Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day Alvis Blog

“Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.” – Maya Angelou

Every year on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day is celebrated. Human Rights Day is when people from different backgrounds join hands together and raise awareness of every human, woman, man, and child, irrespective of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Human Rights Day is an opportunity for you to speak up. Don’t be afraid of being a voice for the voiceless because they are the ones who need it the most.

Human Rights Day History

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 10th December to be celebrated as a Human Rights Day as the Universal Declaration of Human rights. The Universal declaration is made for the sole purpose of empowering everyone. The principles opposed in this declaration are relevant now, just as much as they were in 1948.

Human Rights Day Activities

One must know the basic types of human rights and how they can contribute to spreading awareness about them. Here are some ways of how you can celebrate human rights day with your children.

As an adult, there are a lot of activities that you can do to observe Human Rights Day. Some of those activities are as follows:

  1. Educate Yourself and Those Around You

One of the best and the most traditional ways to celebrate Human Rights Day is to educate yourself on fundamental human rights. Using that education, spread awareness among your family members and loved ones. There are several books about human rights that we would suggest:

  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a book by the Draft Committee.
  2. Half the Sky – a book by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof.
  3. Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice – a book by Jack Donnelly.
  4. The Moment of Lift – a book by Melinda Gates
  5. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir – a book by Samantha Power

2. Use Media for Promoting Human Rights

Whether it is social media digital marketing or traditional channel, you can use media as a platform for promoting human rights. Participate in local talk shows and expand on the importance of human rights.

3. Increase awareness around human rights

If you are passionate about promoting human rights, you will not leave out a specific race, religion, or culture. Human rights include all religions, ethnicities, and nationalities. If you possess good creative writing skills, use them to write an educational human rights piece.

4. Give Speeches and Fundraise

If you are a student, you can use your academic institution as a platform for raising funds for the underprivileged people of your community. Donate proceeds to your favorite non-profit and mission.

5. Stand Up for Others

If you ever encounter anyone around you being bullied or attacked by a racist, stand up for her/him and/or call the police if needed.

  1. Join a Group or an Organization

You can join a group or an organization and become a part of the change. There are a lot of Facebook and Twitter groups that help in addressing these sensitive issues.

Human Rights at Alvis

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.

End of Violence Against Women Day

“Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, It takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward.” – Assunta Harris.

Trigger Warning: Sexual violence, rape, verbal abuse, domestic abuse, human trafficking.

End of Violence against Women Day is celebrated every year on November 25th. Violence against girls and women is widespread. Women are mistreated irrespective of their age, cultural or racial background. One of the worst things to know is that violence is one of the most persistent, devastating, and widespread violations of human rights today.

It is shocking to know that various cases go unreported due to the stigma, immunity, shame, and silence surrounding violence against women. The awful thing is that most women don’t even know they are going through abuse. Women who are abused by their perpetrators remain quiet due to the fear of being harmed or further abused.

According to UNICEF, some of the most common types of violence against women are;

  • Intimate violence of partners (marital rape, battering, femicide, psychological abuse)
  • Harassment and sexual violence (sexual acts, child abuse, cyber-bullying, forced sexual acts, street harassment)
  • Human trafficking (sexual exploitation, slavery)
  • Genital mutilation of females
  • Child Marriage

How Alvis is Helping Women Who Face Violence

Recovery Houses

Apart from Alvis’s other impactful programs, the recovery housing programs are for the women who had suffered trauma, abuse and/or drug addiction. It is a program for women to stay safe in a trustworthy environment, without the fear of being attacked or kidnapped by their predators. We provide holistic treatment therapy to help them heal. We remind them that no matter how traumatic their pasts might have been, they matter, and they are loved. It is a societal notion set up in our community members’ minds that domestic or sexual abuse only occurs in poor and underprivileged communities. When that is not true at all.

Abuse can happen anywhere, whether it is in a poor community or a wealthy state. Sexual and domestic abuse is real. It might happen to someone close to you or to someone you know. It is essential to recognize the signs of abuse and help those who cannot help themselves by becoming a voice for the voiceless and lending a helping hand to those who cannot get out from the dangerous situation of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and human trafficking.

As Patty Rase Hopson once said, “Abuse changes your life…Fight Back and change the life of your abusers by Breaking Your Silence on Abuse.” On this eradication of violence against women day, make a promise to yourself to speak up about the unjust happenings and the abuse happening worldwide or in your community. At Alvis, we work to provide a safe living space for these victims and give them time and a safe space to recover.

Why should you Speak Up for Violence Against Women?

According to the United Nations;

  • Sexual violence or physical violence is experienced by 1 in 3 women in their lifetimes, most commonly by their intimate partners.
  • Only 52% of women in a union or those who are married decide sexual intimacy by their own free will.
  • Almost 750 million females are married all around the globe before they turn 18 years old, while 200 million females have suffered from the trauma of female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • In 2017, 1 in 2 females were killed by their family or partners.
  • The victims of human trafficking worldwide are 71% of girls and women. Whereas, 3 out of 4 of these women suffer from sexual exploitation.
  • Violence can cause kill a person, and it is more severe than traffic accidents and malaria.

Health Consequences

According to the World Health Organization, women who go through any kind of violence are more likely to suffer from a lot of health consequences such as;

  • Dangerous outcomes, such as suicide or homicide.
  • Injuries, physical and emotional.
  • If gone through sexual violence, women are more likely to suffer from gynecological problems and infections that are transmitted through forced sexual acts.
  • Various effects on one’s health might include back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, poor health, and limited mobility.
  • If a woman faces sexual violence at a young age, it is common for her to suffer from alcohol and substance abuse.

Impact on Children

It is highly likely when a woman faces violence and goes through its negative consequences, her child will suffer from those negative consequences as well.

How to Prevent Violence Against Women:

There are several ways in which you can prevent violence against women. Some of them are as follows:

  • Educate yourself regarding the different types of violence that women face, irrespective of their cultural, racial, or religious background.
  • Acknowledge the fact that it is happening within your community and try to help any woman in your life, in your friend circle, or in your neighborhood who might be struggling.
  • Have courage and speak up on behalf of all those women who have lost their dignity and voice from the things they have been through.
  • Encourage your friends to speak on behalf of sexual violence victims to bring more awareness to this subject.
  • Make a report if you witness someone getting violated or harassed at school or your workplace.
  • Advocate for the rights of victims in your community, neighborhood, or family.
  • Stop yourself or your friends from taking advantage of any individual who might be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
  • Respect the victims who come from diverse backgrounds.

Do you wish to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small it might be? Help our community turning their lives around #180degreeimpact. Donate and/or volunteer with us. We need you! Email: volunteer@alvis180.org

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved.

Blog post opinion piece written by Eman Khalid

World Children’s Day

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

  — Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, and statesman

World Children’s Day 2020 will be celebrated on the 20th of November. World Children’s Day promotes awareness worlwide in regards to the children rights, especially for those who live in the minority communities.

World Children’s Day at Alvis

At Alvis, we encourage the children, youngsters and families in our recovery programs to take part in various activities which significantly plays one of the most contributing roles towards their recovery process. You can always donate and contribute to the members of our Reentry Services, DD Services, and Behavorial Health Services. Help our children and families turning their lives around #180degreeimpact. Donate and/or volunteer with us. We need you! Email: volunteer@alvis180.org

World Children’s Day Activities

World Children’s Day Celebrations can be done by conducting various activities for children. Whether you are a child in search of an activity you could do or an adult who wants to celebrate this impactful day, here is a list of some of the activities you could either do at school or home;

World Children’s Day Art

Bring out your child’s inner creativity by allowing him to create any art piece of his desire! To encourage him further, hang the painting in a room, and decorate the wall. Giving him compliments for the work he’d do will make the child feel appreciated, and it is an appreciated child who grows up to be a responsible human being.

Importance of World Children’s Day

There is a lot of significance to World Children’s Day. One of the most significant importance of this day is to raise awareness among the children of our community regarding the importance of unity and harmony. These are the prime years of their lives, and if we teach them the difference between right and wrong now, they will grow up to be responsible citizens. Another best thing about World Children’s Day is the bonding time of a child with his parents or friends.

World Children’s Day Cards

One of the many best ways to celebrate on November 20 is by making new cards and distributing them. With the help of your creativity and imagination, you can make any card of your choice and build a card with any shape or size of your personal preference. Distributing cards on World Children’s Day helps the children in your life to feel appreciated and loved.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services; we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at http://www.Alvis180.org

Young Readers Day

“Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on values from one generation to the next. Books save lives.” – Laurie Anderson.”

Academic institutions and parents worldwide celebrate Young Readers Day on the second Tuesday of November. The Young Readers day is an auspicious occasion for parents to commence a celebration with their children by reading to them and with them.

On Young Readers Day 2020, read a book for your children, no matter how small or long the book might be. When a parent reads books to his/her child, it provides the child with the background knowledge on their young world, which helps him/her make sense of what he/she sees, reads, and hears. Reading has proven to be far more effective than playing video games or watching TV.

As an intelligent investment towards your child’s future, select intriguing books with creative stories, innovative characters, an exciting storyline with a moral lesson behind it. Early age reading is a complex interaction between a reader and text, shaped by his early knowledge, attitude, experiences, and language community, which is socially and culturally situated.

Research shows that regular reading has a significant improvement in one’s brain’s connectivity by increasing their comprehension and vocabulary by empowering them to empathize with other people. Reading is a good daily habit for all children.

It is said that a person who reads literary fiction and stories while exploring its character’s inner lives show a heightened ability to understand the beliefs and feelings of those around them. This feeling is known as the “Theory of mind”. A child who reads can more easily empathizes with the feelings of others. He/She grows up to be a more compassionate individual.

Young Readers at Alvis

Your contributions and donations play a crucial role in helping our clients. Would you like to make a difference in someone’s life? Help our children and families turning their lives around #180degreeimpact. Donate and/or volunteer with us. We need you! Email: volunteer@alvis180.org

Do you wish to improve your child reading habits? It is never too late! Let the Young Readers Day 2020 be that day of change. Be inspired and move forward with it. Grab a book and make it happen!

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services; we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at http://www.Alvis180.org

United Nations Day (opinion)

“Even the weak become strong when they are united.” – Friedrich von Schiller.

The United Nations Day falls on the 24th of October every year. The United Nations Day first started in 1945, 24th October. It is a day that celebrates the accomplishments of the UN and a day that unites people from all corners of the world, irrespective of their gender, religion, nationality or cultural background.

A couple of interesting facts around this day

  • An event held for the first time at the auspicious occasion of the “United Nations Day” was at the Allies’ day of the World War II and the parades of the military launched by Franklin D.Roosevelt, who tied the flag day of the US on June 14th, approximately six months after the United Nations declaration.
  • A further resolution was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1971. They declared it celebrated as the United Nations Day and observed on an international scale. It was also reported to be marked as a public holiday by the United Nations member states.

Here some fun suggestions for this United Nations Day Activities

Hosting a Speaker

Host a speaker who can share information regarding the United Nations’ work and positively impact the international community.

Play a Documentary

Play a documentary related to the United Nations day. Watching a documentary about unity and harmony can positively impact individuals and communities.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, find your favorite way to show appreciation to other cultures and diversity. Share it on social if you want the world to know about it.

We are proud and thankful to have a diverse staff here at Alvis. We could not serve all the clients we do, without all the amazing employees we have, a wonderful mix of people from all over the world.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

“Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to; it’s not for them.”  Joubert Botha

Mental illness Awareness Week occurs every year from October 4th to October 10th to educate the masses regarding mental illness and increase awareness among the youth. Some of the various mental diseases discussed during mental illness awareness week include bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.

During the Mental Illness Awareness Week, participants across the United States and the National Alliance on Mental Illness raise the public’s awareness of mental illness symptoms and its prevalence in society. During this week, various organizations of mental health fight off the stigma attached to mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Activities

There are various activities that an organization or an individual can do to celebrate the mental health awareness week 2020.

Plan an Event

Planning an event in person is one of the best methods for raising awareness of the mental illness and its stigma. Not only that, but it also unites the people of your community for a common cause. The various events you can plan are bake sales, art shows, golf tournaments, dinners, galas, and concerts. There are no limitations to what event you can prepare because you will have plenty of options for different kinds of fundraising events.

Spread Awareness

We live in a world where media is being used in a vast amount. Thus, various individuals worldwide take advantage of their social media platforms to shed light on the issues that need to be spoken. You can use your platform to spread awareness on the importance of mental health and why we must speak up about it more. Various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can be one of the best platforms to inspire people and be more involved in mental illness movements.

Encourage Kind-Words

If you hear someone talk about mental health or mental illnesses negatively, politely confront them, and tell them about their words’ impact. Person-centered language is such a practice that allows an individual to separate the mental illness symptoms from a person with thoughtful terms.

Mental Illness Signs

Mental illness is widespread, and it is more common than we know. That is why it is essential to recognize the warning signs of mental illness beforehand. Some of the warning signs of mental illness are as follows;

  1. Excessively high or low moods.
  2. Social withdrawal.
  3. Long-lasting irritability or sadness.
  4. Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits.
  5. Excessive anxiety, worry, or fear.

Mental Illness Causes

  • Family history or genes.
  • Life experiences such as an abusive past or stress, mostly in childhood.
  • A chemical imbalance in one’s brains that might have been caused by biological factors.
  • Traumatic injury on brains.
  • Use of recreational drugs or alcohol.
  • Medical severe illness such as cancer or schizophrenia.
  • Not having many friends, feeling of isolation overcoming you.

How Alvis is Helping people with Mental Illness

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, there is always a second chance to recover again. The majority of individuals diagnosed with mental illness achieve recovery and strength through various programs and treatment methods.

There are programs offered by Alvis that help heal the patients of mental illness. Some of the behavioral health services provided by Alvis that help those patients who are suffering from mental health issues are;

You, Will, be Okay:

One of the most important messages that we’d like to put forth on this mental health awareness week 2020 is; the recovery path is never easy, but it is always worth it. Whether you or someone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety, you can always seek the proper treatment and the right programs to heal. Life’s circumstances often cause scars on our hearts that make life a little hard to live. If you decide to join one of Alvis’s programs, you can turn your life around. Five years later, when you look back at your life, you’d be proud of how far you’ve come. You’ll be proud of how bravely you overcame everything life threw your way. The pain you are feeling today shall be the source of your strength tomorrow. Just wait and have faith. One day, you shall be okay.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.


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Peace and Gratitude

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” ― Germany Kent

Peace. It is a feeling we all crave. And there comes a particular moment in each one of our lives when we realize that all of those things that we once thought would bring us happiness end up being meaningless. One day, the realization would dawn upon you like an epiphany, the only contrivances that can satisfy you are your friends, family members, and those close to you. When you are on your deathbed, you won’t think about the money you made and the cars you bought.

Instead, you’d think about the moments you spent doing the things you loved, surrounded by those who brought out the best in you. You’d think about that day when you pushed aside your fears and chose to walk unto the bravery path to follow your dreams. You’d think about that day, when you showed up on your child’s football game, instead of being stuck in a meeting. You’d think about all the good times and the bad ones too, the moments you wished to give up, but didn’t. In the end, it’s the little things you’d remember; the things that brought you peace when you were alive, and the people who made you feel at ease.

Effects of Gratitude on the Brain:

Often, life takes a U-turn, and you find yourself stuck in a turmoil of darkness, and life comes at a point when nothing seems to be going your way. Your personal and professional relationships seem to be staggering. And you wonder if forever this will stay, you wonder if you’ll ever be okay. You look at those around you, and they seem happy. You question God, why am I not happy like them? When your days get longer and nights get sadder, shift your mind to an attitude of gratitude. Life is fair because it is unfair to everyone. Learn to embrace your pain; it will give you peace. Learn to accept your mistakes; it will teach you the art of gratitude. The effects of gratitude on the brain are tremendously impactful. When an individual expresses gratitude and receives, the same, serotonin and dopamine are released by his brain. Those are the two most important neurotransmitters that are responsible for the emotions that a human feels. When those emotions are released, an individual feels ‘good.’ When an individual practices gratitude, serotonin, and dopamine are released, they enhance an individual’s mood and make him feel happy internally.

Benefits of Gratitude:

Being grateful for the little things in life can hold more power than we realize. There is a lot of scientifically proven benefits of gratitude. Some of them are as follows;

  1. Gratitude will make you happier.
  2. Gratitude helps in honing your social skills, and it makes people like you more.
  3. Gratitude is proven to keep you healthy by reducing fever symptoms to 16% and increasing the quality of sleep by 25%.
  4. Gratitude helps boost your career by making you a more effective manager and helps your networking skills increase by broadening your professional horizons.
  5. Gratitude helps in making your personality more attractive, and it makes you confident in your skin.

How to Practice Gratitude:

Gratitude is immensely powerful; it can entirely change one’s outlook on life. Being grateful for the little things in life is an art that only a few can master. Gratitude is a contrivance that is hard to implement in everyday life. However, with dedication and persistence, you can shift your mindset and be grateful for everything you’ve been blessed with. There are various ways in which you can practice gratitude. Some of those techniques are as follows;

  1. Gratitude Journal:

There is no better way to be grateful for everything you’ve been blessed with than by counting your blessings. Every night before going to bed, take out a few minutes from your time and note down your blessings unto your gratitude journal’s sheets. The length of your text does not matter. They can be three pages, or they can be only in five lines. Using the technique of writing a gratitude journal is known to have changed the perspective on many individuals’ lives.

  • Volunteering:

When you help those around you, you’re making fair use of your time. When you help heal the pain of the hurting ones, it helps heal your pain too. When sorrow is shared with those who are suffering, it remains a sorrow no more. When you volunteer for the underprivileged and underrepresented community members, you start to view life differently.

When you help the minority communities, you become more compassionate, kinder, and wiser. And what better way to practice gratitude than by practicing these qualities? So the next time you start to compare your life to someone else, you will imagine yourself in their shoes and realize, perhaps their life isn’t as perfect as it seems. Remember, the grass is always greener on the other side. Maybe, in their eyes, you’re living an ideal life. So don’t take your blessings for granted before they are snatched away from you too.

  • Live Mindfully:

Appreciate the life you’re living now because there might come a moment when nothing remains the same. Time is not everlasting, and with the seasons that change every year, you might not be here tomorrow. Life is too short to be drowned in a sea of sorrows.

If you had only two days to live, would you want to spend then being ungrateful, or would you be happy with what you have and spend the rest of your living days surrounded by those who brought joy to your heart?

Life is made beautiful only with the presence of those who make you feel loved, those who make you believe “perhaps life isn’t so bad after all.” Don’t forget to live in the moment because tomorrow is promised to no one.

  • Meditation:

Meditation has been practiced for many decades. It is encouraged by doctors for their patients to practice meditation at home as it has a lot of health and psychological benefits. It is known to reduce high levels of stress and fix the chemical imbalance in one’s brain that might cause an individual to suffer from depression.

If you are willing to fix these ungrateful habits and practice gratitude, you must practice meditation. If you have difficulty getting started with meditation, start small, baby steps are promised to take you a long way!

  • Tell Them You Love Them:

If you live beside an elderly neighbor, invite him to your house for dinner, and remind him how much his company matters. Call your parents and tell them how much you love them. Say the words “I Love you” to your beloved. Remind those around you how much they mean to you. And remind yourself as well, that love is a gift that only a few people are blessed with. Telling your family and friends how much you love them is an excellent way to practice gratitude.

Importance of Peace:

Having peace of mind is a mental state of tranquility, calm, and freedom from any kind of worry or tension. Possessing a vital peace of mind holds a lot of importance in the life of an individual. There are various advantages of peace. Some of them are as follows;

  1. It Keeps Things in Perspective:  When you have a peaceful mind, it will help keep things into perspective. You will have a more precise state of mind and a feeling of calmness in your heart. When you have peace, it will give you the motivation to look for the positive in any negative situation and learn from your past mistakes instead of dwelling on the moments that have passed away.
  • Growing Wisdom: There is a rainbow after rain; there is wisdom after pain. It is only through grief do human beings genuinely understand the nature of life. And when we know the nature of life, we start to realize that everything we go through, every pain, every obstacle, every struggle, is only meant to shape us into the person we are meant to be. When we realize that our pain was a blessing in disguise, we attain peace of mind.
  • Increased Self-Acceptance: When you possess peace in your heart, you will become more self-accepted. You accept all the parts of yourself, the good ones, and the bad ones too. The realization will dawn upon you that you don’t have to be perfect at everything that you do. You will start to accept your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Improved Relationships: When you are at ease with who you are and where you are in life, your personal and professional relationships are likely to prosper and blossom. When you feel peace in your heart, you will treat those around you with love, care, and affection, instead of demeaning them. Certain people who do not feel at ease with who they are they take out their frustrations with their employees or family members. However, if they have real peace of mind, they would not be so frustrated towards those around them.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.


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International Charity Day

“He who has never denied himself for the sake of giving has but glanced at the joys of charity.” -Anne Swetchine

Charity is an act of giving to those who are less privileged than we are. It is heartbreaking to see children sleeping on the roads, and parents cannot feed their children, despite how hard they work.

As responsible citizens, we must look after those who cannot look after themselves and feed those who go to bed with an empty stomach. Of course, we cannot provide for every human being who is suffering. But what we can do is to start with a single person. Because even if you help one person, it has a massive impact on your life and the life of the person you helped. One person can make a difference.

If you can’t make a financial donation on September 5, there are still many ways to get involved. Overall, this day reminds us that simple acts of charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises and create more inclusive and resilient societies. Here some ways to get involved:

Run a Cupcake Contest:

Are you craving something sweet to eat? Gather all the passionate members of your community and engage with them in a cupcake contest where a panel of individuals would judge your cooking abilities. People will buy tickets, and that money will go to your preferred charity organization.

Host a Local Concert:

Individuals of every age group enjoy concerts, which is one of the main reasons why conducting a local show can be an excellent idea for raising funds and collecting donations. Pick a good day for a concert by a local band, and invite your community members to enjoy the show. Taking

out some time from their busy schedule, people can have a great time with their loved ones and family members.

Create some Seasonal Events:

Seasonal events can be a great excuse to raise charity for a noble cause. Some of the ideas of seasonal events are Haunted House of Halloween, summer fair with music and magic shows, Christmas Party, and various other events that are specifically winter themed.

All over the country, various charity organizations are working for the underprivileged community members by fulfilling their every need. Some of the great charity organizations in the state, include: Goodwill, United Way, The Harmony Project and Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. Learn a bit more about their wonderful work here:

1. Goodwill of Central Ohio

Goodwill of Central Ohio’s mission is to transform the lives of disabled individuals. All of this is done through the power of work and the effort of every volunteer. At the Goodwill of Central Ohio, the programs are driven by a specific mission, and that is to impact the lives of its people. There are programs of specialized rehabilitation along with commercial operations for career development.

2. United Way of Central Ohio

“Together; we fight poverty.” The fundings from the United Way of Central Ohio’s community supports a network of more than 70 local nonprofit partners that provides for the poverty-fighting services. Together, they create miraculous opportunities for people in the critical areas of Basic Needs, Good Jobs, Strong Neighborhoods, and Student Success.

3. The Harmony Project

The Harmony Project’s vision is “Many People. One Community.” By working together with each other, they are building a more robust and inclusive community with a focus on developing the social infrastructure to create a more peaceful society. Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts, education, and volunteer community service. This organization invites people to sing, even if someone does not have a good voice. And what better way to connect people than through their love for music and art? Some of our Alvis clients and staff sing with them. Watch them

4. Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

They provide furniture to those who cannot afford it for themselves. While working with nonprofits and agencies, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio helps people affected with mental illness, homelessness, and a lack of sufficient employment. It requires a lot of support to turn empty houses into homes, and the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides that support to the needy families.

Act of Kindness

An act of generosity might seem insignificant to you, but to the person you are doing it for, it might positively impact them. Kindness can be smiling at a stranger on the bus or helping a blind man cross the street. An act of kindness holds power to change someone’s perspective of life because it touches the soul. Kindness is felt by the heart of the giver and the taker. And every act of kindness that is done by you is an act of charity.

Importance of Charity

Charities help in uniting people, and it helps in diminishing the bridge of social status that has been created between people due to societal norms. There are many health benefits and spiritual benefits in giving charity to those in dire need of it.

Encouraging Others to do Good

When you give charity, you encourage your friends and family members to do the same. Your children will grow up seeing you giving and most likely adopt those characteristic traits of yours.

It Makes you Grateful

Human beings tend to take their blessings for granted. When you donate and give charity, you start to notice how blessed you are for having the little things that others yearn for, such as a warm meal, a decent job, a roof over their head, and a loving family.

Making a Difference

Do you wish to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small it might be? Help our population turning their lives around #180degreeimpact. Donate and/or volunteer with us. We need you! Email: volunteer@alvis180.org

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved.

National Recovery Month

“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been.”

– Jamie Lee Curtis

National Recovery Month is celebrated every year in September to educate the masses regarding substance abuse treatment and mental health services. There are people in this world who suffer from the burden of their thoughts, and they find their solace in drugs or illegal activities, National Recovery Month 2020 is solely dedicated to those people.

Celebrate Recovery

Recovery is all about how much progress one makes; it is never about perfection. The National Recovery Month celebrates the progress of those who tried their best in healing from their traumas. We celebrate recover from addictions and mental health issues. The month of September reinforces the message of positivism for those who believe they can never recover from the scars of their past. Still, they are unaware that they can become sober and pave their way towards a brighter future.

Addiction Treatment

One of the main reasons people hate being sober is that they are continually trying to fill a void in their hearts. They believe the only way to live life is through finding solace in things that make them forget about reality. But the more they run away from reality, the more it will haunt them. Suffering from the addictions of alcohol and drugs damages you internally, it affects your family members and the community at large. If a child sees an adult mistreating themselves, they might grow up and do the same thing. The cycle goes on.

Amethyst Recovery Program

Amethyst is a holistic recovery program for women who struggle with mental health issues, addictions, trauma, and various mental health issues. Thousands of lives have been transformed through our Amethyst Recovery Program.

Amethyst offers treatment for individuals who suffer from drug addiction, alcohol and drug abuse, trauma, sexual violence, and/or domestic abuse. It is uncommon for recovery programs to allow for children to stay with their mothers while the parent undergoes treatment. But Amethyst allows for the mother and her child(ren) to live together during recovery treatment. It’s one of the only few available in the nation.

National Recovery Month 2020 Activities: Portraits of Recovery

Each September, programs of treatment and recovery celebrate National Recovery Month all over the country. Portraits of Recovery 2020 is among one of those celebrations occurring on the 29th of September this year. Whether you are a survivor or supporter, please join us for our drive-in event at Easton Town Center. Your ticket purchase will help funding a wide range of treatment and services for our Amethyst Recovery Program. Reserve your seat here!

National Recovery Month Color

National Recovery Month is specifically for those individuals who are struggling to live life normally. It is to remind those who suffer in silence, that they are not alone. We are all in this together. And to portray our togetherness, the National Recovery Month color is purple. The color purple denotes togetherness, and it represents that no matter how diverse we might be, we are all connected with one contrivance: our Journey towards recovery and self-discovery.

National Recovery Month for All

National Recovery Month 2020 is for you to speak up. Your story might inspire someone else to seek mental health treatment, to fight and to live. Help our mission! Ignite a light of hope in others.

September is a month for all those who were lost, but eventually found their way towards a better life. It is a month for people who broke toxic cycles of generations and stopped the suffering from passing on to their offspring.

National Recovery Month is a tribute, a celebration, a period of knowledge, for those members of our country, who can be so underrepresented and misunderstood. We celebrate them all, the ones who turned their lives around, all with the help of our community members and hope.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.