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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In partnering with nonprofits and businesses across the nation, CLS endeavors to place emphasis on the issues that affect people and communities on a local and global level.  One of the amazing nonprofits that is bringing awareness to mental health is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness and a challenge to address broken systems and attitudes that present barriers to treatment and recovery.

Join CLS this month in raising awareness about mental health, because one in five people will be affected in some way by mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/

 

 

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On December 1, members of Classy Living Society Tampa took part in the annual Jingle Bell Run in Tampa, Florida to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  The Jingle Bell Run is an Arthritis Foundation original – the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere.  It is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. 100 percent of proceeds from registration fee and fundraising efforts go to the awareness of cure of arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to boldly pursue a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability, while championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections. Nationwide for 70 years, in ONE community after another, the Arthritis Foundation has taken colossal steps to conquer this crippling disease. Jingle, Jingle!

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As reported in last week’s CLS On the Move, CLS recently instituted an Executive Advocate program!  Executive Advocates are phenomenal women who are specially appointed to become representatives of Classy Living Society in cities across the United States. They create success by making connections with women who have a passion for volunteering, nonprofit organizations and businesses in their communities.  They also supervise events, teams and volunteers.

Executive Advocates promote volunteerism, provide leadership and connections for events and initiatives that contribute to the advancement of CLS.  They support the organization’s mission to become innovators in volunteerism.  We are excited to announce that another Executive Advocate is on board!  Welcome Ms. Kimberly McDonald!  A resident of the state of Maryland, Kimberly will be covering the DMV area!

Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia: Kimberly McDonald

Kimberly is thirty something, and chasing her dreams! CLS is perfect fit for her because it embodies many of her personal values. Empowering others, in the community and through sisterhood, while empowering yourself.

Growing up as a child of two military veterans, it allowed Kimberly to encounter many different people from all walks of life, all over the world. She loves meeting new people and learning about them and their viewpoint on life.  She feels that CLS allows her to do just that – all the while building relationships with other members, and reaching out in the community. A little laughter and a good time along the way doesn’t hurt either!

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CLS has recently instituted an exciting new program that promises to catapult the organization even further into the national arena – the Executive Advocate program!  Executive Advocates are phenomenal women who are specially appointed to become representatives of Classy Living Society in cities across the United States. They create success by making connections with women who have a passion for volunteering, nonprofit organizations and businesses in their communities.  They also supervise events, teams and volunteers.

Executive Advocates promote volunteerism, provide leadership and connections for events and initiatives that contribute to the advancement of CLS.  They support the organization’s mission to become innovators in volunteerism.  In return, each advocate has the potential for unlimited income potential, discounts, CLS branded wear, tickets to special events, and more.  Among other things, they will promote CLS events, news and information in their respective areas, attend conferences, promote and inspire sisterhood bonding and of course, volunteer alongside their membership teams!  It is quite an exciting position – and CLS is excited to introduce a few of our first advocates:


California: Edi Kristopher

 

Ms.  Kristopher is a trial attorney and a founding partner at Harrison | Kristopher, LLP. She graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College of California and received her juris doctorate degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.

Representing injured clients in personal injury and medical malpractice actions, she is passionate about obtaining justice on behalf of those who have been victimized by another’s negligence or recklessness and has obtained millions of dollars for her clients. Prior to founding Harrison | Kristopher, Ms. Kristopher spent several years working with insurance defense firms and insurance companies and thus is a great asset when it comes to determining how insurance companies operates and values claims.

Ms. Kristopher gives back to the community every chance she gets. She is a Panel Attorney for AIDS Law Referral Program and has volunteered on numerous occasions for the San Francisco and Contra Costa Bar Associations pro bono programs.

Ms. Kristopher is member of Contra Costa and Alameda Bars Association. She is also a member San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association. She was recently voted one of the 10 Best Lawyers in Personal Injury in the State of California for 2017 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

When she is not working, Ms. Kristopher spends her time travelling. Ms. Kristopher lives in the Bay Area with her son.


Texas: Joli Blount

 

Ms. Blount is an accomplished businesswoman, thought-provoking writer, motivational speaker, mentor, philanthropist and minister. She matriculated with a bachelor degree in Psychology from Southern University A&M College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from the University of Phoenix School of Business. She began her career in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for more than a decade in finance and accounting.  She has since graduated with honors from the God’s Leading Lady program of The Potter’s House of Dallas where she will be a licensed minister.

Joli is most passionate about her Faith Based Initiative Program at mirroringimage.com  where she curates extensive resources and community benefits to disadvantaged youth while motivating and inspiring adults alike. Her program motivates, inspires and empowers disenfranchised youth to produce the best version of themselves by providing them with a higher level of learning as well as many other rich life opportunities and connections. As the first of her siblings to attend college and graduate, her passion waxed strong in her desire to cultivate a community that would reflect her dream. This preempted her interest in education, economic empowerment, and leadership. She is a staunch believer that aptitude is universal, however opportunity is not.

When she is not pursuing her career endeavors in business management, Joli enjoys cooking, spending time with her son, hiking, working out, reading, listening to music, fashion, movies, and actively volunteering in the community and at her church.


Florida: Rhonda Crutchfield

 

Ms. Crutchfield is originally from Arkansas, but currently lives in Tampa, Florida.  She has been a Zumba Instructor since 2011 and she truly enjoy every class. She considers it an honor each time someone chooses to attend her class and to be a part of their fitness journey! It makes her happy to be able to help people and be an unexpected angel/blessing in the lives of others. She has a wide range of interests, and especially loves her beach life!  Keeping a positive attitude is a priority for her and she enjoys encouraging people and live each day to the fullest.

 


Georgia: Terri Carithers

 

Ms. Carithers grew up in a small rural Northeast Georgia town.  Growing up, she was accustomed to a supportive family and community relationships.  Her parents instilled traditional values of love, honesty, loyalty, faith, and charity in her and she is proud to say that these values have been the very foundation of her everyday living.

She is delighted to have given birth to her only child, Ashton, who is now 27. He is the joy of her life and she thanks God every day for bestowing upon her the honor of being his mother.

Terri currently resides in Savannah, Georgia also known as the “Hostess City of the South” which was one of the reasons she relocated there 12 years ago.  Terri loves being a “Hostess” to family and friends and appreciates the time they spend together. She enjoys entertaining, travelling, reading, and giving back to the community through volunteering.

As an Executive Advocate for Classy Living Society, she strives to make a great impact in her community as she knows that volunteering provides her with a greater sense of purpose for life.

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CLS is delighted to have these ladies aboard to further the cause of Classy Living Society!  We will continue to keep you up to date on our Executive Advocates!

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