Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Debbie Jarosz has transformed from somebody who has never been to Uganda to a board director on a nonprofit organization dedicated to support the residents of the country.
Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. For Debbie Jarosz, who has traveled to Uganda to build homes and improve medical care and education in Uganda, one of the most difficult parts of her philanthropic efforts is asking for money to fund to support those goals. “I understand that everyone has different priorities regarding issues that need to be addressed, and where their hard-earned money should go, but I am determined to convince others that this is a worthwhile endeavor, and that their sacrifices to help these people will be used efficiently and …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Students redeem last year's loss to teachers on basketball court; raise more than $900 for
Last year the Lake Catholic students and teachers played each other in basketball; this year, the battlefield was the volleyball court. The students earned their revenge for last year's loss by beating the teachers -- two games to one -- on Friday. The game capped a pep rally that recognized the spring sports teams at the high school. The school also raised more than $900 for Community Service Director Debbie Jarosz's Gulu Help Foundation by allowing the students to donate money and, in return, they could dress down.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
With a headline like that, do I even have to tell you it was an unusual week?
1. Maybe it's because I'm a guy or because my wife and I don't have children, but I had never heard of mastitis until Mama Says Columnist Devone wrote about it and a host of other breast feeding problems earlier this week. Pink milk, babies with vampire teeth -- Devone suffered it all. And it looks like other mothers feel her pain because her column has already been recommended more than 100 times on Facebook. If you haven't read her column yet, you should. You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You'll want to bottle feed. 2. Warmer weather tends to spur more unusual crime stories and you would think it was July on Mercury with some of the unusual stuff we've seen this past week. It's almost enough to make someone wish for cooler weather. Almost. 3…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Debbie Jarosz has spent the last seven years working in Masindi and Gulu
Debbie Jarosz didn't spend a lot of time thinking about global problems while growing up. "I was a Cleveland girl," she said. "We did our vacations in Myrtle Beach and that's as cosmopolitan as we got." But that changed in 2005 when Jarosz -- the community service director at Lake Catholic High School -- joined a women's building group for Habitat for Humanity in Uganda. She and the other women in the group were struck by the vast difference between Uganda's poverty and poverty in the United States. The average Ugandan lives on $1,190 a year. Average life expectancy is 54. The country is recovering from a civil war between a rebel group -- the Lord's Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony -- and the Ugandan government. The war lasted more …