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Dreaming of Cooperstown with Scott Morris is where we share the stories that matter. Dreaming of Cooperstown is a metaphor for achievement and learning to lead a meaningful life. Join us as we share the stories of the dreamers, the action takers, the achievers, and the impact makers who are making a positive difference in their homes, schools, work places, communities, and in the world. We will unpack the important lessons these stories offer and discover how we can apply them to our own life. How we can write a better story for ourselves. A story that helps others. That inspires others. This is Dreaming of Cooperstown and these are the stories that matter. For additional resources, visit scottrmorris.com.

Latest Episodes

Erin Pheil: Discovering the root cause behind what is holding you back.

So, this podcast is about sharing inspiring stories of people doing meaningful work. The stories of people making a positive difference in the lives of others. And, if you are a regular listener or if you know me personally, you know that I believe that each of us has a story to share. A story that can help others. But you know what’s way more important than what I believe? It’s what you believe. Too many people are stuck and their best self is not showing up each day. Why? Often it’s because that best self is shrouded in ego, fears, limiting beliefs and other delusions. And that is why I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest, Erin Pheil. After a long battle with pain and depression Erin discovered the root cause behind what was holding her back. The self-sabotage that was preventing her from living to her full potential. So she founded The MindFix Group with a simple purpose: to share her journey and to deliver programs that alleviate the self-sabotage our own minds create that hold us back. Erin’s work on instincts and human behavior have been featured in books, magazines, podcasts, webinars and keynote presentations at conferences. If you are engaging in behaviors that don’t serve you or are avoiding behaviors that will benefit you, then this is the episode for you. Connect with Erin: https://www.mindfixgroup.com/ https://www.facebook.com/erinpheil

44 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Erin Pheil: Discovering the root cause behind what is holding you back.

Empowering teens to become leaders with Michelle Pagtakhan of You Run This Town Foundation.

Today’s guest, Michelle Pagtakhan co-founded You Run This Town Foundation with Fred Noya. "You Run This Town Foundation is committed to developing the next generation of leaders by providing underserved youth with enrichment programs, work-study internships, scholarships and community partner engagement projects." Her passion is to empower youth and provide them with key skills to succeed in life. Michelle is a small business owner with a big heart and a big vision for serving others. Michelle is a great example of how businesses of all sizes can find meaningful ways to enrich others and strengthen the communities for which they are passionate. I’m happy to share her story with you today. Connect with Michelle and You Run This Town Foundation as follows: www.yrttf.org team@yrttf.org https://www.facebook.com/YRTTFLA/ @yrttfla

17 MIN2019 NOV 24
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Empowering teens to become leaders with Michelle Pagtakhan of You Run This Town Foundation.

Team Matters: A Special Episode for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. I’ve decided to focus my attention on the positive things happening within the T1D community including important lessons I have learned. In this episode I discuss how the T1D community has taught me that my personal and professional growth is impacted by who I let on my “team”. scottrmorris.com

11 MIN2019 NOV 10
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Team Matters: A Special Episode for National Diabetes Awareness Month

Cathy Heying is changing the world one car at a time.

My guest today, Cathy Heying, founded The Lift Garage an affordable, non-profit auto repair service for people of limited means. It's an innovative idea that meets a pressing need. Working with people experiencing homelessness, Cathy repeatedly saw how devastating the prohibitive cost of commercial car repair could be. In a domino effect, people who couldn’t afford to get their cars fixed couldn’t get to work and so lost their jobs. Without jobs, they lacked the money to pay for housing and ended up in shelter or on the streets. It was also evident that many people who could not afford the cost of commercial car repair, felt that they equally could not afford to stop driving some very dangerous vehicles. Too often driving cars without brakes or living in their car without heat. Cathy went back to school to earn a degree in auto technology. In April 2013, with board members, donors, and volunteers to back her, The Lift Garage opened for one day a week with one repair bay and one volunteer mechanic. Since opening their doors, support from the community has made it possible to greatly expand the services they provide. In 2018 they moved to their current location and now have 5 repair bays and employ 5 full-time auto technicians. The Lift Garage is a 501c3 nonprofit which aims to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car inspections, and honest advice that supports their community on the road to more secure lives. I am excited to introduce you to Cathy and her inspiring story of helping others. Connect with Cathy at: https://www.theliftgarage.org/

33 MIN2019 OCT 27
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Cathy Heying is changing the world one car at a time.

Kristyn Stillwell with H.O.P.E. Haven

My guest today, Kristyn Stillwell, is the Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Haven. Hope Haven seeks to move people from crisis to lifelong self-sufficiency. Their mission is to help the homeless find a path off the streets and to mentor them throughout their life journey to succeed and thrive as contributing members of their community. Hope Haven builds relationships with individuals on the streets as a means to inspire a sense of purpose that empowers them to achieve stability and change in their lives. They work with each client to create a personalized plan to get off the streets and overcome recurring issues that drive them to homelessness. Kristyn has been working with the homeless as a volunteer for over 20 years. The last 6 years she has been building outreach ministries around Northwest Houston. These ministries have grown to over 1000 volunteers a year and feed over 2000 meals a year. Her passion is to educate the community on homelessness and inspire others to want to “Be the Change” they wish to see in the world. Connect with H.O.P.E. Haven http://hhaven.org/ Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeHavenHTX/

37 MIN2019 OCT 13
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Kristyn Stillwell with H.O.P.E. Haven

Seniors With Skills wants to end social isolation of seniors | Jaya Manjunath

Do you have a senior friend or perhaps a parent or grandparent that you fear is feeling lonely or isolated? There are serious physiological and psychological components to loneliness and isolation. Studies have found that socially isolated elders are twice as likely to die prematurely, with a mortality rate comparable to smoking. Some studies even show that loneliness is nearly twice as dangerous as obesity. It can wreak havoc with your immune system and increase inflammation, leading to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and other serious health conditions. My guest today, Jaya Manjunath, is taking action to reduce senior isolation through Seniors with Skills, the charitable organization she was inspired to create. Seniors with Skills is on a mission to create a movement to end social isolation of seniors in the United States. Through their Cards and Knitting Program and their Computer Training Program Seniors with Skills volunteers are helping seniors’ lead impactful lives while improving their cognitive function and overall quality of life. Ensuring that seniors have a source of social connection and a platform for positively impacting others will boost longevity and contribute to mental health and well-being. My interview with Jaya was eye opening and inspired me to examine more closely my relationship with aging loved ones. You can help Jaya and Seniors With Skills in their mission by visiting, https://www.seniorswithskills.org/ 20 facts about senior isolation that will stun you, https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/10-17-14-facts-about-senior-isolation/ You are not alone: 6 steps to reduce senior isolation, https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/9-2-14-reduce-senior-isolation/

23 MIN2019 SEP 15
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Seniors With Skills wants to end social isolation of seniors | Jaya Manjunath

Ciera Granger and Koala Corps is spreading care, compassion and cuddles.

As you listen to today’s episode, there are children with life-threatening illnesses sitting alone, in a hospital bed, without a parent or loved one nearby to comfort them. Sadly, many of these parents cannot be fully present for their child at this critical time, often because they are single, working, or have other children to care for as well. Despite the tremendous efforts by nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, there are simply not enough hands to hold these children at a time when they need it most. Babies need human touch and to be held. Especially, as a means of comfort. My guest today, Ciera Granger, knows the importance of this human connection. Ciera and her husband, Dan, faced overwhelming difficulties when their second daughter, Shae, was born with multiple disabilities and life-threatening health issues. Ciera and Dan fought alongside Shae as she clung to life at Children’s Hospital LA for almost six months after she was born in 2006. Their experience caring for their now twelve-year old daughter forever changed their family, and now the Grangers want to help other families at Children’s Hospital LA who are going through similar painful difficulties with their children. That’s why the Grangers are dedicated to helping Children’s Hospital through the Koala Corps. The Koala Corps mission is to provide arms to hold every child in need at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Grangers want to ensure that every baby is held when their families cannot be there. This mission comes from their firsthand knowledge of how important and great this need is. This mission comes from their desire to spread care, compassion, and cuddles. Learn more about the Grangers:https://koalacorps.com/new-page-1 Koala Corps The Koala Corps is a not-for-profit initiative, focused on raising funds on behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. CHLA is a non-profit hospital that depends on donations to fund projects and initiatives within the hospital. Currently, there is only one staff member that runs all of its social programs. It’s just not enough. A Program Director is needed to manage the countless volunteers who are ready to help. Volunteers must be pre-qualified and trained with utmost care. This includes extensive background checks, shadowing, following hospital procedures and specific training to hold the children. But until we have $257,000 secured, these young children in need cannot get the help they need. In the future, it is our desire to expand this program beyond Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to children in need, worldwide. But for now, we are beginning one child at a time, one hospital at a time. Volunteers are ready, but we need your donations so they can begin. So please, join the Koala Corps. Learn about our story. And most importantly, make your donation today! https://koalacorps.com/take-action Koala Corps on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/holdbabies/

24 MIN2019 SEP 1
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Ciera Granger and Koala Corps is spreading care, compassion and cuddles.

For Goodness Cakes

FOR SOME KIDS, BIRTHDAYS ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED. Imagine that. No presents. No birthday cake. No candles to blow out. No well wishes. No celebration. That didn’t sit well with Jaime Lehman so she decided to take action. Jaime founded For Goodness Cakes, a non-profit organization that matches volunteers to make and hand-deliver birthday cakes to foster children and at-risk youth on their special day. The mission at For Goodness Cakes is to give individual youth at least one special moment that is about them. By providing a child a treat made especially for them, it gives them some much needed time to not feel the increasing pressure of their socioeconomic situation, but rather help nurture optimism and confidence at a critical age. I am sure you will find the story of Jamie’s mission to spread love, joy and frosting just as inspiring as I did. To connect with For Goodness Cakes visit www.forgoodnesscakes.org Follow Amanda at gothandglitterpastries, https://www.instagram.com/gothandgl...

31 MIN2019 JUL 21
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For Goodness Cakes

Change4Children's - Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life.

Change4Children’s was never a grand plan—just a simple idea that is growing bigger and more impactful by the day. It is the brainchild of three families, all of whom have had kids treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When Jeff Kreshek’s son Eli was there for back surgery, Jeff spent four nights with him. He was always at the cafeteria getting a cup of coffee or something to eat. At the end of each day, he would throw his change in his overnight bag. “I have always been a bit of a hoarder of change and always donated it to some sort of charity,” says Jeff. “On the way home from our stay, it hit me—change for Children’s!” Jeff immediately contacted two other dads he knew, Ryan Stromsborg and Andrew Apfelberg, whose children had been helped through various illnesses and who all shared the desire to give back to the hospital. It was just mid-January of this year when the guys met and decided, “Let’s do it.” The campaign was launched in March with this simple idea: collect people’s spare change and donate it to the hospital to buy items that would improve the quality of life for the young patients. Jeff literally started by going to his local Smart & Final. There he bought two cases of Mason jars and some paint pens. His family decorated the jars and took them to an Encino Little League game, where his son was playing ball. Throughout the eight-week baseball season, they gave out some 170 jars, asking people to just fill them with change and send an email when the jar was full. They would come pick them up. Since then, the project has grown to involve Bank of America. Now you can take jars there, and the money will automatically be put in the Change4Children’s account. The hope is, after emptying the jar, donors take it home and fill it up again. Jeff points out how people get inundated with solicitations for charities by mail and how easy it is to throw those away. “Either I have no connection, I donated once but am not tied to that cause any longer or simply have other priorities at the time,” he explains. “That said, I cannot think of a day when I do not do something that involves changes. You have to do something with the change.” Now Jeff, Ryan and Andrew are hoping their project will give others an easy way to donate their change to make a difference. The three families generously cover all the administrative costs of the project, so 100% of money collected goes to the hospital. When it comes time to decide what to buy for the children, Jeff says that’s the easy part. “It’s not terribly unlike Christmas. We get to play Santa Claus.” The hospital has a wish list and the two parties discuss the various options. So far, the group has purchased electric cars the patients can drive to get from room to room. They’ve also donated to Project GO Kart, which supplies portable video games to the kids. As you can imagine, both items are big hits. While Change4Children’s is still in its early stages, the three men envision that one day it could become a national charity, given how transportable the premise is. “It can work anywhere, and the logistics are not terribly difficult,” says Jeff. More importantly, he points out that the mission is very clear. “We’re not curing disease, funding research or building a wing of a hospital (maybe one day). We are just taking a difficult time in a family’s life, when they are often most vulnerable, and making it a little better.” Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life. What could be better and easier than that? Become involved with this worthy organization: www.Change4childrens.org Connect of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Connect with Jeff: jeff@change4childrens.org

32 MIN2019 JUN 23
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Change4Children's - Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life.

Grit Matters

In this episode of Dreaming of Cooperstown I share the greatest lesson I have learned thus far from my guests, the importance of grit. Listen to discover: What is grit? How grit and resilience differ. Why we need grit. Is grit available to everyone? Four keys to developing grit. The importance of our community and how it relates to grit. Grit begins with awareness and choice. More on Angela Duckworth and her book can be found at, https://angeladuckworth.com/

11 MIN2019 JUN 9
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Grit Matters

Latest Episodes

Erin Pheil: Discovering the root cause behind what is holding you back.

So, this podcast is about sharing inspiring stories of people doing meaningful work. The stories of people making a positive difference in the lives of others. And, if you are a regular listener or if you know me personally, you know that I believe that each of us has a story to share. A story that can help others. But you know what’s way more important than what I believe? It’s what you believe. Too many people are stuck and their best self is not showing up each day. Why? Often it’s because that best self is shrouded in ego, fears, limiting beliefs and other delusions. And that is why I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest, Erin Pheil. After a long battle with pain and depression Erin discovered the root cause behind what was holding her back. The self-sabotage that was preventing her from living to her full potential. So she founded The MindFix Group with a simple purpose: to share her journey and to deliver programs that alleviate the self-sabotage our own minds create that hold us back. Erin’s work on instincts and human behavior have been featured in books, magazines, podcasts, webinars and keynote presentations at conferences. If you are engaging in behaviors that don’t serve you or are avoiding behaviors that will benefit you, then this is the episode for you. Connect with Erin: https://www.mindfixgroup.com/ https://www.facebook.com/erinpheil

44 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Erin Pheil: Discovering the root cause behind what is holding you back.

Empowering teens to become leaders with Michelle Pagtakhan of You Run This Town Foundation.

Today’s guest, Michelle Pagtakhan co-founded You Run This Town Foundation with Fred Noya. "You Run This Town Foundation is committed to developing the next generation of leaders by providing underserved youth with enrichment programs, work-study internships, scholarships and community partner engagement projects." Her passion is to empower youth and provide them with key skills to succeed in life. Michelle is a small business owner with a big heart and a big vision for serving others. Michelle is a great example of how businesses of all sizes can find meaningful ways to enrich others and strengthen the communities for which they are passionate. I’m happy to share her story with you today. Connect with Michelle and You Run This Town Foundation as follows: www.yrttf.org team@yrttf.org https://www.facebook.com/YRTTFLA/ @yrttfla

17 MIN2019 NOV 24
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Empowering teens to become leaders with Michelle Pagtakhan of You Run This Town Foundation.

Team Matters: A Special Episode for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. I’ve decided to focus my attention on the positive things happening within the T1D community including important lessons I have learned. In this episode I discuss how the T1D community has taught me that my personal and professional growth is impacted by who I let on my “team”. scottrmorris.com

11 MIN2019 NOV 10
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Team Matters: A Special Episode for National Diabetes Awareness Month

Cathy Heying is changing the world one car at a time.

My guest today, Cathy Heying, founded The Lift Garage an affordable, non-profit auto repair service for people of limited means. It's an innovative idea that meets a pressing need. Working with people experiencing homelessness, Cathy repeatedly saw how devastating the prohibitive cost of commercial car repair could be. In a domino effect, people who couldn’t afford to get their cars fixed couldn’t get to work and so lost their jobs. Without jobs, they lacked the money to pay for housing and ended up in shelter or on the streets. It was also evident that many people who could not afford the cost of commercial car repair, felt that they equally could not afford to stop driving some very dangerous vehicles. Too often driving cars without brakes or living in their car without heat. Cathy went back to school to earn a degree in auto technology. In April 2013, with board members, donors, and volunteers to back her, The Lift Garage opened for one day a week with one repair bay and one volunteer mechanic. Since opening their doors, support from the community has made it possible to greatly expand the services they provide. In 2018 they moved to their current location and now have 5 repair bays and employ 5 full-time auto technicians. The Lift Garage is a 501c3 nonprofit which aims to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car inspections, and honest advice that supports their community on the road to more secure lives. I am excited to introduce you to Cathy and her inspiring story of helping others. Connect with Cathy at: https://www.theliftgarage.org/

33 MIN2019 OCT 27
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Cathy Heying is changing the world one car at a time.

Kristyn Stillwell with H.O.P.E. Haven

My guest today, Kristyn Stillwell, is the Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Haven. Hope Haven seeks to move people from crisis to lifelong self-sufficiency. Their mission is to help the homeless find a path off the streets and to mentor them throughout their life journey to succeed and thrive as contributing members of their community. Hope Haven builds relationships with individuals on the streets as a means to inspire a sense of purpose that empowers them to achieve stability and change in their lives. They work with each client to create a personalized plan to get off the streets and overcome recurring issues that drive them to homelessness. Kristyn has been working with the homeless as a volunteer for over 20 years. The last 6 years she has been building outreach ministries around Northwest Houston. These ministries have grown to over 1000 volunteers a year and feed over 2000 meals a year. Her passion is to educate the community on homelessness and inspire others to want to “Be the Change” they wish to see in the world. Connect with H.O.P.E. Haven http://hhaven.org/ Connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeHavenHTX/

37 MIN2019 OCT 13
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Kristyn Stillwell with H.O.P.E. Haven

Seniors With Skills wants to end social isolation of seniors | Jaya Manjunath

Do you have a senior friend or perhaps a parent or grandparent that you fear is feeling lonely or isolated? There are serious physiological and psychological components to loneliness and isolation. Studies have found that socially isolated elders are twice as likely to die prematurely, with a mortality rate comparable to smoking. Some studies even show that loneliness is nearly twice as dangerous as obesity. It can wreak havoc with your immune system and increase inflammation, leading to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and other serious health conditions. My guest today, Jaya Manjunath, is taking action to reduce senior isolation through Seniors with Skills, the charitable organization she was inspired to create. Seniors with Skills is on a mission to create a movement to end social isolation of seniors in the United States. Through their Cards and Knitting Program and their Computer Training Program Seniors with Skills volunteers are helping seniors’ lead impactful lives while improving their cognitive function and overall quality of life. Ensuring that seniors have a source of social connection and a platform for positively impacting others will boost longevity and contribute to mental health and well-being. My interview with Jaya was eye opening and inspired me to examine more closely my relationship with aging loved ones. You can help Jaya and Seniors With Skills in their mission by visiting, https://www.seniorswithskills.org/ 20 facts about senior isolation that will stun you, https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/10-17-14-facts-about-senior-isolation/ You are not alone: 6 steps to reduce senior isolation, https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/9-2-14-reduce-senior-isolation/

23 MIN2019 SEP 15
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Seniors With Skills wants to end social isolation of seniors | Jaya Manjunath

Ciera Granger and Koala Corps is spreading care, compassion and cuddles.

As you listen to today’s episode, there are children with life-threatening illnesses sitting alone, in a hospital bed, without a parent or loved one nearby to comfort them. Sadly, many of these parents cannot be fully present for their child at this critical time, often because they are single, working, or have other children to care for as well. Despite the tremendous efforts by nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, there are simply not enough hands to hold these children at a time when they need it most. Babies need human touch and to be held. Especially, as a means of comfort. My guest today, Ciera Granger, knows the importance of this human connection. Ciera and her husband, Dan, faced overwhelming difficulties when their second daughter, Shae, was born with multiple disabilities and life-threatening health issues. Ciera and Dan fought alongside Shae as she clung to life at Children’s Hospital LA for almost six months after she was born in 2006. Their experience caring for their now twelve-year old daughter forever changed their family, and now the Grangers want to help other families at Children’s Hospital LA who are going through similar painful difficulties with their children. That’s why the Grangers are dedicated to helping Children’s Hospital through the Koala Corps. The Koala Corps mission is to provide arms to hold every child in need at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Grangers want to ensure that every baby is held when their families cannot be there. This mission comes from their firsthand knowledge of how important and great this need is. This mission comes from their desire to spread care, compassion, and cuddles. Learn more about the Grangers:https://koalacorps.com/new-page-1 Koala Corps The Koala Corps is a not-for-profit initiative, focused on raising funds on behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. CHLA is a non-profit hospital that depends on donations to fund projects and initiatives within the hospital. Currently, there is only one staff member that runs all of its social programs. It’s just not enough. A Program Director is needed to manage the countless volunteers who are ready to help. Volunteers must be pre-qualified and trained with utmost care. This includes extensive background checks, shadowing, following hospital procedures and specific training to hold the children. But until we have $257,000 secured, these young children in need cannot get the help they need. In the future, it is our desire to expand this program beyond Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to children in need, worldwide. But for now, we are beginning one child at a time, one hospital at a time. Volunteers are ready, but we need your donations so they can begin. So please, join the Koala Corps. Learn about our story. And most importantly, make your donation today! https://koalacorps.com/take-action Koala Corps on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/holdbabies/

24 MIN2019 SEP 1
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Ciera Granger and Koala Corps is spreading care, compassion and cuddles.

For Goodness Cakes

FOR SOME KIDS, BIRTHDAYS ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED. Imagine that. No presents. No birthday cake. No candles to blow out. No well wishes. No celebration. That didn’t sit well with Jaime Lehman so she decided to take action. Jaime founded For Goodness Cakes, a non-profit organization that matches volunteers to make and hand-deliver birthday cakes to foster children and at-risk youth on their special day. The mission at For Goodness Cakes is to give individual youth at least one special moment that is about them. By providing a child a treat made especially for them, it gives them some much needed time to not feel the increasing pressure of their socioeconomic situation, but rather help nurture optimism and confidence at a critical age. I am sure you will find the story of Jamie’s mission to spread love, joy and frosting just as inspiring as I did. To connect with For Goodness Cakes visit www.forgoodnesscakes.org Follow Amanda at gothandglitterpastries, https://www.instagram.com/gothandgl...

31 MIN2019 JUL 21
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For Goodness Cakes

Change4Children's - Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life.

Change4Children’s was never a grand plan—just a simple idea that is growing bigger and more impactful by the day. It is the brainchild of three families, all of whom have had kids treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When Jeff Kreshek’s son Eli was there for back surgery, Jeff spent four nights with him. He was always at the cafeteria getting a cup of coffee or something to eat. At the end of each day, he would throw his change in his overnight bag. “I have always been a bit of a hoarder of change and always donated it to some sort of charity,” says Jeff. “On the way home from our stay, it hit me—change for Children’s!” Jeff immediately contacted two other dads he knew, Ryan Stromsborg and Andrew Apfelberg, whose children had been helped through various illnesses and who all shared the desire to give back to the hospital. It was just mid-January of this year when the guys met and decided, “Let’s do it.” The campaign was launched in March with this simple idea: collect people’s spare change and donate it to the hospital to buy items that would improve the quality of life for the young patients. Jeff literally started by going to his local Smart & Final. There he bought two cases of Mason jars and some paint pens. His family decorated the jars and took them to an Encino Little League game, where his son was playing ball. Throughout the eight-week baseball season, they gave out some 170 jars, asking people to just fill them with change and send an email when the jar was full. They would come pick them up. Since then, the project has grown to involve Bank of America. Now you can take jars there, and the money will automatically be put in the Change4Children’s account. The hope is, after emptying the jar, donors take it home and fill it up again. Jeff points out how people get inundated with solicitations for charities by mail and how easy it is to throw those away. “Either I have no connection, I donated once but am not tied to that cause any longer or simply have other priorities at the time,” he explains. “That said, I cannot think of a day when I do not do something that involves changes. You have to do something with the change.” Now Jeff, Ryan and Andrew are hoping their project will give others an easy way to donate their change to make a difference. The three families generously cover all the administrative costs of the project, so 100% of money collected goes to the hospital. When it comes time to decide what to buy for the children, Jeff says that’s the easy part. “It’s not terribly unlike Christmas. We get to play Santa Claus.” The hospital has a wish list and the two parties discuss the various options. So far, the group has purchased electric cars the patients can drive to get from room to room. They’ve also donated to Project GO Kart, which supplies portable video games to the kids. As you can imagine, both items are big hits. While Change4Children’s is still in its early stages, the three men envision that one day it could become a national charity, given how transportable the premise is. “It can work anywhere, and the logistics are not terribly difficult,” says Jeff. More importantly, he points out that the mission is very clear. “We’re not curing disease, funding research or building a wing of a hospital (maybe one day). We are just taking a difficult time in a family’s life, when they are often most vulnerable, and making it a little better.” Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life. What could be better and easier than that? Become involved with this worthy organization: www.Change4childrens.org Connect of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ Connect with Jeff: jeff@change4childrens.org

32 MIN2019 JUN 23
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Change4Children's - Get a jar. Fill it up. Change a life.

Grit Matters

In this episode of Dreaming of Cooperstown I share the greatest lesson I have learned thus far from my guests, the importance of grit. Listen to discover: What is grit? How grit and resilience differ. Why we need grit. Is grit available to everyone? Four keys to developing grit. The importance of our community and how it relates to grit. Grit begins with awareness and choice. More on Angela Duckworth and her book can be found at, https://angeladuckworth.com/

11 MIN2019 JUN 9
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Grit Matters
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