National Nonprofit Day: Empowering Change and Community Growth

The American Dream consists of two components: making it big and paying it forward. If you’ve ever volunteered for a non-profit or donated to a charity, you have taken part in that American Dream. Non-profits throughout the country work to promote it by offering assistance to those who need it most so that they get out from under and make it. National Nonprofit Day commemorates that spirit every year on August 17th and recognizes the significance of nonprofits in our local communities. 

History of National NonProfit Day

In 2017, a beautiful black author and speaker named Sherita J. Herring wanted to encourage everyone to be the change they wanted to see. She established the day to highlight that recognizing the need to help others is important. And August 17th was the day The Tariff Act of 1894 was signed into law. It imposed the first federal income tax on corporations but provided exclusions for charitable organizations. These incentives make the nonprofit and the American dream more accessible. 

According to the National Centre for Charitable Statistics, the United States boasts a remarkable 1.5 million registered organizations. These organizations play a pivotal role in community growth, offering essential services such as food banks, affordable housing, healthcare, legal guidance, and education. Additionally, the nonprofit sector contributes immensely to after-school programs, providing invaluable daycare services to these communities.

Moreover, the nonprofit sector substantially contributes to the national economy, employing professionals spanning fields such as law, engineering, and nursing. Following the recession in 2012, this sector made a staggering contribution of up to $887.3 billion, constituting 5.4% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.”

How Can You Observe this Day?

The reason to celebrate nonprofits is self-explanatory, but it helps to recognize the many benefits that nonprofits offer us. They provide employment opportunities and are consumers of goods and services. This, in turn, contributes to the economy. Furthermore, nonprofits hit on the hard topics that have the potential to be swept under the rug. Topics range from disease to education to equality. This promotes awareness and sensitivity to combat the in-your-face realities of capitalism or one of the many other -isms. 

While charitable foundations rely heavily on donations to keep the lights on, it’s not the only way to help. This National Nonprofit Day, you can celebrate by volunteering. Helping Hands is very much the foundation and walls of a nonprofit. If that’s not an option, research ways you can support your community. Perhaps shop at local businesses that partner with nonprofit organizations. Or start the project that gets you out and about, thinking of the community’s needs.

And It’s Working Well In Many Ways 

Many of us find fulfilment in volunteering or donating. In fact, according to Define Financial, Americans gave a record $471 billion to charities in 2020 despite the COVID pandemic. This shows that even during hard times, Americans want to lend a helping hand.  Sixty per cent of American households give back. That’s a pretty impressive number showing that most Americans understand the importance of paying it forward. 

But There Are Still Challenges

Despite all the good, nonprofits face several challenges today. Creating awareness and standing out is one of them. Even with social media allowing any organization access to millions, getting the traction needed to differentiate from others can be a hurdle. Because government funding is limited, nonprofits must find new and creative ways to fundraise. This takes a lot of effort and dedicated talent that can be hard to come by.  

We encourage you to think about how you can help a nonprofit overcome some of these challenges! And let us know in the comments what that would look like for you. 

It’s National Aunt and Uncle’s Day Ya’ll

We all know about Mother’s and Father’s Day, but did you know there is a day dedicated to aunts and uncles? July 26th is National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, a time to appreciate the sometimes-overlooked members of our families.

Our aunts and uncles can play a special role in our lives, providing love, support, and guidance. They can be like second parents or great friends who are always there for us.

On National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, take some time to reflect on the special people in your life. Let them know how much you appreciate them for all they do.

But the Relationship Goes Both Ways

But the Relationship Goes Both Ways

Then there is what nieces and nephews offer aunts and uncles in return. Many men and women do not become parents for various reasons, whether by choice or not. Yet, they, too, find fulfilment in being a part of the lives of their siblings’ children. My role as Ti Ti Alexi to my two nephews has taught me about authentic love and the kind of parent I could be. I find great pride and joy in helping raise them. I can’t wait to walk with them on their educational journey.

Then there is what nieces and nephews offer aunts and uncles in return. Many men and women do not become parents for various reasons, whether by choice or not. Yet, they, too, find fulfilment in being a part of the lives of their siblings’ children. My role as Ti Ti Alexi to my two nephews has taught me about authentic love and the kind of parent I could be. I find great pride and joy in helping raise them. I can’t wait to walk with them on their educational journey.

The Unknown History of National Aunt and Uncle Day

The Unknown History of National Aunt and Uncle Day
It’s unclear just when the dedicated day was established, but
the importance of aunts and uncles
is
backed by psychologists and demonstrated in modern media
(shout out to Uncle Phil of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!) Despite a lack of origin, I’d like to think this particular set of relatives has been celebrated unofficially in one way or another. I can think of several representations in literature. For example, Aunt March in Little Women was pivotal to her niece’s character arcs in Little Women. It’s not a coincidence that the national personification of the US is Uncle Sam.

Traditions for the Uncle’s Day?

Traditions for the Uncle’s Day
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You can write them a letter, get them that little gift, take them on an adventure, cook a meal or spend time with them. They’ll appreciate the effort, and it’s a great way to spend quality time together. No matter what you choose to do, make sure your aunts and uncles know how much you appreciate them. They’re sure to cherish the memories you create together.

We would love to hear from you in the comments about your favourite aunt or uncle and all they have to offer. Do you have any ideas on celebrating National Aunt and Uncle’s Day? Let us know in the comment section.

We would love to hear from you in the comments about your favourite aunt or uncle and all they have to offer. Do you have any ideas on celebrating National Aunt and Uncle’s Day? Let us know in the comment section.

Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage

Caribbean-American heritage, celebrated every June, is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and contributions that have profoundly influenced the dynamic tapestry of American society over the years. This event reflects the diverse experiences of people whose ancestral roots can be traced back to Caribbean countries.

Caribbean-American heritage, celebrated every June, is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and contributions that have profoundly influenced the dynamic tapestry of American society over the years. This event reflects the diverse experiences of people whose ancestral roots can be traced back to Caribbean countries.

From their captivating rhythms to the sumptuous dishes and more, Caribbean influence permeates music, cuisine, and art. Caribbean Americans have achieved noteworthy accomplishments across various fields, from sports to politics, literature to science. Their unwavering resilience, creativity, and strong sense of community continue to make an enduring impact.

From their captivating rhythms to the sumptuous dishes and more, Caribbean influence permeates music, cuisine, and art. Caribbean Americans have achieved noteworthy accomplishments across various fields, from sports to politics, literature to science. Their unwavering resilience, creativity, and strong sense of community continue to make an enduring impact.

What is this Year’s Theme?

What is this Year’s Theme?

As per the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, The Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, the theme will be “Honoring Our Journey, Shaping our Future.” The non-profit Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), headquartered in Washington, DC, works with Caribbean diaspora associations in twenty states to organize events in areas where Caribbean people are the majority. Due to the lingering effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s events will be accessible online and offline.

As per the
U.S. Embassy in Barbados,
The Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS
, the theme will be “Honoring Our Journey, Shaping our Future.” The non-profit Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), headquartered in Washington, DC, works with Caribbean diaspora associations in twenty states to organize events in areas where Caribbean people are the majority. Due to the lingering effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s events will be accessible online and offline.

The ‘SMART’ Caribbean Gathering and the Caribbean American Legislative Week will be the major events to watch out for. Caribbean-American leaders and experts will address topics, policies, and anything affecting Caribbean populations in and outside of America. These discussions will run from June 20th to 24th.

The ‘SMART’ Caribbean Gathering and the Caribbean American Legislative Week will be the major events to watch out for. Caribbean-American leaders and experts will address topics, policies, and anything affecting Caribbean populations in and outside of America. These discussions will run from June 20th to 24th.

Activities to Look Out For

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Activities to Look Out For

Here are some common events that have historically featured in the Caribbean American Heritage.

Here are some common events that have historically featured in the Caribbean American Heritage.

Educating People About the Rich History of Caribbeans 

Educating People About the Rich History of Caribbeans 

Experience the fascinating journey of Caribbean immigration to the United States. Learn about the role of Caribbean immigrants in the American dream. Make this an opportunity to educate your family on the valuable contributions of Caribbeans.

Experience the fascinating journey of Caribbean immigration to the United States. Learn about the role of Caribbean immigrants in the American dream. Make this an opportunity to educate your family on the valuable contributions of Caribbeans.

Sampling the Caribbean Cuisine 

Sampling the Caribbean Cuisine 

Nothing defines a people’s culture like their food. In this event, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine, including jerk chicken, rum punch, and coco bread, among others. You can also request your Caribbean friend to teach you how to make their sumptuous dishes. Alternatively, you can prepare a Caribbean-themed meal and surprise them.

Nothing defines a people’s culture like their food. In this event, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine, including jerk chicken, rum punch, and coco bread, among others. 
You can also request your Caribbean friend to teach you how to make their sumptuous dishes. Alternatively, you can prepare a Caribbean-themed meal and surprise them.

Learn More at the Institute of Caribbean Studies 

Learn More at the Institute of Caribbean Studies 
Each year, the
Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)
and its partners create programs that appeal to people of different ages and genders. For more on these programs, head over to their website and learn about the online and community-based events that will be taking place. 
Caribbean Heritage Month
.

We would like to hear from you. Share your favorite Caribbean experiences in the comment section or any upcoming travel plans you have in the comments below. Let’s inspire and support one another as we celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean.

We would like to hear from you. Share your favorite Caribbean experiences in the comment section or any upcoming travel plans you have in the comments below. Let’s inspire and support one another as we celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean.

How To Work With Local Groups To Support Students and Their Families

The adage goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” implying that it takes a community to raise a child. It’s not just enough to only depend on local authorities to take responsibility for our local issues is not enough. Instead, we must collaborate as a community to foster our schools and meet the unique needs of our community.

The adage goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” implying that it takes a community to raise a child. It’s not just enough to only depend on local authorities to take responsibility for our local issues is not enough. Instead, we must collaborate as a community to foster our schools and meet the unique needs of our community.

Genuine community connections and efforts are the keys to genuine transformation in education and schools. When families, community organizations, businesses, and schools come together to support learning, students perform better academically, stay in school longer, and derive greater satisfaction from their educational experience.

Genuine community connections and efforts are the keys to genuine transformation in education and schools. When families, community organizations, businesses, and schools come together to support learning, students perform better academically, stay in school longer, and derive greater satisfaction from their educational experience.

Ensuring that our schools are suitable for all 21st-century learners will require a collaborative effort from various community members. The leadership roles should be flexible and adjusted based on the specific needs and objectives of the transformation project. Progress can be made quickly by valuing each other’s unique contributions and creating a positive environment where we all can teach and learn.

Ensuring that our schools are suitable for all 21st-century learners will require a collaborative effort from various community members. The leadership roles should be flexible and adjusted based on the specific needs and objectives of the transformation project. Progress can be made quickly by valuing each other’s unique contributions and creating a positive environment where we all can teach and learn.

It’s important to note that schools alone cannot instill these values, just as parents and social groups alone cannot produce well-rounded individuals. Therefore, schools and communities must collaborate to achieve optimal outcomes for young people. This article will outline practical strategies for building stronger relationships between schools and communities to enhance student achievement.

It’s important to note that schools alone cannot instill these values, just as parents and social groups alone cannot produce well-rounded individuals. Therefore, schools and communities must collaborate to achieve optimal outcomes for young people. This article will outline practical strategies for building stronger relationships between schools and communities to enhance student achievement.

Tips to Enhance School and Community Collaboration

Tips to Enhance School and Community Collaboration

Think Beyond the Classroom and Involve the Community

Think Beyond the Classroom and Involve the Community

Educators are not the only ones who should contribute to the education of our children. The community can create questions, puzzles, quotes, and other thought-provoking resources. There are ample opportunities for experiential learning in the community around schools. We must attract the right people and ask the right questions to make this happen.

Educators are not the only ones who should contribute to the education of our children. The community can create questions, puzzles, quotes, and other thought-provoking resources. There are ample opportunities for experiential learning in the community around schools. We must attract the right people and ask the right questions to make this happen.

Engage All Stakeholders

Engage All Stakeholders

To establish an authentic connection, reaching out to the most important people and meeting them where they are is essential. Start with a series of community walks to visit local businesses, senior homes, and people’s homes. Teachers and local businesses can join this effort too. 

To establish an authentic connection, reaching out to the most important people and meeting them where they are is essential. Start with a series of community walks to visit local businesses, senior homes, and people’s homes. Teachers and local businesses can join this effort too. 
Encourage students to communicate their hopes and aspirations for their school and ask for
Share your passion, dreams, and vision for enhancing community-school partnerships. Ask people what matters to them and how they can help, and extend an open invitation to collaborate.

Create a Community Resource Map

Create a Community Resource Map

A visual representation of your community and the various skills people have to offer is an excellent way to understand what community resources are available. You can use a hand-drawn map, Google Map, Mind Map, or spreadsheet with visual outputs. Highlight the materials people can supply, the time they can invest, and how they can connect to curriculum and classroom activities. Encourage people to utilize their networks to raise awareness of the needs of local children and families. Libraries can serve as essential hubs for advocating school-community partnerships and student learning.

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A visual representation of your community and the various skills people have to offer is an excellent way to understand what community resources are available. You can use a hand-drawn map,
. Highlight the materials people can supply, the time they can invest, and how they can connect to curriculum and classroom activities. Encourage people to utilize their networks to raise awareness of the needs of local children and families. Libraries can serve as essential hubs for advocating school-community partnerships and student learning.

Connect Curriculum to Real-world Experiences

Connect Curriculum to Real-world Experiences

Most of the learning happens outside the classroom. This can be through real-world experiences, peers, mentors, and even on the job. We need to connect today’s core curriculum with the real world.

Most of the learning happens outside the classroom. This can be through real-world experiences, peers, mentors, and even on the job. We need to connect today’s core curriculum with the real world.

By working with local businesses and subject matter experts, we can design engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Consider using project-based learning and matching students with subject matter experts, businesses, and community organizations. Seniors, grandparents, and socially isolated individuals can be an untapped resource of experience and knowledge.

By working with local businesses and subject matter experts, we can design engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Consider using project-based learning and matching students with subject matter experts, businesses, and community organizations. Seniors, grandparents, and socially isolated individuals can be an untapped resource of experience and knowledge.

Design a Challenge for the Community

Design a Challenge for the Community
Create a community challenge to reinvent the school experience. For instance, encouraging discussion and empowerment of youth, teachers, and communities to design and facilitate change locally. You can use the
to collaborate on ideas and learning experiences. Share them online for others to benefit. You can reinvent classrooms, create community gardens, develop open learning spaces, design courses, or change how students participate in decision-making.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Collaboration between schools and community organizations can lead to mutual benefits in supporting education. Such partnerships have the potential to enhance, reinforce, and even revolutionize the involved parties, resulting in superior program standards, more optimal use of resources, and greater coherence in goals and educational content.

Collaboration between schools and community organizations can lead to mutual benefits in supporting education. Such partnerships have the potential to enhance, reinforce, and even revolutionize the involved parties, resulting in superior program standards, more optimal use of resources, and greater coherence in goals and educational content.

We would like to hear from you. Please comment and let us know your thoughts and ideas on this topic.