Posted by Anna Webb on July 7, 2015
Mrwan Sweeden, an Iraqi doctor who fled Iraq and came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2008, received his award at the White House in June. Champions of Change are those who have worked to help refugees overcome considerable challenges as they resettle in new homes.
Sweeden, a participant in Global Talent Idaho, a program featured in the Idaho Statesman that helps refugees with professional skills find jobs, started a pilot program called “GTI Docs.” The program provides guidance for refugee and immigrant doctors who want to practice medicine in the U.S., explore alternative careers in their field, and more.
Sweeden is currently working as a medical interpreter in Boise, studying for his medical license, applying to graduate schools, and leading GTI Docs. He graduated from Baghdad Medical School in 2003 and practiced medicine at a hospital in Ramadi and as project manager for the Commission on Public Integrity in Iraq. After leaving Iraq, Sweeden worked as a doctor and health insurance consultant in Jordan before coming to the U.S. His first job, before connecting with Upwardly Global, a partner organization of Global Talent Idaho, was operating a hot dog cart. Upwardly Global helped him re-enter the medical field with a biotech company in San Jose. He then served as a combat medic. After finishing his service, Sweeden moved to Boise in 2013 to be closer to his family.
Posted by Anna Webb on June 30, 2015
The annual Hometown Heroes awards recognize local people who epitomize the values of the American Red Cross, taking action in a time of crisis to help someone else. The Red Cross honored the local heroes at a ceremony earlier in June.
Helping Works by Anna Webb: Treasure Valley group offers support to families who have lost members to suicide
Posted on June 23, 2015
Suicide continues to plague those in the Treasure Valley and throughout Idaho. One local group has a mission to help those left behind.
Posted by Anna Webb on June 16, 2015
The City of Boise needs you to help create one of the biggest blowouts of the year.
Posted by Anna Webb on June 9, 2015
The Idaho Statesman is just one of several drop-off spots where you can leave books to go to local low-income kids
Posted on June 2, 2015
Volunteer opportunities at Deer Flat and more
Helping Works by Anna Webb: Meridian’s Ponderosa Pacers hit road to raise money for new school track
Posted by Anna Webb on May 26, 2015
Fitness-loving students and teachers at Ponderosa Elementary School in Meridian, known as the Ponderosa Pacers, have been running and walking in service to physical fitness. The group, under the leadership of physical education teacher Jennifer Stoor, has logged more than 40,000 miles during this school year alone, Stoor estimates. Some motivated students run/walk 12 miles in a single recess period, she said.