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National Suicide Prevention Month

Written by Grace Williams    on September 7, 2022    in
“We don't kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, "He fought so hard." And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.” - Sally Brampton

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is not a moral failing–it is the last effort of someone wanting to relieve themselves of pain. This means there are often reliable signs that someone may be considering suicide and there multiple opportunities to intervene. However, not everyone has access to the mental health resources they need or feels comfortable reaching out for help.

Farmworker Appreciation Day

Written by Grace Williams    on July 27, 2022    in
“I have met many, many farmworkers and friends who love justice and who are willing to sacrifice for what is right. They have a quality about them that reminds me of the beatitudes. They are living examples that Jesus’ promise is true: they have been hungry and thirsty for righteousness and they have been satisfied. They are determined, patient people who believe in life and who give strength to others.” - Cesar Chavez

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Written by Grace Williams    on July 27, 2022    in
“That’s the point I really want to drive home about sex trafficking. The most important part to saving victims is realizing how many different ways we could have done something before as anything as horrific as to what happened to me happens to me someone else.”
– Jose Alfaro, survivor of sex trafficking, quoted in The Polaris Project

 

 

National Give Something Away Day

Written by Grace Williams    on July 18, 2022    in
 

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” - Anne Frank

July 15th is National Give Something Away Day! There are several action points you can take on this day. SHARE Detroit’s four pillars of giving are: donating money, volunteering time, attending an event, and shopping for items from nonprofit wish lists. Today is the perfect day to use the SHARE website to look for a new nonprofit to support, explore volunteer opportunities, and explore wish lists!

Happy Fourth of July!

Written by Grace Williams    on June 30, 2022    in

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” — William Faulkner

As we gather for this long weekend to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence, let us use this time to reflect on what America means to ourselves and what it could mean for others. Need does not get a vacation so just as we want to gather and enjoy the company of our friends and family, it is important to remember those who may have a more complicated relationship to Independence Day or are otherwise requiring help this holiday.

Wrapping up Pride Month!

Written by Grace Williams    on June 27, 2022    in

“We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s OK. You’re not alone in who you are. There are people out there who will love and support you. It’s about doing the work and believing and finding those people—if they’re not in your local community, there’s somebody online that you can talk to for support.” - Laverne Cox
 

Pride for the LGBTQIA+ community is not a new phenomenon. Motor City Pride traces its history to demonstrations held in Detroit in June 1972 to protest homophobic laws and support LGBT rights. Pride is a time of great celebration, but it is also a time to provide assistance for those within the community.

Summer SHARE Kickoff Recap

Written by Grace Williams    on June 15, 2022    in

SHARE Detroit kicked off a summer of giving with our event at Jimmy John’s Field on June11th. Nonprofit partners, sponsors, and community members came together to enjoy a BBQ meal and watch the Utica Unicorns prevail over the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers from the stadium’s patio. 

At the welcoming event, there were photo opportunities with the Unicorns’ and Beavers’ mascots, goodie bags were given out with swag supporting our nonprofit partners and sponsors, a new phone, Detroit Tigers tickets and a Detroit is the Place to BEE honey basket were raffled off to lucky community members. Guests were invited to write postcards to the children of Ukraine, as part of SHARE Detroit’s ongoing SHARE Ukraine efforts. As we connected with one another at the event, we hope community members will continue to connect with nonprofits that speak to them throughout the rest of the summer and beyond!