Friday, November 18, 2016

Family Volunteer Evening presented by Casady CPO

Casady One Night Only is Tonight!

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. at The Criterion. Tickets can still be purchased at casady.org/onenightonly or at the door.
SURPRISE! Silent auction bidding has opened early! For those who can't wait to start bidding, you can start now! Be sure to enable notifications so you'll know when you've been outbid. To start bidding early, download the HandBid app on your smartphone and search Casady One Night Only. There are also a few "Buy it Now" items that can be purchased right away.
Can't join us? No problem! You can still support the School by bidding on your child's art project or on any of the other fabulous items. The auction will close at 10:30 p.m. CST.
CASADY SCHOOL | 9500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73120 | (405) 749-3100 



Points of Light News Digest - Nov. 18, 2016
Celebrating the power of families working together to make a difference
 
Saturday, Nov. 19, is Family Volunteer Day, powered bygenerationOn, Points of Light's youth division, and sponsored by the Walt Disney Company. Thousands of families around the nation will be volunteering together to improve their communities. There’s still time to get involved! Visit www.generationOn.org/FVD to find DIY projects or volunteer opportunities near you.

This Thanksgiving, give thanks by giving back
 
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we look for ways todemonstrate gratitude to the people closest to us. One great way to do that is to look for opportunities to give back to the people or organizations that have given something to you over the years. Here are some ways you can give thanks by giving back.

Veterans’ civic engagement strengthens communities nationwide
 
According to the 2016 Veterans Civic Health Index from Got Your Six, veterans volunteered an average of 169 hours of their time – making them one of the most active groups of volunteers across the country. The report details how veterans are continuing to strengthen our communities. Read more about the many ways that vets are making a difference, as well as 4 ways to give back to veterans.

Youth in juvenile detention seek to help peers outside their walls
 
ServiceWorks at the United Way of Greater St. Louis
recently hosted a cohort at The St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center. The 10 program participants, who are currently part of the juvenile justice system, drew from their own experiences to brainstorm community needs and discuss ways in which they can use their passions and talents to meet those needs. Read more about this initiative in Youth Today.

Channel post-election passion for good. Pledge to serve
 
In the wake of an historic election, many are seeking ways to tackle tough challenges and move forward by helping others. Volunteering strengthens relationships and connections with neighbors, and empowers us to create the change we want to see in our communities. Take the pledge to serve, to help someone in need and to create hope through volunteering and service: www.serviceunites.org.
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Points of Light Foundation Pledge to Volunteer



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Dear Points of Light Supporter,
In the wake of an historic election, we are seeing people from all walks of life looking for ways to come together, to tackle tough challenges, and to find healing by helping others.

Points of Light is launching Service Unites, an online platform and campaign that asks Americans to serve. This effort will tap into the unlimited hope and potential of individuals to spark change and create solutions to the issues facing our communities and our country.

Join us – take the pledge to volunteer. Share it with your friends and family and tell us your story of service using #ServiceUnites.

We’ve talked a lot lately about the office of president. But in America, the most important job is citizen. Let’s get to work!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2016

From http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Casady 5th graders started to make Christmas cards for soldiers during DEAR/Study Hall Time at Mrs. Cherylynn O'melia's classroom.  Mrs. O'melia is the volunteer coordinator at the Middle Division.  The cards will be send in care packages to active military personnel serving overseas during the holiday season.



Casady YAC will volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park, on Veterans Day, 11/11/2016 after school.  The teens will serve as needed.  A group will bring supplies to make Veterans Day Faith based holiday cards.  The cards made will be provided to Mrs. O'melia who donate the holiday cards to Blue Star Mothers of Edmond.  The warm wishes and art work will be placed in care packages for active military serving oversees. 







National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.


November 10, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 45
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YSA Now Accepting Applications from Local Organizations to Be Recognized as YSA Community Partners
         

Does your organization work with and/or share a commitment to mentoring, engaging, or empowering young people? If so, we want YOU as a Community Partner! YSA's Community Partner Program is a coalition of organizations that share a vision of youth as leaders today and tomorrow. While some Community Partners may be an affiliate or chapter of a larger organization, like a local Girl Scout troop, most are medium to small organizations working directly with youth.

We're looking for like-minded organizations that share a vision of youth as leaders to join YSA's Community Partner Program. Receive resources, tools, best practices, and networking opportunities to strengthen your organization's work and create quality programming opportunities for young people in your community. To learn more about the Community Partner Program and apply, visit www.YSA.org/CommunityPartner    


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
It's what we need today. And that means, please, no jokes about moving to Canada. No thoughts about giving up on the nation you belong to, even if its majority and its institutions anger you. No opting out. 


GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: December 15
The 2017 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. A total of 20 programs will be awarded packages valued at $750 or $500.
  
Deadline: December 16
The Puffin Foundation offers grants for arts projects that discuss a wide range of social and civil justice issues.  A grant could provide valuable support to an afterschool program seeking to inform the local community about an important issue through the arts. Average grants range from $550 - $2,500.

Deadline: January 27
Every year, through the Student Leaders program, Bank of America connects 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and service. They're awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: January 31
EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. EPA awards grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities and to identify ways to address environmental and public health concerns at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each nationwide. 
   

STORIES OF SERVICE
 
Sarvesh Sadana (16, Fremont, California) is an anti-poverty advocate who provides California homeless residents with shoes. He co-founded a non-profit organization called Shoecyclist that donates gently used footwear to individuals without homes. California has approximately 116,000 residents experiencing homelessness. Lack of access to good shoes leads to a lot of foot-related medical issues.  So far, Shoecyclist has provided 2,000 pairs of gently used shoes to the Bay Area homeless.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS






The Be an Everyday Young Hero series provides project replication guides to enable you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues. 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Spread a Little Love Around" - Ricky Skaggs




"Sometimes this crazy world
can make us all feel bad.
I sit and watch the news
and just get mad.
We need to stop and
smell the roses in the ground
So get out today
Spread a little love around
Talk to a neighbor
Volunteer a favor
...
We can change the whole world
if we start in our hometown
So get out today
Spread a little love around."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at  http://bit.ly/servicesongs  


Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2016

From http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Casady 5th graders started to make Christmas cards for soldiers during DEAR/Study Hall Time at Mrs. Cherylynn O'melia's classroom.  Mrs. O'melia is the volunteer coordinator at the Middle Division.  The cards will be send in care packages to active military personnel serving overseas during the holiday season.


Casady YAC will volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park, on Veterans Day, 11/11/2016 after school.  The teens will serve as needed.  A group will bring supplies to make Veterans Day Faith based holiday cards.  The cards made will be provided to Mrs. O'melia who donate the holiday cards to Blue Star Mothers of Edmond.  The warm wishes and art work will be placed in care packages for active military serving oversees. 





National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.


November 10, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 45
Like us on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter     View our profile on LinkedIn          View our videos on YouTube       

s
YSA Now Accepting Applications from Local Organizations to Be Recognized as YSA Community Partners
         

Does your organization work with and/or share a commitment to mentoring, engaging, or empowering young people? If so, we want YOU as a Community Partner! YSA's Community Partner Program is a coalition of organizations that share a vision of youth as leaders today and tomorrow. While some Community Partners may be an affiliate or chapter of a larger organization, like a local Girl Scout troop, most are medium to small organizations working directly with youth.

We're looking for like-minded organizations that share a vision of youth as leaders to join YSA's Community Partner Program. Receive resources, tools, best practices, and networking opportunities to strengthen your organization's work and create quality programming opportunities for young people in your community. To learn more about the Community Partner Program and apply, visit www.YSA.org/CommunityPartner    


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
It's what we need today. And that means, please, no jokes about moving to Canada. No thoughts about giving up on the nation you belong to, even if its majority and its institutions anger you. No opting out. 


GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: December 15
The 2017 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. A total of 20 programs will be awarded packages valued at $750 or $500.
  
Deadline: December 16
The Puffin Foundation offers grants for arts projects that discuss a wide range of social and civil justice issues.  A grant could provide valuable support to an afterschool program seeking to inform the local community about an important issue through the arts. Average grants range from $550 - $2,500.

Deadline: January 27
Every year, through the Student Leaders program, Bank of America connects 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and service. They're awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
Deadline: January 31
EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations, and local and tribal governments working on projects to address environmental and public health concerns. EPA awards grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities and to identify ways to address environmental and public health concerns at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at up to $30,000 each nationwide. 
   

STORIES OF SERVICE
 
Sarvesh Sadana (16, Fremont, California) is an anti-poverty advocate who provides California homeless residents with shoes. He co-founded a non-profit organization called Shoecyclist that donates gently used footwear to individuals without homes. California has approximately 116,000 residents experiencing homelessness. Lack of access to good shoes leads to a lot of foot-related medical issues.  So far, Shoecyclist has provided 2,000 pairs of gently used shoes to the Bay Area homeless.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS






The Be an Everyday Young Hero series provides project replication guides to enable you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues. 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Spread a Little Love Around" - Ricky Skaggs




"Sometimes this crazy world
can make us all feel bad.
I sit and watch the news
and just get mad.
We need to stop and
smell the roses in the ground
So get out today
Spread a little love around
Talk to a neighbor
Volunteer a favor
...
We can change the whole world
if we start in our hometown
So get out today
Spread a little love around."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at  http://bit.ly/servicesongs