Got Sit Dog Training Organizes Holiday Dog Drive Benefiting P.A.C.K. With Bridges Pets

SNOHOMISH, Wash.Nov. 7, 2023PRLog — Got Sit Dog Training has arranged a holiday dog drive collecting donations to benefit People for Animal Care and Kindness (P.A.C.K.) with a collection bin at Bridges Pets in Snohomish, Washington.

Between November 24th and December 24th, 2023, donations of dog food, treats, outerwear, toys, gear and other necessities will be accepted outside Bridges Pets located at 2929 Bickford Ave Snohomish, WA 98290. Monetary donations will also be accepted via QR code on the donation bin or directly at the P.A.C.K. website. All physical donations must be in new condition and may conveniently be purchased at Bridges Pets, though other store-bought items will be accepted.

P.A.C.K. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals by providing medical funds, food and supplies for animals living in low-income, no-income, senior and homeless environments. Though the group of women behind P.A.C.K. is small, their impact is mighty. With aid including but not limited to:

  • Providing funds for medical care to those in need and pets living in homelessness.
  • Monthly “Pay What You Can” pop-up events in lower-income areas to provide people and their pets access to food and supplies.
  • Working closely with several other non-profit organizations to assist them and their efforts to aid animals in need.
  • Bringing puppies and dogs into foster homes who have been abandoned, neglected, abused or surrendered to vet clinics.
  • Supporting reservations with food and vaccine donations, and providing funds for those desperately in need of veterinary care.
  • Providing rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of unwanted pets through a network of foster homes.

Board member Malli Sheaffer explains their motivation, “We like this saying the best – I thought someone should do something to help animals, then I realized that someone should be me.”

As such, Got Sit chose P.A.C.K. to be the beneficiary of this drive with owner, Marvin Versteeg, stating, “We couldn’t think of a better cause to donate to than P.A.C.K. At Got Sit, we train dogs out of our desire for them to live their best lives and P.A.C.K.’s values and purpose align seamlessly by helping to ensure the dogs they help get the care and supplies they need for a better life.”

In organizing this month-long event, Got Sit partnered with Bridges Pets as the collection location due to its continued exemplary care for animals and its community in addition to the companies’ long-standing partnership and mutual support. For over 20 years, Bridges Pets, Gifts & Water Gardens has been providing quality pet supplies in Snohomish County. In addition to carrying a wide selection of foods, treats, and toys, Bridges also features gift items, outdoor fountains, pond supplies, aquariums, live fish, and animals. Bridges is a field trip destination for numerous local preschools and regularly hosts dog adoption events with Greyhound Pets, Inc.


About Got Sit Dog Training: Founded in 2008, Got Sit’s dog training program focuses on preparing both dogs and owners for real life situations amid real life distractions. With an ethos rooted in the belief that there are no bad dogs, simply bad communication, Got Sit’s training methods use your home and the world at large combined with an emphasis on positive reinforcement and fostering a strong owner-dog relationship to make communicating with your dog easy, effective, realistic and reliable.

Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment’s (TILE) “Get Ready & Stay Prepared” is Underway

Collaborating with the CA Office Partnership and Strategic Communications, the culturally relevant campaign, “Get Ready and Stay Prepared”, began in Los Angeles, Oakland/East Bay, San Francisco, Fresno and Inland Empire in July.

TILE Gives Life Saving Info to Seniors & Others

TILE Gives Life Saving Info to Seniors & Others

RIVERSIDE, Calif.Oct. 5, 2023PRLog — Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises CommUNITY Spotlight~~~

(Inland Empire) “The future is now.” Black Women Organized for Political Action’s The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (TILE) and the California Office of Partnership and Strategic Communications via “The Get Ready and Stay Prepared” Campaign are planting seeds now for a brighter future in the areas of environment to overcome the challenges of climate change, health to help eradicate inequities and business.

Climate change with its ripple effect of heat waves, droughts and wildfires has a major impact on all communities and even more so for vulnerable communities.  TILE’s community engagement program is ensuring people take the health precautions to protect themselves and families, particularly against extreme heat. TILE field organizers disseminated information about extreme heat from the website.  The life-saving instruction was greatly needed this past summer season in light of temperatures hitting well over the 100’s throughout many regions in California.

Two years ago, TILE launched its Black & Vaxxed ( ( initiative in conjunction with the state’s Vaccinate All 58 campaign.  The campaign was targeted to reach and prepare our underserved Black communities for the upsurge of COVID 19.  Today, officials warn, ‘the pandemic is over, but COVID-19 is still here’. As such, TILE considers it a priority to outreach to Black communities which were only second to the Latino community in being disproportionately hit hardest by COVID 19 during the pandemic.

The environment, health and business are all components of the TILE/OCPSC “Get Ready and Stay Prepared” campaign and impact quality of life.  In the area of business and employment, the campaign is focusing on assisting community-based organizations (CBOs) help individuals receive their ITIN number that will result in help in filing taxes and accessing California state services and benefits.  ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service for individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number, but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security Number.

To ensure that the information about HeatReadyCA, Vaccinate All 58 and ITIN number awareness is being disseminated in a culturally relevant way, TILE is utilizing interactive engagement by trusted messengers.  The highly interactive peer to peer engagements encourage the public to take action.  They include: door to door canvassing; community canvassing at events and highly trafficked areas; phone banking; training at workshops and meetings; and giving assistance to access state resources.

“Many communities of color move out of Los Angeles County for more affordable housing and geographical beauty, although once in the Inland Empire region, one can feel culturally disconnected,” said Jessica King, TILE Field Organizer. “Our field work is important for people to see there are organizations working with their interest at heart and it’s a great opportunity to make connections with non-BIPOC communities so they see a positive representation of other cultures.”

For assistance or ways to help “Get Ready and Stay Prepared,” visit


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Training of master trainers on school health and wellness


To advance on the successful implementation of the School Health and Wellness Programme (SHWP) in all 29,000 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools, and in partnership with CBSE and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), UNESCO organized the second training session of Master Trainers on 1-5 May and 8-12 May 2023 at NCERT premises.

Altogether over 200 participants attended the two training sessions, comprising principals, teachers and counsellors from North and West India regions (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu).

Senior officials and dignitaries from NCERT and CBSE, including Prof. Dinesh Prasad Saklani, Director NCERT; Prof. Sridhar Srivastava, Joint Director NCERT; Dr Zoya Rizvi, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and Prof. Saroj Yadav, Former Dean (Academic) NCERT, were also present at the inaugural training session.

The School Health and Wellness Programme (SHWP) was launched by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the Aegis of Ayushman Bharat. The programme envisages two teachers in each School as Health and Wellness Ambassadors/Coordinators, who will conduct age-appropriate and culturally sensitive prevention and promotion school activities to improve the health and well-being of school going children in grades VI to XI. To implement the programme, a resource package which includes a 24-hour curriculum, training modules and guides for teachers and facilitators have been prepared by NCERT in consultation with domain experts.

Investment in the health of children is an important priority and the school health programme will provide children with knowledge and life skills to help them to cope with the process of growing up and to develop a positive attitude in life. The programme also promotes informed, responsible and healthy behaviour among school-going children.

The initiative is aligned to the UNESCO Strategy on Education for Health and Well-Being, which emphasizes the need to support national education UNESCO committed to strengthening the links between education and health, reflecting growing national and international recognition that a more comprehensive approach to school health and coordinated action across sectors is needed.

For the first phase of the training sessions on the SHWP, UNESCO collaborated with CBSE and NCERT to conduct two capacity building workshops for CBSE affiliated schools in 2022. A total of 180 principals, teachers and counsellors were trained as Master Trainers on SHWP and they went on to conduct trainings in their respective regions from September 2022 to March 2023. As a result, approximately an additional 5,000 teachers were trained as Health and Wellness Ambassadors/Coordinators, and more than 8,200 students received classroom sessions from these Master Trainers and Ambassadors/Coordinators.

Hong Kong – Crucial training that saves lives

Crucial training that saves lives


     Uniquely trained personnel are saving the lives of victims trapped at high angles or in confined spaces thanks to the Civil Aid Service’s High-Angle Rescue Training Centre. visited the training centre and talked with members of the Mountain Search and Rescue Company to learn more about the quality training they undertake.
     The story is available at today (February 5) in text and video format.


The 18th edition of Indo – US joint training exercise “YUDH ABHYAS 22” is scheduled to be conducted in Uttarakhand this month. Exercise Yudh Abhyas is conducted annually between India and USA with the aim of exchanging best practices, Tactics, Techniques and Procedures between the Armies of the two nations. The previous edition of the exercise was conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska (USA) in October 2021.

US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the ASSAM Regiment will be participating in the exercise. The training schedule focuses on employment of an integrated battle group under Chapter VII of the UN Mandate. The schedule will include all operations related to peace keeping & peace enforcement. The troops from both nations will work together to achieve common objectives. The joint exercise will also focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. Troops from both nations will practice launching of swift & coordinated relief efforts in the wake of any natural calamity.

In order to derive full benefit from the professional skills & experiences of  both the armies, a Command Post Exercise and Expert Academic Discussions (EAD) on carefully selected topics will be carried out. The scope of the Field Training Exercise includes validation of integrated battle groups, force multipliers, establishment and functioning of surveillance grids, validation of operational logistics, mountain warfare skills, casualty evacuation  and combat medical aid in adverse terrain and climatic conditions. The exercise will involve exchanges and practices on a wide spectrum of combat skills including combat engineering, employment of UAS/Counter UAS techniques and information operations

The exercise will facilitate both Armies to share their wide experiences, skills and enhance their techniques through information exchange.



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