Connecting A Better World

A podcast that focuses on social good and social entrepreneurship.

Episode 31

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7th Feb 2020

CABW 031: Fighting Human Trafficking with Rescue 1 Global

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“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

https://rescue1global.org/donate

https://www.facebook.com/Rescue1Global/

https://twitter.com/Rescue1_

https://twitter.com/LacyHensonTola

https://instagram.com/rescue1_ 

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.

Episode 30

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21st Jan 2020

CABW 030: From Coaching Athletes to Creating Environments for Father Figures

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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

https://www.facebook.com/DadDAWGS

https://twitter.com/@DadDAWGS

Episode 29

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7th Jan 2020

CABW 029: Uniting Community Through The Arts

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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.

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For more information about Arts Reach Center and The Academy by Divabee, please visit:

http://www.artsreachcenter.org/

https://www.facebook.com/www.artsreachcenter.org/

https://www.facebook.com/divabeeejalyn/

https://instagram.com/divabeeproductions

Episode 28

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24th Dec 2019

CABW 028: Santa Cops of Larimer County

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On this episode, we talk with Executive Board Members, Lindsay Panyko (Secretary) and Paul Dirkes (Vice President) of the Santa Cops of Larimer County.  Santa Cops is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from Fort Collins Police Services, Loveland Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Timnath Police Department, Alternative Sentencing Department, the District Attorney’s Office and Colorado State University Police. 

Santa Cops of Larimer County works to provide toys and other gifts for children in need within Larimer County to enhance a relationship and allow children to experience law enforcement officers as caring people who are willing to provide positive support within our communities for Christmas and throughout the year. Each Christmas season, involved officers personally delivery presents to the children of the families in Larimer County that are eligible and apply for their program. 

For more information about Santa Cops of Larimer County, please visit:

https://santacopslarimercounty.org/

https://www.instagram.com/santacopsoflarimercounty/

https://www.facebook.com/SantaCopsLC/

Monetary donations can be sent to:

Santa Cops of Larimer County

P.O. Box 270693

Fort Collins, CO 80527-0693

Episode 27

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10th Dec 2019

CABW 027: Mike O'Donnell of Colorado Lending Source

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“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’Donnell

On 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

https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoLendingSource/

https://twitter.com/modonnell

https://www.instagram.com/coloradolending

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Connecting A Better World
This show takes time to pause life to focus on social good, social entrepreneurship, and social impact. There are enough people tearing each other down and apart in relationships, business, and all over the world. It is time to STOP. Shift the focus...
This show takes time to pause life to focus on social good, social entrepreneurship, and social impact. There are enough people tearing each other down and apart in relationships, business, and all over the world. It is time to STOP. Shift the focus to the people who are making a difference in this world by creating and serving others in ways they have embraced. This show is aimed to connect people to listen, learn, and spark interest and empowerment in how they themselves see what they can bring forth to make this world a better place.

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