Midlands Gives



Today is Midlands Gives!  Midlands Gives brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for Midlands nonprofits.

Please consider giving to Work In Progress today if you already haven’t.


Thank you to to Midlands Gives- https://www.midlandsgives.org/index.php

And to Central Carolina Community Foundation- https://yourfoundation.org/

AND the sponsors of Midlands Gives!!

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Mgives may 7th 2019


Dear Work In Progress Friends,

We are in need of your financial help.  The individuals living in the midlands who experience the symptoms of a mental illness are in need of employment and many life necessities. Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 7th.

If you want to schedule to donate now ahead of time and be the early bird bird


Work In Progress, Inc is participating in the Midlands Gives, fundraising blitz, sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Forward this message to your friends.  Please encourage them to participate too. We can all make a difference in a person’s recovery from the barriers created by mental illness. Every gift, no matter how small or large, makes a difference!


Why is this day so important for giving?   Midlands Gives provides us with many other opportunities to multiply our gifts on May 7th

Donate Now-  https://www.midlandsgives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation_org&fwID=402

During Midlands Gives, contributions of just $20 or more are amplified through sponsored prize incentives thanks to the Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Champions. Your gift could help your favorite nonprofit win one of the following prizes:

  • AFLAC POWER HOURS | 12 prizes totaling $30,000

$2,500 added to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit that has the most unique donors during the following hours:                         7 – 8 & 10 to 11 AM, 12 to 12:59 PM,4 – 5 PM  6 to 7 PM  11 PM to 11:59 PM

  • DOMINION ENERGY ENERGIZE PRIZE | 40 prizes totaling $40,000

If total donations reach $1 Million by 5:30 PM on May 7th, Dominion will award $1,000 to 40 randomly drawn nonprofits. The drawing will be done live at Midlands Gives headquarters at 5:45 PM on May 7th.

  • NEPHRON CHAMPION PAGE CHALLENGE | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$1,000 awarded to five randomly drawn nonprofits from the Champion Pages that have at least $100 in donations by 8 PM on May 7.

  • BB&T MILESTONE PRIZES | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$1,000 awarded to the nonprofit that receives the gift that achieves one of the following giving milestones: $250,000, $500,000, $1 million, $1.5 million

  • SOUTH STATE BANK FIRST GIFT PRIZE | 2 prizes totaling $2,000

$1,000 awarded to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit who receives the first gift of the day in their size category

Let everyone know! Mark your calendar! Just don’t forget to donate on May 7th using this link.   Thank you for your generous support.



April is Stress Awareness Month


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Take time to unwind…

Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is invaluable. It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate.


Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being. https://foh.psc.gov/calendar/stress.html


Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
  • Do yoga






First Day of Spring

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Charming Spring

by Patricia L. Cisco

Reminiscent melodies
serenade the morning breeze.

Feathered creatures nest with care
in cherry blossoms pink and fair.

Perfumed scent of roses flow.
Tiny blades of green grass grow.

Misty showers soak the earth,
glorious colors come to birth.

Gathering clouds come and go,
rain, sun, and vibrant bow.

Dainty petals, fancy flair,
dancing in the warm, sweet air.

Violets, yellows, purest white,
graceful, gentle, welcomed sight.

Thank you, oh sweet lovely Spring,
patiently waiting the charms you bring!




The weather is changing outside. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Despite this pleasant change in weather, historically, many people experience mental health issues during the springtime. It is possible that part of this could be connected to seasonal pollen allergies, as they affect over 36 million people.1

For more information, you can read futher at https://lakesidebhs.com/mental-health/seasonal-changes-affect-mental-health-yes-even-spring-and-summer/





Daylight Savings

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Turn that clock back!

2 AM Time Shifts to 1 hour forward!  Don’t forget to change those clocks!

A little history on WHY we turn back time.

The idea of changing clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in an essay published in the Journal de Paris in 1784.

Many other countries change their clocks when adjusting to summer time, but the United States only began doing so towards the end of World War I in an attempt to conserve energy.  But it wasn’t recognized until 1918 by House of Representatives but there was a huge discord with the public who disliked the government interfering.  Again around World War II it was reinstituted but left to the states to enforce.

Congress finally made a law, Uniform Time Act of 1966 to change it to cover the US uniformly.

So you can thank Benjamin Franklin…

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National Day of Unplugging!

National Day of Unplugging

Starting on March 1st for 24 hours straight!
A 24 hour global respite from technology.
It highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves,
our loved ones and our communities in real time.
Continue reading “UNPLUG and RELAX”