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A Culture of Community: Kristen Bloom

Finding a Place RAA president and founder Kristen Bloom knows a thing or two about adjusting to a new life. As a young mother in a military family, Bloom moved from Washington, D.C. to San Antonio to Peru to Oklahoma...

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A Daily Difference

Climbing the Ladder Though she began volunteering within her church as a child in Miami, Elyssa Linares thought her true passion in life would be as a secondary school English teacher. Little did she know that a chance job as...

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True & Faithful: Lisa Letson

Background For Lisa Letson, one pet didn’t just change her life, she changed many. When Letson adopted 12-year-old Itty in early 2014 she found herself with a new mission and passion: to save senior dogs. Letson’s husband agreed and in...

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Changing the Perception

Background Drawing from her own personal experiences, Broward-native Dr. Ilisa Kaufman followed her passion for helping others into a career a psychologist. “I went through personal struggles with loss and it really inspired me to want to work with others,”...

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A World of Change

Background As students at Palmer Trinity, Crews, Keller and Bacardi (the two former are freshman, the latter a sophomore) say they have been encouraged to become involved in their community. With the support of their parents, the three have each...

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Alexandra van Gemerden

Background No stranger to philanthropy, van Gemerden says she always dreamed of helping others, especially children. She translated her passion into volunteer work throughout her childhood and college, but was sidetracked into a career in hotel management and banking after...

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Saving The Forgotten: Dorcas Wilcox

A Family Legacy For Miami Bridge CEO Dorcas Wilcox, community service runs deep in her blood. Growing up, Wilcox’s schoolteacher mother (alongside her nine children) poured her own time and energy into volunteer positions at organizations around her community, efforts...

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John P. May, MD

Background A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, May has donated his time and talents to a variety of organizations from childhood, volunteering in soup kitchens in Chicago and helping establish a home for...

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