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From the Editor

As we turn the calendar page to November, it seems the days are going quicker than ever. Now that Halloween is behind us, we are officially into the Holiday Season. With this month, thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving. Most likely, people will have family, friends and health at the top of their lists.

Here at RSVP Magazine, we are thankful for our connections to our local community. So many people are working to make things better for themselves and for others. The number of nonprofit organizations operating here in the Greater Memphis area keeps growing every year. Each one brings with it not only the number of people employed there, but in most cases, a number of volunteers, as well as all of the people who receive their services. Simply put, our community would not be the same without all of these people giving of their time and talents, through paid or volunteers endeavors.

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “Nonprofits embody the best spirit and values of our nation. They help millions of individuals and families daily. They protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate, and nurture our bodies and spirits. Nonprofits also give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. They turn our beliefs into action - as promoters of democracy, champions of the common good, incubators of innovation, laboratories of leadership, protectors of taxpayers, responders in times of trouble, stimulators of the economy, and weavers of community fabric.”

It is this spirit of “giving back to our community” for which I am truly thankful. Almost everyone can identify with it, too, by thinking of someone who has been impacted by a nonprofit organization in one way or another.

In our community, during November alone, there are fundraisers and events to support services for senior citizens, schools, homeless animals, critically ill children, literacy, cancer research, historic preservation, the arts and local artisans, and disaster relief efforts in our own community and across the country.

So as you are counting your own blessings, please join us in saying, “Thanks” for our area’s nonprofit organizations — and those who are making a difference in the health, sustainability and overall livability of our community.


Emily Adams Keplinger