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RECENT PUBLIC INTEREST PROJECTS:
  • Mary Jane is a motivated volunteer with StepUP Ministry (2009 to present) - www.step-up.us - stemming from her personal interactions over seven-years with her yard-man who suffered from mental illness, fell into despair, robbed a bank, and ultimately landed in prison. She and her late husband, Judge Heman R. Clark former NC Secretary of Crime Control & Public Safety, were committed advocates for justice and concerned with mental health treatment and criminal recidivism. MJ admired StepUP's approach and became an outreach speaker, development volunteer, communications contributor and "Life Coach" in training. Her video on homelessness in Raleigh included in StepUP's May 2011 eNewsletter, can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/7XZOasJrY5I. One of the keys to StepUP's success is that they concentrate their efforts on those people who demonstrate that they are ready, willing and able to make positive changes in their lives.
    Nichols Perdue and Clark
  • As a concerned environmentalist, MJ is a member of the Environmental Stewardship Committe at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. She photographed and produced a short video detailing WMPC's exploration of what best do with the church's 17,000 pounds of compostable waste. View the video on Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Farm at: http://youtu.be/sYUjILFo75c