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In keeping with our commitment to social responsibility, the NAPOCares Committee sponsors community outreach programs and annual events to spread NAPO members' unique knowledge of organizing and productivity. Programs include community outreach in the host city of the annual NAPO Conference.
On October 1, 2017, NAPOCares kicked off with some exciting news: NAPOCares is now an ongoing, year-long initiative with no end in sight! The goal is to let the world know that NAPO cares and to show how NAPO members give back to communities each and every day. The NAPOCares Committee encourages all NAPO members to participate regardless of their specialties.
NAPOCares highlights the efforts of NAPO members, NAPO Chapters, and NAPO Business Partners as they reach out to share the three “T’s” of social responsibility: Time, Treasures, and Talents.
NAPO2019 Annual Conference
“Thank you so much for the kind and generous donations made by the members of NAPO. Through your generosity, NAPO helped us directly impact the lives of those most vulnerable, our homeless neighbors. The increased effort of our professional staff to end homelessness would not be effective without the partnership we have with YOU. Your support is critical to this equation. It costs nearly $16,000 per day to operate all of our program services. Thank you for advocating for and supporting our guests in their journey from homeless to home.”
These heartfelt words were sent by Betsy Beaman, Director of Communications for the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS).
Presbyterian Night Shelter
As you may or may not know, PNS (in Ft. Worth, TX) was the nonprofit selected by the NAPOCares Committee as the recipient of fundraising held before and during the NAPO2019 Annual Conference.
PNS has worked to eliminate homelessness in Tarrant County since 1984. In fact, PNS is the largest provider of services to the county’s homeless and shelters approximately 670 people each night. But PNS goes above and beyond emergency shelter. They are also dedicated to helping guests move into their own homes and they help them get there with housing assistance that includes job training, employment assistance, life-skills education and much more.
NAPO members were given the option of 2 different donation options - either a monetary contribution or purchasing items from their Amazon Wish List. The results were great!
Monetary Donations: 37 = $1,466.26
Amazon Wish List Purchases: 57 = $655.56 (total value of items purchased)
GRAND TOTAL OF $2,121.82
NAPOCares Committee Member Amy Tokos, CPO and Judi Glover, Director of Volunteer Engagement for PNS.
NAPO2018 Annual Conference
The NAPOCares Committee sponsored a fundraiser at the NAPO2018 Conference & Retreat in St. Charles, IL to benefit SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education).
SCARCE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment. Since 1990, SCARCE has provided innovative, hands-on environmental programs that inspire members of the community to take action to reduce their impact on the planet. As a commitment to sustainability, they've also established collection projects to reuse and recycle items, keeping resources out of the landfill. Local NAPO members regularly bring items to SCARCE, knowing they will be put to great use. In addition to the monetary donations that NAPO members contributed to SCARCE to support their education/collection programs, NAPO National also donated a variety of new items from the conference (reusable bags, water bottles, storage containers, etc.,). This was above and beyond the 50 yoga mats NAPO donated which ultimately found their way to I Grow Chicago which works to empower the community of Englewood, one of Chicago's neighborhoods most impacted by poverty and violence. As part of their programs, I Grow Chicago teaches community yoga and mindfulness as an anti-violence tool.
From left to right: Kay McKeen, SCARCE Founder and Executive Director, Brenda Tringali and
From left to right: Brenda Tringali, Connie Anderson, CPO, Linette George, NAPO member & devoted SCARCE supporter/advocate and Kay McKenn
NAPO2017 Annual Conference
The NAPOCares Committee sponsored a collection drive onsite at the 2017 NAPO Conference in Pittsburgh to benefit The Education Partnership of Pittsburgh (www.theeducationpartnership.org). The Education Partnership is dedicated to addressing educational inequities by providing and enabling access to the tools and resources necessary to support teachers and enhance students' ability to learn and succeed. The School of Classroom Supply Initiative allows teachers to stock up on critically-needed supplies for their students throughout the course of the school year. Teachers come to the Resource Center to fill their shopping carts with over $1,200 in essential classroom supplies from pencils and markers to notebooks, calculators, glue sticks, and more - all at no cost.
#NAPOCaresChallenge ran from September 1 to October 31, 2016. After helping clients eliminate unneeded items from their homes, NAPO members were invited to photograph those items designated for donation and post the photos to social media using the hashtag #NAPOCaresChallenge.
"NAPO members have always been very conscientious about how items are discarded from clients’ spaces,” said Amy Tokos, CPO and NAPOCares Committee Chair. “With the NAPOCares Challenge, we are excited to highlight how we help our clients give back to their communities.”
NAPO2016 Annual Conference
The NAPOCares Committee sponsored a collection drive onsite at the 2016 NAPO Conference in Atlanta to benefit a local charity called the Foster Care Support Foundation (FCSF). This was the first NAPOCares event. and it was a huge success. NAPO members brought a large quantity of items to donate and FCSF was very thankful.
FCSF was the winner of the 2016 Organizing Excellence Award.
From left: Awards Chair Holly Uverity, CPO, FCSF representative Rachel Ewald, and NAPOCares Chair Amy Tokos, CPO