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Trade Services / Share Resources

January 14, 2009 General Advice

During the times of perceived crisis there are many things that people can do. Neighbors can join effort and share meals, clothes, new ideas, trade toys. Shared jobs can be organized instead of hiring out. For example: my husband can build things another friend’s husband can do taxes..so they trade services. Sharing of babysitting reduces […]

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Be Tactfully Honest

January 14, 2009 At Home

In short what a person can do to help another is to be TACTFULLY HONEST with others. I have had multiple people approach me who have been laid off and are seeking to start anew.  Their friends provide these people with support and encouragement, but are NOT being honest.  I have had multiple unemployed folks, […]

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Shel Horowitz' Frugal Five

January 14, 2009 Budgeting

1) Offer your garden surplus to those in need 2) If you drive someplace regularly, see if there’s someone who needs a ride. Check out sites like: http://www.rideshareonline.com and http://www.erideshare.com. 3) Volunteer at a social service agency 4) Pay the toll or bus fare for the person behind you 5) Buy an extra high-protein food […]

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Seven Ways To Help Your Community From Susan Banitt

January 14, 2009 General Advice

1) Buy locally 2) Hire as often as you can for odd jobs 3) Build community by having parties, potlucks, celebrating holidays,  block parties, movie nights etc 4) Check in on your elderly, disabled neighbors 5) Do one good thing for a stranger every day (if only a friendly  smile and longer than usual conversation) […]

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Opportunity Knocks in Loss

January 14, 2009 General Advice

The word crisis in Chinese is written as two ideograms (symbols) meaning Danger and Opportunity. Facing layoff and losing a job certainly fit that category. While the dangers, challenges, and the grieving/letting go process are important, here I focus on the opportunities of the situation: · opportunity for a fresh start · opportunity to re-evaluate […]

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Karen Kalisek's Top 20 Things To Help (16-20)

January 13, 2009 At Home

16.If your friend and neighbor has lost their home and are forced to move, invite everyone on the block to participate in a garage sale, host a party that night and tell stories, show pictures, and express how much joy they have brought into your lives. As they are leaving, hand them an envelope with […]

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Karen Kalisek's Top 20 Things To Help (11-15)

January 13, 2009 At Home

11.  Save your cans. When you take them to a redemption center, hand the money earned to someone you see there that is obviously trying to make ends meet. 12.  Invite those struggling over for dinner and a movie. They need to be around people who love them. Pack up all the left overs (make […]

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Special Needs Financial Planning

January 13, 2009 Financial

Protected Tomorrows, a nationwide network of advocates for the special needs community, can offer you expert advice from where to start in the future care planning process to simple steps to attaining peace of mind by connecting with support groups and then legal, financial and government benefits specialists.   Protected Tomorrows helps families plan a safe […]

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Drop N Swap & Shared Purchases

January 12, 2009 General Advice

Here are two ideas that have been implemented in the neighborhood of Sawmill Lakes in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida http://www.sawmilllakes.org  Drop N Swap  Twice yearly, we have a big Drop N Swap at the neighborhood community center.  All good-condition but unwanted/unneeded items are brought to the community center and put on display.  You can take […]

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Boost Other's Self-Confidence

January 12, 2009 At Home

I would suggest that each person try to provide a  jobless friend or neighbor with a bit more self confidence. When someone is job hunting he (or she) needs to market his or her abilities and skills. We can all help other people feel confident about their ability to contribute to some company or organization. […]

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