Past Episodes

Click on the links below to listen to past episodes and hear more about how our inspiring guests have found their purpose and make a difference every day on Long Island and in the New York City area.

Ron Gold, Host Allison Brecher, co-host

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the rare, devastating disease that few people have heard of; yet, it's easy to understand why patients call it the "suicide disease." Hear from these brave women who don't let CRPS stop them from raising awareness and trying to find a cure. Find out more at

I'm honored to have the husband and wife nonprofit team of Colleen and James Regan on the show. James founded Lodestar Children's Services, which gives parents a new choice in providers for children suffering from mental illness, from in-home care to comprehensive support; listen here. 

Colleen co-founded Long Island Children's Choir, an extraordinary children's choir that provides top music education, high profile performance opportunities and - bonus - raises funds for local children's charities. Children of all ages can audition to be a part of the special organization, find out more here and

Women undergoing treatment for breast and gynecological cancers don't have to suffer alone. The Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition is there for you with everything from transportation to appointments, help around the house, and even a scholarship fund for high school seniors. Learn more and reach out

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Sometimes your purpose finds you at the exact time you're ready for it. My guest, Michelle Weinstein, was inspired by her father's battle with Parkinson's disease and started Rock Steady Boxing in Huntington Station to help other patients suffering from the disease. For many of her members, the benefits - physical and emotional - are immediate.

I'm honored to have another special child on the show! Nine year old Rosario Cascio started a holiday gift drive gone viral. Rosario's Giving Tree has become a full-time passion for Rosario and his mom, Lilliana, to help other children in need.

I love interviewing children on The NonProfit Voice. Matthew Spitzer, an aspiring photographer, found a clever way to change the dialogue around gun safety with his hashtag #shootwithyourcameranotyourgun

A special Memorial Day weekend episode to honor the heroes among us. These women are my heroes - - listen to everything they are doing to help transform one of the most economically challenged areas in our region, one child at a time.

It takes a special soul to help families dealing with tragedy. My guest, Patricia Furino, works with Angela's House to help families coping with the loss of medically frail children.

The Marty Lyons Foundation is incredible, granting wishes to terminally ill children and making dreams come true.

Karen Tenenbaum is a dynamo. She is the founder of Commerce Plaza, a program that teaches financial literacy for middle school children in dozens of local school districts. She's also a leading tax attorney and author of an upcoming book to empower young girls to take control of their financial future.

October 14, 2017: SEPA Mujer provides comprehensive support for Latina immigrant women, from helping them navigate through the immigration process to providing legal representation and advocacy to support victims of domestic violence.

October 14, 2017 Angela's House is a special place, providing extraordinary care for medically frail children and their families. Hear the incredible story of how one family turned tragedy into a lifeline of support for hundreds of local families.

There are many ways to help Houston families recovering from losses sustained in the recent hurricane. My friend and Houston native, Lauren Chizner, organized a great way to send much needed supplies directly to families in need.

August 26, 2017: Greta Guarton, Executive Director of Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, demystifies the stereotypes of the homeless on Long Island and explains how the Coalition supports them.


For more than 50 years, the North Fork Animal Welfare League has operated no kill shelters in Suffolk County. My guest, Gillian Pultz, Executive Director of the shelter, discusses the many services provided by NFAWL, including a special program for senior dogs and comprehensive adoption programs that make it so easy to add a rescue pet to your family.


Mind. Blown. Did you know that there are thousands of NY students who cannot earn any high school diploma because they cannot pass the five necessary Regents exams to get one? Children who are different learners, speak English as a second language, or suffer test anxiety, could be left behind. Please listen to our important discussion with parent activists Denise Anastasio and Bonnie Buckley who are leading the charge to make a difference.




March 4, 2017: Sunrise Camp is extraordinary. It is a free summer camp for children undergoing cancer treatment and their siblings - - the only camp like this in the world. Did you know that Sunrise also offers numerous year-round programs and that you can help? Learn from my guests Aileen Hoffman and Deanna Salde how easy it is to bring so much happiness to many local children and their families.


February 18, 2017: The world needs more young women like my guest Pamela Concannon. She loves to volunteer so much that she started her own social media site, Power of Volunteer, to match volunteers with local nonprofits in need. She also discusses a few of her favorite local nonprofits and offers creative ideas about how kids can get involved, too.


 February 11, 2017: Lisa Burch is a dynamo! As Chief Operating Officer and VP of Family & Children's Association, she and her hardworking team provide behavioral health and so many other services to thousands of local children, seniors and other Long Islanders in need. It is so easy to get involved and make a difference!


January 21, 2017 Cory Nichols, an actor known for his role in King Jack and other films and television series, discusses his charity C The Difference: Cory Cares. It's a remarkable organization for having donated thousands of pounds of food to local food pantries and it is run completely by kids! We love that!


January 14, 2017: A morning with super women Julie Bouchet Horowitz (by phone), Dr. Lauren Macaluso and Dr. Jennifer Shaer teach us about one of the best preventive medicines of all, breastfeeding, and how they support new mothers and infants most in need.





January 7, 2017: Hurricane Sandy inspired our amazing guest, Judith Boggio, to start her own nonprofit dedicated to supporting the working poor on Long Island. Learn how easy it is for you to help!


December 3, 2016 Our amazing guest Mary Solomon operates a "Scan Van," our area's first mobile mammography unit, offering free (yes!) mammograms to women all over Long Island. She has saved thousands of lives through her nonprofit, Project Renewal. No more excuses not to get your annual checkup!  Go to to make your appointment or hop on the van when it's in your neighborhood.



December 17, 2016  A chance visit to Ethiopia led Manhattan-based flight attendant Trish Hack-Rubinstein to find her purpose and change her life. You can, too! Learn more about a school she helped start for impoverished children in Ethiopia, Fresh & Green Academy.

November 19, 2016 Considering adding a pet to your family this holiday? Listen to our guest, Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, discuss her undercover investigations of puppy mills and how to stop the sale of abused and mistreated dogs and cats.


October 29, 2016  Filmmaker Patricia Shih and reporter Gregg Blank discuss their exciting film, Undocumented, the incredible true story of a local top cardiac surgeon who risked everything to immigrate to the United States at age 13. No matter what side of the immigration debate you're on, the film will amaze and inspire you.


Katrina Dudley discusses what it's like being a trustee of The Children's Village, one of New York's oldest charities, and a busy working mother of four
October 15, 2016 Katrina Dudley discusses how she navigates being a trustee of The Children's Village, a top female portfolio manager, and a busy working mother of four.



October 8, 2016 Ron interviews Neela Lockel, CEO of the American Red Cross Long Island.


October 1, 2016 Lee Baker, co-founder of the Code9project, supports first responders and their families through workshops and other initiatives across the country.


September 17, 2016 Allison interviews Lindsey Mullholland of the Girl Scouts of New York City to learn more about mentoring opportunities for young women.

July 30, 2016 Our guests from the Breast Treatment Task Force discuss the free diagnostic and treatment services for uninsured and under-insured women. 

June 25, 2016 Lisa Cohn of Living Water for Women helps rehabilitate women recovering from addiction and break the cycle of incarceration.

June 18, 2016 Justine Henning, Founder and CEO of Math4Science, explains how she brings innovative STEM curriculum to our local schools.

April 30, 2016 Emily Cobb, a partner at Ropes & Gray and Board member of Kula For Karma, discusses how her nonprofit has helped thousands of cancer patients and others experience the health benefits of yoga.
January 30, 2016 Dana Friedman, a pioneer for working mothers, has written hundreds of articles and books about work-life challenges. She discusses her career and advice for working moms.
November 25, 2015 Investment banker Melissa Sanchez discusses the nonprofit she co-founded, Fostering Leadership 4 Young Women, that helps girls aging out of the foster care system prepare for college and careers.
January 8, 2016 Amy Zasklansky, Founder of The Book Fairies, discusses how her organization redistributes new and used books to school districts in need.

October 31, 2015 Allison's first show as co-host of The NonProfit Voice. Ali LaFerlita, the Executive Director of Mom-Mentum, and some volunteers talk about Mom-Mentum's programs and how they lobby for new legislation to support new mothers.