March 9 Marks Good Deeds Day Celebration
In Las Vegas, Shevet Pisga, the local chapter of The Israeli Scouts, a youth leadership program, was looking for an organization with which we could form a long term relationship of help and support. After meeting with the staff of Nevada PEP, a nonprofit organization that provides information, services and training to Nevada families of children with disabilities, we knew we found the right place for us to give.
PEP services are about empowering families to be life-long advocates for their children through education and skill building. PEP recognizes that parents are experts on their children; and must learn about disabilities, intervention needs and how to develop a support system to meet those needs.
PEP is a family of families caring, supporting and guiding one another through the challenges of raising children. When family and friends don't understand, parents always have someone to talk to at PEP. You are NOT ALONE! All of our staff has been impacted by disability in some way and know that navigating a challenging support system alone can be overwhelming
At 2:00 pm on March 9th we will go to their location on 2101 S Jones for a project of outdoor cleaning and painting, making their environment friendlier and more appealing to the clients coming in to get support. This will be a celebration of giving and good will. We would like to thank Home Depot for their kind donation of paint and other supplies needed for this endeavor.
Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group. "I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world.” Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving and this year individuals, school children, students, soldiers, and employees from many businesses are joining in for the 7th annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others," says Shari Arison, initiator of Good Deeds Day.
Since its launch in 2007, this annual tradition of good has attracted an ever expanding number of participants, from 7,000 in 2007, to over 250,000 in 2012, in Israel alone. In 2012, Good Deeds Day was the biggest ever: some 250,000 Israelis and thousands more worldwide joined in to do a good deed for others. In Israel, nearly all local authorities, some 584 schools, 121 teen groups, 200 military unites and 330 business companies volunteered, participating in a wide range of Good Deeds Day projects. Over 3,600 projects were organized for Good Deeds Day 2012, including painting homes of senior citizens, cleaning beaches and parks, renovating community centers and creating public gardens. Worldwide, Good Deeds Day 2012 took place in 28 communities and 50 countries including the USA, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, South Africa and Singapore. Thousands took part, hailing from all walks of life and ages, each according to their own time and skill.