Each year, when the calendar rolls to August, my mind inevitably goes back to school days. Back-to-school season conjures the smell of burning leaves, football games, band practice, new teachers, new books, and newly sharpened pencils. In Mississippi, autumnal weather comes a bit later, but the images persist of crisp fall air during those first weeks of school.
Here at the Alliance, we’ve sharpened our pencils and refined our programs to make learning more accessible than ever, more interesting, more appropriate to your needs, and easier to track. As you read the articles in this Ally, maybe you will be inspired to go “back to school” to learn about establishing excellence in your young organization or get certified in Excellence in Action© for more established groups. You may decide to join an affinity group to meet like-minded people to help improve the lives of Mississippians through systems and policy change.
Whatever your interest, remember that the Alliance is your home team. The people that power the sector in Mississippi are always more effective together. We are here to support you, help build your capacity, and make your big ideas real.
As we move through this seemingly never-ending pandemic, please know that your friends at the MS Alliance and Volunteer MS are here to support you through the Volunteer Hub Network. The eight Volunteer Hubs across the state responded to the first wave of Covid-19 in short order and can do so again wherever they are needed. You can read about all they have accomplished in a few short years in this edition of the Ally.
As the autumn equinox looms and the days are getting shorter, I hope you’ll join the member family if you have not already done so. You will make new friends, acquire new mentors, and watch your organization grow and flourish.
All my best,
From your NEW executive director
Hello Alliance members and friends, First, please allow me to take this opportunity to say how excited I am to begin this new journey serving as executive director of the Alliance. It is truly an honor to work with each of you as we endeavor to create better communities for our children and families in […]
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National Women’s Health Month
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