Hear Susan Axelrod, founder of CURE, discuss the organization and the viewing of the 60 Minutes segment about the organization. Join together with so many others, including CURE board members such as Connie Milstein, to learn more about this organization that raises awareness of, and money for, epilepsy research.
Among her many other socially-responsible activities, Connie Milstein owns Connie’s Bakery & General Store in downtown Mt. Kisco, New York. What makes this business venture so unique is that 100% of Connie’s net profits are donated to charitable causes.
In addition to the financial contributions that the store makes, it also offers a myriad of other benefits for local residence. Certainly, it provides employment for people in the neighborhood. In addition, Connie’s employees take part in a unique one-year, full-time baking apprenticeship program. They are trained for the entire year by Simeon Manber, the Executive Pastry Chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
At the end of their one-year apprenticeship, Connie’s Bakery & General Store helps them to move into permanent positions in the food service industry. They then get ready to recruit and train another batch of apprentices!
BSF Board member Connie Milstein and her bakery, Connie’s Bakery, donated 400 tins of brownies to newly reunited families at Fort Drum to help celebrate their Christmas redeployment.
In late November, 2009 the Humpty Dumpty Institute helped to relieve some of the suffering of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) of Sri Lanka. Connie Milstein, who is chairwoman of the board of directors of the HDI and is also a co-founder, was pleased to note that over $300,000 worth of humanitarian aid was distributed, consisting of, supplies for schools, orphanages and hygienic kits.
The funding for this aid was generously supplied by LDS Charities in the wake of the recent violent conflicts in Sri Lanka. The variety of supplies distributed included 1,855 hygiene kits to the women’s detention camp where about 2,000 IDPs are located. On the same day, November 25th, school kits and orphanage kits were distributed at another camp.
The leading role in which Connie Milstein played in the betterment if the IDPs in Sri Lanka speaks volumes about her caring and concern for the many people in need around the world.
Connie Milstein, along with the other co-founders of the Humpty Dumpty Institute is interested in creating innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to solve some of the world’s more daunting problems. Using unique and creative programming, HDI is now concerned with improving communications between the United States Congress and the United Nations. Some of the more specific tasks the HDI is striving to accomplish are removal of mines from vast areas around the world to free up the land for agriculture and other uses and to keep civilians safe; and reducing and/or eliminating hunger domestically and internationally.