AUGUST 17, 2017 | NATIONAL NONPROFIT DAY | NATIONAL MASSACHUSETTS DAY | NATIONAL I LOVE MY FEET DAY | NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY
NATIONAL NONPROFIT DAY
Somewhere a volunteer reads to school children; a patient receives steady medication; a lawyer provides legal services for low-income individuals; a nonprofit funeral home buries a lost soul; or a first-time homebuyer is moving into his own home. On August 17, National Nonprofit Day (NND) reminds us that each of these scenes is possible because of the nonprofit sector and the work performed by capable men, women and organizations.
NND recognizes more than nonprofits’ primary altruistic goals (awareness, research, and aid); it also acknowledges the added positive impacts they have on communities and the world.
For example, following the recent U.S. recession, in 2012 the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the nation’s entire GDP (gross domestic product), or $887.3 billion; continuously employing nurses, web developers, lawyers, computer engineers and more (sources: John Hopkins and Tactical Philanthropy Advisors reports).
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take some time to learn more about nonprofits. Understanding that the funding for these organizations often satisfies more than the mission statement will help us see the benefits of supporting nonprofit organizations. Visit www.kifoundation.org to find out more and use #NationalNonprofitDay to share on social media.
Sherita J. Herring, a renowned speaker, best-selling author and business strategist, founded National Nonprofit Day to educate, enlighten and empower others to make a difference, while acknowledging those that are in the trenches, impacting lives every day – the Change-Makers of the World!
The Tariff Act of 1894 signed into law on August 17, imposed the first federal income tax on corporations, which included exemptions for nonprofit corporations and charitable institutions. With a few modifications, nonprofit exemptions remain a solid part of the law and have served significant benefits, both for communities and the economy.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Nonprofit Day to be observed annually in 2017.
NATIONAL MASSACHUSETTS DAY
National Massachusetts Day on August 17 recognizes the first New England colony and the sixth state to join the Union. Named after the indigenous people who populated the area when explorers (and later the pilgrims) first arrived, Massachusetts became an incubator for independence, education and industry.
It should come as no surprise that the colony credited with the founding of the Sons of Liberty, hosting the Boston Tea Party and “the shot heard round the world” would also be considered the Cradle of Liberty. The list of notable and recognizable names from history grows long from Massachusetts and their stories quite fascinating. Patriots are the first to come to mind, but don’t stop there! Poets, inventors, authors, politicians, architects, activists, athletes and those who have managed the amazing. It’s much too long for these pages, so you are encouraged to explore them further.
With her numerous bays and abundant shorelines, Massachusetts offers many seaside escapes. Mountain exploration can be found inland, and for those who seek urban adventure, there is plenty to be found. Everywhere you go, there’s history, beauty and perhaps a bit of an adjustment to the New England language. Either way, dive into the food, the past and the future of Massachusetts.
Explore all the adventures Massachusetts has to offer with National Day Calendar and share your favorites by using #NationalMassachusettsDay on social media.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Massachusetts Day.
Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
NATIONAL I LOVE MY FEET DAY!
National I LOVE My Feet Day! is observed annually on August 17. This is a day to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to practice good foot care and pamper our feet.
Our feet are our primary mode of transportation. They quietly and faithfully help us stand, swim, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip and dance. They take us to school and work. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.
Taking care of our feet is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes.
Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.
75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting a podiatrist can help. For more Good Foot Care Tips and information on I LOVE My Feet Day! click on one of these links:
For more Good Foot Care Tips and information on I LOVE My Feet Day! click on one of these links
The theme for 2016 is Healthy Feet are Happy Feet!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Pamper your feet today with a foot massage or pedicure. Share photos of your rejuvenated feet on social media using #ilovemyfeetday
National I LOVE My Feet Day! was submitted by Carolyn D. Jenkins in May of 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National I LOVE My Feet Day! to be observed annually on August 17.
NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY
Are you ready for a fun day of some great bargain shopping? Then today is the day because each year on August 17th, National Thrift Shop Day is observed across the United States.
A thrift shop (also known as a thrift store, charity shop, hospice shop or resale shop) is a retail establishment typically run by a charitable organization to raise money to be used in accord with the organization’s stated charitable purpose.
Thrift shops are a type of social enterprise that typically sell used goods that are donated by members of the public and are often staffed by volunteers. Donation of the items being sold allows for a lower cost to the buyers.
Saving money is on the minds of everyone these days and shopping at thrift stores is becoming more and more popular. Clothing, furniture and household goods are great finds among the other hidden treasures within the walls of thrift shops across the country. To some, shopping at a thrift store isn’t even about the price (that’s just a bonus!) but instead, it’s about the adventure of finding vintage and antique items.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Thrift Shop Day.
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