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Now Hear This with Chris Spangle

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Now Hear This is a conversation with leaders in Indianapolis that are working to improve the lives of Hoosiers. Our goal is to empower you to join in their work and make a difference while informing you about the unseen aspects of life in Indiana. Now Hear This airs weekends on Q95, Fox Sports 1260AM, Alt 103.3, Real 98.3 and iHeart Radio stations in Indianapolis as an effort to share the work of local nonprofits with listeners. Contact us: nowhearthisindy@iheartmedia.comNow Hear This is composed of 1-2 interviews and is a 30-minute show with the following air times: Fox Sports 1260 AM – Saturday @ 7am Q95 – Sunday @ 7am ALT 103.3 – Sunday @ 7am Real 98.3 – Sunday @ 7am

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Two of the oldest nonprofits have announced a merger. Andra Martinez is the VP of Communications and Development for the Children’s Bureau + Families First, and she joins us to share how this move will better serve families in crisis within Indianapolis. Visit their website here: https://www.childrensbureau.org/
Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Commanding General of the Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, joins us to discuss his remarkable career in the U.S. Army Reserves in tandem with his career as Police Chief of Birmingham, Alabama.
Julie Simpson, an Independent Nurse Practitioner with MedExpress joins us to discuss heart health.  The month of February, which is recognized as American Heart Month, provides an opportunity to reinforce awareness of heart health and encourage Americans to take steps to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease through the adoption of healthier behaviors and lifestyles – especially during a pandemic.  And now, with COVID-19, people with certain heart conditions must be even more vigilant about practicing a healthy lifestyle and taking care of their heart by eating healthy and exercising to try to protect it from harm. The virus attacks the respiratory system which can weaken the lungs making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. This added stress can be harmful for people with heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one killer of both American men and women, according to the CDC. In addition, other cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure or hypertension, are far too common. In fact, 1 of 2 adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, which when uncontrolled can have serious health consequences. The American Heart Association states that some individuals experience few or no symptoms before having a heart attack or stroke. Periodic cardiac screening tests and blood pressure checks can detect issues before symptoms develop, which can help to prevent major health issues down the road.
A Kid Again Indiana is an organization with a mission to support kids with life-threatening conditions and their families by giving illness a time-out through year-round adventures. Indiana Executive Director Katie Pappas joins us to talk about their mission. Their website is https://akidagain.org/chapter/indiana-chapter/.  Having a child with a life-threatening condition is a reality no family wants to face. But the reality is every year, more than 27,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. We’re trying to get the word out to eligible families in the greater Indianapolis area about how they can take advantage of the support from A Kid Again. Finding moments of joy and escape from the fear and anxiety of medical appointments and treatments is so important not just for the child, but for the parents and siblings as well. Whether it’s a virtual magic show or a day at the zoo, A Kid Again helps families feel a sense of normalcy through consistent activities at absolutely no cost to the family. And this matters. More than 90% of families served by A Kid Again report increased feelings of hope and that their family was strengthened because of the support from A Kid Again.
On this week's show, we talk to Chris Gray, Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling about the expansion of gambling in Indiana and how that affects Hoosiers. The Indiana Council on Problem Gambling strives to generate awareness, promote education, and be an advocate for quality treatment of problem gamblers in the State of Indiana. The ICPG was founded in 1996 by a group of individuals and organizations whose goal was to ensure that help was available for problem gamblers in a time of increasing types of legalized gambling in Indiana. The ICPG seeks to work with all individuals and organizations involved in gaming activities that address problem gambling in Indiana. The Council believes that success will result from these partnerships. Their website is http://indianaproblemgambling.org/. If you or a loved on may have an issue with gambling, please call the Indiana Problem Gambling Help Line number for more information (800) 994-8448.
Staff Sgt. Anedra Owens joins us to discuss the benefits of her service in the U.S. Army and why others should consider joining. Owens is a recruiter for the U.S. Army Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion's Metro South Company. Learn more at goarmy.com/indianapolis. This is part of iHeart Indianapolis's Brilliantly Black series promoting black businesses and community leaders in the Circle City.
Alan Witchey, President & CEO of the Damien Center joins us to talk about their efforts in aiding and comforting Hoosiers living with HIV/AIDS. The Damien Center was founded in 1987 and is Indiana’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization (ASO). Our mission is to enable those living with HIV/AIDS to move forward with their lives with dignity and help them lead abundant, productive lives. Serves more than 4,000 individuals affected and infected by HIV/AIDS through a comprehensive, innovative approach to HIV care and prevention.
Staff Sgt. Anthony Porter joins us to discuss the benefits of his service in the U.S. Army on his family and why others should consider joining. Porter is a recruiter for the U.S. Army in Anderson, IN. Learn more at goarmy.com/indianapolis. This is part of iHeart Indianapolis's Brilliantly Black series promoting black businesses and community leaders in the Circle City.
Staff Sgt. Destinee Harris joins us to discuss the benefits of her service in the U.S. Army and why others should consider joining. Harris is a recruiter for the U.S. Army Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion's Metro North Company. Learn more at goarmy.com/indianapolis. This is part of iHeart Indianapolis's Brilliantly Black series promoting black businesses and community leaders in the Circle City.
Indy Opera General Director David Starkey joins us to discuss re-opening events safely and their new capital campaign for the Basile Opera Center. Their website is https://www.indyopera.org/.
Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, Executive Director of Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention joins us to discuss the complexity of helping those who experience homelessness. Chris Spangle asks her about encampments on the circle, who falls into homelessness, and what organizations network together to solve the issue. “CHIP” is the homeless coalition for the City of Indianapolis. CHIP collaborates with and supports dozens of local shelters and service providers in the City to create a community response that makes homelessness rare, short-lived, and recoverable. CHIP’s support comes in a variety of ways: ·      Securing funding for housing and services ·      Conducting important research that is used by all local homeless service providers who want to make sure their programs and housing solutions are fitting the needs in the community. ·      Advocating for policy change at the local, state and national levels for policies that support solutions to homelessness ·      Providing a variety of programs and training opportunities to improve the quality and effectiveness of the homeless system of care. For example, the Street Reach program provides financial assistance to people who are experiencing homelessness by helping them overcome barriers to permanent housing like paying a security deposit to rent an apartment or paying a utility bill. Since 2017, more than 700 individuals have either moved into permanent housing or made significant steps toward doing so with the help of Street Reach. Visit their website at www.CHIPIndy.org.
Ryan Vaughn of Indiana Sports Corp joins us to discuss the "sports strategy" of Indianapolis that supports 80,000 Hoosier jobs and the challenge of hosting March Madness. Indiana Sports Corp, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Their events are broadcast around the world and bring national and international attention to the area. Visit their website: https://www.indianasportscorp.org/
Kelly McBride, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Network (DVN), joins us. The Domestic Violence Network is a nonprofit organization that has existed for over 20 years to bring all members of the Central Indiana community together to change the culture that leads to domestic violence through advocacy, education and collaboration. Their work is focused on education with the idea that informing our community on issues related directly and indirectly to domestic and other types of violence will change the culture that leads to that violence. DVN does not provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence, but our work is heavily based on prevention so our service providers can focus on serving those impacted by this human issues. Their website is www.dvnconnect.org.
Terry Mumford, a Board Member Emerita of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis joins us. Founded in 2006, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a 501(c)(3) charitable women’s giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants totaling $100,000 or more to at least one nonprofit in the greater Indianapolis community in the areas of arts, culture and preservation; education; environment and animal welfare; family; and health and wellness. The organization seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year to fund the grants. For more information about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, visit www.impact100indy.org or follow us on Twitter @Impact100Indy.
Jennifer Pope Baker of the Women's Fund of Central Indiana joins Chris Spangle to discuss the challenges women face, especially in communities of color, during the pandemic, and how they help solve them. Visit their website at https://www.womensfund.org.
Darcey Palmer-Schultz of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Indianapolis joins us to share more about their mentoring programs that transform the lives of both the littles and their bigs. Learn more at http://www.bebigforkids.org/.
Turae Dabney of PUP joins us to share their mission. Since its inception in 2008, and the initial project which transformed salvaged roof material from the RCA Dome into bags, wallets, and other products, PUP has been devoted to using design and responsible reuse to make Indianapolis a better place to live - to create the responsible and resilient city of the future. Notable projects since the “Dome Bag Project” include PUP Stops (the transformation of old Bush Stadium seats into seating along IndyGo bus stops throughout the city) and the Amtrak Collection (backpacks, bags, wallets, and accessories made from upcycled leather from Amtrak train seats). At PUP, they're always on the lookout for innovative and creative ideas and projects that focus on reuse and sustainability. They invite all designers to the conversation and believe we will not be an equitable society until true diversity of thought and design is represented at the table. Visit their website: www.peopleup.org.
Dr. Tajuana Ryder of Versiti Blood Centers joins us to discuss their program "A Seat at the Table," a program dedicated to bringing awareness to sickle cell disease, organ donation, and healthcare disparities facing African Americans. Learn more at Versiti.org.
Mike Hanlon is the Executive Director of the USO Indiana. USO Indiana strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Visit their website at https://indiana.uso.org/.
Assistance League volunteers transforming lives of children and adults through community programs like ​​ALI Bears, ALI Friends, Assault Survivor Kits, and Operation School Bell. Visit their website at https://www.alindy.org/.
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