Pushing Forward

Yes, the results of the 2016 election shocked the nation. Many YNPN chapters, including National, responded to the outcome of the election via blog posts and emails to members who were reeling from the results.

I don’t need to go into the dangers surrounding President-elect Trump’s cabinet picksconflicts of interest or haunting pastswe’re all well aware of what’s coming down the pike. Some people say this is a time to come together and show support for our President-elect, to give him a chance.

I disagree.

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What does it mean to be an “advocate?”

Working in the nonprofit section can be a great way to make an impact on the world. However, it is easy to become so focused on helping others that you yourself get a little lost. As I worked to help others, I often forgot to help myself.  I was so focused on doing good and succeeding at my job; I did not look at what I was sacrificing for it. Low salaries, little to no benefits and a ticking clock on employment. After leaving my first job, I found something that was much more stable. Established organization, good benefits and okay pay. But I still forgot about myself. I didn’t try to negotiate my offer, I was just so happy to get a job that I didn’t question it. But in retrospective, I should have.

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United I Choose to Stand

We never know for sure why things happen the way they do. Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to good people. I make a choice to believe there are very few objectively bad people in this world – at least not in the black and white view of the word bad. Instead I believe there are people trying their best from whatever lens they are born into and grow (or not) into. For a moment let’s try to remember that instead of armoring our hearts, we can learn to breathe more deeply into the spaces of ourselves that need more trust and more opening. Only from working on ourselves first can we begin to heal the world, which is full of so much beauty and so much pain; the juxtaposition has vexed humanity through the ages, but it doesn't make the truth of this moment in time any less difficult to stomach.

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Thank You

Have you been thanked, lately?

The hard work and passion that you show for the nonprofit sector are inspiring. Because of you, the hungry are being fed, art and music kept alive, and communities sustained. As one of YNPNmaine’s 100 members, you are supporting farmers throughout our state, providing animal-assisted therapy, and ensuring that Maine’s economically disadvantaged boys and girls get to go to summer camp.

I thank you.

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Being Politically Engaged

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware that an election is coming up. It seems that wherever we are, whatever we are doing, this election leaks into our lives in one way or another.

For me, it was a choice to get involved with this election. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine, studying Social Work and Public Policy. I am in my last year of my MSW, and in this position, I am interning with the Maine People’s Alliance.

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