Celebrating Women and More
Causes to Observe In March
Mark your calendars! March is Women’s History Month and also hosts other causes that need our support now more than ever. We’ve made your search a little easier by compiling Our Promise’s Certified nonprofits that support these various causes.
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Women’s History Month
According toThe Library of Congress, Women’s History Month was first recognized as “Women’s History Week” in 1981, and today is widely known as a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
American Red Cross Month
Throughout the month of March, the American Red Cross honors people “who make the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross possible — the individuals across the country who turn compassion into action, helping others in times of crisis.” The Red Cross Month celebration has been an annual tradition since 1943, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.
National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.
California, the wealthiest state in the nation and one of the country’s largest food producers, is seeing record levels of hunger during the pandemic – about 10 million Californians, or 1 in 4, are food insecure.
Days to Observe
World Wildlife Day (March 3)
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The theme for 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.
Pi Day (March 14)
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and to eat pie (of course!)
World Down Syndrome Day (March 21)
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
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