Baldemar and the FLOC

This week on The Rough Draft Diaries, The RDD meets the FLOC, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. An organization created by Baldemar Velásquez to represent migrant farm workers in the Midwest and beyond. 

This is part one in a two-part story, make sure to tune in next week to hear more about Baldemar and the FLOC.

Dr. Paat.

Dr. Richard Paat is a healthcare physician who is not just making an impact at his local practice in Maumee but around the world. Tune in to find out how Dr. Paat keeps himself busy when not volunteering at local shelters here in Toledo on this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries.

The Labre Project

Labre (pronounced labra) is a program named after St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Patron of the homeless, and is an outreach to the hungry. Each Monday, students and moderators from St. Ursula and St. John's meet to put together simple meals.

Holidays at the Manor House

In this year's holiday special, The Rough Draft Diaries gets a behind-the-scenes look at Holidays at the Manor House - a tradition that has been going on for more than 30 years. Listen in to hear how local volunteers decorate this Toledo icon located at the Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

The Price of Fame and the Comfort of Home

This week on The Rough Draft Diaries, local performer Candice Coleman looks back to her American Idol days remembering how the experience gave her the foundation for her singing career today.

One Matters

The Rough Draft Diaries meets with Ken Leslie of 1Matters. 1Matters is a non-profit that works to return domestic autonomy to those without homes. Listen in to hear how Ken founded the organization and how it continues to reach out to the homeless community of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

The RDD Grows

This week The Rough Draft Diaries meets Yvonne Dubielak the Outreach and Education Director at the Toledo Botanical Garden. We're talking about one particular program at the TBG though, Toledo GROWs. Toledo GROWs is a community gardening outreach program dedicated to the continued growth and success of community-based gardens in the City of Toledo and throughout northwest Ohio.

The RDD's Thanksgiving Special with Scott Bowman of Fowl and Fodder

In this Thanksgiving Special, The Rough Draft Diaries visited Scott Bowman, of Fowl and Fodder, as he shared his recipe for Fowl and Fodder's Squash Compote. Check out our handy-dandy, behind-the-scenes video of The Rough Draft Diaries in Fowl and Fodder's kitchen and the recipe.

Children's Theater Workshop - Meet Aimee

The RDD returns to the theater this week as we join The Children's Theater Workshop for one of their rehearsals. The story of the CTW will be split into two episodes. In this first episode, you'll meet Executive Artistic Director Aimee Reid. CTW offers a number of special programs in live theater for Toledo and area youth from three to 18 years old. The program teaches theatrical techniques through an informal, classroom-based structure, and promotes self-expression and teamwork.