#DonateStuffCreateJobs to Strengthen Your Community

I travel a ton, which all of you know. When I travel, I enjoy bringing home keepsakes. Most of those keepsakes I enjoy for years. Some of them just end up collecting dust. As part of my annual spring cleaning routine, I go through my collection of keepsakes and decide which ones have value to me and which need a new home. Once I have a large enough collection of things to donate- I bring them to the Goodwill.

#DonateStuffCreateJobs

Do you do any sort of spring cleaning? If you don’t then I am here to motivate you to start. Why? Well because if you participate in Spring Cleaning, and donate the things you no longer love to Goodwill, you help create jobs in your community! #DonateStuffCreateJobs

Goodwill’s career centers, training programs, and staffing operations give people the resources, skills, and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.

So how can you help to be a part of this growth and effort in your own community? It’s easy! Donate to Goodwill = create jobs!

Sometimes it feels hard to get rid of things, but with the right motivation, you can get rid of almost anything. Have some old books lying around? 10 of them equals 15 minutes of on the job training. What about that pair of jeans you’ve held onto since high school that doesn’t fit? Those are 9 minutes of training!
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Diggerland and local non-profit join forces to organize philanthropic event

Diggerland USA has partnered with the SAMBULANCE Program, a 501 c(3) non-profit tasked with fostering special needs safety education. The entities will co-host Dig, Dine and Drive, an annual fun-filled evening set to take place on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Tickets for the all-inclusive event, priced at $30 each and now available online, include: live entertainment, a BBQ buffet, auction, specialized stunt show, as well as access to all the park’s various attractions.

Proceeds will support the continued education and safety of special needs individuals through the non-profit, which offers free hands-on training. In 2016 alone, over 22,000 students across New Jersey and Pennsylvania were reached by the SAMBULANCE team.
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We are Going to #LightItUpBlue for Understanding and Acceptance

 

With spring in the air – my family and I are gearing up for all the fun that spring brings with it. We travel, a lot, as you know if you are a loyal reader here – which means new fun spring travels are imminent.

But April also brings something else – Autism Awareness.

#LightItUpBlue

April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and awareness of autism. As a mother and educator, I believe it is important to learn as much as we can about autism. It’s highly likely that you know someone with autism, even if you do not realize it. The CDC estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in every 68 children in the United States.

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

Autism’s most obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Autism Speaks encourages parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.
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U.S. Environment Body EPA Says Fracking May Be Contaminating Groundwater After All #BluewaterPure

The following is via the Bluewater Group. It is not an ad, nor is it a paid message.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA today said activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle ‘can impact—and have impacted—drinking water resources’. The EPA’s latest findings are worrying in a world where the planet’s water resources are already under threat of contamination from multiple sources, according to Bluewater, a world leader in residential water purification.

“The EPA has reversed course on fracking since issuing a version of its study a year ago and appears to have backed away from a conclusion that there was no evidence that fracking contaminates water supplies,” said Bluewater spokesperson David Noble. He noted how the latest EPA report says it has found evidence that fracking does indeed cause contamination of drinking water due in part to the use of chemicals during the hydraulic fracturing process.

Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA’s Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, described the report as “most complete compilation to date of national scientific data on the relationship of drinking water resources and hydraulic fracturing.”

Dr Burke added: “The value of high quality science has never been more important in helping to guide decisions around our nation’s fragile water resources. EPA’s assessment provides the scientific foundation for local decision makers, industry, and communities that are looking to protect public health and drinking water resources and make more informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing activities,” said Dr. Thomas A. Burke.
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Giving Made Easy This Season #DoneStuffCreateJobs

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Ever thought about how many household goods and clothing end up in landfills? Me neither until it was time to clean up and declutter our home this year. Face it, we hold on to a lot of things. Clothes the kids have outgrown, clothes that have gone out of fashion or that don’t quite fit right anymore. Home décor that for whatever reason, no longer fits our style. I bet you could probably load a truck with all the things you have that you don’t need, want, or use anymore.

So why let it go to a landfill in the first place? We know it’s bad for the environment but millions of pounds of items end up in the trash every year. As long as those items are in good repair and still work (or aren’t full of holes or stains in the case of clothing), why not donate it? If it’s going to be hauled off to the trash, we might as well put it to someone else’s good use and I’m not just talking about thrift shopping.

Goodwill’s “Donate Stuff, Create Jobs” campaign is all about taking what you don’t use and putting it to use for someone else. The proceeds from every item donated to Goodwill supports and helps fund job training programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
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Did You Know November is National Adoption Month? #NationalAdoptionMonth #NAM2016

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Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? I’m reaching out to you, my loyal readers, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council to ask for your help in spreading the word about just how important it is for prospective parents to consider adopting older youth from foster care.

There is a stigma about older kids that make people shy away from looking at them for adoption, and it is sad, really. Older teens have lower adoption rates than younger children, and they often wait longer to be adopted. But no matter their age, all kids need a supportive, loving home, and the teenage years are a critical period.

Right now, there are 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system and 112,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids’ maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted.

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Since the project launched in 2002, more than 26,000 children who were once photo listed on adoptuskids.org have been adopted and nearly 39,000 families have registered to adopt through the website.  Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionally represented – approximately 43% percent of children and youth photo listed on adoptuskids.org are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17% of those adopted have been in this age group.
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Do You Have Your Diploma? #HatsOffToYou @FinishYourDiploma

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There are 29 million Americans in the United States who do not have their high school diploma or equivalent. And there should never be a stigma attached to anyone who did not finish high school. There are so many different reasons as to why an individual was unable to graduate – and the fact is, it doesn’t matter. Those hardworking, smart, individuals may think that their time has come and gone. We need to show them as friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers that you are never too old, it is never too late, and you do not have to do this alone!

 There are many advantages to earning a high school equivalency, from finally completing a major goal to being able to help your children with their homework. It might seem hard to finish your high school diploma, but it can make all the difference in your life and for your family. Here are four of the top reasons why finishing your diploma makes sense.

  1. Open the door to new opportunities. Given the rapid changes in technology, education is more important than ever. By completing a high school degree, you can apply for a wider variety of jobs and open the door to a college education. Year after year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more employment opportunities are possible when you have a high school degree. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll have a great feeling of confidence after successfully conquering such a big goal.
  2. Opportunity to earn more money. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that high school graduates can earn on average $8,000 more per year than those without such a degree. Over the course of a lifetime, those with a high school degree are expected to earn more than 30% more than their peers who don’t have a diploma. Best of all, practice through your local adult education center can be free to prepare for the test. Enter your ZIP code at the top of the site to get started.
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Lillypost- encouraging children’s literacy one story at a time

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Lillypost, a new subscription service, is setting out to make a difference in children’s literacy by delivering books straight to their doorsteps beginning Sept. 1, 2016. Lillypost provides monthly deliveries of carefully curated, age-appropriate books for kids. Each box arriving at a child’s home will include individually wrapped books and occasionally other goodies, giving each child a sense of surprise and anticipation surrounding the books’ arrival.

Created by Book Depot, one of North America’s largest book wholesalers, Lillypost hopes to strengthen literacy throughout local communities by encouraging each parent, grandparent and caregiver who gifts a subscription to a budding young reader to donate the books to local libraries after their child has progressed to the next level of reading ability.
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