After 8 successful editions of “National Compliment Day” in the Netherlands (this year also spreading into Belgium and Norway) the initiators wonder why the event should not become a ‘World Compliment Day’ and thus create ‘The Most Positive Day in the World’?
The reasoning behind it makes sense. The initiative, in contrast to Valentine's Day, Secretaries' Day, and Mother and Father's Days, is not commercially oriented, so everyone can afford to participate. ‘World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power.
Project Access youth took part in World Compliment Day by writing positive messages to each other.
March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area does well and letting that person know he/she is sincerely appreciated for that. It should be done through words instead of gifts. "A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge," says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. "Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?"
For global promotion of the initiative Poortvliet counts on his own extensive international network among which RPI (Recognition Professionals International) and the ‘MasterPeace.org’ initiative. "And of course it is my sincere hope that Twitter & Facebook will prove their incredible strength as social media once again. After all: What is more social than showing sincere appreciation for another human being? If on Tuesday, March 1st, every person pays at least three people in his/her environment or (social) network a genuine and sincere compliment we will definitely create the Most Positive Day in the World!”
For more information and an overview of compliments going around the world please go to: www.worldcomplimentday.info
Please help promote by following www.twitter.com/complimentday and retweet its message. Facebook: facebook.com/worldcomplimentday
Press release taken from: www.worldcomplimentday.info
Whether you roll like a pro or are strictly a novice, nonprofit Project Access invites you to its annual Bowling for a Cause – Every Strike Counts! fundraiser. Don’t miss the fun! Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities.
The event is set for Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30 until 8 PM at Bowlmor Lanes at The District at Tustin at 2405 Park Avenue in Tustin. There is a $180 registration fee per team, and it is requested that each team member raise at least $100 through personal fundraising. All proceeds support Project Access.
To create a team of six bowlers, visit http://projectaccess.dojiggy.com.
Each participant will receive complimentary shoe rental, bowling time and refreshments. There will also be an opportunity drawing for prizes, recognition for the high scorers and top fundraisers.
Opportunities to sponsor the event range from $500 to $5,000 and include various levels of recognition, signage at the event and the chance for a team to bowl. Project Access is also looking for companies interested in making a donation for every strike bowled. These firms will receive significant day-of brand exposure, as we celebrate and tally each strike! Potential sponsors are invited to contact Jennifer Bates, Marketing Coordinator, at 949/253-6200 ext. 305 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Project Access served nearly 11,000 people last year alone,” said CEO and President Kristin Byrnes. “The funds raised from this event will support our Education for Youth Initiative, which includes school readiness for preschool-age children, after-school tutoring & enrichment programs for youth and teen programs. By participating, you can not only have fun, but also make a positive impact on the lives of the residents we serve every day.”
Over 50 Resource Centers are operated by Project Access in California and Colorado fostering a culture of change by assisting residents from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds to improve their lives through education, employment, wellness, and financial capability, among other programs.
More information is available at www.project-access.org.
Maria Granados is a resident of Hermosa Village Apartments in Anaheim, California. Maria is among 1 of 72 residents who completed our Capacity Building and Savings Program in 2013- congratulations Maria on this awesome feat!
This program taught residents how to form a habit of saving. We accomplished this by working with financial institutions, banks, and other service providers to teach our residents how to effectively budget and therefore save.
Residents like Maria who were able to save $25 for 6 consecutive months were rewarded with $50 to further increase their financial assets. Among the 129 residents who participated in the Capacity Building and Savings Program, 98% strongly believed the financial services they received would help them in large or small ways to save money and reduce their debt.
Project Access is happy to bring back this program so we can continue to stress the importance of savings to our residents.
Please check out our Capacity Building for Adults Pinterest Board where we periodically pin updates related to savings: http://www.pinterest.com/projectaccess/capacity-building-for-adults/
Mr. Chen thought he would never see his friend again. A senior living at Golden West Tower, Mr. Chen was cut off from his friend by distance – a distance he thought was too great to overcome. But something changed.
During the 2012 holidays, Mr. Chen and many other seniors were given iPads by their adult children. Although an excellent tool for keeping in touch, Mr. Chen didn’t know how to use an iPad. He held the key to seeing his friend again in his hands, but couldn’t use it.
Recognizing the need, Project Access implemented an iPad class for the seniors of Golden West Tower. Mr. Chen learned how to use his iPad and he regularly sees his long distance friend using the iPad Face Time application.
Mr. Chen now has the confidence to learn new technologies. He satisfies his curiosity of the world by reading online newspapers. And his memory loss is compensated for by the Reminder App on the iPad. He puts Reminders in his iPad about Project Access’ ESL Chinese Class and free hair cut services. Now he doesn’t forget to receive any Project Access services.
“My world was only limited within my home, but Project Access allowed me to see the broader world.” – Mr. Chen
To learn more about the different types of programs offered to our seniors, please visit: Key Initiatives
For those of you who do not know, Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 16:9 aspect ratio now typically used by mobile device cameras. Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds (Source: Wikipedia.com).
We are hoping to reach more individuals and share our story through visuals using Instagram! Several non-profits have taken the approach telling stories through photos and videos as we continue to trek deeper into the digital age.
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Project Access was invited to take part in PBS SoCaL’s “American Graduate Community Town Hall”. This unique event was part of an on-air broadcast where several community stakeholders, such as parents, nonprofits, teachers, and policy makers, came together to discuss the state of education today and how we as a community can address the challenges youth face beyond their classrooms.
We were able to share how we serve our community and how we inspire and equip our youth to strive for success and for their future through our School Readiness Program, After School Program and enrichment activities, and Teen initiatives.
Regional Supervisor Esther Song attended the event to represent Project Access.
What do you think is needed to better support our youth and prevent drop-outs? You can tune in to the broadcast set to air on PBS Thursday, February 27 at 8:30pm PST.
For more information on PBS SoCal, you can visit their website at: http://www.pbssocal.org/home/
In 2013, Project Access expanded and served more low-income children, families and seniors. We added 8 centers in 2013 for a grand total of 54. In 2013, we served 10,951 residents- an increase of 1,103 residents served or 11%. We are ecstatic with this news and couldn't have done it without your support.
Stay tuned as we are working on our Social Impact for 2013 and you will be the first to learn more about our successes!
Tomorrow (June 12) is the Project Access 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Strawberry Farms Golf Club! Under the direction of tournament chairman, James R. Reed of Lincoln Group of Companies, the event is nearly sold out for the third year in a row, while attracting high level sponsors and support.
Participants will enjoy a variety of on course entertainment, a high quality golf shirt, and refreshments as well as lunch provided by Whole Foods, cocktail reception and dinner.
The event will once again feature top level raffle items, including a custom set of golf clubs, as well as a silent auction packed with items for golf lovers. This year we have added a professional golf exhibition, and 2 craft breweries provided by Bootlegger's Brewery and BayHawk Ales.
The Live Auction is sure to be a hit this year and will feature the following items. Just think, you can take a great vacation and benfit Project Access!
Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience with Airfare for Two (Value $5,700)
Take part in a Wrigley Field tradition that goes back to the first Opening Day in 1914 by watching the Chicago Cubs from the Waveland Rooftop Bleachers! Your rooftop admission includes seats, premium wine and beer, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Your experience is completed with a 3-night stay at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park OR Swissôtel Chicago, with daily breakfast. This is one of the most unique, fun, and entertaining tickets in all of sports. A must do for any baseball fan!
New Orleans Jazz & Dining w/Airfare for Two (Value $5,200)
Your New Orleans adventure begins with a 3-night stay at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, a 4-diamond luxury hotel. You're located near the French Quarter, just one block from Bourbon Street! You will then enjoy a 6-course specialty dinner with wine pairings at the Commander's Palace Restaurant. Named "Most Popular" by ZAGAT! But the VIP treatment doesn't stop there. You’ll be entitled to “skip-the-line” status with VIP admission for two to the Preservation Hall of Jazz. Their evening performances are authentic, traditional New Orleans jazz, played by the city’s finest.
Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph (Value $11,200)
Corum was founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1955 and prides itself on creating innovative and distinctive designs. The Admiral's Cup 50mm features a vulcanized rubber case, black lacquered dial, automatic winding with chronograph function, a black rubber strap with titanium tongue buckle, and is water resistant.
Rod & Reel Fishing Getaway with Airfare for Two (Value $6,100)
Enjoy your full-day freshwater fishing adventure at the location of your choice! Choose between most lakes, rivers, and streams nationwide like fly-fishing in the Colorado Rockies or Bass fishing with bait and lures in the Florida Everglades. Your experience includes your own guide, boat, bait, and a 3-Night Stay. Your fishing adventure awaits!
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski Getaway with Airfare for Two (Value $8,000)
Enjoy a 3-night stay with daily breakfast at this prestigious member of Conde Nast's Gold List and one of the Top 500 Hotels in the world. Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, this property is located 75 miles from Vancouver. Your ski getaway includes a $500 gift card that can be used for Whistler and Blackcomb Ski Resort lift tickets. This experience promises impeccable service, innovative cuisine, and luxurious accommodations!
Opportunity Drawing Items Include
Grand Prize: TaylorMade Complete Golf Club Set (Value$1,900)
TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue
TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2 Fairway
Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter
Strawberry Farms Golf Foursome
Il Fornaio Gourmet Food Basket
$50 Roger Dunn Gift card
$25 Roger Dunn Gift card
If you are interested in attending the reception and dinner portion of the tournament from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the Red Barn at Starwberry Farms, please contact Rachel Sanchez at email@example.com
State of the Organization
Project Access provides quality focused services to our residents, and trusted customer service to our affordable housing developer partners- and 2012 was one of our best years to date! We are so proud of how far we have come since our founding in 1999. From three Resource Centers to 46 and growing! We have a lot of success to share, and right now we just want to provide you with a highlight so you know how we are doing as an organization, and how your support has helped get us here.
Assisted nearly 10,000 low-income residents in California, and started the process to extend our reach to Denver and Aurora, Colorado.
Secured 110 community partnerships with amazing organizations, including University of Southern California.
84% of children served showed positive achievement in their reading scores.
Stabilized the organization, and prepared for future growth through promotions, and the starting of an organizational endowment.
Read on for details on these areas, as well as additional information about our organization.
In 2012 we impacted the lives of nearly 10,000 families, children and seniors in California. We assisted adults in finding gainful employment, ensured that children were reading at their grade level or above, connected families to much needed health resources and made sure that seniors didn’t feel lost and alone. We are proud to share some of our data with you, so you can get a snap shot of our impact.
4,963 residents participated in health education programs, including preventative screenings, health fairs, exercise classes, nutrition programs and food distribution programs.
Education for Youth:
3,751 adults and youth accessed technology through Project Access computer labs or by taking part in the computer classes.
79% of residents reported that Project Access computer labs have improved their access to information (job opportunities, social connections, health resources, etc.).
Independent Living for Seniors:
Capacity Building for Adults:
1,753 residents received assistance preparing for employment, improved their financial literacy skills, improved their parenting skills and learned English.
98% of the residents who received assistance in interviewing skills indicated the training was helpful in securing employment.
In an effort to reduce duplication of services, Project Access identifies and partners with other organizations to meet the needs of our residents. We could not achieve our goals without the help of these volunteers, interns, nonprofit partners and corporate partners.
110 people volunteered statewide and donated 4,495 hours of their time, valued at a total of $108,689.
We placed 20 interns from five academic institutions, including University of Southern California, and Berkley City College, who work worked 3,877 hours at 16 resource centers.
In 2012 we worked with over 100 service providers such as mobile health clinics, Second Harvest Food bank, one-on-one tutoring, parenting education classes, arts and crafts for seniors, to name a few.
We partnered with nine corporations, including Union Bank, US Bank, Starbucks and Edwards Lifesciences, and placed 98 individual volunteers statewide.
Brian Murphy, President of Athletes First was honored as our Keys to Success Award recipient, and Athletes Frist went on to adopt a resource center, and start a weekly reading program with the youth.
Fiscal Responsibility and Infrastructure
Project Access works with affordable housing developers/owners in a fee-for-service relationship to bring services to our residents at no cost to them. Additionally, we work hard to raise additional funds to provide comprehensive services and build a strong organizational infrastructure.
We increased our income by 16% through special events, non-government grants, individuals and corporations.
The Project Access Endowment account was opened and funded started with $5,300 in contributions.
We opened 13 new Resource Centers including 7 Senior Resource Centers in San Jose, which represented a 77% Growth in Northern California, and a 23% growth in Southern California.
The announcement was made that Project Access will add 2 Family Resource Centers in Denver, Colorado with ROC-Bridge Partners.
JSM, Inc. joined our family of 16 Affordable Developer partners, who already included Affordable Housing Access, Related of California and Bridge Partners.
2012 was a successful and inspiring year for Project Access and we could not have done it without the dedication and support of people like you. Thank you for helping Project Access to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of residents by giving them the opportunity to make a change.
As 2013 moves forward, we ask that you remember our residents, who, without our critical services and resources, are often one paycheck away from losing the roof over their heads.
Sara Wall, our Director of Social Impact, took our message of empowerment through resident services
last week to the National Low Income Housing Coalition Conference
in Washington D.C.
Sara, who has her Masters in Public Policy in Social Policy from Brandeis University with a double concentration in poverty reduction and children, youth and families, jumped at the chance to attend this national event. The conference website said it best, truly this was an opportunity to "unite with advocates, providers, residents and policy professionals from across the country... to learn how we can work together to solve the housing challenges of the lowest income Americans." This creation of more affordable housing is critical for Project Access to expand its reach and positively impact the lives of more low-income children, families and seniors. The lowest income Americans are those that make less than 30% of the area median income
, and need the vital employment, education and health services Project Access provides more than ever.
This conference provided a forum for building momentum and support for legislation that will increase the future stock of affordable housing. Workshop themes focused on how we can better serve Veterans and prevent children from entering the foster care system with affordable housing. At the same time, data presented painted a bleak picture of the national housing crisis and some sobering facts about the lowest income Americans (extremely low income = ELI), summarized here.
Housing Crisis in 2013
The cost burden of rent on ELI households is tremendous. Nearly 8 million households spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs. In addition to this staggering number, there is also a shortage of affordable housing for those that qualify.
There are few options for ELI households due to the average cost of renting.
What is the Impact
- 2013 wage needed to afford a fair market rent 2 bedroom: $18.79
- 2013 average wage earned by renters: $14.32
- 2013 federal minimum wage: $7.25
A lack of affordable housing and ultimately homelessness, can impose a tremendous financial and social cost on society.
- Housing is a platform and an indicator of educational attainment, health and wellness and child welfare.
- Poverty is a predictor of whether child will enter foster care system.
- In turn, 30% of youth in foster care are there due to lack of housing
By offering additional housing at an affordable rate and supportive services to help families thrive, we can improve the lives of thousands living in poverty.
Want to learn more about affordable housing and its implications, and what you can do to make a difference?
Read Out of Reach
and the Housing Spotlight
published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.