Dr. Marlene Mahipat
Company: Dr. Marlene Mahipat
Company Description: Dr. Marlene founded and runs two nonprofits H.O.P.E. and P.L.E.A.S.E. that help people (human services) and animals.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Lifetime Achievement – Government or Non-Profit
Nomination Title: Dr. Marlene N. Mahipat
Describe for the judges the nominated individual's lifetime of accomplishments (up to 525 words):
Dr. Mahipat founded two nonprofits: Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE) and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanasia (PLEASE). She is actively involved in both and through them she feeds and clothes the homeless, provides school supplies to needy children, provides toys, presents, and holiday meals for needy families and also aids the elderly, disabled, and low income. She also provides financial aid, pet food and supplies, and transportation for animals, pets, and the pet owners. Through her nonprofit HOPE she has directly affected the lives of over 500 individuals internationally, as well as over 5,400 locally in the United States. An additional 6,500 meals and toiletry packages have been provided to the unsheltered homeless population.
She has visited orphanages in Mexico and brought toys and medical supplies to those children. She has provided medical supplies and toys to children in Trinidad. She has purchased, wrapped and delivered over 5,000 toys to needy children. She has supplied groceries for over 300 families and Meals on Wheels recipients. She has paid for 300 young girls to join the Girl Scouts. Although she is based out of the Baltimore, MD area she has personally traveled to and provided supplies and aid to people and animals in other parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Trinidad.
Through her nonprofit PLEASE she has rescued and adopted out or relocated over 500 abandoned , abused, or stray animals. She has provided pet food and supplies for over 1,000 pets and pet owners. And through HOPE & PLEASE, she has helped people all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, and other parts of the world. Even before founding her nonprofits she was involved in charity work. She moved to the U.S. in 1990 and became a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Even though she didn't have a vehicle she would take the bus to help assemble the meals and to this day in Maryland she is still a Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery driver. She is the recipient of many awards.
Enterprising Women of the Year Award
Maryland Top 100 Women Award (3rd time) Circle of Excellence
Citizen of the Year – Knights of Columbus
Broward College Alumni Hall of Distinction Service to the Community Award – finalist
Enterprising Women of the Year – Honorable Mention
Grandfamilies PTSA Community Partner of the Year (for HOPE)
Martin Luther King Jr. Content of Character Award
Maryland Top 100 Award (2nd time)
Top 100 MBE Award (2nd time)
Maryland Chiropractor of the Year
Maryland Health Care Heroes – Finalist
Sherman College of Chiropractic – Distinguished Service Award
Trinidad & Tobago Association of Baltimore, Inc. – In Recognition of Community Service Award
100 Black Men Honor WPO: Women of Color Award
Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame
Top 100 MBE Award
Maryland Top 100 Women Award
Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year
Women Making a Difference Award from the Baltimore County Commission for Women
Smart Woman/Smart CEO Bravo Business Achievement Award
Harlow Fullwood, Jr. Service Above Self Award
Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):
Dr. Marlene Mahipat was born in Trinidad and moved to the United States in 1990. She came to this country with only $300.00 and two suitcases. She had many struggles, which included working three jobs and going to school full time. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2001from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. She moved to Maryland in 2002 to pursue a career in Chiropractics where she started a company called Mediquest in 2004. She founded Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) in 2006 – a non-profit children’s foundation that focuses on providing food, clothes, vitamins and educational supplies to underprivileged and displaced children. She also started People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanasia (P.L.E.A.S.E.) in 2006 – a non-profit pet and animal foundation.