November 2017 Board Message

The Family: Source of Intergenerational Power Recently, I attended a wedding reception for a family friend. I was struck by the deliberate and intentional ways that this family has held onto their own family culture. The celebration included specific elements celebrating their blended heritage, from traditional Polish dances to Italian dishes. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and …

Women in Action: Hayley Smith – Lifting Hands International

In each of our lives there are seasons of plenty and seasons of paucity. For Hayley Smith, a lengthy season of illness and pain led her to knowledge and experiences that prepared her for an abundant life of service. Through her organization, Lifting Hands International, launched in February 2016, Hayley extends aid to individuals and …

Days for Girls: Opportunities for Service at Many Levels

Four years ago, Rachael Haberman looked at her mother on the way home from a puberty class and asked a question. “Mom, what do women and girls do if they can’t afford to buy these things (pads)?”   “I didn’t have an answer,” her mother, April Haberman said, continuing, “and honestly, I had never thought …

Safe Haven Service Project

On August 12th, Big Ocean in the Salt Lake City, Utah area participated in a service project of putting together birthing kits for Safe Haven – Emergency Villages Inc., a worldwide non-profit organization that distributes birthing kits for refugees and others around the world in need who have low resources to medical care for emergency birthing.

The Birds and the Bees

On September 14, 2017, the Big Ocean Provo Cottage hosted a community event as a community service project. They held an expert panel discussion about “Empowering Parents to talk to their young children about sexuality.” The Birds and the Bees: Empowering parents to have "the talk" with your young children. We encourage this conversation to …