When Labor Day arrives, I know that summer has officially ended. Kids are back to school and the warm and balmy days of summer begin to fold into fall activities including soccer season for the kids, football, apple picking and less humid and cooler days ahead.
As we prepare to celebrate the extra day off…I wondered how this holiday away from the office really started. As you know, Labor Day always falls on the first Monday in September. It began in the late1800s and is a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. It is appropriate, therefore, that we pay tribute on this day to our nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
As we watch the news of Hurricane Harvey impact our fellow Americans in Texas and Louisiana, we have seen pictures and video footage of such remarkable strength and courage of many great American workers. Firefighters, police officers, medical workers, volunteer workers…all banning together to support relief efforts. We’ve seen store owners opening their doors to those seeking a place to sleep. They began as total strangers, but perhaps now, they are friends that will never be forgotten. All these hard workers banded together with one goal in mind…to help other human beings in need. Perhaps their selfless efforts helped ease the pain of those that have been greatly impacted by the loss and pain that this natural disaster has left in its wake.
Today, on Labor Day, as fellow fundraisers, fellow workers, I ask you to change it up. Celebrate Labor Day as a worker in action. Put in a little work for another who needs some help. Whether it is writing a check to the American Red Cross or another Relief Agency to support Texas or Louisiana, purchasing some needed items that are being gathered in your community to be sent for relief, or perhaps rolling up your sleeves in your own community to help those in need.
I challenge you today…DO shut off your computer. DON’T check emails…but DO observe this day a little differently this year…and honor the resilience and contributions of American workers in a way that spreads hope and prosperity across our nation in your own unique way.
by: Susanna Decker, Senior Consultant HUB Philanthropic Solutions