Get Outdoors and Be Happy

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| June 23, 2020

Lets do This

The temperature is rising and so is the opportunity to get outside and in nature. Research suggests that being in nature and feeling a connection with it increases well-being and happiness in both adults and youth.

Right now, young people might be feeling some isolation and anxiousness while wrapping up their school year from home and not having access to sports, clubs or extracurricular activities. Spending time outside -- going hiking, playing games or sitting in the park or even walking around your neighborhood -- can help youth feel better, feel more connected and be better able to focus on other things. 

Stay Inspired

Want more information about why nature makes us happier? Check out this article from CNN.

As community leaders and as servant leaders, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedies and know that a genuine and ongoing commitment to real change is necessary to confront and combat racism.  We stand in solidarity with our peers, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends with an even stronger resolve to be present, to listen, to learn and to act.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our 25 years of serving the community, it’s this: 

We are stronger together

We are committed to actively fighting racism and to using our voices for better.  We will continue to bring strength and hope; to foster meaningful conversations around change; to deliver services that are inclusive and will support all.  We encourage you to join us and find ways to improve race relations in our community and beyond.  Let’s all work toward better – better connection, better allyship, better love for one another.  Let’s work together to make this world a better place for our kids.  Now is the time and they’re depending on us.