Barbara Carlson: Proud of Serving Those in Need

By: Sabina Covo

Meet Barbara Carlson, retired school teacher and the embodiment of philanthropist – dedicated to improve the material, social, and spiritual welfare of humanity, especially through her charitable activities.

Barbara and her (late) husband Rev. Rowland Carlson founded Discovery Service Projects, an organization of volunteers from many faiths who work alongside local citizens in developing countries and the United States. Their volunteers have built churches, clinics, community buildings, schools, and private homes, enriching the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Barbara has been highly-successful in recruiting family, friends and the staff at Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown (where she resides) to help with both domestic and international projects. She was particularly proud and excited to have four generations of Carlson’s all assisting with a building project in Jamaica.

In 2013, Barbara and her team of almost 100 volunteers went to Palmares, Costa Rica to build a community service building and distribute food to the needy through a partnership with the Rice and Beans Ministries.

Barbara is preparing for her next trip scheduled for January 3rd through February 15th. She will spend half of the time in Honduras on the campus of the Residential Children’s Home constructing a building for the caretakers of children. She and her team of volunteers will then head to Costa Rica to construct a Sunday school building on the campus of the Palmares Methodist Church. In addition, they will distribute food bags of rice and beans to the poor neighborhoods.

Barbara is very proud of the accomplishments of the organization she and her husband founded back in the late 80s and she looks forward to discovering new cultures and making a real difference in the lives of those in need.

 

About Sabina Covo

Nombrada como una de las colombo americanas más influyentes en el sur de la Florida por The Americas Community Center and Broward County, y galardonada como uno de los 20 mejores profesionales de menos de 40 años en el sur de Florida por Brickell Magazine en 2013, Sabina Covo cuenta con más de catorce años de experiencia en periodismo, escritura y consultoría en comunicaciones, tanto en Estados Unidos como en América Latina. Ha sido reportera, presentadora de noticias de televisión y radio, y corresponsal de Telemundo 51, donde comenzó su carrera en el año 2000, ha trabajado para Mundofox, Cadena Ser, La W Radio y Caracol, La Televisión Nacional de Austria, Prisa, Canal Cartagena y ADN Chile. incluyendo convenciones nacionales democráticas y republicanas. Sabina ha entrevistado a personalidades como la secretaria de Estado Madeline Albright, los presidentes colombianos Álvaro Uribe y Juan Manuel Santos o la estrella internacional Julio Iglesias para nombrar algunos. Ella ha cubierto elecciones desde 2004 incluyendo convenciones nacionales Sabina Covo fundó su agencia de relaciones públicas Sabina Covo Communications LLC con sede en Coconut Grove en 2014. En 2008 obtuvo un premio Building Our Community Award de la entidad internacional March of Dimes por su trabajo dentro de la organización y en 2009 fue nominada por la Cámara de Comercio de Coral Gables con un “Raising Star Award”. Se graduó de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida con un grado de Comunicaciones y Ciencias Políticas en 2001. Sabina started her career as a journalist in 1999. She graduated with a Communications Degree from Florida International University and has worked as a journalist, TV and Radio Anchor and Reporter for different stations and print publications in Latin America and the US including Caracol, W Radio, Austrian National Television, America Teve, Canal sur, NBC and Telemundo. She served as the director of Media Relations for Gordon Reyes and Associates in Miami and was nominated for a Raising Star Award by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. She has a Building our Community award for her collaboration with the March of Dimes, and is part of Sharing for Kids. Sabina is a columnist for El Nuevo Herald in Miami, and a TV Contributor for America Teve and CNN.

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