Blog

May
29

Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer

Again, the morning’s come. Again, he’s on the run. A sunbeam’s shining through his hair. Appearing not to have a care. Well, pick up your gear and gypsy roll on. Roll on.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0GiRGl2dIU   … Read More »


Jan
26

New Life for Discarded Vests

Life vests are one of the lasting symbols of Europe’s refugee crisis. While they enable people to flee dangerous conditions they can overwhelm a town or village upon their arrival, where beaches become a dumping ground for … Read More »


Jan
11

Trash Talk

Kamikatsu, Japan is a town of 1,700 located in southeastern part of the country. In 2003, due to the adverse effects of incinerating garbage, the residents adopted a mandatory recycling program that includes washing, cleaning, and sorting their trash … Read More »


Dec
2

A (Very) Big Give

This past Saturday was quite a day for the Salvation Army, and for one bell-ringer in particular. A Minnesota couple casually dropped a check for $500,000 into the red kettle at the Cub Foods in Rosemont and then … Read More »


Nov
16

In Performance: Sisaundra Lewis

One in an Occasional Series. Music, the universal language, can move and inspire people in a special way. Over time, even great songs can lose a little something when they are covered too many times by too … Read More »


Oct
21

Still Scoring

It’s one thing to grow up playing ice hockey. It’s another thing to still be playing – in your 90’s. At age 94, Duluth’s Mark Sertich still puts on the pads and plays pick-up with guys, some … Read More »


Oct
14

Piano Man

In 2010, Dotan Negrin had a dream and an idea. He quit his job as an art mover in New York City, bought a truck and a 400 lb. upright piano, and along with his dog Brando began a … Read More »


Sep
30

Designing for Kids with Special Needs

In 1981, Alex Truesdell met Erin, an infant with severe multiple disabilities. A few months later, her Aunt Lynn suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed both hands. An early childhood teacher at the Perkins School for the … Read More »


Sep
23

Girls Who Code

In 2009-10, during her unsuccessful run for Congress, Reshma Saujani noticed something as she visited various schools along the campaign trail – a lack of girls in computer science classrooms. Despite the growth of technology as an … Read More »


Sep
16

Crowdfunding: An Update

This past week, CTD initiated a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Crowrdrise, a well-known crowdfunding platform for nonprofits. Certainly, these are very challenging times for nonprofits, and we are no exception. While support for CTD and our missions … Read More »