October 25, 2014

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Charitable tradition


Lorain family has history of giving 

LORAIN — For Lorain residents Sandra and Sherwin Goldberg and their three children, philanthropy is a family affair.

Twins Allison and Rebecca Goldberg, 24, took excursions to Africa earlier this summer through the Global Youth Partnership for Africa program, which was founded by their brother, Jeremy Goldberg, and his friend Joseph Bagambaki Kaliisa.

The two men created the partnership in late 2006 after years of living in Uganda and supporting development efforts to improve health and education conditions there.

“The program provides cross-cultural exchanges that help the African economy and rural and urban populations,” Jeremy Goldberg said.

While the partnership targets a wide range of socio-economic issues, the Goldberg sisters left the United States with the goal of pursuing health-related changes in each of their particular fields, dental and medical research.

Their father, Sherwin Goldberg, who works as a case manager and job developer for Goodwill Industries, said he tried to instill a passion for community service into his children at a very young age.

“They were always very involved in their youth group,” he said. “They learned that when you work hard and put time and effort into things, you see results in the community.”

In Africa, Allison represented her employer, Abt Associates, a Washington, D.C., firm that provides research for social and economic policy as well as international development. She spent 10 days in Malawi administering HIV tests and conducting research during the free International Voluntary Testing & Counseling Week sponsored by Malawi’s government.

Rebecca, a dental student at The Ohio State University, spent 31 days in Kampala, Uganda, at the Makerere University Dental Clinic helping the population learn proper dental hygiene. She and fellow dental student Charu Gupta distributed hundreds of items donated to the project by the Ohio State dental program, including toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes.

Sandra Goldberg said she and her husband always have supported the efforts of their three children and will proudly continue to do so.

“We’re very happy with all that they’ve done,” she said. “Our children are passionate about helping others, and we promote those passions wholeheartedly."

Contact Jill Mahon by calling 329-7155 or metro@chroniclet.com.