Assalamu Alaikum (peace be unto you) everyone,
This week we were honored by Ms. Tiffany Brown, who came to speak about her experience running the Detroit Food Academy and Developing Despite Distance and the importance of self-care. Her presentation about self-care was enlightening. In my time in Detroit and experience working with nonprofits, I never considered how critical self-care is in keeping nonprofits floating. When I managed my own nonprofit organization (kaetutoring.org), I felt responsible for committing all my time to the organization. When I took breaks or went offline for a little, I felt guilty because I could’ve used that time to improve the organization and enhance its impact. Ms. Tiffany Brown explained that taking time to care for yourself and taking those little breaks here and there is more beneficial for your organization than forcing yourself to grind day and night. I wish I had known about self care’s importance when running my own organization. Even with the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, few people understand the importance of self-care. My mentor LaNeice Jones, for example, is constantly working to ensure she gives the organization her all. To put this into perspective, she took work calls and answered emails even while on vacation and outside of Michigan. All nonprofit workers and leaders need to care for themselves and not continuously work when needing a break.
Walaikum Assalam (and upon you be peace),