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 Sixth Champion: McLennan County Pack of Hope

Randy sits down with Co-Founders of McLennan County Pack of Hope Jane Bounds and Cliff Reece. Pack of Hope helps food insecure children in McLennan County by sending them home from school over the weekend with a pack of nutritious food. While they’re currently packing up meals for over a thousands kids each week, more than 26,000 children in McLennan County are considered food insecure.

Learn more about Pack of Hope at packofhope.org

Check out their recognition at the last Baylor game of the year:

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Our Fifth Champion: The Junior League of Waco

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Randy sits down with Holly Burchett and Jana Hixson of the Junior League of Waco to talk about their focus on early childhood education in the city.

Check out a video of their recognition at a recent Baylor Football game:

About Junior League

The Junior League of Waco is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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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

Podcast EP 14: Giving Homeless Teens a Safe Place to Thrive- The Cove Heart of Texas

Randy sits down with the Executive Director of The Cove Heart of Texas, Kelly Atkinson. They talk about the youth homelessness epidemic across the country, and how The Cove is fighting it by providing a safe place for teens to thrive.

About the nonprofit:

After working as Homeless Liaison for Waco Independent School District for five years, Cheryl Pooler saw a huge problem. As she met with student after student who had been abused, abandoned, or kicked out of his or her home, she knew that they needed a safe place to go after the school bell rang each afternoon. She knew that these students deserved a chance to succeed and that the Waco community would not stand to see them fall through the cracks into chronic homelessness. 

Cheryl started researching best practices around the country and found that an after-school teen nurturing center was what Waco needed to ensure that these vulnerable students were empowered and equipped to graduate high school and achieve their goals. Cheryl reached out, and the community responded. In the summer of 2015, Cheryl Pooler and community volunteer Rosemary Townsend founded the Cove and formed the Board of Directors. The Cove is molded after the NEST in Georgetown, TX.  

In October 2016, The Cove began serving its first cohort of students. In the 2016-17 school year, The Cove served 61 individual students. This last year, we served 76, a nearly 25% increase. In their first year, The Cove saw 440 visits over 118 days of operation. In the 2017-18 school year, the nonprofit saw 1,359 visits over 138 days of operation.

Learn more about The Cove at: thecovewaco.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.

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.

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 MCC Foundation Men of Color Success Initiative

Only 27% of men of color enrolled at McLennan Community College come back to college the following year. To combat that alarming statistic, the MCC Foundation brought the Men of Color Success Initiative to campus. Program Coordinator Dr. Frank Graves and MCC Foundation Executive Director Kim Patterson join Randy in the studio to talk about the program.

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

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.

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.