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              Hurricane Harvey Relief Go Fund Me

The national organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, in partnership with the BIG Region VI Houston Area Chapter is seeking to lend a helping hand to so many who have been negatively impacted by the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.   An unimaginable number of residents of the Houston Gulf Coast area have suffered tremendous losses of homes, cars, wages and personal belongings.  While the storm has moved on, the members of this community will continue to suffer for weeks, months and possibly years to come.


We asking our BIG members, friends and family alike across the country to answer the call for HELP!  It is our goal to raise at least $5,000 to donate to the American Red Cross for it relief efforts.  We're asking everyone to contribute at least $10.  If 500 people give $10 we will reach our goal.  Or if each region donates $500 we will exceed our goal!  If you desire to contribute more we would graciously appreciate it!   For every dollar that is raised for the Red Cross, 91 cents goes directly to the survivors.  

         Please join us in Making a BIG Difference!

                          Help spread the word!


            Click to Donate to the BIG Go Fund Me 



The entire National Blacks In Government (BIG) family would like to thank you for making our 39th Annual National Training Institute (NTI) a huge success. Now, it is time to provide your thoughts, feedback and recommendations related to your experiences while attending the NTI at Harrah's in Atlantic City. We are interested in knowing about all of your experiences - not just about the time you spent in the training sessions.

Please take a few moments to complete this short questionnaire. This information will help us to understand ways to improve our efforts so that all of our attendees will have the very best experiences possible while attending the NTI. Your feedback is very important and vital to the success of this organization because it will help us to plan and prepare for BIGGER and BETTER experiences for our attendees next year in New Orleans (August 13-16, 2018).

Please click on the following link: The BIG NTI Survey 2017 to go to the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns about this questionnaire please contact Ms. Phadrea Ponds at phadrea_ponds@nps.gov or (970) 267-7213. We are looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible because the sooner we hear from you the sooner we can start planning for next year! Please complete and return the survey no later than September 30, 2017.

Thank you again for attending this year’s NTI and Thank You for Thinking BIG!

Thank you again for attending this year’s NTI! 


Dr. Ladel Lewis
Evaluation Chair


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On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
                                      The History of Veterans Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.