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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

Cardz For Kidz

Cardz For Kidz has been lifting spirits across the globe by delivering inspiring handmade cards. They provide support, smiles, and encouragement to children, families, seniors, and veterans in hospitals, schools, senior living, and rehabilitation centers. With us this morning to talk more about Cardz For Kidz is Ike Nwankwo, the organization’s President and Founder. 01/29/23

Anixter Center

Since 1919, Anixter Center has helped hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicagoland area in their time of need. Today, Anixter Center has focused their efforts on helping people with disabilities, mental health needs, people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, and others with related challenges. With us this morning to talk more about Anixter Center and the work they are doing is Samantha Handley, the President and CEO of Anixter Center. 1/22/23

Respiratory Health Association

The Respiratory Health Association, otherwise known as RHA, has been advocating since 1906 for clean air and healthy lungs. Through education, research and policy change, the RHA works to end diseases such as COPD, asthma and lung cancer, along with controlling tobacco use. With us this morning to talk more about the RHA and the work they are doing for people living with respiratory diseases is Joel Africk, the President and CEO of the RHA. 01/15/22

Shore Community Services

Shore Community Services offers education/training, residential, vocational, and other supportive services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They help their participants meet the challenges of living and working in the community by assisting them in reaching their highest potential and level of independence. With us this morning to talk more about Shore Community Services and the work they are doing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is Alexis Alm, the CEO of Shore Community Services. 12/18/22

Diabetes Beyond Numbers

One in 10 adults worldwide currently live with diabetes, an estimated 537 million people. Dr. Nuzhat Chalisa is making Diabetes management and updated diabetes information more accessible and understandable for those who have the disease . Dr. Chalisa is a Clinical Endocrinologist, Diabetes, and Obesity specialist, the Medical Director for Endocrinology and diabetes education at Morris hospital & health care center in Chicago, the Chair Elect for The American Diabetes Association Clinical Centers and Programs Leadership Team, and the President and Founder of the Kisat Diabetes Organization.
With us this morning to talk more about diabetes, her book “Diabetes Beyond Numbers: A Complete Guide to Understanding Diabetes Management”, and her tv show “Diabetes Beyond Numbers” airing Thursdays at 7pm Central on Bold Brave TV is Dr. Nuzhat Chalisa. 12/11/22


Reclaim13’s mission is to end the cycle of sexual exploitation. 13 is the age a child is most vulnerable for sexual exploitation and Reclaim 13 works to “reclaim” the lives of children who are affected. Through education, healing, and community engagement, Reclaim13 is fighting for a world where all children can grow up feeling safe and loved. With us this morning to talk more about the fight against child sexual exploitation is Cassandra Ma, Founder and Director of Reclaim13. 12/4/22

Hope For The Day

Suicide has no prejudice, and 700,000 suicides are reported each year, with many more going unreported. Suicide is a preventable mental health crisis and Hope for The Day helps with proactive prevention to address people’s mental health. With us this morning to talk more about Hope for the Day and the work they are doing for mental health and suicide prevention is Allison Herman, Director of Education at Hope For The Day. 11/27/22

AIDS Foundation Chicago

In Illinois, there are an estimated 45,000 people living with HIV and AIDS, and about 1,300 people are diagnosed in Illinois every year. HIV harms the body’s immune system and a cure, as of today, does not exist. But, with the proper medical care, people can live long, happy lives whilst having HIV. AIDS Foundation Chicago works tirelessly to create equity and justice for people living with HIV and its chronic conditions, with a goal of one day having no new HIV cases. With us this morning to talk more about AIDS Foundation Chicago (otherwise known as AFC) and the work they are doing for people living with HIV and AIDs is John Peller, President and CEO of AFC. 11/13/22

Red Door Animal Shelter

The Red Door Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter committed to helping animals in need, with the focus being on cats, dogs and rabbits – the most popular pets in the U.S. Through education, rescue, sheltering and adoption, the Red Door Shelter promotes respect for all animals. With us this morning to talk more about The Red Door Animal Shelter and the work they are doing for animals is Marcia Coburn, President of the no-kill shelter. 11/6/22

WINGS x The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. With us this morning to discuss the effects of Domestic Violence and the upcoming event on November 15th “The Main Event with Christy Martin” is Rebecca Darr, President and CEO of WINGS Program Inc. and Amanda Pyron, Executive Director of The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence. 10/30/22

Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis isn’t a singular condition, and understanding it is the first step in managing it. People of all ages, races and sexes live with arthritis, and it’s the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation works tirelessly to educate people and provide those affected by the disease with resources to improve their quality of life. With us this morning to talk more about the Arthritis Foundation and the work they are doing for people with arthritis is Jessica Bearak – the Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter. 10/23/22

Faraja Fund Foundation

Every child, no matter their disabilities, should have access to quality education, healthcare and access to careers when they get older. These necessities become especially difficult for children with disabilities born in 3rd world countries. The Faraja Fund Foundation built the Faraja Primary School in Tanzania to give children with disabilities the opportunity for a life of self-sufficiency in mind, body, and spirit. With us this morning to talk more about the Faraja Fund Foundation and the Faraja Primary school is Dave Tolmie – Chairman of the Board. 10/16/22