One Sandwich at a Time is a nonprofit organization with a mission to combat hunger and homelessness through volunteerism, kindness, compassion, and our two hands! It is the simple action of making a sandwich that creates a ripple effect of change.
Erin Dinan is from Chicago and went to college at Auburn University and graduate school at Harvard University. She moved to NYC to pursue photography and one night, while going through a personal struggle, said a prayer for guidance, to make a change in this world that can help those in need.
Shortly after, while running through Grand Central Station to catch the last train, she shared her sandwich with a man who was hungry. This eventually led to One Sandwich at a Time!
Dinan lives in NYC and loves art, travel (have been to over 30 countries!), family/friends, and humanity. They are her greatest passions!
Next week, Beth Bucheister, Executive Director of Career Day Inc., will be joining Tommy in the attic. Career Day Inc. inspires young HS students by bringing in people to talk about a variety of careers.
Today in the attic for the podcast, I interviewed Michael Remaley of Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF).
Launched on March 15, 2020, RWCF raised $6,751,226.02 by the end of 2020, 50% of which provided direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers. The remainder of the funds went to nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.
Watch the entire interview as it streamed on Facebook here.
Next week, Judy Isaacson Elias, Founder of Heroes to Heroes, whose mission is to provide spiritual healing and peer support for Combat Veterans of all conflicts and all faiths who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury/PTSD. Tune in live May 7 @10am Eastern here.
Watch Tommy D interview Yolanda Robano-Gross. Yolanda is the Chief Executive Officer of Options for Community Living. Ms. Robano-Gross joined Options as Chief Executive Officer in 2014 with more than twenty years of prior executive-level experience within the health care industry. She is responsible for oversight of all agency affairs and reports to the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include fiscal management of an annual budget of over $24 million.
Options for Community Living, Inc. is committed to helping Long Island’s neediest families and individuals live healthier, more stable, and productive lives.
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), founded in 1977, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after-school support; specialty health services; and advocacy. We welcome our guest, Robert Budd to talk about it all.
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This week, Tommy interviewed Renee Daniel Flagler, covering exciting topics that relate to empowering young girls. Flagler is the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island, whose mission is to empower girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Renee is also an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose. Renee advocates for youth both in the United States and abroad.
Next week in the attic, Tommy will be interviewing Robert S. Budd, Chief Executive Officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). FREE is a not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, crisis, education, after-school and other supports.
Shawn Slevin started Swim Strong Foundation in 2006 to reduce unintended drowning by teaching water safety and swimming skill education. Swim Strong offers Learn to Swim (including Adaptive) through Competitive programs for ages 3 through Seniors. They have taught more than 10,000 students how to swim and given more than $1 Million in free swim lessons to families in need.
Swim Strong’s newest offering is “Know Before You Go™” series of four environmentally focused water safety educational programs which may be taught in person, remotely or in blended fashion. Shawn is a passionate advocate for water safety and has been featured in two documentary films, many articles, tv and radio appearances and been recognized for her community work by several local civic and governmental agencies and nationally by USA Swimming Foundation.
This week Tommy D meets with Sophie Dubuisson – State Director of Best Buddies of NY. They will be discussing Best Buddies Programs that serve the IDD (Intellectually & Developmentally Disabled) community and who they look to collaborate with and the future of the organization.
Best Buddies was originally founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver at Georgetown University in 1987.