Raleigh Wealth Solutions has started a “Champions of the Community” segment on the radio where we highlight members of the community who are going above and beyond to make our community a better place to live and work. If you would like to nominate someone to be featured as a “Champion of the Community”, please email email@example.com.
See below for previous Champion of the Community features.
Darlene Whitehurst & Liz McBride
Darlene Whitehurst is the Founder + CEO of GF Global, LLC featuring the global brand, GoalFriends®, and the Executive Director of the GoalFriends Global Foundation. She has built and currently leads an international community of over 1,000+ female members, connecting 42 countries. Her programs are designed to inspire life transformations by teaching strategies on dream-making, goal-setting, and purposeful living. Within one year of joining the GoalFriend community, Liz McBride was named the “National Ambassador of the Year”. She has been an integral part of the exponential growth of GoalFriends. Liz advocates teaching and educating the community in personal development and thought leadership. Her goal is to establish an outreach program or center to cater to marginalized, rural communities and to make an impact on our future female leaders and their families. GoalFriends is a fun and engaging community-based program designed to inspire and encourage women to come together to support each other in their dreams and goals!
With Read and Feed
Sherry Shudra serves as the Executive Director of Read and Feed, where the mission is to strengthen literacy skills among underserved elementary school children and provide meals in a nurturing neighborhood environment. Their vision is to have a community in which all children have the confidence and the ability to succeed. Read and Feed's core values are to make reading fun, commit to nourishing the whole child, deliver services in a familiar community location, collaborate with neighbors/partners, and dedicate themselves to equity in education. Sherry is passionate about helping economically disadvantaged children learn to read and overcome pandemic and summer learning loss.
Wreaths Across America
Nichole Olbertz and her family have been involved with Wreaths Across America for many years. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom. This organization runs all year long, but their big day comes in December when volunteers gather at cemeteries across America to lay wreaths at every soldier's grave. As volunteers lay the wreath, they are asked to say the soldier's name out loud and thank them for their service to honor them and keep their memory alive. There are more than 4,000 participating locations in all 50 states, at sea, and even abroad. The Olbertz family started by sponsoring wreaths for their grandparents’ grave in the Arlington National Cemetery. They have also donated to cover the cost of extra wreaths for soldiers that didn’t have families to sponsor theirs.
With The Jr. Canes Program
Lincoln Flagg is the general manager of the Jr. Canes program. He has been coaching professionally for 30 years at both the Junior A and Youth hockey levels. The Junior Canes program focuses on discipline, commitment, teamwork, and a desire to improve. The program serves as a pathway to get to the next level and has sent former players to a variety of high caliber leagues including the NCAA, NAHL, and the ACHA to play at the next level. Over the past five years, the program has helped to place over 40 players into college and college hockey. The lessons and values instilled from being a member of a program like this are something that will forever be applicable in one's life.
With The Women’s Center
Amy Smith is the Executive Director of The Women’s Center, a non-profit day center that serves 80-100 women a day. She has been helping women in the community who are experiencing homelessness for over twenty years. As the only day center in Wake County, The Women’s Center provides security, meals, showers, areas for sleeping, and health care to these women in need. Since the program began in 2019, they have housed over 50 women! To learn more about The Women’s Center, click the button below.
With Second Chance Adoptions
Tim is a volunteer with Second Chance Pet Adoptions who has helped raise over $50,000 for the organization. He started raising money in July of 2020 when North Carolina was the 3rd highest state for pet euthanasia in the country. During his time with Second Chance Pet Adoptions, he has helped over 1,900 cats/dogs find adoptive homes, has rescued over 850 cats/dogs through their transport program, and has helped fund spay/neuter surgeries for over 2,300 animals. Tim has gotten donations from 33 different states and eight different countries so far. To learn more about Tim's work with Second Chance Adoptions, click the button below.
With Granville County Animal Shelter (GCAS)
Roxanne Blackburn has been a volunteer at the Granville County Animal Shelter (GCAS) for eight years. She is the shelter’s “Volunteer Rescue Coordinator.” Her responsibilities include serving as an adoption counselor, contacting animal rescues, and coordinating transportation for animals to arrive safely at their rescue or foster families. Roxanne answers messages and phone calls 24/7 to assist the community in reuniting lost pets with their families. Her efforts are responsible for reuniting hundreds of lost animals with their happy owners! In addition to her work at the GCAS, Roxanne founded a 501(c) called “Rocky’s Bridge, Inc.” This organization helps provide vet care for owners who love their pets but may not have the financial stability to afford vet care. “Rocky’s Bridge Inc.” also provides medical care for animals currently in the shelter that need more stabilization or surgeries than the shelter can afford. In 2021, Roxanne won the Governors Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. To learn more about GCAS, click the button below.
With Friends of Wake Gal
Kara is a board administrator for Friends of Wake GAL which is a nonprofit organization in Wake County that helps support kids in foster care. Raleigh Wealth Solutions has worked with this organization for the past two years, raising over $20,000 and creating a financial literacy program for them. In Wake County, there are currently 429 kids in foster care. GAL provides an advocate for each of these children to ensure they can get the things they need like tutoring, equipment to play sports, scholarships once they turn 18, and more. For more information about volunteering or partnering with this organization, you can click the button below.