The current administration in Washington is seeking to repeal the so-called Johnson Amendment in the cause of free speech. This is an issue of critical importance to all nonprofit organizations. While adhering to our long-standing position of not taking sides in the political debate, we would like to take this opportunity to call attention to the impending repeal of the Johnson Amendment.
In terms of natural disasters, 2017 has proven itself to be a record year. The ongoing fires affecting Canada as well as the western United States of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Montana and Washington state were just the beginning of a tumultuous period that doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. These were coupled with back-to-back hurricanes that lashed Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and have left untold devastation behind. At no other time in recent history has the need for social workers been so urgent and necessary.
The devastation and wreckage of everyday lives left behind by Harvey and Irma is hard to imagine or visualize unless you’re on the ground in Texas or Florida. It’s in the big things like homes and schools and offices and stores and vehicles. It’s in the little things like pets and pictures and awards and diplomas and cozy chairs, favorite shoes and familiar cell phones that were daily refuge. Texans and Floridians driven into shelters are glad to be alive but are not sure who they are or where they belong. Overnight, their identity was mysteriously removed, and they can’t think beyond their next bite of food or available restful cot. They have no plans for tomorrow. They are not clear what tomorrow looks like. We furnish our everyday lives with things familiar (the stuff of our lives) that give us comfort and identity. Suddenly removed, we are left without context. We are traumatized and drift into post-traumatic-stress-syndrome without even realizing it.
A long time contributor to our blog had this to share today about the negative state of our NEWS. It's amazing that when you actually take time to focus on the GOOD, you can easily push away all of the negative information that is thrown at us each day. When you are pounded every day with negative news - it can have an overwhelming effect on your psyche. Have you heard or seen any good news lately? Please feel free to share it here.
I'm always interested in learning how caseworkers manage their days both when at work and when they leave work. Social work is not easy, not by far, but it can be so rewarding when you have the ability to impact the life of someone in a positive way. When I come across interesting information or a good article, I always look to share it with our community.
The 24-hour news cycle has beset the consciousness of most Americans making us more callous by the day. A natural catastrophe on the eight o’clock news is followed by a major political blunder by noon and a callous terrorist attack by five. Who can keep up? Who can translate profound feelings of horror to sympathy every three hours - every day - every week - every month - all year?
A respected friend of ours wanted to share a story about a group of people from his hometown in Phoenix who are special people because they did something. They saw a need and gave in to the impulse to take action. They are the ones who make a difference. It's a great story and I wanted to share it with you today. I hope you enjoy it.