A podcast that celebrates the people working to make our communities stronger and affirms the power of the human spirit.
Episode 3: Manatees are Florida’s state marine mammal. They’re also one of the most peaceful creatures on earth and they are facing a dire situation right now. On this episode, we sit down with Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club. We’ll hear about what is killing these gentle giants, how this organization is fighting to protect them, and many simple ways everyone can help support their recovery.
Episode 2: There are over half a million homeless unaccompanied youth in the U.S. and almost a fifth of that number are in Florida alone. On this episode, we're speaking with Vicki Sokolik, the founder of Starting Right, Now. She shares the story of what inspired her to create the organization, which is just as extraordinary as the tireless work she’s doing to end youth homelessness.
Episode 1: We chat with Mary Peter, the founder of K9 Partners for Patriots, and Jimmy Tatum, an Army veteran whose life was forever changed by the organization. This nonprofit is on a mission to end veteran suicide, which claims over 6,000 lives in the U.S. every year. Mary seeks to transform the lives of vulnerable veterans with the help of some very skilled, VERY adorable, four-legged friends.
About the Podcast
WEDU PBS has hosted the Be More Awards to champion our community’s nonprofits for almost two decades. We’ve heard so many inspiring stories over the years, we just had to share! On this podcast, you’ll hear from passionate change-makers, advocates for the arts, and people who have overcome unimaginable trauma with a little help. We hope to show the value of kindness and community, and why we should all try to be more unstoppable.
Veronica Alfaro is a 20+ year veteran of radio and television in Tampa Bay. She began her career as an intern at 99.5 WQYK, where she ultimately worked her way up to co-hosting the "Dave and Veronica Morning Show." During her tenure at the radio station, Veronica became the first female in over a decade to host her own show when she was promoted to the 7pm-midnight time slot in 2001. She also spent six seasons as a producer for the Buccaneers Radio Network.
Having grown up in Tampa, Veronica strongly believes in giving back to her community. She and her radio partner, Dave, worked together to support various local charities like Feeding Tampa Bay, Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, and Shriners Hospital. On a personal level, Veronica has been a weekly volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels of Tampa for over 17 years. Her favorite part is getting to build a relationship with her recipients. "Our elders have built this community, and they have the most amazing stories to share. It's important that they know they are not forgotten." She also donates her time and talents to MOW's annual Nourish The Homebound Breakfast, serving as the event's emcee – and other events including Ronald McDonald House, Tampa Fire Rescue, and Winning The Fight against ALS.
Veronica Alfaro is also a freelance voice actor, who enjoys spending time outdoors. She loves camping, bike riding, trying local craft brews, and hanging with her two BFFs...her husband Eddie and their dog Bailey Monster.