Fall and winter can bring abundance with the opportunity to turn over new leaves and harvest healthful gifts. It’s a chance to embrace gratitude, whether it’s your morning coffee or tea, a warm pair of socks, or festive foods, there are a few things to enjoy and be thankful for this time of year.
I’m thankful for the strength of our community and the abundance of opportunities to be present in our community with community. Several moments struck me with a sense of gratitude and wonderment as I reflect on our community outreach efforts from this year. Community outreach has always been at the forefront of what we do, and our small but mighty team made this year extra memorable by participating in several firsts with the hope of becoming annual events.
We had the opportunity to participate in the first MINDfest: Celebrating the Mind and Nourishing the Soul. This free community event promoted mental health with music, entertainment, art, vendors, panel discussions and more. Several local diverse community organizations came together at the Mukilteo Rosehill Community Center, promoting mental health and connecting people to resources they need to thrive. This impactful event was made possible by the Mental Health Matters of Washington team.
Woodside Elementary invited us to their end of the school year Health & Fitness Night. Several families participated and joined in on the fun with many community-based organizations sharing healthy messaging, highlighting movement and activities for kids and families. We encouraged movement through play, had a hula hoop contest, and giveaways for all those who participated. This was a great event led by Craig Langley and the staff at Woodside Elementary.
We were honored to be part of the inaugural event honoring former Everett Public Schools athletic director, Robert Polk, organized by his wife Tara Polk. This heart health event was filled with gratitude and appreciation. With support of the local community and PRMCE Caregivers, information and activities for heart health of all ages were shared. Providence caregivers provided blood pressure checks, along with a de-stressing rock painting station. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, with this event on a beautiful sunny Saturday at Everett Memorial Coliseum.
Another first with the hope of being an annual event was the inaugural Everett Pride. The theme for the day was all about love and safe spaces; creating connections and building relationships in our community where folks feel celebrated and fulfilled. This event had everything from music to dancing, live entertainment, informational tables and vendors, along with local organizations providing access to resources and support. Several food trucks were on hand providing nourishment to those in attendance.
While I may not be able to capture all the events, we’ve attended this summer our outreach efforts continue for the remainder of 2023 with the hope that maybe we will see you. I encourage you to visit our blog site which hosts the latest information of what PIHC has been doing, you can find our blog site here.
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