Vanessa and JR want you to take a hike!
This week Vanessa and JR are at the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. An interview with Michael Nolan, Executive Director of McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, shares that the preserve has over 30,000 acres and 47 square miles, making it the largest city owned urban preserve in the United States. With only five full time staff, Nolan credits the 600 volunteers who have given 47,000 hours of their time to make the park a wonderful experience for visitors. Find out how you can become involved. While Vanessa and JR explore the beautiful setting of the preserve they will salute and recognize people and organizations who strive to make life better for others.
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona is one of those organizations. UCP serves children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities by offering numerous programs. CEO, Armando Contreras is looking forward to the upcoming fundraising event, Fun Run Walk & Roll, on Sunday March 29, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ. The event benefits the 4,000 children and adults served annually by UCP. Contreras invites families and community leaders to participate in the event. He hopes that families with children and adults with disabilities will take part in the activities.
Back at the preserve, interviewing Christine Kovach, JR finds out that the Kovach Family Nature Trail, is an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) fully accessible trail and can be enjoyed by all levels of hiking ability. Kovach says people on the barrier free trail can experience nature surrounded by the desert. The official opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail will be March 28, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead. Visit the website for more information, http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/home.
A look at the Latino Veterans Festival gives a salute to Silvestre S. Herrera Sr.; the first Arizonan to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Silvestre Herrera Jr., shares how his father made the choice to serve his country and go beyond the call of duty during World War II. Herrera’s service was a benefit for all.
The next organization makes a difference by providing tools and skills for self-sufficiency. Inspiring positive change is a goal of Valle del Sol Leadership. Angela Flores, Director of Leadership Programs explains how the program offers training for Latino professionals. However, many from diverse backgrounds come through the program. All who serve within the Latino Community are encouraged to participate in the program. Flores urges professionals to be involved in the community at all levels.
Students making their way through college can be overwhelmed by all of the information they have to sort out. The next service making a difference for people is a program helping students and their families make informed choices about college and the courses to take. For students and advisorsaztransfer.com is a valuable tool. From a student perspective aztransfer.com helps students understand the transfer process. Not only what courses to take, but what questions to ask when seeing an advisor. Students credit the site as helping them save time and money by avoiding taking courses that will not transfer to the university. Whether it is Arizona State University, University of Arizona, or Northern Arizona University, aztransfer.com is a great resource for students, their families and academic advisors.
As their exploration of the preserve comes to a close Vanessa and JR congratulate Chicanos Por La Causa on their 46th Anniversary and the Legacy of Achievement honorees; Congressman Ed pastor, Civil Rights Activist Delores Huerta, and Music Legend Chapito Chavarria. The event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore on April 16, 2015. Contact CPLC for more information.