Strong Families = Strong Communities

NEWS RELEASE

Strong Families Are at the Center of Strong Communities
National Family Week Set for November 20?26, 2005

During Thanksgiving week, thousands of people across the United States will celebrate the connections they have with their families and communities during National Family Week.

National Family Week: Connections Count embraces the premise that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services. These "connections" celebrated during National Family Week include access to reliable transportation, employment opportunities, education, child care, housing, health care, and support from community networks and institutions.

"Ordinary families are extraordinarily important to our communities and our country," says Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. "When America's diverse families and children are healthy, our nation prospers. That's why we hope everyone will take time during National Family Week to honor the connections that support and strengthen families year-round. Let's recognize the value of families, as well as the importance of family values."

Sam Wiley, who was a teacher and administrator in Indianapolis, founded National Family Week in 1968. The Alliance for Children and Families, based in Milwaukee, has organized National Family Week efforts for more than 30 years. The alliance and its member organizations across the country, including the Boy Scouts of America, are coordinating activities on local and national levels to encourage people to celebrate their connections within the community and the family.

The ideas below are ways to celebrate National Family Week:

  • Get involved in local National Family Week activities.
  • Celebrate the connections you have with your family and community.
  • Extend your family. Plan a family supper with neighbors or help in a neighborhood improvement effort. Write a thank-you note to someone who has been especially helpful to you.
  • Adopt a military family. Send a thank-you note to a person in the service and lend your support to his or her family.
  • Select an issue that's important to your family and work with local officials to effect change.
  • Plan a family summit and invite area leaders and residents to discuss issues important to the community.
  • Volunteer with a nonprofit organization on projects that benefit your community.

Visit www.nationalfamilyweek.org to learn more about National Family Week and get helpful hints for making Connections Count.

National Family Week: Connections Count is made possible through the work of the Alliance for Children and Families and the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Click here to view the tips for celebrating National Family Week

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