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. Sunday Morning Show Schedule SHE 100.3 at 5:15 AM 97.1 The Drive at 6:30 AM 101.9 The Mix at 6:45 AM.

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When you think of scuba diving, what comes to mind? The ocean? Colorful, exotic fish and wildlife? What about therapy? Diveheart is a non-profit dedicated to helping those with physical and cognitive disabilities through scuba diving and scuba therapy. The underwater world allows everyone, regardless of their disabilities, to explore and embrace adventure, without the gravitational restraints they may have on land.

Friends of The Chicago River

Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals; and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, and easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region. The organization’s work also includes education and outreach programs that inform and inspire people to help revitalize the Chicago River. As a result, the Chicago River is becoming a haven for wildlife and a treasured community resource. With us this morning to talk more about Friends of the Chicago River and the work they are doing for the River, wildlife, and people of Chicago is Margaret Frisbie, the Executive Director of Friends of the Chicago River.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Starting July 9th through September 5th, the Bristol Renaissance Faire will be transporting visitors every weekend to 1574.The Faire boasts a beautiful 30-acre site with open-air stages featuring Swordfighters, Minstrels and Jesters. Guests will enjoy 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a spectacular cast of characters. With us this morning to talk more about the Bristol Renaissance Faire and the impact is has on actors and performers is Douglas Mumaw, a professional variety artist.

Beyond Healing and Caring

Beyond Healing and Caring is a non-profit organization that provides women and children who are struggling in life to have access to mental health counseling, career counseling, financial counseling, empowerment and safety. With us this morning to talk more about Beyond Healing and Caring and the work they are doing to aid women and children is Dr. Tracey “Kim” Snow, Licensed clinical professional counselor and Founder of Beyond Healing and Caring.

BBQ For The Troops

For the 9th consecutive year, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) have partnered with the United Service Organizations, (USO) of Illinois, to host “Barbecue for the Troops” community fundraising events. CATA dealers have rallied their communities to help raise nearly $950,000 to support USO Illinois programs and services for local military and their families, and their goal is to hit $1,000,000 this year. On Saturday July 16th, you can show your support by visiting participating car dealers and celebrate USO’s BBQ For the Troops. With us this morning to talk more about the USO BBQ for the Troops is JC Phelan. Chairman of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

Advocates For Adolescent Mothers

Becoming a parent is a life changing moment for anyone, but particularly when you’re still a kid yourself. Teens who become pregnant face more than the struggle of early parenthood, they’re threatened with poverty, homelessness, and a derailment of educational and professional success. Advocates for Adolescent Mothers founder Lillian Harris was a teen mother herself, and she joins us this morning to talk more about the organization and her efforts to help young moms.

Gigi’s Playhouse

With over 55+ brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world, GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, GiGi’s Playhouse provides FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational, and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. GiGi’s Playhouse wants to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. With us this morning to talk more about GiGi’s playhouse and the work they are doing for individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and communities is Nancy Gianni, Founder and CBO of GiGi’s Playhouse.

Kisat Diabetes Organization

One in three people are expected to have diabetes by the year 2050. Diabetes is a chronic illness that is not curable but certainly preventable and controllable through education, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. The Kisat Diabetes Organization (also known as KDO) is on a mission to prevent diabetes and its complications by providing resources for early screening and education. With us this morning to talk more about KDO and the work they are doing for people with diabetes is Nuzhat Chalisa, President and Founder of Kisat Diabetes .

Broadway Youth Center

Broadway Youth Center works to improve the quality of life experienced by youth (ages 12-24) who are LGBTQ+, underserved, and/or experiencing homelessness through the provision of youth-centered integrated healthcare and social services. Broadway Youth Center (otherwise known as BYC) provides basic needs assistance, resource advocacy, mental wellness supports, and education/vocational services. BYC is part of Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations. BYC sees anyone, regardless of ability to pay. With us this morning to talk more about BYC and the work they are doing for LGBTQ+ youth is Khelan Todd, the Director of the Broadway Youth Center.

National Headache Foundation

June is migraine and headache awareness month. Migraine is the 2nd most disabling illness in the world and the 3rd most common illness in the world. 1 billion people worldwide are living with migraine disease and headache disorders. Since 1970, the National Headache Foundation has been collecting comprehensive information on migraine disease and headache disorders and connecting patients with treatment options.With us this morning to talk more about the National Headache Foundation and the work they are doing for those who suffer from migraines and headaches is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Dabertin.

Stroke Awareness Month

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 185,000 strokes, nearly 1 in 4, are people who have previously had a stroke.Here to talk about the signs of stroke and what steps you can take to prevent a stroke is the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at RUSH University Medical Center, Dr. James Conners.