I have to share one of my most favorite moments back when I supported my bestie founded the nonprofit to support veterans. One day, at our local coffee shop, we simply explained our dreams and goals for the nonprofit and how important it was to us that veterans be connected in a safe place to the resources they need to live a successful life. Successful as in housed, employed, and healthy – you know, basic human needs. The person she shared her vision with happened to be a veteran. After listening, he could barely respond because he was so choked up about how important it was. After a moment, he explained that when he came back from war, him and his fellow service members received nothing. Especially not anything to support their transition back into civilian life. This entire plan that Melissa began to strategize, was a new concept for him. Grace for him and his fellow service members was something he didn’t get to experience when he came home and he knew it was missing.
Now we gotta switch gears for a moment. Let’s talk about nonprofits. I’m new to founding and residing over the board of a nonprofit, but I’m not at all new to the nonprofit sector. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until I see change. Nonprofit work has THE BIGGEST burnout rate in the business world. A clear indicator that things need to change.
Ok ok, let’s connect the dots. We have two new concepts. First new concept: Set up organizations designed to show grace to our service members and their families.
Second new concept: We need to progress toward a lower burnout rate in the nonprofit sector which is most likely the business type used to create strong support systems for veterans and their families.
Let’s just say it, we are progressivists taking on a new frontier. ::deep sigh:: So proud be part of it.
Top three priorities:
- Increase employment among military spouses
- Avoid burnout while trying to solve these problems
- Rid military suicide -I’ll be talking more about this.
Share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for my next post titled Grace for our Service Members and their families.
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I love this it’s very insightful and uplifting
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Thank you. I appreciate the kind words
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