June 08, 2012
Organizing for a Good Cause
Through my involvement with the New York Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-NY), I was lucky enough to present an organizational seminar to a group of amazing women in the First Step Job Training Program with New York City’s Coalition for the Homeless.
First Step is a 14-week program that offers job training, internships, mentoring, job placement, and social service support to homeless women. This video gives you a good sense of the important support this program offers.
I presented an Introduction to Organizing covering the benefits, challenges, and strategies for being organized. The ladies also learned about Paper Management and Time Management from two other NAPO-NY organizers.
Talking with the ladies was a good reminder of the ways disorganization can affect our everyday lives. The women said some of their biggest struggles related to disorganization are missed work, frustration with all the paper and stuff, helpless feelings about not knowing where to start, and anxiety over missing items. A little organization can go a long way to ease some of these struggles.
If you know a worthy organization looking for helpful programming, please let me know. As Marketing Director for NAPO-NY, we’re always looking to build partnerships.