Every August 17th we celebrate National Nonprofit Day and the impact that nonprofit organizations have on the communities they serve. National Nonprofit Day was started by author and respected speaker, Sherita J. Herring. Along with celebrating the work of nonprofits, this day is also an opportunity to educate and empower everyone to be the change that we want to see in the world.
According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States. Nonprofits promote awareness of civic challenges, support the fine arts and aid individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and more.
In Sandy Springs our non-profits offer a variety of services to our community, including job training, career fairs, food banks, emergency rent and mortgage assistance, afterschool programs, medical care, legal counsel, education enrichment, playable art in our parks and conservation of our natural resources.
In addition to these services, nonprofit organizations are a major source of jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 10% of America’s workforce is employed by nonprofit organizations, making them one of the largest employment sources in the country.
Nonprofit organizations address some of society’s toughest challenges, from food insecurity to cancer research. In Sandy Springs, we are fortunate to have a variety of charitable organizations that work nonstop to improve the lives of others.
We all can contribute in some manner, whether it’s by volunteering, giving, or just spreading the word about a nonprofit.
Find a non-profit that matches your interests and support them with your time, talent or skills to help further their cause.