A New Twist on NAPO’s Long Standing Community Service Initiatives
NAPOCares is NAPO’s Community Outreach Committee. This committee began in 2015 with the first outreach projects happening in 2016 at the NAPO2016 Conference in Georgia. The Community Outreach Committee created the NAPO Cares initiative as an extension of Quantum Leap, a program which encourages organizers and productivity professionals to offer professional services to low income individuals and communities. Quantum Leap trainers have helped thousands of people since the year 2000 who struggle to make life changing transitions.
The NAPOCares goal is to encourage our members to give back to their community and also to recognize members who give back. The first NAPOCares event took place at the 2016 conference in Atlanta where our committee collected a large amount of clothing items for the Foster Care Support Foundation (FCSF) in Atlanta. FCSF serves a vital and growing need throughout Georgia by providing free clothing, infant equipment and developmental toys to thousands of children in foster and relative care. FCSF was nominated for, and won, the NAPO Organizing Excellence Award.
In the fall of 2016 NAPOCares launched the NAPOCares Giveback Challenge, a social media campaign. The idea was for the campaign to a be fun and easy event which not only served communities but also raised awareness about the professional organizing industry. For the event, NAPO Members shared pictures of items they were going to donate to a local organization or event. Donated items came from cleaning out their own materials or by helping clients with their organizing and downsizing projects. NAPO Members shared pictures from their events on social media and tagged it #NAPOCares Giveback Challenge. The next step was even more fun – to challenge friends, family, clients and colleagues to do the same by tagging them. Several hundred posts across multiple social media platforms from all over the country were submitted. It was so successful that we hope to do another #NAPOCares Giveback Challenge in the fall of 2017.
Now you want to know: “How can I join the NAPOCares movement?” Watch for news regarding the NAPO Cares project at NAPO2017. The NAPOCares Committee will be sharing additional information in the coming weeks about partnership organization, The Education Partnership in Pittsburgh, PA. The Education Partnership puts basic school supplies into the hands of at-risk children and teachers in their communities. The Mission of The Education Partnership is “to address educational inequities by providing and enabling access to the tools and resources necessary to support teachers and enhance a student’s ability to learn and succeed.” This empowers the children to learn, grow and strive for a brighter future. Their vision is to serve the more than 38,000 local Pittsburgh students in need every year. For more information about The Education Partnership visit http://www.theeducationpartnership.org.
NAPOCares welcomes you to share a post and tag #NAPOCares anytime you or your clients make a donation, work with a local charity or serve your community in some capacity. NAPO will retweet or share with their followers. By engaging in community outreach, NAPO can share the good that your business is doing while helping to promote awareness of the productivity and organizing industry. It’s a win-win we all can love.
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