Category Archives: Humanitarian

Stroke Support Group Comes to Ithaca

LSD - stroke support ithacaAccording to an article in the Ithaca Times, a new stroke support group is now available in Ithaca, New York, due to a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Family and Friends Stroke Support Group is now a county wide outreach support resource open to the public, thanks to the efforts of Landmark graduates Joe Zanfordino and Dana Murray-Cooper.

The article reports that this group is different from other support groups that were attempted in the past, due to its support network, with connections to a variety of nursing, rehab and home-care units, as well as the Cayuga Medical Center.

Inaugurated in November,  the group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 pm at the Finger Lakes Independence Center on 215 Fifth Street in Ithaca. The group is open to all stroke survivors of Tompkins County, their family and their caregivers.

Read more at the Ithaca Times.


Mystic Celt Event Supports Emergency Water System in Phillipines

LSD - water philippinesA project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program is on its way to raising $10,000 to build an emergency water system in Quezon City in the Philippines, an area still impacted by the devastating 2013 typhoon.

The crowd sourced fundraising campaign is culminating with ‘Drinks for Drinks’, an open bar event at Mystic Celt in Chicago, where supporters pay $25 for unlimited drinks and have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. Children International is the beneficiary of this event and the $10,000 campaign, with 100% of the money raised going directly towards building this particular water system.

The event is being held this Friday, February 28, starting at 9pm and going until midnight – Mystic Celt is located at 3443 N. Southport in Chicago.

To contribute or find out more, check out the Water Well Wishes Crowdrise campaign.

Covered Bridge Run Blossoms

LSD - ottowa citizenBack in 2011, one resident of Wakefield, Canada, took on creating the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Ottowa Citizen reports that since then, the planned one time event has expanded into an entire event management company which has raised more than $42,000 for community charities.

Dayne Chicoine’s Aegle Events has raised money for a hockey pad project, the Wakefield Emergency Fund, and the Wakefield Grannies, who provide financial assistance to women in South Africa who are caring for AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

The second covered bridge run last year drew 438 participants, and Chicoine hopes this year’s run in May will reach 1,000 people. Her group also started a separate nighttime ‘Moonlight Run’ in September. Chicoine credits the support of the people around her:

“The community supported me 100 per cent.”

Jarboe Foundation Helps Massachusetts Underprivileged

LSD - foundationOne Landmark graduate has fulfilled a longtime dream of establishing a foundation to help the needy in his community. Real estate entrepreneur Justin Jarboe and his wife Alice founded the Jarboe Foundation in 2013 with the goal of assisting the underprivileged in various ways such as food support and help around the holidays.

“While in my Self Expression and Leadership program at Landmark Worlwide I discovered that I am not doing this world a service by hiding in the shadows,” said Jarboe in an interview with Golocal Worcester. “The world doesn’t need any more people settling for mediocrity. At that moment I knew I wanted a bigger life. I wanted to help people.”

During the last two months, the foundation fed 28 families at Thanksgiving, and provided presents (buying and wrapping the requested gifts) for 40 families at Christmas. Find out more at The Jarboe Foundation website.

Children’s Holiday Magic Brings Joy to Sick Kids

According to LGBT Weekly, the project Jeff Gelder created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program to bring joy to sick kids has entered its 11th successful year, delivering more than 7,000 holiday CDs to children’s hospitals. This year’s CD is an original holiday tale with songs and stories from recognized music and voice talents.

In addition to the CD, there are variety of activities also part of this year’s project, including a CD distribution event at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where there will be live holiday singing and CDs will be delivered directly to patient’s rooms. Read more about this year’s festivities and Gelder’s non-profit in LGBT Weekly and watch the video.

Self-Expression and Leadership Programme Projects from Bangalore

From India comes this video which highlights projects created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme in Bangalore.