Happy belated Thanksgiving to my friends in the United States! I hope this email finds you happy, healthy, and overflowing with gratitude. You know, gratefulness is such a powerful thing. Its practice not only boosts our own mental health but can positively impact and influence those around us. It’s no coincidence that Giving Tuesday is always observed right after Thanksgiving, as thankful people everywhere are moved towards generosity out of gratitude for what they’ve received. Whether it’s donating your time or your money, you need not look far to find a non-profit or other community organization to support.
Having worked in the HR industry for decades, I love to support nonprofits that foster workforce readiness and prepare the next generation. For example, the PIHRA Foundation has contributed over $100,000 to support and educate HR professionals and individuals entering the workforce in the greater Los Angeles area. They’ve also partnered with L.A. Youth at Work to provide job skills workshops and mock interview opportunities for local youth preparing for their first job. There are several ways to support the Foundation’s efforts, whether it’s financially or by giving your time as a workshop leader or mock interviewer. Learn more about their efforts and how you can plug in by visiting their website.
Equal Pay Day for Native American Women is also observed in November as part of the overarching Native American Heritage Month. According to the National Partnership of Women and Families, Native women are paid 55 cents for every dollar that their male, non-Hispanic counterparts make. In some tribes, like the Yup’ik tribe, Native women are losing more than $30,000 each year compared to the salaries of non-Hispanic men in their same roles.
This November, why not hit the trifecta of altruism by financially supporting organizations like Native Women Lead, which raised over $10 million dollars last year to build support systems for Native women in business? You could also honor the contributions of the Native American people by providing opportunities for the next generation through organizations like AISES, which works to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in STEM fields.
Whatever you decide, please don’t miss the opportunity to act on behalf of those in need around you. Whether it’s your time or money, an international cause or a neighbor, let your gratitude overflow today and impact your community for the better.