Alliance for Children and Families Observes National Family Week Nov. 18-24, 2012

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The Alliance for Children and Families has designated Nov. 18-24, 2012 as its annual National Family Week observance. Taking place each year during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week is an appropriate time to celebrate the individuals and organizations that bolster the chances of success for children, adults, and families.

The Alliance for Children and Families has designated Nov. 18-24, 2012 as its annual National Family Week observance. Taking place each year during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week is an appropriate time to celebrate the individuals and organizations that bolster the chances of success for children, adults, and families.

National Family Week has been annually promoted by the Alliance, a national nonprofit membership organization for private human-serving organizations, for more than 40 years. Sam Wiley, who was a teacher and administrator in Indianapolis, founded National Family Week in 1968. The Alliance partnered with Wiley in the 1970s to promote the celebration among its members and the human-serving sector.

Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance, links National Family Week and its celebration of families to nonprofit human-serving organizations, which strengthen families. “The Alliance and its network, due to our leadership, creative connections, effective advocacy, and ability to engage communities, are working to magnify our impact because the economic constraints merit nothing less,” explains Dreyfus. “Because National Family Week takes place during the week of Thanksgiving, it is a great time to say thanks to the individuals and organizations that help children, adults, and families.”

National Family Week is just one way the Alliance leads the human-serving sector to achieve transformational impact on the lives of people of all ages. The Alliance strives to lead its network of members and the entire sector to decrease the number of people living in poverty, increase the number of people living safe and healthy lives, and put more people onto pathways for educational and employment success.

More information on National Family Week, including a toolkit with strategies for observances, is available on the Alliance website at alliance1.org/national-family-week.
In addition to observances during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week goals can be used to achieve long-term family- and community-strengthening objectives. Potential program objectives include:

--Economic self-sufficiency
--Dependable transportation
--Applicable education and training
--Affordable housing

The Alliance for Children and Families is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change by representing and supporting hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations located in North America to translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

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