April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week, a time for us to recognize the people who donate their time and energy to charitable causes and non-profit organizations. Many people who lead Louisville-area non-profit organizations have appeared as guests on MoxieTalk, a one-on-one, half-hour interview program that is available online and through podcast as well as MetroTV, WBNA21 and KET.
Among the guests who have made an impact on Louisville and the state of Kentucky through their work with charitable causes:
Abby Drane, president/CEO, Uspiritus. Drane leads the organization that was founded in 2012 when Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child and Family Services merged. Uspiritus provides care for vulnerable youth and families, a job that takes an extra dose of passion and motivation for the employees and volunteers there. Drane’s childhood fuels the passion for the work she does today to provide help to kids and families in need. “There’s something about her that’s really remarkably intriguing,” Jacobs said.
Rebecca Eaves, president, The Arrow Fund. The Arrow Fund’s mission is to increase public awareness of animal cruelty by “providing veterinary care and support to animal victims of extreme torture, abuse, and neglect and encouraging vigorous criminal prosecution of animal abusers.” Eaves is a longtime animal rescuer and activist. Her desire to help animals began as a child, when a little dog was her only friend. Her MoxieTalk interview is one of the show’s most watched.
Cynthia Knapek, past executive director, Brightside, Inc., President of the Leadership Louisville Center, and an active civic leader in Louisville for 20 years. Brightside’s mission is to “unite people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride.” Knapek was the organization’s executive director from 2003-2010. She also led the community-wide public art project “Gallopalooza,” which raised more than $800,000 for Brightside and other causes.
Terry Taylor, retired executive director, Interfaith Paths to Peace. This organization “works to foster peace, increase interfaith understanding, and cultivate inter-religious cooperation through education, programs and events.” During Terry’s time as executive director, he played an important role in Louisville’s designation as a Compassionate City.
MoxieTalk creator and host Kirt Jacobs said his guests from the non-profit world have made a positive impact on Louisville.
“They give the community character,” he said. “We’re called the compassionate city for a reason.”
Guests who work for charitable organizations make up just a small part of the diverse group of people who have appeared on MoxieTalk. But everyone shares qualities that build upon MoxieTalk’s mission: To inspire, educate, and engage the human spirit one guest at a time.
“All of these guests want to leave the world a little bit better than the way you found it,” Jacobs said.
The MoxieTalk interviews with guests from non-profit agencies reveal their motivations for wanting to pursue charitable professions and the work they continue to do for the community.
“It’s not about the money. It’s not about the recognition,” Jacobs said. “The vast majority of them are doing it because they believe in the mission of their organization.”
The show uses a conversational interview format, allowing guests to reveal the person behind the journey. Guests each have significant success in their chosen fields.
“MoxieTalk” is now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can search for previous episodes by category and watch them on the show’s website: moxietalk.com. Some of the episodes are available as podcasts that are accessible through the MoxieTalk website. Jacobs is always looking for new methods to connect with audiences, so stay tuned for more ways to get your MoxieTalk.
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