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Community Newsletter | February 2021
Help Needed:
2021 Easter Eggstravaganza
Easter Eggstravaganza is Rainbow Days’ annual Easter family outing for hundreds of homeless children and their families. While we are unable to hold a large event in person due to COVID-19, we want to make sure the families we serve know “some bunny” loves them and is thinking about them.

This spring, Rainbow Days will be providing 700+ infant, elementary, teen and parent Easter baskets for residents at our 30+ partnering shelters and homeless-serving sites. We need your help to make this a special season for families in need! There are multiple ways to contribute:

Family Connection Spotlight:
NBC DFW Feature
This month, NBC DFW featured Rainbow Days in a story profiling a family in need impacted by our Family Connection team through the Project Hope food delivery program serving families living in motels.
Get Involved:
Upcoming Opportunities
Rainbow Days is looking forward to our 24th annual Pot of Gold Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Josh Shipp, which is scheduled for June 25 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. To learn more about the health and safety precautions that will be implemented at this event, visit the Pot of Gold Luncheon website.

We are currently seeking sponsors for this celebratory event. If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring the 2021 Pot of Gold Luncheon, check out our current sponsorship opportunities and benefits. Please contact Justin Eatherly with questions.
This Tuesday, Rainbow Days will be hosting our next Our Children's Future Luncheon via Zoom. At this virtual “lunch and learn,” guests will hear about our response to COVID-19 over the past months and future plans to continue addressing adversity experienced by the children and youth we serve. Participants will also have the chance to meet board members, volunteers and staff along with learning about ways to make a difference through involvement with Rainbow Days!
Community Connection Spotlight:
TJHS Partnership
This school year, Rainbow Days' Community Connection team is partnering with many different local schools, recreation centers and community-based sites to provide support and SEL programming for at-risk children and youth.
One such school is Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS), which is an incredible partner for Maria of the Community Connection team. To support the TJHS community and its students amidst the present circumstances, Maria has been assisting with home visits as the school works to find and engage absentee students as well as celebrate students who are doing well with virtual learning.

To directly support the students Community Connection serves, consider donating tangible items from our Amazon Wish List.
Rainbow Days Training Spotlight:
Upcoming Opportunities
Rainbow Days Training, the training division of Rainbow Days, is dedicated to transforming schools, organizations, communities and individuals through education and training. Through innovative training opportunities and by bringing research to practice, Rainbow Days Training offers professional development opportunities for youth-serving professionals through workshops, trainings and webinars. To date, more than 55,000 people have participated in a Rainbow Days training.

This spring, Rainbow Days Training will be hosting a series of virtual workshops in March as well as Rainbow Days' CBSG® Program Facilitator Virtual Training on April 13-14. Check out the Rainbow Days Training website to learn more and register.
Celebrating Black History
In honor of Black History Month, Rainbow Days would like to recognize A. Maceo Smith, who was a pioneer in the civil rights movement, community leader, educator and entrepreneur in the Dallas community.

In Texas, Smith was known as "Mr. Civil Rights" and made an incredible impact in anti-segregation efforts in the state. Two notable buildings in Dallas are named after Smith: the A. Maceo Smith High School (now called New Tech High School) and the A. Maceo Smith Federal Building. To learn more about the legacy of this noteworthy Black leader in our community, check out D Magazine's feature story.
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