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Celebrations and Commemorations in June

Thinking about Diverse Families

This post is inspired by Well Fargo’s amazing Diversity Program.

The meaning of the word “family” is varied and broad. People often refer to their work family, friends as family, church family, and family of volunteers to name a few. Then there is, of course, the family you are related to by blood, the family you grew up with and the family in your home. Many families now even include their pets. What better representation of diversity than family? No two are exactly alike.

Did You Know?

  • Flag Day is observed each year on June 14 to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
  • Native American Citizenship Day, held each year on June 15, commemorates the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. The day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
  • Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.

fam·i·ly noun – The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also: any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family>

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di·ver·si·ty noun – The quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc. The state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization

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According to reports from the Census Bureau, a majority of all households in the nation are now headed by unmarried adults.  There are now more one-person households (28.7 million) than there are households containing married couples with minor children (24.1 million).  Family diversity has become the norm. Of the 89 million unmarried adults in the United States, about 30 million live alone, while some 65 million live with someone else.  More than 2 million single dads are raising children, as are more than 8 million single mothers.  More than 10 million unmarried adults are living with a domestic partner while another 2 million live with a roommate.  The other 37 million unmarried and single Americans live with adult blood relatives, i.e. parents, children, siblings, or extended family members.
(unmarriedamerica.org)

volunteer

Think about volunteering for a organization that you believe in. Let’s keep the momentum going and show the impact we can make on our communities!

  • Native Peoples Traveling Exhibit – The Native Peoples Team Member Network within Wells Fargo has created a hands-on experiential display of artifacts contributed by team members from a variety of Tribal backgrounds.  This is a great activity to encourage and promote both diversity and understanding. Your company can develop a great idea just like this one, and get your workforce involved!  Or you can research existing events and activities and get involved as helpful volunteers!
  • Girls On The Run Spring 5K – GOTR is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The GOTR Spring 5K is a run in which girls from the program and their coaches/ mentors run together as their prior 10-week program concludes.  Other runners are encouraged to sign up, as well as volunteers. They will need volunteers for bag check, cheer section, food table, face painting, t-shirt table, start/finish line, parking, and other various duties.  Check out the GOTR website to find a run near you.
  • Juneteenth Celebration Sioux Falls – June 19, 5:00-8:30 pm, Sertoma Park. The  Friendship Baptist Church to celebrate and learn about Juneteenth (see the Did You Know? section above). Festivities will include the Mobile Black History Museum, Soul Food, choir performance, entertainment, children’s area and more.

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