EP 18: Gameday Special

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! This is Randy Lane with a special edition of the Charity Champions podcast. We’re going to play two interviews from last week’s Baylor game. 

First, we’ll hear Sheree Corn’s interview with the voice of the bears, John Morris. She’s in charge of community outreach at Pack of Hope. She’ll explain how their organization is erasing hunger by giving food-insecure kids bags of nutritious snack over the weekend. A lot these kids would otherwise go several days without anything to eat. 

After that, we’ll hear John’s interview with David Littlewood, president of TFNB Your Bank For Life. He talks about the importance of community banking, new locations, and creating a better Waco by supporting nonprofits. Let’s listen!

About the Charity Champions Podcast

The Charity Champions Podcast is co-hosted by Dale Smith, Director of Community Outreach for TFNB Your Bank For Life, and Randy Lane, CTO and VP of Marketing for 360 Solutions. Together they invite Charity Champions and the people they help into the Triangle Tower podcast studio to hear the stories behind the champions.

Our Fourth Champion: Restoring Uganda with Restoration Gateway

Randy and Dale sit down with Dr. Tim and Janice McCall of Restoration Gateway. Their mission is 700 acres of land in Northern Uganda. They work to restore peace and heal wounds among the vulnerable children and war-torn people in the area.

About Restoration Gateway

The ministry of Restoration Gateway started in 2004 when seven Ugandan men began meeting to pray under a tree on the land presently held by the project. Their prayer was that God would send someone to help restore all that the enemy had stolen in their land. God answered those prayers and issued a call to Dr. Tim and Janice McCall in early 2005 to move to Uganda. The first trip by the McCalls took place in May of 2005, and the land for the project was selected. 

Learn more and buy your Amy Grant tickets at restorationgateway.org

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See our video featuring the McCalls on the KWTX midday show

And finally see how we recognized them at the Baylor Game versus Kansas Sate

MCC Foundation Men of Color Success Initiative: Our 2nd Charity Champion of 2018!

TFNB Your Bank For Life and 360 Solutions honored our second Charity Champion of the 2018 Season during Baylor’s third game against Duke. Watch the video below to see what played on the jumbotron before the MCC Foundation Men of Color Success Initiative’s presentation:

Men of Color Program Director Dr. Frank Graves and Program Participant Carlos Vera were also interviewed live on KWTX. Check out the video below:

Learn more about Men of Color by listening to their episode of the Charity Champions podcast, available now on iTunes, Google Player, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts:

About the nonprofit:

The MCC Foundation Men of Color Success Initiative is designed to increase retention and completion rates among men of color and increase the campus’ awareness of issues with diversity and equality.

Find them online at: mclennan.edu/men-of-color

The Talitha Koum Institute: Our First 2018 Charity Champion!

TFNB Your Bank for Life and 360 Solutions honored our first Charity Champion of the 2018 Season during Baylor’s first game against Abilene Christian. Watch the video below to see what played on the jumbotron before the Talitha Koum Institute’s presentation:

Learn more about Talitha Koum by listening to their episode of the Charity Champions podcast, available now on iTunes, Google Player, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts:

About the nonprofit:

CrossTies Ecumenical Church founded Talitha Koum Institute (TKI). They wanted to help the children of the Kate Ross public housing neighborhood of South Waco.

Find them online at: talithakoum.com

Podcast EP 12: Fighting the School-To-Prison Pipeline with the Talitha Koum Institute

Randy interviews Susan Cowley, Executive Director of the Talitha Koum Institute. The Talitha Koum Institute is a mental health and therapeutic nursery for extreme-risk infants and toddlers. Susan tells us how toxic stress at an early age can affect a child’s brain.

About the nonprofit:

CrossTies Ecumenical Church founded Talitha Koum Institute (TKI). They wanted to help the children of the Kate Ross public housing neighborhood of South Waco.

Find them online at: talithakoum.com

About the Charity Champions Podcast

The Charity Champions Podcast is co-hosted by Dale Smith, Director of Community Outreach for TFNB Your Bank For Life, and Randy Lane, CTO and VP of Marketing for 360 Solutions. Together they invite Charity Champions and the people they help into the Triangle Tower podcast studio to hear the stories behind the champions.

About Charity Champions

Charity Champions are nonprofit organizations chosen by TFNB Your Bank For Life employees after being nominated by the community. Winners receive an awareness marketing campaign and leadership training at no charge to the nonprofit.

The awareness campaign begins with a radio interview by the voice of the Baylor Bears, John Morris, and an on-field presentation at McLane Stadium in front of thousands of Central Texans during a Baylor Football game. It continues with recognition at Baylor Basketball games and a feature on the Charity Champions Podcast.

After football season ends, 360 Solutions brings Charity Champions winners together for world-class leadership development training during the first and second quarters of every year. 

For more information on Charity Champions, visit charitychampions.org. To nominate a charity for our upcoming season, visit charitychampions.org/nominate. Nominations are closed for our 2018 season, but keep nominating. All new nominations will be considered for 2019.

And the Season 5 Charity Champions are…

This season we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of announcing the winners one by one, we thought it would be fun to let everyone know all at once. This way we can celebrate our Champions all season long! Congratulations to:

We surprised all the winners with a luncheon. We told them they were coming as Charity Champions finalists but told them they won as they walked through the door.

We got KWTX‘s Julie Hays in on the fun. We talked about the Charity Champions live with her on today’s noon show before the 5 pm announcement. She’s going to feature each week’s Champion on her “Tell me Something Good” segment.

The Human Trafficking Podcast Series is complete! Listen to all episodes

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All spring and summer we’ve been working with our Charity Champion, UnBound, to put together a three-part podcast series on human trafficking in Central Texas. We’re proud to announce that series is complete! Please use the web players below to listen to each episode, or subscribe to use on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher to get all episodes. Thanks to UnBound for helping us put this important series together.

About the Charity Champions Podcast

The Charity Champions Podcast is co-hosted by Dale Smith, Director of Community Outreach for TFNB Your Bank For Life, and Randy Lane, CTO and VP of Marketing for 360 Solutions. Together they invite Charity Champions and the people they help into the Triangle Tower podcast studio to hear the stories behind the champions.

About Charity Champions

Charity Champions are nonprofit organizations chosen by TFNB Your Bank For Life employees after being nominated by the community. Winners receive an awareness marketing campaign and leadership training at no charge to the nonprofit.

The awareness campaign begins with a radio interview by the voice of the Baylor Bears, John Morris, and an on-field presentation at McLane Stadium in front of thousands of Central Texans during a Baylor Football game. It continues with recognition at Baylor Basketball games and a feature on the Charity Champions Podcast.

After football season ends, 360 Solutions brings Charity Champions winners together for world-class leadership development training during the first and second quarters of every year. 

For more information on Charity Champions, visit charitychampions.org. To nominate a charity for our upcoming season, visit charitychampions.org/nominate. Nominations are closed for our 2018 season, but keep nominating. All new nominations will be considered for 2019.

Podcast EP 11: From Victim to Advocate – Julia’s Story

Julia Walsh spent four years as a sex trafficking victim. With the help of Charity Champion UnBound, she was able to escape. Now she helps other women recognize the warning signs. This is part three of our three-part series on human trafficking in Central Texas. Please go back and listen to episodes 9 and 10 to learn more.

About the Charity Champions Podcast

The Charity Champions Podcast is co-hosted by Dale Smith, Director of Community Outreach for TFNB Your Bank For Life, and Randy Lane, CTO and VP of Marketing for 360 Solutions. Together they invite Charity Champions and the people they help into the Triangle Tower podcast studio to hear the stories behind the champions.

About Charity Champions

Charity Champions are nonprofit organizations chosen by TFNB Your Bank For Life employees after being nominated by the community. Winners receive an awareness marketing campaign and leadership training at no charge to the nonprofit.

The awareness campaign begins with a radio interview by the voice of the Baylor Bears, John Morris, and an on-field presentation at McLane Stadium in front of thousands of Central Texans during a Baylor Football game. It continues with recognition at Baylor Basketball games and a feature on the Charity Champions Podcast.

After football season ends, 360 Solutions brings Charity Champions winners together for world-class leadership development training during the first and second quarters of every year. 

For more information on Charity Champions, visit charitychampions.org. To nominate a charity for our upcoming season, visit charitychampions.org/nominate. Nominations are closed for our 2018 season, but keep nominating. All new nominations will be considered for 2019.

Podcast EP 9: UnBound’s Mission to End Human Trafficking

About this episode

Randy and Dale sit down with UnBound’s National Director Susan Peters to talk about how her organization is working to stop human trafficking in Central Texas and the world. They discuss how to identify the signs of human trafficking. Susan also talks about how UnBound works with law enforcement to comfort victims. This is the first in a three-part series on human trafficking in Central Texas. Stay tuned for our next episode featuring McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. We’ll wrap up the series by talking to a former victim of sex trafficking.

UnBound’s Story

When we learned of children being sold into sex trafficking in our own communities, we felt compelled to do our part to stop it. We asked: What if attorneys, IT specialists, teachers, moms, medical professionals—all spheres of society—worked together? Starting small, we realized that a lot of small adds up to something really big. By working together through prevention, professional training and survivor advocacy, we’ve started to see communities activated to fight human trafficking.

Headquartered in Waco, Texas, UnBound is made up of individual chapters around the United States and across the world working to see change in their own communities. Each chapter works in different areas based on the culture and needs of their city. To find out more about UnBound chapters, check out our locations.

About UnBound

UnBound works to educate and empower youth, spread awareness through citywide outreaches and provide human-trafficking presentations to groups and organizations within local communities. Find out more at unboundnow.org

About the Charity Champions Podcast

The Charity Champions Podcast is co-hosted by Dale Smith, Director of Community Outreach for TFNB Your Bank For Life, and Randy Lane, CTO and VP of Marketing for 360 Solutions. Together they invite Charity Champions and the people they help into the Triangle Tower podcast studio to hear the stories behind the champions.

Podcast Ep 8: Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children

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Dale Smith and Randy lane sit down with Executive Director Barbara Wright to talk about how The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children helps victims transition to survivors.

About the Advocacy Center:

Many people are hurting because of an act of violence committed against them.  Anyone – men, women, and children may be affected by violence. Our children are subjected to neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Research shows as many as 1 in 4 girls will be victims of sexual abuse by the time they are 18-years-old. For boys, the number is 1 in 6. Often the abuse is a “family secret” passed from one generation to another.

There is hope and restoration at the Advocacy Center.The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children began in 1976 as the Waco Rape Crisis Center. It has grown into an umbrella agency with three programs, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) The Victims Center, and Prevention and Education – offering many services to the hurting in our community.

Over the past year the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children has conducted 569 developmentally sensitive and legally sound forensic interviews for children ages 2-17.