Former educators who are also fitness nuts, we lead professional development trainings for teachers in the greater Washington DC area.
We focus on the interconnected roots of team-care, at a school, not just the self-care that all educators must do.
We propose that paying attention to teacher's mental and physical health will lead to higher retention rates.
Nonprofit Wellness is a social enterprise based in the greater Washington, DC area. We are currently focused on serving schools with training, coaching, and wellness committee coordination. We also serve nonprofits, corporations, governements, retreats, conferences, really any conglomeration of humans.
We have a "D.C. Nonprofit Wellness Fund" (hosted at the Greater Washington Community Foundation) focused on our programs to: 1) boost nonprofit worker and teacher health, 2) support recruitment, productivity and retention, and 3) build cultures of well-being and teamwork to better support missions and/or students.
We are currently writing up the evaluation of the first Nonprofit Wellness Pilot (analyzing 15 qualitative interviews and data from 3 sets of 60 participant surveys). Stay tuned!
In this webinar, Gabby and Tyecia team up to take you through a quick process of figuring out what exercise choices are right for you. Choose your ooze -- because sweat can be the miracle cure for so many things.
Many jobs are hard, but nonprofit and teaching jobs in DC add special challenges. Long hours are common. Low pay is expected. Frustration is rampant. These hard-working world-changers tend to neglect their physical and mental health, putting aside personal needs to care for others. More stress translates to higher cortisol levels and inevitable health problems.
Lately, nonprofit and education life has gotten even more difficult: Financial insecurity at work from fundraising gaps. Financial insecurity at home from our paychecks. Greater demand for nonprofit and school services. Daily attacks on our sector and in our communities. Additional oppression from a society that doesn't value our contribution (professionally or personally).
The barrage on our mental health is endless, and mostly invisible.
Yet, world-changers and teachers don't do much to prevent burnout. We haven't caught up to the corporate/tech world (where wellness is a growing $7 billion industry) we don't offer much beyond basic health insurance. Without support, it's difficult to replenish our depleted intellect, creativity, stamina and joy.
We must embrace TEAM-CARE,
not merely self-care.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.”