I adore fall: the beautiful changing leaves, sweater weather, Halloween and Thanksgiving, the number of things you can order that taste like pumpkin—it’s one of my favorite times of the year.
It’s also a time to recognize a number of observances near and dear to those of us at Banyan, considering October is also known as:
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Health Literacy Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the better-known campaigns, which is understandable: according to Susan G. Komen, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. There are any number of ways to support their organization, volunteer for or take part in events or connect with an affiliate in your local community.
And if you’re more interested in current research or programs and services for those living with breast cancer, the American Cancer Society has you covered.
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. Our work to support CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention involves tools and trainings that promote prevention in both areas: Dating Matters is a free, online training for those dedicated to improving teen health. And STRYVE is a national initiative that takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.
We’re also proud of the work we’ve done to support Take 20 & Read, led by the St. Charles Library Foundation. The campaign challenges adults and children to take 20 minutes out of their busy days to read. What better way to take on a new challenge while recognizing National Health Literacy Month at the same time?
And you know us—we’ve never met a pup we didn’t like. We can’t say enough about the benefits of having four-legged friends and coworkers. If you’ve not considered adopting a dog before, Adopt a Shelter Dog Month provides the perfect opportunity to give it a second thought.
So while you’re sipping that Pumpkin Spice Latte or contemplating your Halloween costume, take a moment to think about creating a little Change For Good while you’re at it. You’ve got an entire month to make it so.