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Our 2014 GO Month Project

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Courtney Pendleton | Communications Manager
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Get Organized and Safe in the New Year
Local Red Cross and National Association of Professional Organizers Partners
During Get Organized Month

 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 2, 2014 – A new year often brings new beginnings, a time when many make resolutions. January is also National Get Organized (GO) Month - a perfect time for individuals, families and businesses to organize and prepare for the year ahead.

Every January, the National Association of Professional Organizers San Diego Chapter (NAPO-SD) celebrates GO Month by selecting a non-profit to benefit from the organizing services of their chapter members. NAPO-SD has selected the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter as the 2014 “GO” Month non-profit partner.

“The key to being prepared is getting organized,” said Tony Young, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Red Cross. “While we preach preparedness and know disaster response, we also know there is always room for improvement. This is why we’re grateful for the partnership with NAPO San Diego. Their expertise will help enhance our response when disaster strikes.”

During National GO Month, the Red Cross and NAPO-SD are sharing tips with the public on how to refresh their emergency plans and kits. NAPO-SD will also help create more organized, effective office and storage spaces for the disaster relief agency.

“Our members are excited to help the Red Cross create more efficient work spaces and overall operations,” said Jana Hartwell, CPO®, NAPO-SD’s chapter president. “The steps organizations and individuals take ahead of time are crucial to ensuring they effectively respond during emergencies.” 

This partnership provides an ongoing opportunity to educate San Diego about the organizing profession while highlighting Prepare San Diego. In September 2013, the Red Cross along with key partners announced a four-year regional resiliency initiative driven by the Red Cross to help prepare the San Diego region for human emergencies and disasters. A key goal with the initiative is to facilitate a cultural shift to increase individual, organizational, and business preparedness. The desired result is to help one million people in San Diego County make an emergency plan, build a disaster kit or get trained to effectively respond.

Follow the conversation on social media by using #GOMonth and be sure to follow @SDICRedCross. The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter and NAPO-SD will also be posting about GO Month on their Facebook pages and websites. 

For more information about the Prepare San Diego initiative, please visit www.preparesandiego.org.

For those interested in learning more about NAPO and GO Month, please visit www.naposandiego.com.

About the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.  

About the NAPO-San Diego Chapter
The NAPO-San Diego Chapter has 35+ members who serve all of San Diego County and outlying areas. NAPO  Professional Organizers enhance the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and transferring organizing skills. NAPO Professional Organizers also educate the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits. Professional Organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems, for life. To find the right NAPO-SD Professional Organizer for you, please visit www.naposandiego.com.  For free organizing tips and inspiration, follow us on Facebook.

 

Our 2013 GO Month Project

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January is “Get Organized” Month!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore partners with the National Association of Professional Organizers

 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –San Diego Habitat for Humanity and The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) celebrates Get Organized Month (GO Month) in January.  The San Diego Chapter of NAPO (NAPO-SD) has chosen Habitat as its partner non-profit in 2013. NAPO-SD members will help create a more organized, effective retail space in the ReStore, Habitat’s home improvement resale center. 

On January 14th, a team of local NAPO Organizers will use their skills to benefit the Habitat ReStore and, ultimately, the families it serves – local hardworking people in need of a simple decent place to call home.  Volunteers from the NAPO San Diego Chapter will work with the ReStore to re-organize its office, retail checkout areas and warehouse sales floor so it can more effectively sell donated new and gently used home improvement items to the public at affordable prices, benefitting Habitat’s mission.

“We are delighted that NAPO San Diego has chosen the ReStore as its non-profit partner for GO Month”, said Rick Rodriguez, Manager of the Habitat ReStore.  “Professional Organizers help people and businesses take control of their surroundings and time, and we know the ReStore will function more effectively because of the efforts made on January 14th.”

The ReStore is located at 10222 San Diego Mission Road in the Mission Valley area of San Diego and is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 7:00pm. 

About San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH)

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. (SDHFH), the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes for ownership by local families in need.  Habitat partner families are selected on the basis of housing need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay a 0% interest mortgage loan.

Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to the ReStore, SDHFH’s building supply discount home improvement center. For more information, visit www.sdhfh.org or call 619-283-HOME (4663).

 

Our 2012 GO Month Project

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

                                          
                             SAN DIEGANS DONATE OVER 7,000 PAIRS OF SHOES FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

                                                First Shoe Drive by Local Organizing Experts Deemed a Success
                      

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2012 - The local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) collected 7,327 pairs of shoes between August, 2011 and January, 2012 to donate to Soles4Souls, an international charity that distributes shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters.

"The response from the community has been tremendous," said Sue Crum, NAPO San Diego chapter president. "At our October collection drive, we collected nearly 2,000 pairs of shoes in only two and a half hours. The rest of the shoes came later. San Diegans really stepped up to the challenge, and we can't thank them enough."

Priority Moving (www.prioritymoving.com), which donated storage space for the shoes and transportation to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Fontana, Calif., assisted in the collection drive. "We were happy to contribute to this great cause," said Priority Moving President Bryan Bloom. "Priority Moving was invaluable," added Crum. "Without them we would not have had the resources to make the drive so successful."

Shoes collected in San Diego are routed first to local warehouses and then to Soles4Souls centers in Wadley, Ala., or Sheldon, Iowa to be processed and graded. From there the shoes are earmarked for distribution either in the U.S. or abroad, or provided to microenterprise programs in developing countries. Shoes in extremely poor condition are sent to recycling facilities in Pakistan.

About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls collects shoes to relieve victims of abject suffering and to support microenterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Visit www.soles4souls.org or www.giveshoes.org.


ABOUT NAPO SAN DIEGO

The National Association of Professional Organizers, the Organizing Authority®, develops, leads and promotes Professional Organizers and the organizing industry. With over 35 NAPO San Diego members, the chapter comprises speakers, authors, residential specialists, business organizers and manufacturers of organizing products. Members offer a variety of services, including hands-on organizing, virtual organizing, coaching, training, space planning and financial organizing. Visit www.naposandiego.com.

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The members of the NAPO-San Diego Chapter are involved in many community outreach events volunteering their time and professional organizing skills to such charities as Habitat for Humanity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Father Joe's Village, Ronald McDonald House, San Diego Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army's Door of Hope. Our members have also volunteered at the San Diego Public Library providing much needed resources during these tough economic times.   

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