Changing the world is stressful. And our changed world is, too (thanks, coronavirus!).
We're here to support self-care, and to weave that into team-care.
We focus on nonprofits and schools but our content works for all humans.
Hope to see you at an online training soon.
"That was an awesome wellness session! I enjoyed the poll shares and chat shares and it was nice to do breakout groups-- that was way less awkward than a big group." (teacher at DC public charter school)
"This was my favorite of the wellness sessions we've had because it was so specific and helpful in giving concrete strategies. I appreciated the background information on what burn out looks and feels like and the opportunity to assess where we were at." (teacher, DC public charter school)
"They gave us a list of 15 bite size things that I could add to my life to boost my immune system/improve my health that I am excited to implement. I particularly enjoyed the 2 minute meditation that allowed me to be in a space of mindfulness after a long day." (teacher, DC public charter school)
"I thoroughly enjoyed this session because it's imperative to ensure this area of your life is in tip to shape, since it affects how well your performance is in the classroom. You want to be the best you possible every day!" (teacher, DC public charter school)
Check out this pandemic update from Ty-Gab-Sus as we hunker down and churn out new resources for you.
We are celebrating May (Mental Health Awareness Month) by matching chosen D.C. teachers with affordable resources like health coaching, fitness instruction, yoga, and wellness trainings. Please support us in expanding our program for next school year. More than ever before, this moment requires resilient teachers, with strong immune systems, who can effectively manage stress.
Former educators who are also fitness nuts, Tyecia, Susan, and Gabby lead professional development trainings for teachers and others in the greater DC area and online.
We focus on the interconnected roots of team-care, at a school or workplace, not just the self-care that all humans must do.
We propose that paying attention to teacher's mental and physical health will lead to higher retention rates. DC's teacher burnout rate is twice the national average.
Nonprofit Wellness is a social enterprise based in the greater Washington, DC area, dedicated to helping schools and nonprofits resist burnout and retain staff. We also serve nonprofits, corporations, governments, retreats, conferences, really any group of humans who want to resist covid-19 / coronavirus and do their best work together.
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 first Nonprofit Wellness Equity Report from a Pilot project we started in 2018. Stay tuned! If you'd like to contribute a tax-deductible gift to our Fund at the Community Foundation, click the button and choose "Nonprofit Wellness Pilot Fund."
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.”