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Remote Working Tips from a UP Nonprofit Leader

This post was written by Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Point Camp in Michigamme, Michigan. Jenna has an office at camp in the Photo of Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Pointsummer, and works remotely from her home in Marquette the rest of the year. Presbytery Point Camp is a Christian camp that seeks to help people deepen their awareness of God, each other, and the natural world by providing a camp program and a setting in which personal growth can take place. 

10 Tips for those who have to work/study from home.
From a person who’s been doing it since last summer.

1. Do not work in your bed. Move to some other part of your house. Your sleeping pattern and back will thank you (posted from me working in my bed – SIKE!)

2. Don’t set timers for your breaks. Set timers for your work time so there isn’t any pressure while you’re on a break.

3. Coffee from home tastes the same as coffee from your local bean shop. It is also cheaper.

4. Lo-fi Beats playlist on Spotify is the ULTIMATE get work done music. Thank me later.

5. Try not to do chores while working/studying. Get them done before or after your allotted time.

6. Try not to snack all day. Eat when you usually eat at work/school.

7. Dress comfy but not too comfy. I’ve found that when I still dress like I normally would in public I get more done. Maybe it’s just me but if I wear sweats and a hoodie I am prone to taking mid-day naps more than I would in jeans.

8. Check-in with friends & co-workers. Send them funny memes. Take a few social media breaks. BUT turn off all your notifications for these apps on your phone and don’t keep tabs open on your computer. (I am very guilty of this)

9. Wear headphones even if you’re home alone. This just helps me stay focused on my work. If I hear something beeping or the TV, I’m automatically distracted.

10. Go for a walk or hike. Stretch your legs. Maybe don’t go to the gym right now but get out of your house for a little bit so cabin fever doesn’t kick in too soon.

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award applications available

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award applications available

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is  excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former GLCYD President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson. This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples… Continue Reading

Growing Your Volunteer Program

The most productive and sustainable nonprofit volunteer programs are ones which are mutually beneficial for the organization and volunteers. In this webinar series, you will learn best practices and tips for everything from planning your program and preparing for volunteers, to recruiting, screening, placing, orienting, training, supervising and retaining volunteers—all with an eye toward ensuring… Continue Reading

#give906 exceeded goal

#give906 exceeded goal

Through partnership with GivingTuesday, Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to report $1,040,724.67 was donated online through 3,199 transactions based in the Upper Peninsula. This data wascollected through GivingTuesday’s partnership with payment processors. This does not include match dollars, donations made offline or donations of products. #give906, the Community Campaign for the… Continue Reading

2019 Year in Review

Getting Organizations Set Up for Success Nonprofit organizations enrich our communities. They exist to eliminate the gaps that government agencies and for profit businesses aren’t able to fill. When a person identifies a gap, the natural inclination is to search online for the steps to starting a nonprofit. What this concerned community member will find… Continue Reading

#give906 Registration Open!

#give906 Registration Open!

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is coordinating a regional Community Campaign for nonprofits that participate in GivingTuesday. The campaign, #give906, will focus on giving locally to U.P. based nonprofits on GivingTuesday, December 3. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.… Continue Reading

Meet the 2019 U.P. Service Award Winners!

Meet the 2019 U.P. Service Award Winners!

Three Upper Peninsula individuals, a business and a nonprofit organization were honored during the 11th annual U.P. Service Awards program at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given annually by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to recognize exemplary volunteer and charitable efforts throughout the U.P. in the categories of youth, under… Continue Reading

Census Funding Clarification

1. Gift cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census. Hubs & grantees SHOULD NOT use campaign dollars to give gas cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census.  However, campaign hubs and grantees ARE PERMITTED to use funding from MNA for raffles, food, prizes or door giveaways to individuals attending… Continue Reading

Present at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference offers nonprofit leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers the opportunity to network, attend workshops, share ideas and fire up the passions that drive their missions and visions. Attendees appreciate the opportunity to be able to convene and learn at a conference held in their own region. For many nonprofits, sending staff,… Continue Reading

Be Counted UP Grant Application Available

Be Counted UP Grant Application Available

Community Foundation of Marquette County, Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula and Grow & Lead are now accepting grant applications for the Be Counted UP Census 2020 Campaign. With support from Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Be Counted MI 2020, funding is available for projects that: Engage and educate undercounted communities about theimportance of the 2020 Census… Continue Reading