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Our Delaware Valley introduces you to the people and organizations making a difference in our community, from health and safety issues, to education, employment and even entertainment opportunities.

Our Delaware Valley looks for solutions and positive action to make our region a better place to call home.

October 7, 2018 Philadelphia Mural Arts Restored Spaces

Shari Hersh, Senior Project Manager and Founder, Restored Spaces at Mural Arts Philadelphia, Basurama artist Monica Gutierrez, and Philadelphia community activist Lizeth Morales, discussed the Restored Spaces projects in Lizeth’s community, the park at Southwark School.    We first discussed Mural Arts Philadelphia and its beginning as the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Project, looking to improve blighted areas,…

September 30, 2018 Autism Delaware's POW&R

Pete Bradley, Vice President and General Manager for Casino Operations at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, and President of the Board at Autism Delaware, discussed the resort's experiences in hiring people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through the group's POW&R initiative.   He described how POW&R matches employers with employees, working with them both to get the…

September 30, 2018 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Philly

Robb Reichard, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s AIDS Fund, and, from the Missoni Center, Larry Benjamin, Director of Communications and Christie Eastburn, Care Services Assistant Director, discussed the 32nd Annual AIDS Walk Philly, raising funds for the most vulnerable HIV/AIDS patients.  Robb spoke about the changing mission of AIDS Fund, originally an organization caring for AIDS…

September 30, 2018 POW&R Autism Delaware

Pete Bradley, Vice President and General Manager for Casino Operations at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, discussed the resort's experiences in hiring people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Pete, President of the board at Autism Delaware, spoke of his family's personal history and told the story of his late son, who was diagnosed with ASD.  He…

September 23, 2018 American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania

Guy Triano: Regional CEO of American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania, discussed the chapter, one of the nation's largest, which covers 17 counties and over 6.5 million people, in areas ranging from the Poconos to the shore.  He discussed the disaster services they provide and how they see it all, from flooding and mud in the…

September 23, 2018 League of Women Voters

As we near the 2020 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Sandy Spence, Advocacy Chair of The League of Women Voters of Delaware discussed the history of the group, to educate new voters on government, civics and elections, and how they have changed to support voter education and franchise rights.  She discussed Delaware's voter registration rate…

September 9, 2018 Rotary Clubs

Russ DeFuria, Lisa Leonard and Matt Breidenstein discussed Rotary, an international fraternal organization.  They covered its 1905 founding by a Chicago businessman looking to find friends, to a service-based international organization with members in over 200 countries and regions, from a men-only in business-attire to a group that welcomes women and dresses casually.  Russ, a…

September 9, 2018 Philabundance

Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance, discussed one of the country’s largest food rescue and distribution efforts that produced over 4 million meals to the area last year.  He discussed its start, as a restaurant gleaning project, and how it grew to become a model for distributing food to the needy.  We talked about hunger…

September 4, 2018, Eastern State Penitentiary

Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President and Director of Interpretation at Eastern State Penitentiary, discussed the historic site in Center City Philadelphia.   He described its building in 1829 as part of our founding fathers' ideas on prison reform, substituting reflection and contemplation in solitude for the then standard of whipping or stocks and placing men, women…

September 4, 2018 Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Dr. Yolanda Graham, SVP at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health discussed the non-profit, founded and based in Philadelphia, today a national organization with schools, inpatient and outpatient treatment services and residential facilities in 13 states.  She described Devereux’s programs for adults and children with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, individuals with autism, developmental or intellectual disabilities. …