From the Director of the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for National and Community Service-
It's budget season. (Yay!)
It's budget season. (Groan)
That is pretty much how any ‘budget- watcher’ feels during this time of year. It is filled with long nights, hopeful wishes, and grave disappointments. And the feeling that, at any moment, what you thought would happen- won’t. There is a lot of uncertainty.
The Institute for Child Success has been at the forward edge of advocating for a statewide definition, description, and assessment of school readiness. All three of these elements were included in the ICS-drafted sample legislation that became the basis for the School Readiness legislations to reform and reauthorize South Carolina First Steps.
Are you or someone you know doing great things? Do you want to tell everyone about it? We do! The Jefferson Awards for Public Service wants to shine a spotlight on communities across South Carolina and celebrate the amazing things that young people are doing.
As we look forward to the start of a new year, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol opens with its depiction of selfish old Scrooge, hunched over against the bitterness of a London winter—and against the warmth of community, friends, and family. He is alone, utterly alone, utterly mean, utterly heartless:
But what did Scrooge care? It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.
Are you wondering what the latest education, income and health issues are in Washington? Then look no further, because all of the information you need is right here!
Education: United Way Worldwide is applauding members of Congress for introducing the Strong Start for America's Children Act, a 10-year innovative federal-state parternship to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children across the birth-to-age-five continuum. Click here to read the letter of support.
In spite of the endless barrage of negative headline news about the economy, jobs, and education, a bit of good news was shared today through the 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a new Federal report issued by the Corporation for National & Community Service. This report shows Americans in a more favorable light, one that shines brightly due to our citizens’ unfailing commitment and generosity of spirit in the area of volunteerism.