We always love our time with Catherine Read, the genius behind ReadThinkAct.com and a true walk-the-walk social activist. Catherine is also a strategist, activist, advocate, speaker, trainer and a host of two weekly television shows and a live radio show on the Fairfax Public Access Channel. I was privileged to be her guest on one of those radio shows, Making Change, on March 18, where I spoke about Heard’s exciting plans for world domination, or at least for sharing how we are ready to help those in need in all communities through art.
We hope you enjoy reading about our origins. And stay tuned – there’s more to come! And we’re having lot of fun sharing this with you. So maybe we were born in Ecuador? Tell us what you think? And just click here to open the links: Listen to Sharmila teach a class in Hindi, or visit Keely’s site to learn more about her improv business!
You might think Jane Collins is Heard’s founder, but no! The Heard seed was planted even before her dad’s heart attack in the 1970s (don’t know what we’re talking about? This will help). We’re committed to keeping Jane’s mom’s age a nonprofit secret, but it goes back to when linoleum floors in the kitchen were a thing. Want to see where the links take you? Click here.
What do a teddy bear and a nun have in common? More than you think. But most of all, my dad had so much to do with why Heard exists. Dad left us right around this time 13 years ago, and his memory, legacy, and life continue to inspire me to carry on his example of “leaving this world better than when you found it.” Click here to access the links.
We are beyond thrilled to debut our first newsletter! We hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends. To access the embedded links click here. You can also opt to have our newsletter delivered right to your inbox.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it was our honor to interview Barbara Sweeney, the City of Alexandria Residential Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Program. Barbie, as we call her, runs the city’s domestic violence shelter and does so much more. Did you happen to walk through Market Square any evening this month? It’s awash in purple to bring attention to this most important cause.
Barbie talks about how COVID-19 has impacted domestic abuse, what signs to watch for, how to help, and so much more in our video and our “5 More Questions” follow-on story.