Konstantin Lichtenwald Assesses New Not-for-Profit Reporting Requirements

Konstantin Lichtenwald

CPA Konstantin Lichtenwald assesses new reporting requirements for not-for-profit companies.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The latest not-for-profit reporting requirements for CPAs are unusual. That's because, as opposed to requiring more detail, these requirements generally ask for less detail to be reported in statements. This means adjusting to the new requirements should be easy for nonprofit companies and their CPAs. However, CPA Konstantin Lichtenwald outlined some of the new reporting requirements not-for-profit companies do not want to overlook.

"One major change CPAs will see is that all private nonprofit organizations will now be expected to use one single format for reportings," Konstantin Lichtenwald said. "Organizations like museums and universities will now adhere to the same reporting standards as trade associations and hospitals."

Konstantin Lichtenwald explained that, after time, this should be easier for CPAs and nonprofit organizations, as the industry will have a uniform reporting format for all industries. Konstantin Lichtenwald added that another change made was in regard to the reporting of expenses. Per these new regulations, all nonprofit organizations will report expenses by natural and functional categories. This reporting was previously only required for welfare and voluntary health organizations, but it will now apply to all nonprofits.

"CPAs will notice that nonprofit organizations reporting cash flow from operations using the direct method will no longer be required to provide a reconciliation of changes in cash flows and net assets," Konstantin Lichtenwald said. "We can expect to see more organizations choosing the direct method as it requires less time, effort, and length when preparing the statement."

Konstantin Lichtenwald added that nonprofits will now be able to report investment returns net of expenses related to those investments. Previously, nonprofits were required to report investment expenses separately. This update to the reporting process should make reporting investments easier for nonprofit companies. It will also allow the internal and external investments of multiple nonprofit companies to be compared more easily.

Konstantin Lichtenwald explained that changes commonly occur in the reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations. Having a qualified CPA, like Konstantin Lichtenwald, with a specialization in taxation, corporate finance, and financial reporting for nonprofit and for-profit businesses can take the uncertainty out of your reporting process.

Lichtenwald is equipped with more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience, and he is able to offer a hands-on approach to helping your nonprofit financial team understand new reporting requirements and potential future changes as well.

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Virtual 5K for Detroit Nonprofit Humble Design Receives Support from Red Wing's player, Darren Helm

Red Wing's Player Darren Helm Runs in Humble Design Virtual 5K

Detroit Red Wing’s Player Darren Helm Supports Humble Design Virtual 5K

Darren Helm and family participate in Humble Design's Virtual 5K to raise money to furnish and design houses for those leaving shelters.

Red Wing’s Player Darren Helm and Wife Devon Run in Humble Design’s Virtual 5K

This is the national logo for Humble Design, Inc. The symbol is a lower case "h" with a "roof" intersecting the top of the "h" with the tagline underneath, "Togetherness to End Homelessness"

Humble Design Togetherness to End Homelessness

After seeing firsthand how designing and furnishing a home can change the lives of a recently homeless family, Darren Helm, and his wife Devon, wanted to help.

It's important for me, my wife, and our kids that we do what we can during this time”

— Darren Helm

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Local Red Wing Player, Darren Helm and his family, want to share their support for a local nonprofit, Humble Design. Several years ago the Detroit Red Wings, and the Lady Wings, teamed up to completely furnish the home of the Finley’s who had been staying in a homeless shelter until they could transition to permanent housing. After learning that the Finley’s had nothing but an air mattress, a few camp chairs, and not much else, they volunteered to work for a day putting together all the things the Humble Design team had curated from their warehouse. It was an unforgettable experience for Darren and his wife, Devon. When they heard that Humble Design was hosting a Virtual 5K August 31-September 7, they wanted to help. Darren told us, “It’s important to me, my wife, and our kids that we do what we can during this time.”

Humble Design now has locations in Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, San Diego, and Seattle where they use donations of furniture and household goods from their local communities and businesses to fully design, and furnish the houses of those exiting homelessness. Planning virtual events to help raise the needed funds to help more families devastated by homelessness, is one of the ways they are addressing the challenges of COVID-19.

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The Ripple Effects of Kindness

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Dr. Robert Puff

Skills for learning about being kind.

Kindness matters

When we treat others with kindness, there is a ripple effect that is felt through the lives of countless people around the world.

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — It only takes a spark
to get a fire going,
and soon all those around
will warm up to its glowing ….

That old song, called “Pass It On,” used to be a popular one to end campouts and church retreats. Everyone would gather in a circle in the dark with an unlit candle, and as they sang the song, one candle would be illuminated. Then that candle would be touched to the wick of another, and the person holding that candle would pivot to the next, and so on, until every candle was lit and the darkness was driven away.

It only took a spark.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of kindness in that way — how it spreads from person to person, with the potential to light up the world.

Over the last 30 years, I’ve been listening to people’s stories — the stories of their lives, and of what has caused them to be the way they are. Everyone has these stories of events from their past that caused them either unhappiness or happiness.

One thing I’ve learned in all this time is that we affect one another, and the way we treat others matters.

There’s no getting around the cruel fact that the actions of people we’re raised with matter. Some parents are loving, supportive, and kind, but then there are those who are cruel or even abusive. The words of such parents can have a lasting impact, with statements like “I wish you’d never been born,” or “You’ll never amount to anything.” This can become part of a playlist that their children return to again and again throughout their lives, because it’s incredibly difficult to change to a different soundtrack when one is so embedded into our subconscious.

Cruel words are sadly common, but physical or even sexual cruelty are also enacted upon children, and the memories of these actions, too, can reverberate for years.

You may know someone who had a very challenging childhood growing up, and if you do, you have likely seen the ripple effects of that early trauma. These people may leave their childhood and their families in the past, but as adults they may move on to instigating abuse in their own relationships, or they may numb themselves with drugs and alcohol.

Even if they avoid physical abuse of themselves (through substances) or others (through violence), people who were raised in an atmosphere of unkindness may themselves resort to being unkind to the people in their lives — the people they love. What we see in these situations is a cycle of pain that moves from one generation to the next.

Something that has surprised me over the years is that I have known people who went through incredibly difficult childhoods, and they have turned out beautifully. We might look at this outcome as being seemingly miraculous. How did they do it? How did they end the cycle of pain?

This is a topic I have explored with close attention for decades, and what I have found is that love makes its mark in people’s lives. When people who have had challenging upbringings turn out helpful, loving, and kind, I believe we are seeing ripples of a loving presence that made its mark on their lives, perhaps outside of the home.

I really believe that no matter how challenging our young lives were, someone probably loved us unconditionally. Someone showed us unconditional kindness, even in the darkest of hours. It could be anyone. Are they angels? Are they beings that were sent to help us? Whatever they are, they’re with all of us, and the spark of their lovingkindness passes on and on.

I’ve never found anyone who didn’t have someone in their lives who showed them some kindness, some love, even when it seemed like everyone else in their lives was cruel to them.

Here’s what I know about kindness: It has a ripple effect. The love of a single kind, angelic presence can issue from them in wave after wave after wave, washing over and through us and continuing on to touch those in our path. For some, even with the horrible things that are happening in their lives, they are able to take this kindness and turn it into something beautiful.

All of us have opportunities in our lives to be kind to others — to say something encouraging, to treat them in a friendly way, to show expressions of kindness toward them — and when we do this, we create a ripple of kindness that radiates in two directions: outward and inward.

The kindness that radiates outward toward others can help them to improve their lives by giving them hope, by helping them through difficult times, or by putting a smile on their face. We often do not know the effects of our kindness on others, but we can be sure that it makes a difference. It could be that someone goes home with a happier heart, and thus is more likely to share kindness with loved ones — perhaps with children.

And beyond eliciting a simple smile, our stopping and making time for kindness to others might pull them out of dark despair. It might help them when we don’t realize that they’re having a hard time. It could even spare a precious life from being ended through suicide. We don’t know how far our ripples extend, but I believe they can go very far sometimes, and just by the mindset of love and care, we can help others to live an improved life.

Kindness is a source of hope for the hopeless. It opens the door to positive possibilities. When others are being kind to us and they really don’t have to be, we take that in. We say, “Oh, maybe there is love, and maybe I can let that love in and even love myself.” Even if we feel that we do not deserve kindness, we understand that someone else feels differently about us and our value and worth. Kindness loosens our bonds to let that love in, and as a result, we may begin to show compassion toward our own stoutly beating heart.

The ripple effects of kindness affect the people we come in contact with and the people they encounter after they leave us, and there is every reason to expect that the beat goes on and on and on. “It only takes a spark,” as the song says. The more kindness we show, the more the world around us will become a much more beautiful place. There is so much negativity and darkness in our world, but our kindness can be a light.

I remember once going on a tour of a cave. There is a moment in most such tours where the guide turns out the lights, and there is no dark like that. It is a fact of physics that light can’t bend; it can travel only in a straight line. Once we’re in a cave like that, we’ve moved through narrow passages and around corners and up and down slopes, and there was no way for a ray of light to follow us there. That would be physically impossible.

If someone in the tour group happened to have a watch with a glowing dial or a lighted digital display, what a difference that would make! That light, imperceptible in the light of day, would be so bright in a dark cave because it’s the only source of light to be found. Kindness is like this. When we’re in our darkest places, the spark of the simplest friendly gesture can illuminate our lives and guide us on our way.

When the lights finally do come on in this part of the standard cave tour, what an experience that is. It is almost blinding. Maybe this would be considered low light under normal circumstances; maybe there’s hardly any light at all. But kindness shines when people are in despair or struggling, and we can help people navigate by our example.

For the people in our daily lives — our friends and our family members — we have an opportunity throughout the day to share our kindness with them. Where we might come home to them and tease them, kid them, or make fun of them, we can instead choose a loving word that can encourage and lift them. This is something we can do throughout the day, wherever we are.

I have often counseled couples were struggling in their relationship. The main thing I try to impart to them is the importance of a tender word. I encourage them to say something friendly to them throughout each day to give each other hope and help them to feel love. We experience love through kindness, in romantic relationships, but also in our daily lives. For example, in the workplace, if we are a supervisor with employees who report to us, we can correct them, but for every correction, we should give them dozens of words of encouragement, too.

Sometimes people choose to be unkind to us. When this happens, a good choice can be to walk away and put distance between ourselves and the ugliness. Another alternative? We can be kind back to the person who has chosen to treat us cruelly. We are never required to be giving to those who take from us, emotionally or otherwise, but it is an option we might want to try, and a potent one. Unlikely as it seems, kindness is one of the most important forces in the universe.

I mentioned that kindness can radiate outwards toward others, but it can also radiate inwards towards ourselves. When this happens, we open ourselves up to happiness.

The truth is, happiness is only possible through kindness. We are not going to find happiness in our hearts if we treat others with unkindness, because kindness is part of the journey toward happiness. We honestly do need to be kind toward others if we want to find peace in our lives.

Those people who are kind are much more likely to be happy in life. They don’t have to look in the mirror and say, “I’m a cruel, unkind person.” Instead they can say that even if people are treating them unkindly, they can be kind toward others.

It is really important that we understand the value of maintaining boundaries when we are dealing with cruel and sadistic people. Everyone needs kindness in their lives, but those who would choose to abuse you do not need their kindness to come from you. If someone is being cruel to you in your life right now, you should recognize that you have the right to get up and walk away — and if someone is being physically or sexually abusive, you must find a way to exit that situation the moment you can do so safely. There are resources to help, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233).

Beyond abuse, many of us find that the world is not a kind place, but even when we see others out to cause misery and unhappiness, we can choose to be that watch dial in the cave, or that circle of candles, lit one wick to the next until night starts to look like day. When we take the many opportunities we have to be kind throughout the day, we can feel the ripple effects of kindness inside of us, radiating through self-love.

There are many parts to living a happy life, but one of the main ones is kindness. I doubt you or I will ever meet a truly happy person who is unkind, because a person who is unkind will never find happiness. The ripple effects would be so damaging to themselves and to others in their lives.

You are reading this because you desire a life filled with happiness. Maybe we all want such a life, but you have taken steps to embrace happiness and to welcome it into your life. I have been talking about happiness for quite a long time, with individual, with groups, and with listeners and readers in various formats. I am always promoting the value of meditation — of finding that still, small voice inside of us, of getting in sync with nature, of slowing down our frenzied lives. I suggest making time for pleasure and counting our blessings. But one of the most important means to becoming happy is kindness. It’s the one component of a happy life that has no substitute and that must be our set point if we are to know the bliss we seek.

All of us are here in this human existence so that we can be happy and at peace. We can create happiness in ourselves by one means more than any other: by being kind. And because kindness ripples outward, we can make the world a better place if we work towards cultivating kindness in others.

Random acts of kindness

An old bumper sticker used to implore other drivers to “Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.” These days we often hear about random acts of kindness being performed. Many of us have been in a line at the coffee shop where one customer after another picks up the tab for the customer next in line, and unbroken chains of random kindness can last for days.

Here are a few kind acts that may light a spark in you — one that can light another person’s candle, and then another’s.

• Walk someone’s cart from the parking lot to the cart corral.
• Hold a door.
• Offer a sincere compliment.
• Leave an extra-large tip.
• Pick up and throw away a piece of litter.
• Give canned goods to a food drive.
• Offer to pick up items from a store for a shut-in.
• Shovel or sweep a neighbor’s walk.
• Leave an encouraging note under a stranger’s windshield wiper.
• Do an extra task to lighten a coworker’s load.
• Hug (with permission) a loved one who looks down.
• Bring donuts to the office.
• Spend time with a child in your life.

Here’s hoping (and knowing) that the kindness you show comes right back to you, in the words of the Beatles song “The End”: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

About the Happiness Podcast

If you would like to learn more, the latest episode of the Happiness Podcast, hosted and created by Dr. Robert Puff, is now available. The Happiness Podcast has over 250 episodes, with over 8 million downloads. Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D., author of 13 books, TV show host, Psychology Today blogger, and corporate trainer, has been studying the actions it takes to reach the highest levels of human achievement for decades.

It is titled, #289 Happiness – The Ripple Effects of Kindness


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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival Online

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival


At your service!

Wining and Dining Goes Virtual

The virtual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will strive to recreate the festive joie de vivre atmosphere the event is famous for.”

— HKTB Chairman Dr. Y. K. Pang

HONG KONG, CHINA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hong Kong is a city of wining and dining and is one of the most popular events in the City of Light, and this year it is going virtual.

Organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the “Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival” will get not only a virtual taste but also a global format. With the festival, just a device away, imagine the excitement of clinking wine glasses with someone halfway around the world or learning a new way to prepare a delectable dish from a top chef – all from the comfort of your own favorite chair.

In today’s world, meeting someone for a glass of wine via Zoom is natural. Human beings are so adaptable, and in reality, the virtual world expands our universe that much farther. From Hong Kong to New York City to Monte Carlo to Saint Petersburg to South Africa, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be sure to tickle our taste buds and our worldly desire to travel. And this year, because the event is online, it really will be possible to meet people from all around the globe!

Explaining this strategic move, HKTB Chairman Dr. Y. K. Pang said: “The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival has been one of the most popular events among locals and tourists alike since its inception over a decade ago. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak this year, we hope people can continue to enjoy Hong Kong’s unique dining culture while providing business opportunities for the local F&B sector amidst this challenging economic climate. Organizing the Festival virtually allows us to achieve both objectives without compromising public health and safety.”

Although in a different format, the Festival will still be delivering virtual versions of a line-up of programs equally exciting as in the real-life editions, featuring world-class food and drinks. So even if you live in Timbuktu, this year, you can take part in the annual Festival from wherever you are.

Dr. Pang added: “The virtual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will strive to recreate the festive joie de vivre atmosphere the event is famous for by offering access to an exclusive wine and gourmet experiences curated by experts on the subject. Taking advantage of the virtual format, the event will be extended from the usual four days to several weeks so that more people can take part regardless of time and geographical constraints.”

To preserve as much original flavor of the physical event as possible, the HKTB is building an online hub where most of the Festival programs will take place. A variety of wine merchants will be providing special discounts and products tailored for the Festival which participants can browse and purchase in a virtual exhibition space. Meanwhile, renowned wine and food critics, chefs, and wine experts will be invited to speak on wine-pairing and culinary topics in virtual workshops and classes.

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival was launched in 2009 after Hong Kong and Bordeaux signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Wine-related Business. The large-scale outdoor event quickly became the talk of the town and was dubbed one of the world’s top 10 international food and wine festivals by Forbes Traveler.

Dates and details of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be forthcoming from the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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Whether Distance Learning or Learning in the Classroom, Academic Decline Could be a Sign of Hearing Loss

Children with hearing loss may struggle with distance learning

Unfortunately, we continue to see children identified as having a learning disability when they actually have untreated hearing loss.”

— Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology

RESTON, VIRGINIA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — As parents and children across the U.S. get back to education, whether that will be in-person, virtual, or some mix of the two; the American Academy of Audiology recommends that parents and teachers pay close attention to children’s hearing ability. Education is primarily delivered through auditory input, whether in person or virtually, and even a mild hearing loss can impact a child’s success in school. Children with untreated hearing loss use more cognitive energy to understand what is being said or may appear to not be paying attention because they are missing what was said. A drop in academic performance could be a sign of hearing loss. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears. The total number of children with some type of hearing loss is unknown and many cases may go undiagnosed.

The American Academy of Audiology recommends that any parents concerned with an otherwise unexplained decline in their children’s academic performance or any sign of hearing loss should take them to an audiologist to have their hearing tested.

While most infants’ hearing is tested within hours of birth, hearing loss can be progressive and start in early childhood. In addition, ear infections and exposure to loud sounds as well as various illness can cause hearing loss.

“A child with minimal hearing loss may be missing a significant amount of the classroom discussion,” said Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology and professor, University of Pittsburgh and director of audiology for the UPMC Health System. “Unfortunately, we continue to see children identified as having a learning disability when they actually have untreated hearing loss. Hearing loss should always be ruled out when there are academic and speech and language issues. We want to treat the hearing loss first since untreated hearing loss can disrupt all aspects of educational success.” Palmer continued, “Virtual education is a new challenge. Parents and teachers will want to make sure that the auditory signal coming through the computer is good quality. The child’s audiologist can assist in connectivity from the computer audio signal directly to the hearing aids. For some children with hearing loss, the virtual environment may be preferable at this time because the teacher and other students don’t wear masks when interacting virtually.” Masks block the visual signal that assists a person with hearing loss in understanding speech. In the in-person environment, it will be ideal if teachers wear masks with a clear piece that allows visualization of the mouth.

Lack of hearing can lead to behavioral issues, lack of focus, even depression in children. Children with hearing loss often don’t recognize that they can’t hear and parents may not know the signs.

Here are some of the signs parents and teachers should look for:
• Child has difficulty following through with assignments and often doesn’t seem to
understand the task.
• Child often doesn’t understand questions and either does not respond or doesn’t respond appropriately.
• Child’s speech is different from other children the same age. He/she may struggle to pronounce simple words or is unable to repeat a phrase. May have problems articulating or may have language delays.
• Child often asks you to repeat things or watches your face intently trying to understand what you’re saying.
• Child has difficulty hearing on the phone.
• Child speaks loudly when not warranted.
• Child has chronic ear pain.
• Child often complains of noises he/she cannot identify.
• Child cannot keep up academically.
• Child appears exhausted at the end of the school day (more so than other children.)
• With distance learning, children with hearing loss may turn up the volume on the computer or headphones louder than expected for typical communication.

“Often parents and teachers don’t realize that a child’s behavior may be a sign of hearing loss,” Palmer explained. “If parents suspect an issue, they should have their child evaluated by an audiologist. Audiologists have the tools and training to identify hearing loss, degrees of hearing loss, and can recommend solutions for children of any age. Hearing clinics are open and have detailed protocols and safety measures during the pandemic.”

The American Academy of Audiology provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website: www.audiology.org. Click on “Find an Audiologist.”

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The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Representing the interests of approximately 14,000 audiologists nationwide, the Academy is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. For more information or to find an audiologist, go to www.howsyourhearing.org.


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Frontline Healthcare Workers Face Similar Psychological Impact as War Veterans

For some, COVID-19 will provide years of trauma and moral injury

Working past exhaustion only to see so many deaths, can have a moral impact. And losing patients when you may have been the unknowing carrier, can be devastating.”

— Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., Sr. VP, moral injury at Volunteers of America

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Frontline healthcare workers, social service workers and other essential workers are being forced to make potential life and death decisions for themselves, their coworkers and patients and it’s likely to take a large toll on their mental health in years to come. Moral injury is an affliction of conscience that was first identified in combat veterans. Not to be mistaken for post-traumatic stress disorder, moral injury has its own treatment protocols. It happens under high stake situations where no good choice is possible or when emergency conditions require rapid responses by instinct or training without time to weigh a decision.

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., a noted researcher, author and speaker on moral injury, is senior vice president, moral injury at Volunteers of America. She leads the organization’s efforts to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it. Volunteers of America, one of the largest providers of housing and services for America’s most vulnerable, assists more than 1.5 million people annually. The organization has a large employment force of frontline care givers including those who care for more than 8,000 seniors housed in more than 20 locations. These are seniors in need of skilled nursing care and assisted living.

“The fight against the coronavirus is strikingly similar to battlefield medicine,” Brock explained. “The virus requires desperate and unrelenting encounters with patients, a lethal environment of high personal risk, an unseen lethal enemy, extreme physical and mental fatigue and inadequate resources—lack of PPE.”

Brock continued, “Increasingly swamped hospitals have forced frontline workers to decide who should live or die or they are forced to enact ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. These policies do not mitigate the moral impact on those who, after fighting to save people, must kill them because of an algorithm.”

For those on the front lines of Volunteers of America, there are equally dire decisions that include when and how to isolate those infected when caregivers must go from patient to patient. Since the onset of the virus, there have been questions as to how to get test kits and how to deal with cases when there is no test. Health departments are often overwhelmed, and caregivers are forced to make life-or-death decisions. They must also weigh the chances of contracting coronavirus and bringing it home to their families.

“Working past exhaustion only to see so many deaths, can have a moral impact,” said Brock. “And losing patients when you may have been the unknowing carrier, can be devastating.”

As with soldiers, healthcare and essential workers can be made to feel abandoned, unsupported and without leadership. Being sent into a potentially lethal situation without support can leave individuals feeling helpless and betrayed.

Betrayal wrecks trust, profoundly disrupts identity and destroys relationships. It is also suspected of causing or aggravating post-traumatic stress symptoms—nightmares, intrusive memories, hypervigilance, depression and irrational anger.

For those who cannot rectify their experience with their moral values, their conscience declares internal war. The aftermath of devastating experiences can accumulate relentlessly for weeks or months and lead to extreme pain and anguish. Often those experiencing moral injury turn to overworking, drinking or using drugs, self-isolation and silent despair, depression, abandonment of their career and, in some cases, suicide.

“It’s those individuals who are often the most experienced and humane professionals who have moral injury,” Brock explained. “They become crushed by the decisions they had to make and often find themselves in unrelenting grief, consumed by fury and humiliation at the authorities who failed them or bereft of faith or meaning.”

Brock recommends that we all need to support those on the frontlines by taking the time to regularly thank them. Being compassionate and sharing grief, even though it has to be virtual right now, is beneficial to those who are struggling. For those essential workers who continue to go to work in spite of their fear, it’s particularly important that people show their appreciation—thank the healthcare worker, the grocery store clerk, the social worker, the caregivers, restaurant workers, etc. Many of them are putting their lives on the line for little compensation as well.

“No one will come out of this pandemic unchanged,” Brock added. “But how we are changed is something we can influence.”

Two of Volunteers of America’s frontline caregivers, Kelly Tripp and Ronda Jones, carefully monitor and assist their co-workers in understanding the importance of seeking help if they need it. Tripp is executive director of the Volunteers of America Sojourn at Seneca Senior Behavioral Health Hospital in Tiffin, Ohio. Ronda Jones is director of nursing at Volunteers of America’s Laurel Manor Care Facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both locations have experienced patients with COVID-19 and deaths. Both worry about the ongoing physical and mental wellbeing of their co-workers. “We’re constantly being forced to make quick decisions that could put others in danger,” Tripp explains. She offers the example of a wife who was in the hospital parking lot as her husband was being discharged from the hospital to a nursing home. The wife didn’t know if this might be the last time she could see and touch her husband. She wanted to kiss him. Tripp continued, “Even this small decision as to whether we follow the rules or show compassion and allow her to possibly kiss her loved one goodbye, depending on the near future outcome, could become a major haunting dilemma—either way. If one of them dies from this, it may forever weigh on our conscience.”

Jones has also had to make major decisions. Most of hers are regarding staffing. As cases rose at a senior center she was overseeing, workers became afraid to go to work. “They needed me to tell them it was safe and I couldn’t do that,” Jones explained. “Every day became a life or death situation and it will all remain a nightmare for me for the rest of my life.”

For more information on Volunteers of America, visit www.voa.org. For more information about VOA’s moral injury work, visit www.voa.org/moral-injury-war-inside.

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Rapha Clinic of West Georgia’s 6th Annual ‘Sound of Medicine’ Fundraiser Concert Shifted to Virtual Performance

Mill Town Music Hall to host the virtual event via Facebook Live

The financial support ensures that even during the current crisis, Rapha Clinic can continue providing necessary care for our neighbors who do not have health insurance.”

— Medical Director and Chairman of the Board Dr. Amy Eubanks

TEMPLE, GA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, a local non-profit, faith-based charity, has rescheduled its annual fundraiser to protect the health of performers and attendees due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The 6th Annual Sound of Medicine concert and fundraiser will take place virtually on September 10, 2020 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Viewers are encouraged to tune into Mill Town Music Hall’s Facebook Live to attend the concert. In addition, Rapha Clinic has been hosting weekly ‘Musical Mondays’ on Facebook, which feature performances from talented local healthcare providers and their family members. (Facebook- The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia; Twitter- @RaphaClinicsWGA)

Created by Medical Director and Chairman of the Board Dr. Amy Eubanks, the annual Sound of Medicine concert is an opportunity to enjoy wonderful and inspiring music, as well as raise much-needed funds that allow Rapha Clinic to continue its mission of providing healthcare in West Georgia. Since opening in 2010, the clinic has been providing free medical and dental care to uninsured adults who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

“We hope the community will continue supporting our health services and ministry through the fundraising efforts of our Musical Mondays, as well as the Sound of Medicine Silent Auction,” said Eubanks. “The financial support ensures that even during the current crisis, Rapha Clinic can continue providing necessary care for our neighbors who do not have health insurance.”

Performances for the concert include a variety of local acts:
Carroll County Wind Ensemble (featuring Dr. Jonathan Goodin)
Bishop Sam Sauls (Rapha Board Member)
Redeemed (featuring Dr. Amy Eubanks)
Dakota Dodge Band (featuring Dr. Howard Seeman)

Donations may be made in any amount at www.raphaclinic.org/donate. Event sponsorships are also available ranging from $150 to $5,000 and include a variety of benefits. To make a donation or for more information, please call 770-562-4501 or visit www.raphaclinic.org. In addition, the organization offers a year-long sponsorship program celebrating sponsors during all annual fundraising events.

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About Rapha Clinic
The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia is a faith-based, non-profit, charitable ministry serving uninsured adults in West Georgia (Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, and Paulding counties) since 2010. Volunteer professionals provide high quality medical and dental care to those most in need. In addition to the best healthcare, Rapha patients receive spiritual support and guidance without forcing beliefs. It is through caring for the physical illness that Rapha has an opportunity to be a witness for Christ. The unconditional love and superior care provided by Rapha empowers patients to break the cycle of poor health and habits and improve their quality of life.

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InSpire Transpiration Solutions and Fluence by OSRAM Continue Webinar Series for Cannabis Cultivators

Leading HVACD and lighting solutions companies announce second event in free webinar series focused on cultivation facility design

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cannabis industry leaders InSpire Transpiration Solutions and Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence) announce the second event in their collaborative webinar series. “Part Two: Key Lighting and HVACD Decisions in a Retrofit Facility” will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. CST. Last month, Part One covered new construction and new build planning for cannabis cultivators and cultivation facility designers.

“When a legacy facility is fully built out and you’ve invested a large amount of money, it’s challenging to start from scratch and choose a new HVACD system,” said Adrian Giovenco, CEO of InSpire Transpiration Solutions. “From a retrofitting perspective, a phased approach is a great way to improve the performance of your facility in smaller pieces while continuing to generate revenue. Maximizing the performance of your existing HVACD system and leveraging controls is a terrific way to squeeze as much ROI out of your investment as possible.”

The upcoming webinar will present strategies for cannabis cultivators to:
– Capitalize on opportunities and limitations when retrofitting an existing facility
– Efficiently transition equipment by reviewing different options and evaluating pros and cons
– Take an intelligent approach to phasing in order to maintain cash flow during retrofit
– Explore ways to uncover creative solutions during a building retrofit
– Successfully maximize existing equipment through an integrated control system
– Understand the importance of equipment selection and the impact of equipment decisions on an entire facility

Attendees will leave with the foundational knowledge necessary to evaluate and analyze a space and choose equipment that will work best for their unique cultivation and business needs.

“Retrofitting a facility with LED lighting gives growers ample opportunity to expand and push the limits of their cultivars while simultaneously saving on energy costs,” said David Cohen, CEO of Fluence. “As discussed in part one of this webinar series, lighting – and its effects on HVACD – is a critical factor for optimizing a grow operation. Our customers who have retrofitted to LED and carefully adjusted their HVACD systems in parallel have seen up to 40% reductions in energy usage.”

The collaborative webinar series is designed to provide a foundation for making important decisions surrounding lighting and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and dehumidification (HVACD) equipment. It is hosted by Robbie Batts of InSpire Transpiration Solutions and Aaron Fellabaum of Fluence. Batts is InSpire’s Chief Technology Officer and has significant experience in cultivation science, technology, engineering and construction. He has spent the past decade learning everything about the intersection of cannabis facility design and HVACD. Fellabaum is the Director of Strategic Accounts for Cannabis and Lighting Design Manager for Fluence in North America. Fellabaum has more than 15 years of experience collaborating with growers to optimize their growing facilities, adopt new technologies and implement innovative cultivation methods across multiple crops.

To learn more or to register for the webinar, visit: https://flu.bio/lighting-hvacd-webinar-pt-2-inspire.


About InSpire Transpiration Solutions
InSpire Transpiration Solutions provides integrated heating, ventilation, air conditioning and dehumidification (HVACD) solutions for indoor and greenhouse horticulture with a mission to help clients maximize revenue, optimize product quality and output, mitigate risk and reduce operating expenses. Leading the way with over 50 years of combined HVACD experience and nearly two decades in the cannabis industry, InSpire is an equipment and controls manufacturer specializing in building large-scale and commercial grow room HVACD systems to deliver stable climate control throughout the entire cannabis supply chain. Combining a background in mechanical engineering and cannabis science, InSpire partners with clients to meet their specific goals through all phases of commercial controlled environment grow room construction, from HVAC system design and build to constant commissioning and optimized SOPs required for cannabis facility maintenance. Based in San Francisco, InSpire works with clients throughout the United States and Canada. https://inspire.ag @inspire_transpiration

About Fluence by OSRAM
Fluence Bioengineering, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of OSRAM, creates powerful and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Fluence is a leading LED lighting supplier in the global cannabis market and is committed to enabling more efficient crop production with the world’s top vertical farms and greenhouse produce growers. Fluence global headquarters are based in Austin, Texas, with its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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How Remote Work Creates New Challenges for Businesses

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We take a look at what gets lost when we can't meet face-to-face and why many businesses want to bring their employees back to the office.

Many business leaders have been surprised by the ability of their workers to work from home due to what might be termed as extenuating circumstances. Is it a sustainable solution over the long term?”

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AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Is working from home forever?

Many business leaders have been surprised by the ability of their workers to work from home due to what might be termed as extenuating circumstances.

But is it a sustainable solution over the long term?

Will you be able to grow your business this way, or is it time to return to the office as soon as it’s practicable?

We take a look at some of the issues facing managers as they cope with the downsides of working from home.

Working From Home Can Derail Team Building Efforts

What’s the outlook for team building when working from home?

The answer is, “We’re about to find out.”

Thanks to an unprecedented number of employees working from home, managers are struggling to keep up with the changing social dynamics in “the office.”

Many are finding it’s much more difficult to use telecommunications tools (such as Zoom) to build the kind of cohesive, high-performing teams necessary to help the business grow and prosper.

Time-tested team building approaches, such as the famous Forming Storming Norming Performing group development model first identified by Bruce Tuckman in the mid-sixties, don’t seem to translate well to the small screen.


(Some wags have compared Zoom teleconferences to episodes of the Hollywood Squares TV game show, with each worker occupying their own little box, doing their own thing, rather than working together as a team.)

Indeed, there’s a reason we always want to communicate important information face-to-face when at all possible.

Face-to-face communication imparts crucial, nonverbal cues that don’t translate well over Zoom video conferences meetings. Without these important nonverbal cues to guide us, we are much more prone to serious misunderstandings, hurt feelings, or other unhelpful outcomes — any of which can become a roadblock to management’s efforts to build a nimble, high-performing team at work.

Employee Mentoring And Career Development Difficulties

Another well-regarded management methodology is the HP Way, created by Bill Hewlett and David Packard, eponymous founders of Hewlett-Packard.

The HP Way recognizes the need to both celebrate individual contributions as well as those of the entire team.

But when everyone is working from home, it becomes more difficult for managers to accomplish these goals.


Working from home not only makes it more difficult to work as a team, it also becomes more challenging for individuals to gain recognition for their contributions to the group.

Evaluating worker performance objectively has always been a challenge, but in many cases, working from home has revealed an uncomfortable truth: even before the Coronavirus pandemic, many managers lacked sufficient awareness of what their employees were up to.

Instead, many managers have been relying on indirect “proxy” information, such as how many hours an employee worked, if an employee was staying late (showing their diligence), or even relying on what we might euphemistically call “self-promotion” on the part of employees themselves to form an opinion of whether the worker was performing well on the job.

Misplaced as this proxy approach may have been in the past, this assessment technique is completely unsuitable for evaluating employees working from home — unless you decided to use some kind of invasive productivity / time tracking software (which most employees considered to be creepy anyway).

Mentorship and employee development is another challenge that’s made more difficult by working from home.

This has an outsized effect on younger workers.

For younger workers to develop their professional skills and advance in their careers (which helps the company grow and profit along the way), older, more experienced employees have traditionally offered important guidance to younger workers in the office.

And, in a traditional office environment, this type of informal mentorship can happen casually and informally, something that does not occur naturally when working from home.

Issues Due To Unequal Access For Remote Workers

This brings us to our next concern about working from home: it creates an unequal playing field for many workers.

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Genius 100 Foundation celebrates the life of Education Visionary Sir Ken Robinson

G100 Sir Ken Robinson address – Montreal, Canada

Robinson’s G100 Vision for the Future is being released publicly for the first time, in his honor

He left an indelible mark on humanity. Particularly now, when thought-leadership, creativity and innovation is greatly needed, we hope that the impact of his Education theories will be a guidepost”

— Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Co-Founder and Global Ambassador of G100

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Genius 100 Foundation (G100) will celebrate the life and legacy of Sir Ken Robinson, the world’s most well-known education luminary, by releasing his vision statement included in the 3D publishing milestone Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, publicly for the first time, as well as his keynote address at the inaugural G100 event. Sir Ken was a founding Visionary of this globally renowned curated community.

It is no accident that Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk entitled “Do Schools Kill Creativity” is the most-watched of all-time with more than 66 million views. “We were fortunate to be given this gift of his moment. Only recently could an individual so rare have a conversation with so many so quickly,” Richard Saul Wurman, Creator TED Conference. “He was able to give these millions of individuals permission to embrace their curiosity. He was able to communicate his vision to choose memory over memorize and to hug his waking dream of a land, of a life, of a world in which we can individually embrace learning. The love that comes from this message is only in its infancy with his passing. This moment of the few moments we will remember is a rare gift.”

His influence on the thinking of educators around the world is unparalleled in history and his legacy of critique about schools will have a lasting and profound impact for decades to come.

“Sir Robinson was a very special and influential member of our community,” states Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Co-Founder and Global Ambassador of G100. “He was with us from the beginning. His passing has left such an indelible mark on humanity. Particularly now, at this time when thought-leadership, creativity and innovation is so greatly needed, we can only hope that the impact of his theories on Education will be used as a guidepost, as well as an opportunity to honor him by reflecting and acting on his wisdom.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

G100 was born out of the centennial celebration of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The organization, first called The Einstein Legacy Project (ELP), was launched in 2017, with a celebration titled ‘Century of Genius’ which attracted some of the world’s brightest and most innovative minds, including many of the 100 visionaries, such as Deepak Chopra, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michael Bloomberg and Wynton Marsalis and, of course, Sir Ken Robinson, who contributed their vision statement in the publishing milestone Genius: 100 Visions of the Future.” In 2018, the ELP became the Einstein Foundation strictly used for academic purposes at the Hebrew University. And, in 2019, the G100 was created.

In honor of Sir Robinson, G100 would like to share, for the first time publicly, his vision statement that is included in the 3D publishing milestone, Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, as well as excerpts from his address at the ‘Celebrating a Century of Genius’ weekend event in Montreal, Canada.

“It is imperative that we continue strive to think outside the lines and innovate,” states Aharoni. “as well as share the prolific words of wisdom from some of the world’s most brilliant minds. It is through the examples set by Einstein and all those that have come after him, including our friend and esteemed colleague, Sir Robinson, that we will continue to make the world a better place.”

About G100
Based in Toronto with a global footprint, Genius 100 Foundation is an active and engaged community of exceptionally imaginative and impactful human beings. These accomplished, compassionate minds have joined together to re-imagine the future – and to implement creative initiatives to improve our world. These great visionaries raise the bar on what is achievable within their fields. Collectively, in collaboration, they can make the impossible possible.

G100 Mission
To support humanitarian and environmental initiatives within the G100 community through funding and partnerships.

Genius 100 Foundation is a registered Charity in Canada and a 501c.

Genius 100 Foundation
Helen Hatzis
Chief Community Officer
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The Making of the 3D Publishing Milestone: Genius: 100 Visions of the Future

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