Category Archives: Videos

The Hero’s Call | Episode 20 | Kristie Dean | The Soul Project

Kristie Dean created The Soul Project out of her desire to use her professional passion of photography with her personal passion of helping women. With The Soul Project, Kristie has created a safe space and community where women can come together to bond over similar experiences. The organization works to help women feel as though […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 19 | Debbie Amaral | Mystic Valley YMCA

With the rise of food insecurity due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, more individuals and families are relying on the help of food pantries to get the food they need. Unfortunately, there is a stigma surrounding the use of food pantries. Our guest Debbie Amaral, CEO of the Mystic Valley YMCA, is tackling the impacts of […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 17 | Mahsa Khanbabai Immigration Attorney

Lawyers can be heroes too! For 20 years Mahsa Khanbabai dedicated her career to represent immigrants. Her amazing work got the Trump Administration to reverse course on a policy that would have deprived lifesaving medical care to countless immigrants here legally. Attorney Khanbabai regularly appears on news outlets including MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Lawrence […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 16 | Michael Kaplan | Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition

When schools shut down and many kids in Milford were struggling to secure meals, Michael Kaplan from the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition stepped in to expedite planning and to deliver meals to those in need. Between March and September, the coalition served over 105,000 meals. Click on the video above to hear more about Mike […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 15 | Chris Nikic | Ironman

Early in November, Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to ever attempt and complete the grueling Ironman triathlon (2.4 miles open-water swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run). With help from his dad and coach Dan Grieb, Chris started preparing more than a year in advance for this tremendous feat. In […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 14 | Noelle Lambert | The Born To Run Foundation

We all face adversity in our lives. The challenge is deciding how to deal with such adversity. On this episode of The Hero’s Call, we spoke with Noelle Lambert, a Division 1 athlete in women’s lacrosse, who lost her leg in a tragic accident. After receiving a running prosthetic as a donation, Noelle continued her […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 13 | Leonard Lee | Masking the Community

The coronavirus can affect anyone, but for various reasons the virus has disproportionately affected the Black and Latino communities. We sat down with Leonard Lee, a member of the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission, who is helping to slow the spread by “masking the community.” To date, his initiative has handed out over 100,000 masks […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 12 | John Kinney | Gloria’s Gladiators

Our elders fear going outside these days. But, what happens when it’s unsafe for elders to stay in their homes? A Woburn electrician came to the rescue for one such elder, Gloria. He started a fundraiser “Old Lady Needs Help” and raised more than $100,000 to make Gloria’s house safe. Now, he’s started a movement […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 11 | Annie’s Kindness Blankets

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. We sat down with three members from the Annie’s Kindness Blankets team to discuss the work their organization has done to stop the stigma around depression & suicide and promote kindness. Annie’s Kindness Blankets sends handmade blankets to those in need as an everlasting hug to let them […]

The Hero’s Call | Episode 10.2 | Susan Velardi | Elementary School Teacher

Massachusetts teachers and students are getting ready to go back to school. Whether in-person, remote or hybrid, school this year will be different. This summer, one school in Connecticut resumed in-person classes before others. We interviewed one of those teachers – Susan Velardi – a 2nd grade teacher, who resumed in-person education because she was […]

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