From left to right: Actor Mike Ruiz, Green Chimneys NYC Division Director Theresa Nolan, Cat Greenleaf and Green Chimneys NYC program alum Javey Bailey pose for a picture at a Green Chimneys NYC Fundraising event last fall.
Cat Greenleaf began her career as an airborne traffic reporter for KGO radio in San Francisco in 1999. In 2000, she made her way back to the East Coast and onto NY1 doing traffic reports and later hard news reporting for RNN TV in Queens. After a few other gigs such as "On the Prowl with Cat Greenleaf" and "roving craft reporter" on DiY Network's Craftlab, Greenleaf finally found her current home at NBC. Her Emmy Award winning program, "Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf", is a celebrity interview show where the "stars stop by to drink coffee and spill the beans." Greenleaf is also the mother of two boys Primo and Truman.
Green Chimneys is a non-profit organization with the mission of restoring possibilities and creating futures for children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges through educational, therapeutic and outreach services, while providing care for animals and nature, thereby promoting a philosophy of dignity and worth for all living things. The Gramercy Residence at Ungar House is a foster care group residence program for youth ages 16-20. Gramercy offers 365 days a year of care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & questioning young people in a 24-hour structured and supervised home-like structure.
Interview Conducted Via E-Mail By Giacinta Pace
Q: What is your charity and why did you choose it?
Cat: My main charity is the Gramercy Park Residence of Green Chimneys. It's a group home for LGBTQ foster youth. These kids are very close to aging out of the system, when they'll have no support at all. I wanted to help share some tools they'll need for surviving on their own.
Q: What is your role with the organization?
Cat: I'm an honorary board member, which is truly MY honor, and along with a partner, I run a little program called Give Your Gift. Once a month, we bring speakers in to share their stories and expose the residents to careers and opportunities they might not have considered before.
Q: Have there been any particularly moving moments you have had while working with the organization?
Cat: When I first visited Green Chimneys, a young resident shared the story of how he ended up in the foster system. I was devastated for him that his family kicked him out at 15 years old because he's gay. That was several years ago. Now that I'm a mother myself, I can't even imagine it.
Q: When there are so many other causes, why should people support this cause?
Cat: There are endless vital issues to be addressed in our world. This one stands out to me because it encompasses tolerance, family, and our human responsibility to ensure the safety of our children.