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The Lynfield Community Center Provides A Safe Place For Bethlehem Children To Thrive

July 11, 2022 |

The high number of single-parent households in Bethlehem, PA means that many children are at a higher risk of being left without support when their guardians are out of the home, like in the summer or after school hours. However, since 2012, children in this area have instead been able…

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Backpack Pals Bethlehem Provides Meals And More For Students Facing Food Uncertainty

June 6, 2022 |

For students who face food uncertainty, free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch programs at their schools are crucial; for some, it’s their only nutritious meal of the day. But when school isn’t in session, those missed meals make an impact. Backpack Pals Bethlehem provides students in the Bethlehem Area School…

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A Conversation With Ibrahim Issa, Director of Hope Flowers School

May 19, 2022 |

On March 15, the Board of U.S. Friends of Hope Flowers School and Humanitarian Social Innovations (HSI) gathered for a virtual conversation with the director of Hope Flowers School (HFS), Ibrahim Issa. With HSI’s Linda Rentschler moderating, together they discussed updates about the school, funding efforts, and the challenges faced…

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HSI Is Proud To Welcome Do It For Dom – Focus Foundation: Supporting The Fight Against Cancer

February 28, 2022 |

When 27-year-old Dominic Bridgeman was admitted to the emergency room on May 21, 2021, he and his family assumed that the pain he was experiencing in his back and stomach was due to Covid-19, which he had tested positive for earlier in the week. In fact, it was their first…

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HSI Is Proud To Welcome the Afghan-American Foundation

February 3, 2022 |

Mustafa Babak and Haris Tarin attribute their motivation to start the Afghan-American Foundation (AAF) in part to a mapping study of the Afghan diaspora in the United States. It painted a vivid picture of the unique makeup, opportunities, and challenges of this community, and coupled with the lack of Afghan-American…

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HSI Is Proud To Support Blessed Beginnings: Helping Survivors of Abuse Find Faith and Start A New Life

October 11, 2021 |

The decision to start a new life after abuse is a heroic one, but unfortunately for a number of survivors, the challenges don’t stop there. Many are left with few to no belongings and struggle to get started without adequate resources.  Blessed Beginnings, a nonprofit operating under HSI since June…

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U.S. Friends of Hope Flowers School Supports Education, Healing for Children in the West Bank

April 14, 2021 |

For more than 300 children living in the West Bank/Palestine, the opportunity to enjoy a reprieve from the mental, emotional, and physical effects of living in an area of conflict is their time at Hope Flowers School (HFS). The K-6 school for boys and girls which is located in Bethlehem…

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Philadelphia Nonprofit Y.E.A.H. Offers a New Solution for Youth and Community Support

January 5, 2021 |

Philadelphia nonprofit YEAH takes an innovative approach to supporting at-risk teens and putting a stop to community violence: they host fun, educational and culturally-relevant teen hangouts. “We live in a city with a lot of services that exist in the social service realm, but we recognize the limited to non-existent…

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Afros in Nature: Connecting BIPOC with each other and the Earth

December 17, 2020 |

When Melanie Lino, co-owner of Lit (a Bethlehem coffee roastery and bakeshop beloved by locals) looked to the Lehigh Valley for a space where Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) could connect with nature and each other, she realized that her community was lacking an important resource. So, she…

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La Befana and Friends Shares Joy and Cookies through 12 Days of Crazy Love

December 2, 2020 |

In ancient Italian folklore, legend has it that an old woman called La Befana flies from house to house leaving toys for good children on the twelfth day of Christmas. Inspired to share this beloved tradition that she celebrated as a child, Kate West wrote a children’s book titled La…

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Allentown United Football Club

March 22, 2019-“United Premier Soccer League Announces Pennsylvania Expansion with Allentown United Football Club”


Writing Wrongs

August 13, 2018-“Intensive 2-Day Workshop to Challenge College Students to Produce an Awareness-Raising Book on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault”

September 1, 2016 – “Student Journalists Illuminate Issue of Addiction at Easy Does It”

Bringing Up A Bookworm

July 30, 2018 – “2018 Freedom Through Literacy Award Winners Announced”

Reading Entrepreneurs’ Connection

June 4, 2018 – “Reading’s Entrepreneurs’ Connection Announces Kauffman FastTrac® Entrepreneur Training Program”

We Need Books

February 8, 2018 – “Local Nonprofit Partners with Greek Nonprofit to Aid Refugees”

MELTDOWN: Based on True Events

November 22, 2017 – “JML Films LLC has partnered with EUE/Sokolow to develop a TV limited series based on true events about the 1979 nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island.”

July 6, 2017 – “Humanitarian Social Innovations Sponsors Movie on Lasting Impact of Three Mile Island Disaster”

Bethlehem Women of Excellence

November 13, 2017 – “Organizations Collaborate to Assist Area Poor”

Overcoming Odds

May 1, 2017 – “I Am on a Mission to Revolutionize the Adoption Process”

Great Girls Scholarship

April 11, 2017 – “Humanitarian Social Innovations Partners With Scholarship Program”


La Befana and Friends

"Madison native writes book to inspire small acts of kindness."

Fox 61, January 7, 2021, interview by Audrey Kuchen

Y.E.A.H. Philly

"This successful Black-led org couldn't get a loan that wasn't predatory. Philanthropy needs to step up."

Generocity, November 17, 2020, by Sarah Martinez-Helfman

Mountain Bike Afghanistan

"These Afghan Women are Defying the Patriarchy--On Bikes"

Bicycling, October 12, 2020, by Farid Noori

“Young Afghans Look to Mountain Biking as a Means to Transcend Conflict”
The Diplomat, November 5, 2019, by Ian J. Lynch

“Farid Noori, Mountain Bike Afghanistan”
iamtedking Podcast, July 2018

“Student Hopes to Represent Afghanistan at 2020 Olympics
Middlebury College Online Newsroom, May 15, 2018

“Farid Noori ’18 Looks to Blaze a Trail with Mountain Biking”
Middlebury Campus Newspaper, March 14, 2018

Bringing Up a Bookworm

“Nonprofit Kindled by Teacher’s Fervor for Early Reading”
Reading Eagle, April 27, 2018

Overcoming Odds

“He was a Russian orphan. Now he’s a podcast host changing lives.”
The American Statesman, June, 2018

Humanitarian Social Innovations

“The Business of Making a Better World”
Gettysburg: Our College’s Magazine, Winter 2016