So far we Solcanauts have done a lot to give back this holiday season; from buying sweatshirts for all the teens to donating necessary winter clothes to a local elementary. We strive year-round to have the spirit of giving and community, but we are especially aware of the need for helping hands during the holiday season. For the remainder of December, we are offering 3 more opportunities to give back, through our pay-it-forward Saturday clinics. The clinics will all be Saturdays at 11 am and will be pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10 or more to our non-profit partner.
Dec 13th – Kipping pullups (with Coach Hannah)
Dec 20th – Kettlebell skills (with Coach Jeff)
Dec 27th – Double Unders (with Coach Hannah)
Lean more about our non-profit partner, the Nurse-Family partnership:
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children – and themselves.
As an evidence-based community health program with over 37 years of randomized control research proving it’s effectiveness, NFP outcomes include long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. By helping to break the cycle of poverty, we play an important role in helping to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable members, building stronger communities, and leaving a positive impact on this and future generations.
In Minnesota, NFP is currently serving over 1,000 families across 40 counties and two tribal entities. While the present funding supporting the NFP program represents a strong endorsement of the program’s need and value, current funding levels are insufficient to meet the growing demand. With its current funding, NFP is able to serve only 3.4% of eligible mothers in the state. Nationally, NFP currently enrolls over 30,000 families in 43 states, the US Virgin Islands and six tribal Communities.
As an extra special treat, Solcanaut Chelsea will be donating a copy of the new book, A Path Appears, to the largest Solcana contributor, written by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, which highlights NFP as one proven program to bring about significant social change. Also, check out Kristof’s September Sunday NYTimes article, “The Way to Beat Poverty,” adapted from an excerpt of A Path Appears: