Retired McDonnell Aircraft Engineers Make a Difference: Build Space Museum’s Grissom Center

Iconic “Mercury Six” retired McDonnell Aircraft Engineers on a new mission making a Difference: Build Space Museum’s Grissom Center in Bonne Terre, MO.


Schankman’s St. Louis: Green Burial

In this edition of Schankman’s St. Louis, Paul looks at an old tradition getting a new life in the business of deathcare. It’s called Green Burial.


World Mental Health Day: Lifestyle Changes to Boost Your Mood

By Jerome Sarris and Joe Firth When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. Even those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for […]


Make a Difference Programing on HEC

Bringing Free Libraries to the Community: St. Louis Promise Zone The St. Louis Promise Zone has partnered with the St. Louis County Library to provide 50 community library boxes all around the Promise Zone in north St. Louis County. Their aim is to increase literacy and readership and strengthen education outcomes in high poverty communities. […]


Volunteer Opportunities for Make a Difference Day

Have you ever been at line at Starbucks and have the person in front of you pay for your order? It starts a chain-effect, called paying it forward, that will put a smile on your face for the rest of the day. Or has someone sincerely complimented you or helped you out in a situation […]

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High Tech Meets Fresh Food

New technology is influencing almost everything, including the way we get food. A company has new technology that would connect farmers and buyers by app.


Schankman’s St. Louis: Lee Harvey Oswald on Stage in Mama’s Boy

This episode of Schankman’s St. Louis features the midwest debut of Mama’s Boy, a play about the twisted family life of Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22 1963.


The Power of Story: Gitana Production’s “A New World”

A verbatim theatre play tells the compelling stories of refugee women who came to the U.S. to escape war and disasters in their home countries.


Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club: Making a Difference

Gene Slay Girls and Boys Club makes a difference in the lives of at-risk children in an impoverished area of St. Louis City.


Bringing Free Libraries to the Community: St. Louis Promise Zone

St. Louis Promise Zone set up free lending library boxes around north St. Louis. It’s empowering “Birds of Wisdom” design was made by local artist Cbabi Bayoc.


Urban Harvest STL Expands to the .Zack Building & Continues to Provide Access to Healthy Food for All

The Urban Harvest nonprofit has turned a new leaf, with blooming expansion over the last five years.


Baby Cuddlers Help Drug-Exposed Babies

A unique program at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital is growing along with the opiod crisis. The program further expands the hospital’s support of moms and babies.


We’ve Been Going Through Changes

By: Amanda Honigfort, Special Projects and Programs Producer You will notice HEC looks a bit different recently. We are working extremely hard here at HEC to make some major, important changes. It’s all part of our dedication to serving you and strenghening our arts, education and cultural communities thoughout the metropolitan region. We want to take […]

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Behind the Scenes of the Gateway Arch National Park Renovations

When the Gateway Arch National Park showed off its impressive new look on July 3, HEC was there. In a series of behind-the-scenes segments on, we looked at the new museum and Arch Grounds as well as the the National Park Service’s plans for the park. That day was a long time coming. The […]


Rock Climbing That Helps Those With PTSD And More

The group “Climb for PTSD” uses rock climbing to help veterans, and others, affected by PTSD. They’ve also added jewelry making to the mix!


Going Renegade: Renegade Tours of St. Louis

Renegade Tours explores a different side of St. Louis with fresh, original, off-beat tours.


ArchFare: Design In St. Louis

In this pilot episode we bring together 4 innovative design focused St. Louisans to discuss how design enhances all aspects of life at the design-heavy Vicia.


Supermarket Sinatra

Mark Richman bills himself as St. Louis’ Sinatra Singer. And his favorite venue to is Pete’s grocery store in University City, where he appears on holidays.


A group of friends run the Chicago Marathon to raise money for the American Cancer Association

Woman battling cancer talks about her soccer teammates running a marathon in her honor.


2019 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees announced

Arts and Education Council to celebrate seven honorees at 28thannual event, Jan. 21, 2019 The Arts and Education Council(A&E) has announced seven honorees for the 2019 St. Louis Arts Awards. Celebrating its 28thyear, the St. Louis Arts Awards is the region’s preeminent event honoring artists, educators, individuals and organizations that achieve a legacy of artistic […]

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What to do in STL in June

Although there there are so many events and happenings taking place in June, we wanted to spotlight a few we are really excited about! To view all events, go to our events page, here. Edo Rosenblith at COCA | June 8 – Aug. 25 Israeli born, St. Louis-based artist Edo Rosenblith will guide COCA visitors […]


Summer in the Garden

By: Amanda Honigfort, Special Programs Producer The Missouri Botanical Garden spreads over 79 beautiful acers in the Tower Grove neighborhood as a natural oasis in St. Louis city. Founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw, it is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. From holidays to sunday brunch, meeting […]


We Stories, Raising Big Hearted Kids

We Stories utilizes the power of children’s literature to create conversations about race and racism.


Food Pantry For Pets

It’s a food pantry for pets! The idea began when two women saw a need and decided to do something! Now the group has lots of volunteers & is still growing!


The Easy Chicken

Raising backyard chickens has grown in popularity. We talk with a “Chicken Whisperer” about this trend and what it takes to raise chickens successfully.


Hope in the Baking

Follow baker Daryl along on a day in the Bridge Bread Bakery, learn his remarkable story and how this bakery is restoring hope while baking delicious goods.

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Bear Awareness Weekend at the St. Louis Zoo

Bear Awareness Weekend is a free educational event presented by the St. Louis Zoo March 23 through 25, 2018.

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MetKnow Wants To Help You Know People Better

MetKnow, a 2017 Arch Grants winner, is a “flashcard and quizzing” mobile application that helps users keep track of acquaintances’ names.


Rescue Readers

Animals at Helping Strays shelter in Monroe county are enjoying quality time with special visitors. See how the Rescue Readers programs benefit all involved.


Not Your Grandma’s Roller Derby!

Roller Derby is back on track! And St. Louis is one of the best derby cities in the world. Find out when the revival began and why it is popular again.


Randy’s Rescue Ranch

Randy Grim, famous for saving feral dogs through Stray Rescue of St. Louis, has now started a ranch where large animals can find shelter and new homes.


Free Family Winter Celebration at the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum combines winter holiday traditions from around the world with a free weekend event.


The BALSA Foundation

The BALSA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization helping first-time business owners in the St. Louis area get started.


St. Louis’ Jewish Santa

One of St. Louis’s oldest and largest holiday toy giveaways is run by a Santa Claus who is Jewish. And she has been doing it for almost 50 years.

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Central West End Window Walk

Get into the holiday season spirit with this visit to the Central West End Window Walk. It’s the 8th year for the event and it is bigger and better than ever.

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Fun, Skating, and a Heartwarming Tale at the Grandel Theatre

Metro Theater Company’s production of “Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates” at the Grandel Theatre.


Schankman’s St. Louis: Free Portraits for K-9 Cops!

Paul Schankman shows us a remarkably talented local artist who is doing something equally remarkable: Creating free portraits of police dogs for their partners.

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Winter Wonderland Astonishes St. Louis for 32 Years

Saint Louis County Parks presents Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park. For over 30 years this ever expanding holiday light display has wowed young and old alike.


Impact: November 2017

Good stories are being lived out all around us and yet we hear rarely get the chance to experience them. With Impact, it’s our hope to share all the wonderful things happening throughout our local community whether it affects just a few in the neighborhood or millions around the globe. Our stories are about more […]


10 things to do in St. Louis this weekend

Things are about to get holi-crazy in St. Louis! Take time to enjoy yourself this weekend and check out some of the events going on around town before the holiday shenanigans hit the fan. Want only holiday events? Click here! Want weekend events to come straight to your inbox every Thursday? Click here! Click here […]


December 5th Fund

A simple concept of paying it forward from a father and husband who lost his wife to cancer. The December 5th Fund helps families dealing with cancer.


Holiday Events and Celebrations in St. Louis

  The holiday season is here and there are so many ways to get into the spirit in St. Louis. Sure, you may want to pick out the perfect tree or sip hot cocoa by the fire, but below are other events just begging to become an annual holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, […]

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Missouri History Museum hosts Dia de los Muertos

Learn about Dia de los Muertos at the Missouri History Museum through Day of the Dead–inspired artwork, live music, face painting, and much more.

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Theatre of the Deaf Returns to STLCC-FV

Theatre of the Deaf at STLCC – Florissant Valley presents Arsenic and Old Lace November 2017.


Songs 4 Soldiers

Songs 4 Soldiers helps combat veterans with expenses, jobs and more. Founder, Dustin Row, produces an annual fundraising concert. This year – Bret Michaels!


Pianos for People

Pianos for People connects people who need pianos with pianos who need people.

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Hispanic Celebration in Soulard Park

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival at Soulard Park which will be celebrates Hispanic heritage by providing entertainment, drinks, foods, and more!

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Tensions High in St. Louis, Many Looked to the Sky

Dozens of hot air balloons lined art hill Friday as crowds gathered in anticipation of the 45th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow.

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Kemper Art Museum Investigates Renaissance Prints and Psychological Healing

The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University presents a rarely seen collection of renaissance and baroque prints and a video installation by Kader Attia.

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Sensuality, Globalism, Ghosts, and a Controversial Violin Inhabit SLAM’s “A Century of Modern Japanese Prints”

“A Century of Japanese Prints” at the St. Louis Art Museum focuses on art of the 20th and 21st century.

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St. Louis Artist Tackles White Supremacy

St. Louis artist Sarah Paulsen tackles the issues of white supremacy and white identity in America in her exhibit “White Ghosts” at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

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Meet Me at the Fair

Meet the talent behind the tents of the Saint Louis Art Fair, plus get to know the people who put everything together!

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We Are All Targets – Don’t Shoot Exhibit at STLCC-FV

Contemporary Art Gallery at STLCC-FV hosts the works Margi Weir in her new exhibit “We Are All Targets – Don’t Shoot.”

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St. Louis Communities Join Forces for Hope

Watch how Clean Sweep 2, sponsored by Better Family Life, demonstrates care and compassion to the residence of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods.


Doctor by Day, Cabaret Singer by Night

Paul Schankman meets the St. Louis pediatrician who charms kids by day and audiences by night with his cabaret performance titled, “The Medicine Show.”


Shared Workspace Hoping to Impact Working Women

Two St. Louis area women hope to have an impact on like-minded businesswomen with a new workspace that includes both professional amentities and camaraderie.


Booz, Allen, Hamilton Internship Program Summer Games

This segment illustrates how Booz, Allen, Hamilton, a leading consultant firms, prepares interns for today’s world.


Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild

The Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild features a wide variety of works from artists across the United States.


Making Dreams Come True: Prom Dresses For All

Maria Mathias, a talented seamstress from Panama provides free prom dresses and free alterations to students who can’t afford to buy their prom dresses.


STL Veg Girl Plants Seeds of Knowledge

She calls herself “STL Veg Girl” & her mission is to teach people why it’s important to put a plant on every plate!


“What Is Your Hope?”

At the beginning of the year, one Parkway school asked students and teachers to write down their hopes for the year. Now, we find out if their hopes came true.


TinySuperheroes: Empowering Kids One Cape At A Time

TinySuperheroes is a local superhero cape company with a big mission to empower kids as they overcome illness or disability.


Sammy Soap

A Kirkwood mother took matters into her own hands when her son, who has intellectual disabilities, needed a job. She founded an all-natural soap company.


Animal Rescue Saves Dogs By Teaching Humans

Animal rescue group, the Gateway Pet Guardians help dogs & humans. Their outreach program is making a difference in the community in so many ways!


Brace For Impact 46

Retired Cardinal baseball pitcher Kyle McClellan and his wife Bridget are helping families realize their own “field of dreams” in Haiti and in St. Louis.


Human Sex Trafficking: America’s Modern Day Slavery

Americans trafficking American is a multi-million dollar industry. We’ll examine how children and teens have become the greatest victims of sex traffickers.


A Hero’s Calling

Shawn Antoniou has as great life. He’s passionate about helping veterans. He’s passionate for a very good reason.


Live Like Josh

West County man’s legacy evident in foundation formed by family and friends. The foundation is making education, engineering and other STEM projects possible.


Operation Shower

See how Operation Shower gives back to military families.


NGA – National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Winning the bid for the NGA will tremendously impact St. Louis’ economy and bring development to an area experiencing decades of decay.


Washington University and Missouri Botanical Garden Join Forces for The Madagascar Project

Washington University students and Missouri Botanical Garden scientists improve lives and biodiversity in a unique collaboration, “The Madagascar Project.”


The Disabled Athlete Sports Association

DASA or the Disabled Athlete Sports Association is creating amazing opportunities with children with disabilities. This story follows one child’s journey.


St. Louis Strong Works To “Lift the Gateway Higher”

Jake Hollander founded St. Louis Strong in 2015 to fight fragmentation in the Saint Louis region and work towards a “people first” city/county merger plan.


Hanging with the Wolves!

At this summer camp, local students observe endangered wolves in their natural habitat and learn why these animals and humans should co-exist peacefully.


Moms on a Mission

Two moms discover the power of social media when they let friends know about a plan to help others in their community.


Drink Wine, Help People

Scott Monette’s 100 Percent Wine is not only flying off the shelves because it tastes good…it’s also helping people with disabilities find and keep jobs.


Rivercity Raiders hoping to score on and off the field

The River City Raiders are hoping to score points on and off the field with St. Louis football fans. Their first playoff game is June 6th. Tickets are free.


Family is the Focus of this Impact

Stopping the stigma of HIV, para-divers discover freedom, Looking ahead to life with Alzheimer’s, delivering blessings in a basket, and playing pool at school.


Alzheimer’s Disease: Daisy’s Story

Daisy Duarte knows she’s going to get Alzheimer’s disease. But rather than shy away from her diagnosis, she’s finding ways to help others.


Blessing Basket, Missionaries, Urban Farming and Project Be Confident, November 2015

From the mission fields to farm fields, we highlight St. Louisans looking to improve lives both here at home and around the world.


Valley Industries Offers a Helping Hand

A local company makes it their job to provide meaningful employment to some in our area who might otherwise not be able to find work.


Heroin Awareness, It Takes a Village and Educational Table Games, August 2015

A man plans to hit the road and bicycle across the country with an important message for drug dealers. He’s pedaling to stop pushing.


Local Charities, History Preservation, and Police Anti-Bias Training, June 2015

Lessons from the Holocaust and D-day are impacting how police officers patrol the street and how young people view the world.


Hand Delivering Hope: Be The Change Volunteers

The life saving work by Be The Change Volunteers is profiled & includes footage & sills from Rwanda, Cambodia, Malawi, PGN, Peru, India & Guatemala.


Every Experience Matters!

Instructors at the Leadership Development Academy provide more than just martial arts training at their gym in Olivette.


Moments of Silence

In the wake of the Ferguson riots, a group of local artists created a touring exhibit that gives pause to reflect on the state of human relationship in America.


Improving Downtown St. Louis’ Landscape, and Overcoming Adversity in Health and Business, February 2015

Impact is all about making changes for the better, helping those around us. On this episode, we introduce you to two people using their very different talents t


Rainbows for Kids: The Sky Is The Limit

An inspiring story about Rainbows for Kids, dedicated to helping children with cancer & other serious illnesses and their families.


MOAHS WW2 Honor Flight for 92 year Old Veteran, Tom Mohan

MOAHS honors 92 year old veteran Tom Mohan with a flight in the SBD Dauntless, 70 years after he flew in the same aircraft during the Battle of Guadalcanal.


Top of Her Game

Imagine the courage of a young woman who knew what she wanted and refused to take no for an answer. See how she broke barriers and making dreams come true.


Visually Impaired Children, Gender Bias in Athletics, Business in Art, and More, May 2014

No matter what your job, interest or hobby, you’re likely making an impact just like these inspirational stories of people helping others all in a days work.


A New Door to St. Louis from Stan “The Man”, Messages of Hope for Children, and More, February 2014

Pilots volunteer to carry special cargo, Rally squirrel helps treat young patients, a new bridge impacts St. Louis transit, Lindbergh students go hi-tech.


Cardinal Glennon Inspiring Hope

Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation inspires hope through Rally Squirrel, Homers for Health and its Tree of Hope at Christmas.


Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope, and Building Confidence With Change in Mind, plus More, November 2013

From the Rose Bowl to Malawi, Africa, Impact highlights special people who are making a difference in the lives of their communities here and abroad.


Students for Global Change, Bully-Proofing Schools, Art House Coffee, and More, August 2013

Impact goes global from asking younger generations for answers to world issues to asking you to clean out your closet to help third world countries.


The Grief Support Breakfast Club, Building Green, Options for St. Louis’ At Risk Youth, and More, April 2013

It’s the house of the future with the ultimate in green home innovation from energy efficiency, indoor air quality to how it interacts with the surrounding environment.


A Paraplegic Surgeon’s Road to Resilience, Helping Students Succeed, and More, January 2013

Let us introduce you to some extraordinary people around our area who are making a difference on the lives of those around them. On this episode you will meet a surgeon who says he’s a better doctor after suffering a debilitating disease that left his paralyzed from the waist down. Find out about a new program designed to break the cycle of homelessness and all the participants have to do is find their true talent. An amazing statistic states that a majority of African American students who head off to college will never get their degree. We found a new school with a new attitude about education hoping to change all that. And one of St. Louis’ best known neighborhoods is going green with a community garden that is all about helping those who need it most.


Designs for Donations, Healthy Kids Express, Veterans GO! Green, and More, October 2012

It doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone’s life and we have some wonderful stories of commitments of personal time and resources with the goal of helping others in this edition of Impact. A local agency is reaching out to homeless veterans teaching them how to get out of their economic slump. Meet a woman who wants to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness by putting the disease in the spotlight. A local hospital is hitting the roads and heading to schools offering free healthcare to hundreds of school children throughout the area. Meanwhile, a best selling author is scoring big with local students who want to play sports, and all it costs them is a couple of afternoons of reading. And finally, see how one local teacher is turning his hobby of jewelry making into an opportunity to inspire others to help those around them.


The Gift of Giving, Home Grown Goods, The Garden Guru, A Medical Miracle, and More, July 2012

This episode of Impact begins with a heart tugging story of a little boy suffering from a fatal illness who, today, is a true medical miracle. Local doctors use a treatment never tried in the U.S. before and make medical history. We’ll also introduce you to a man making his own impact on children in need of medical help and all he did was retire. Healthy eating is making a comeback and the new trend is to buy locally produced foods. See how you can be sure the freshest food is making it’s way from area farms to your table. And if you have a gardening question, who are you going to call? How about the Garden Guru? See who he is and what he knows on this edition of Impact.


Sound the Alarm Outreach, United 4 Children, The Blessing Basket Project, and More, April 2012

Stories about bad situations turned into motivation for helping other overcome similar adversities. Saving villages from poverty and more.

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