Hubbard Helps: Chicago

Hubbard Helps is our locally-produced Public Affairs program that features weekly conversations with Chicago-area officials, experts and organizations all working to make a difference in our community. Hubbard Helps is hosted and produced by Kara Hernandez. Hear it Sunday mornings at 6:30 AM.

Latest Episodes


Marklund envisions a happy, safe, purpose-filled life for every individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through their three pillars of care, Marklund serves infants, children, teens and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. With us this morning to talk more about Marklund and the work they are doing for people with profound disabilities is Gil Fonger, the President and CEO, and Taylor Egan, the Annual Fund Manager of the organization. 11/26/23


Thresholds is fighting to transform the lives of people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives. With us this morning to talk more about Thresholds and the work they are doing for people dealing with mental health issues is Mark Ishaug, the CEO of the organization. 10/22/23

Parkinson’s Foundation

Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s disease, and this number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. With us this morning to talk more about the Parkinson’s Foundation and the work they are doing for people living with Parkinson’s disease is Allison Leifer, the Senior Development Director of the organization. 10/22/23

Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation was established to preserve Lynn Sage’s memory while supporting state-of-the-art patient care, exceptional educational outreach programs and the kind of revolutionary research that brings us closer to a cure for breast cancer. With us this morning to talk more about the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation and the work they are doing for breast cancer, patients, and survivors is Laura Sage, the Co-Founder of the organization and daughter of Lynn Sage. 10/15/23

Boy Scouts of America

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. These are the qualities instilled in those who join the Boy Scouts of America, North East Council. Through outdoor adventures, leadership training, and mentorship, scouts are equipped with the skills and values needed to make a positive impact on society. With us this morning to talk more about Boy Scouts of America is Nick Roberts, the Scout Executive and CEO, and Beth Micksch, the Northeast Council President. 10/8/23

Treetime Christmas Creations – Men Wear Pink

Christmas holds great significance for people across the globe. And for over 10 years, Treetime Christmas Creations has been setting the standard for what people want when decorating for the holiday season. But before Santa comes to town, Treetime is partnering with the American Cancer Society during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month to raise money for the more than two-hundred seventy-six thousand women and men who were diagnosed with breast cancer this year. With us this morning to talk more about Treetime’s collaboration with the American Cancer Society (also known as ACS) is Laurie Kane, Owner of Treetime Christmas Creations. 10/1/23

Camp Odayin

After receiving an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) in January of 2000, Sara Meslow learned of a camp in California for children with heart disease and decided to volunteer. When she discovered that there wasn’t a similar camp in the Midwest, she helped start what we know today as Camp Odayin. Camp Odayin’s mission is to provide a fun, safe and supportive camp experience and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. With us this morning to talk more about Camp Odayin and their upcoming “Big Heart Bash” at Brookfield Zoo is Sara Meslow, the Executive Director of the organization.  9/24/23

Laugh Your Face Off

Roughly 400,000 people in the US suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve disorder that doctors classify as one of the worst pains known to mankind. The Facial Pain Research Foundation is holding the Laugh Your Face Off fundraising event to aid in research and funding for a cure. With us this morning to talk more about trigeminal neuralgia and the Laugh Your Face Off event coming up on September 23rd is WGN’s Pat Tomasulo, Host of the event and Trustee of the Facial Pain Research Foundation. 09/17/23

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness month. A recent study estimates that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (which is just one of more than 200 types of PF) affects 1 out of 200 adults over the age of 70 in the United States. There are over 250,000 Americans living with PF today. With us this morning to talk more about Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is Seth Klein, the Chief Development Officer of the organization. 09/03/23


Brightpoint envisions an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. They advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality. With us this morning to talk more about Brightpoint and their upcoming Brightpoint Benefit is Mike Shaver, President and CEO of Brightpoint. 8/27/23

TriCity Family Services

Since 1967, TriCity Family Services has been Kane County’s leading provider of counseling and other mental health services to clients of all ages and all income levels. They are committed to helping clients strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities. With us this morning to talk more about TriCity Family Services and their upcoming “Let in the Brightness” gala are Laura Poss, the Executive Director and Sarah Russe, the Development Director.  08/20/23

The Chicago Fire Department Foundation

The Chicago Fire Department Foundation was created to fund and support the work of the Chicago Fire Department. The funds raised assist the CFD and its members to prevent and respond to fires, medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, which protects the lives and property of residents and visitors in Chicago. With us this morning to talk more about the Chicago Fire Department Foundation and the work they are doing for firefighters, paramedics, their families, and Chicagoans is Chis Hasbrook, the Co-Founder and Treasurer of the organization. 8/13/23