A Movie Theater With a Mission: Employing the Disabled

The Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut is a state-of-the-art first-run movie theater.  But it doesn’t just show movies.  This 501 (c)3 nonprofit has a far deeper purpose:  providing adults who have disabilities the opportunity for meaningful employment and vocational training.

To learn more about the theatre, click the link below:


And just imagine…what a difference something like this could make in your neighborhood.

Ashley Shriver and Grace Kolf making gourmet popcorn at The Prospector Theater.

Powerful Answers Award Winners | Global Challenge | From Verizon Wireless

Four great ideas were named first place winners of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award (http://www.verizon.com/powerfulanswers/award/), a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world.

Education: Sesame Enable – http://sesame-enable.com – A touch-free smartphone you can control by moving your head.  Designed for people with disabilities.

Healthcare: Organize – https://www.organize.org – With a 21st century organ donation program, awareness builds while critical wait time decreases.

Sustainability: Eco Fuel Africa – http://ecofuelafrica.co.ug – Through affordable green charcoal, this energy source improves communities while lowering environmental impact.

Transportation: Vaxess Technologies http://www.vaxess.com – A new innovation that brings medical care while eliminating the need for cold storage.

#HashtagLunchbag Movement Helps Feed Homeless Worldwide

Hashtag Lunchbag, is a nonprofit started by a group of friends who wanted to Just DO Something…Anything! to feed the homeless.  What began as a few brown-bag lunches for those living on Skid Row in LA, has now become a movement – spreading to over 100 cities on five continents.

Follow #HashtagLunchbag on line and help make a difference! http://www.hashtaglunchbag.org

“Small actions X Lots of People = BIG CHANGE”

President Obama Delivers Domestic Violence PSA During Grammys

The Grammy Awards hit the “pause” button in the middle of last night’s celebration to deliver a strong message from President Obama about violence against women.

It’s not OK, and it has to stop!” Obama said, calling on artists everywhere to help change public attitudes.  Mr. Obama cited statistics showing that 1 out of every 5 women have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 out of every 4 women have dealt with some form of domestic violence.

Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes, to get us thinking and talking about what matters.” Obama said. “All of us in our own lives have the power to set an example.”

Obama urged the artists in attendance to sign an anti-violence pledge at ItsOnUs.org, “…and ask your fans to do it too.

After the President’s message, domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell described her domestic violence experience and her failed attempts to change her abuser’s behavior.

My empathy was used against me,” Axtell said. “I was terrified of him and ashamed I was in this position. Axtell then urged women everywhere to speak up!  “Your voice will save you.  Let it part the darkness. Let it set you free to know who you truly are.”

Katy Perry then took the stage, singing “By the Grace of God.”

The President’s PSA comes on the heels of another domestic violence PSA that aired during last week’s Super Bowl.

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