9 episodes

The WHY I HELP (WIH podcast) provides a growing media channel to individuals who are helping others in their community, state or nation to better their lives.
WIH interviews business leaders, sports figures, celebrities, philanthropists, and humanitarians who created or are major supporters of charities, charitable foundations, scholarships, etc., or individuals who are just doing good work.
The purpose of WIH is often overlooked in today’s world. WIH communicates good news and positivity through personal stories. We aim to create a platform giving ‘momentum for good news’.

The Why I Help Podcast Joanie Sigal

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

The WHY I HELP (WIH podcast) provides a growing media channel to individuals who are helping others in their community, state or nation to better their lives.
WIH interviews business leaders, sports figures, celebrities, philanthropists, and humanitarians who created or are major supporters of charities, charitable foundations, scholarships, etc., or individuals who are just doing good work.
The purpose of WIH is often overlooked in today’s world. WIH communicates good news and positivity through personal stories. We aim to create a platform giving ‘momentum for good news’.

    Camerone Parker - Super Model turned Super Philanthropist

    Camerone Parker - Super Model turned Super Philanthropist

    Arizona resident Camerone Parker had a normal upbringing and happy childhood. Her father, who worked in Sports Medicine, and her mother supported her dreams of becoming a model. Camerone actually started modeling by accident. She had just returned from Paris where she completed her master’s degree at the Sorbonne. While shopping in Century City, CA, an agent scouted her and asked her if she had ever thought about modeling. She took his business card, but she really didn’t take him seriously because modeling and fashion were not on her radar. Fast forward to now, Camerone has appeared in over 350 magazines, has been the face of skincare giant Olay, appeared on billboards for brands like Ralph Lauren and POLO and featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “The View.”
    Camerone’s professional modeling career began at the age of 23. She moved to Europe and immersed herself in the fashion industry, learning the craft of modeling, fabrics, and walking on the runway. Camerone left her first agency, Elite Models, and moved over to Ford Models where she made her mark as one of Ford Agency’s first classic models Camerone served as muse to Johnsun Silks, which created beautiful hand-painted silks and a design line for Crystal Cruises. She has also been a muse for Bert Keeter who designed for Halston. Camerone modeled for designer Peach Carr’s on “Project Runway” an owns over 15 unique designer items from the show.
    In January 1998, Camerone was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The decision was made not to say anything to anyone other than her family. Understanding this diagnosis could potentially end her career – Camerone needed every modeling job possible to pay for her continued care and drug therapy (She had no medical insurance until 2003). In October 2009, Camerone went public with her private battle to raise awareness about the disease and empower other women. After suffering a heart attack suddenly last year, Camerone’s life purpose continues to be to further push the conversation about patient resources and education, and complications that can arise in treating heart attack symptoms in MS patients.
    A philanthropist, Camerone was bestowed the prestigious AFP National Philanthropy Day Volunteer Fundraiser Award celebrating the millions of dollars she helped raised for numerous charities. She also supports the National MS Society, Race to Erase MS; American Heart Association, The Gentle Barn, Frosted Faces Foundation and several other animal welfare/rescue charities.

    • 28 min
    April Lott - Focused on Families - CEO of Directions for Living

    April Lott - Focused on Families - CEO of Directions for Living

    April Lott, LCSW, is the President and CEO at Directions for Living, a CARF-accredited 501(c)3 not-for-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization providing a comprehensive network of services promoting safe and stable families. Directions for Living is based in Clearwater, FL and has a staff of approximately 250 employees and over 100 volunteers. April has transformed Directions for Living to being a leader in the philosophy and practice of trauma-informed care.
    April Lott holds a Master of Social Work degree and has over 30 years of experience in the provision of child welfare services in Florida. During the last 15 years, April has grown Directions for Living into a diverse organization which integrates child abuse prevention programs, homeless outreach services, diversion services, and a wide variety of supportive child welfare and behavioral health services which touch the lives of over 40,000 individuals, children, and families each year.
    In addition, April works on many boards and committees at a local, state, and national level with a focus on child welfare, behavioral health, early childhood trauma, and child abuse prevention. April is the current Chair of the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement agencies, Chair of the Homeless Leadership Alliance Providers' Council, and an appointed member of both the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee, and the Statewide Crisis Intervention Rapid Response Team. Additionally, April is a frequent featured guest speaker on local television talk shows discussing issues related to relationships, mental health, and wellness.
    April Lott is a native Floridian born and raised in Pinellas County, a wife of 36 years, and the mother of two adult children.

    • 31 min
    Mike Armstrong - Former CEO - Doing Great Things to Help Others

    Mike Armstrong - Former CEO - Doing Great Things to Help Others

    C Michael Armstrong (born October 18, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American business executive and former AT&T chairman and CEO. He is also the former CEO of Hughes Electronics, and Comcast Corporation. He worked for IBM from 1961 to 1992. He served as a Director of Citigroup from 1989 to 2010.

    Mike has donated approximately $100 million to cancer research, among other causes.

    • 32 min
    Rachelle McCray - Advocating for Solutions to Kidney Disease

    Rachelle McCray - Advocating for Solutions to Kidney Disease

    During her year as Miss Arizona, Rachelle McCray created the MinMin Bear Initiative, a temporary program that generated monetary benefits for organ donation recipients and their families in Arizona.

    The program benefited the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and was covered widely by the local press and supported by many local businesses. This program motivated the launch of an official 501(c)3, a non-profit organization, The MinMinBear Foundation.

    • 23 min
    Sandy Kearney - An Angel Against Abuse

    Sandy Kearney - An Angel Against Abuse

    Sandy Kearney has 35 years experience in management and office solutions. Her passion for children has led her to the place she is today, the President and Founder of Angels Against Abuse, Inc. which started 16 years ago with a group of 4 individuals which now has a membership of 90 volunteers. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and youth who have been abused and neglected and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

    • 26 min
    John Kearney - Big Time CEO - Big Time Philanthropist

    John Kearney - Big Time CEO - Big Time Philanthropist

    John has spent over 30 years in the driver training field. As an industry leader his experience includes the operation of multiple schools throughout the United States for truck driver training where the need and application for the use of simulation as a training tool was obvious. More than this, however, John is heavily involved with several charities - Tampa Research Institute; KML Foundation; Florida Sports Hall of Fame and Angels Against Abuse.

    • 28 min

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