.S. with Dr. Daniel Webster

21: Yes, The Salvation Army is more than kettles and thrift stores

Did you know: The Salvation Army is more than red kettles and thrift stores? Yet, if there’s one thing we hear time and time again it’s this: “I thought The Salvation Army was just kettles and thrift stores!” Which is generally followed by: “I wish more people knew about all The Salvation Army does.” The Army’s extensive range of services are available in more than 130 countries worldwide and in every ZIP code in America. Each year, The Salvation Army serves more than 23 million Americans in need. In this episode, Christin Thieme, Caring Magazine editor and Do Gooders Podcast host, aims to provide as complete an overview as possible on the extensive work of The Salvation Army and its six key pillars of service. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

24 MIN1 w ago
Comments
21: Yes, The Salvation Army is more than kettles and thrift stores

20: How to fill a political conversation with grace with Beth Silvers

It’s not polite to talk politics. I’m sure you’ve heard the sentiment. Especially in any kind of mixed crowd where people might disagree on the issue at hand. We live, worship and work in diverse communities, but with politics becoming so tribal in nature, many of us simply avoid the subject. And that does a disservice to us all. Yet we can get comfortable with being uncomfortable and do it in a grace-filled way, according to Beth Silvers, co-author of “I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations.” She and Sarah Stewart Holland also co-host the Pantsuit Politics podcast. As working moms from opposite ends of the political spectrum, they regularly sit down to talk politics together. Beth, a conservative life and business coach, spent 11 years as an attorney and then an HR executive before opening her own business. Named one of Cincinnati’s “40 under 40” business leaders and as one of Ohio’s Most Powerful and Influential Women, Beth regularly speaks to organizations about hard conversations. She asks us to hear each other’s thoughts, to test our own beliefs against each other’s philosophies and to better appreciate our own core beliefs by having to articulate and challenge those beliefs. As Beth says, politics is all about how we live in community with each other. And if we engage in conversation with a goal not to persuade but to be open to personal growth, we’re all better off. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

18 MIN2 w ago
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20: How to fill a political conversation with grace with Beth Silvers

19: How The Salvation Army engages the federal government with Sabrina Kiser

The Salvation Army is actively involved in fighting hunger, homelessness and more across the country. In fact, the organization serves some 23 million people a year in the U.S. But you may not know that The Salvation Army is also engaged in nonprofit advocacy with the federal government. Sabrina Kiser serves as Assistant Director of Social Services and Public Policy Coordinator at The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. She and a team of policy analysts work to engage policymakers in The Salvation Army’s fight against poverty. Once a month, the team heads to Capitol Hill to zero in on a specific issue and educate congresspeople and staffers about the size and scope of The Salvation Army’s work, while extending its hand as a resource. It’s a critical partnership, Sabrina shares on this episode, as this kind of advocacy forms a vital link between the daily realities of community needs and federal policymakers. By being at the table, The Salvation Army can help to impact lives. Find show notes for this episode and more atcaringmagazine.org/podcast.

27 MIN3 w ago
Comments
19: How The Salvation Army engages the federal government with Sabrina Kiser

18: Is faith personal or is it inherently social? With Commissioner Jolene K. Hodder

Our salvation in Christ begins personally—it’s a decision and commitment made individually. But it does not end there. A genuine personal relationship with God flows into all of our relationships. After all, Jesus gave us two commands: love God and love others. In this episode, Commissioner Jolene Hodder shares more about her own experience of faith, how she knows God is real and where she finds him. She explores how we can express love for God and for others as commanded. And why, as she says: love is a decision not a feeling. Commissioner Jolene holds a master’s of religion and has served as an ordained minister—an officer—in The Salvation Army for 31 years. She currently serves as the Territorial President for Women’s Ministries of The Salvation Army USA Western Territory. As a two-time author, Commissioner Jolene shares in her writing about her overseas ministry and day-to-day life in Kenya—including the good and the moments where she had to look for God. Her stories illuminate a personal relationship with God, and how it is central to understanding who we are and what life is about. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

13 MINSEP 23
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18: Is faith personal or is it inherently social? With Commissioner Jolene K. Hodder

17: How The Salvation Army keeps kids full for the weekend with Lt. James Fleming

You’ve probably heard of The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving dinners, food pantries or the provision of meals during a natural disaster. But you might not know that TSA in communities across the country fills backpacks or other bags with food to send home from school with kids for the weekend. That’s to make sure kids who receive free or low-cost breakfasts and lunches at school don’t go hungry at home. Hemet, California, is one of those communities. Located some 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Valley, the 28-square mile city has a population of roughly 85,000 people. With a median household income of about $37,000, some 23 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line. And the number of children who qualified for the National School Lunch Program was so high, the school district decided to make it easier—now everyone qualifies. For Lt. James Fleming, the corps officer or pastor of the Hemet Corps, making sure a person gets the help they need is his greatest passion. And that includes these kids. In this episode, Lt. James shares more about The Salvation Army’s weekend food program for school kids in Hemet. He works with volunteers, donors, drivers and school nurses to make sure bags with four meals, four snacks and two drinks go home on Friday afternoons with the kids who need it. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

24 MINSEP 16
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17: How The Salvation Army keeps kids full for the weekend with Lt. James Fleming

16: How to define and communicate your core values with Krysta Masciale

What are your core values? Do you know? Can you put four or five specific words to them and explain the way those values show up in your life? As Krysta Masciale says, any brand is the promise of an experience. On a personal level, is that experience consistent? Will anyone who interacts with you say the same thing about who you are? Krysta is the CMO of LumaForge, a technology company in Los Angeles, where she leads the way in brand awareness, content creation and strategic partnerships. It’s a role she came into after years as CEO of brand agency B!G DEAL BRANDING, which led the way in strategic design and messaging for both small creative organizations and multi-billion dollar corporations. And she’ll tell you that just as a company does, defining our personal core values is a way of establishing and consistently reinforcing who we are and what we stand for—beyond any current job title. But owning our values takes clarity, commitment and communication—and in this episode, Krysta offers best practices for it all. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast

32 MINSEP 9
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16: How to define and communicate your core values with Krysta Masciale

15: What it's like to work at a Salvation Army summer camp

Did you know: The Salvation Army is a big supporter of fun with 44 summer or day camps in the United States devoted to children? Last year, more than 260,000 kids attended camp with The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s Summer Residential Camping Program at Camp Redwood Glen near Santa Cruz, California, encourages at-risk and under-privileged kids to learn new skills and self-reliance through swimming, archery, hiking, and other fun activities. And it’s more than a picturesque vacation. Campers learn new skills and self-reliance. Each week of camp helps kids explore the natural world and grow in knowledge of who God is and who he created them to be. It’s also a time of growth for the camp staff, those age 16 and up who are hired for the summer to fill positions from dish room crew to lifeguard, naturalist or cabin leader. In this episode, two Camp Redwood Glen campers turned cabin leaders—Abel Sanchez and Jezabel Aparicio—talk about what it’s like to work at summer camp. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

22 MINSEP 2
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15: What it's like to work at a Salvation Army summer camp

14: How the Salvation Army sponsors education around the world with Rachel Thieme-Ramirez

Building well being in a person is like building a strong house—it requires certain materials, resources and opportunities. When these materials are not available, we may have a hard time surviving the storms. For so many kids around the world, The Salvation Army is a key part of their building materials. Did you know The Salvation Army operates more than 2,700 schools—including schools for blind and disabled children, and residential programs for orphaned, neglected and trafficked children? These programs are supported by people like you and like me and the lady at the center of connecting it all for The Salvation Army on the U.S. West coast is Rachel Thieme-Ramirez. In this episode, Rachel shares how she aims to do good and how you can be part of providing for the essential needs of children right where you are. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

17 MINAUG 26
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14: How the Salvation Army sponsors education around the world with Rachel Thieme-Ramirez

13: Life inside a Salvation Army Kroc Center with Major Phil Lum

A network of Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the U.S. have a common goal: to help people discover and develop their passions in their own neighborhood. The 26 centers were created thanks in large part to Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, who entrusted The Salvation Army with $1.5 billion to build a space for arts, education and athletics in underserved communities. The Hawaii Kroc Center, on the island of Oahu, has been offering fun for more than seven years. With some 11,000 members, the center attracts locals with everything from a water park to a dance academy to Kroc Church. In this episode, Executive Director and Senior Pastor Major Phil Lum says the Hawaii Kroc Center is a one stop shop for the family. A Salvation Army officer for more than 30 years, Lum was appointed to help develop the Kroc Center back in 2006 and he’s steered its growth since. Find show notes for this episode and more at caringmagazine.org/podcast.

25 MINAUG 19
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13: Life inside a Salvation Army Kroc Center with Major Phil Lum