5 Ways You Can Support Your Community Food Bank

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Over 48 million people in the U.S. go hungry every year. Hunger effects people of all ages, including children who often face the brunt of the impact. Without proper food, children are less likely to excel in school and are more likely to get involved in at-risk behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Here are some ways you can support your local food bank, so you can give back to your community, while empowering children in need.

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Topics: Nonprofits, Charity

Why Are Animal Shelters So Much Busier in the Summer?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 22, 2016 6:30:00 AM

It is estimated that roughly 7.6 million companion pets end up in animal shelters every year. While the exact number is unknown, there are thought to be about 70 million homeless and feral cats roaming the streets at any given time. Of those animals that end up in shelters, about 2.7 million are euthanized each year. As you can imagine, animal shelters are in over their heads trying to cater to the homeless animal population, while adopting out as many as possible. In summertime, they are even busier and need the help of volunteers and donors more than ever.

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Topics: Nonprofits

Top 3 Budgeting Tips for Struggling Families

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 20, 2016 6:30:00 PM

It’s harder than ever to start a family. The cost of living is rising across the nation, and yet the average wages aren’t increasing in conjunction. This may be why the millennial generation is waiting longer to start families than the generations preceding them. While there is little you can do about the economy or your immediate financial situation, there are a variety of budgeting tactics that will make it much easier to live comfortably on your current annual income.

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Topics: Financial

5 Tips for Busy Moms to Simplify the Back-to-School Struggle

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 18, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Summer is a hectic time to be a mom. In addition to your routine 9-to-5, you have to make childcare arrangements, keep up with errands, and make sure your children are prepared for the school year ahead. Despite summer break lasting two to three months, those months seem to slip by in seconds with little time to prepare. Yet, there are countless tasks required for preparing a child for their new year in school, which just adds to the never-ending list of things a mom has to do.

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Topics: Education and School

The Summertime Blues: What’s a Small Business to Do?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As the summer sun begins to shine, most people naturally start feeling happier, as sunlight encourages the release of serotonin and endorphins. Business owners, however, aren’t always so chipper. Not only are they stuck indoors all summer long, but many businesses notice a decline in sales come summertime. If your business falls victim to the summertime blues, use these tips to boost both your sales and serotonin.

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Topics: Small Business

Making Care Packages for the Homeless: How You Can Start Giving Back

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 13, 2016 6:30:00 AM

As summertime approaches, homelessness often becomes a more visible problem, as fewer homeless people are seeking out beds in shelters. In turn, many wonder how they might go about helping these people and make a lasting impact in their lives. Care packages are an easy, affordable, and thoughtful way to better the lives of those without homes. It can help lessen their struggle, while letting them know you’re concerned for their wellbeing.

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Topics: Charity

Host Back-to-School Supply Drives to Help Children in Need

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

By hosting a back-to-school drive, you’re providing children with the opportunity to access an array of new, high-quality school supplies that their families may be unable to provide. Families across the U.S. are financially struggling, whether due to unemployment, underemployment, family illness, or other reasons. This oftentimes leaves them unable to provide for their child’s education, which inevitably results in children falling behind in school.

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Topics: Education and School, Charity

Top Reasons Every Business Needs to Give to Charity

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

When operating a small business, the concept of giving to charity often fails to cross the mind. After all, you’re so busy running around tending to all of the other pressing tasks, finding the time to support local causes simply doesn’t register on your radar. However, there are a lot of excellent benefits that businesses can gain by donating or volunteering with local organizations. Here are some of the top reasons your small business should begin giving to charity today.

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Topics: Small Business, Nonprofits, Charity

How College Kids Can Reduce the Financial Burden of Back-to-School Supplies

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Summer break is upon us, which has led to college students everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief. Finally, three months to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, work to save money, and spend time with family and friends. However, along with being a college student comes inevitable financial stress. Not only do you have student loan debt to worry about, but you also have to find a way to make ends meet in your day to day life.

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Topics: Education and School, Financial

Celebrate Summer with These Money Saving Tips

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jul 5, 2016 12:30:00 PM

With the sun blaring down, the flowers in bloom, and the sound of children cheerfully prancing through the streets, summer has made its grand entrance at last. It’s time to put away the snow shovels and dust off the lawn chairs, so you can enjoy some much-needed relaxation in the sun. People are often more active in the summer, spending their free time enjoying the great outdoors and partaking in a variety of spontaneous adventures. Yet, these adventures can be costly. To truly seize the summer fun, you need to cut costs wherever possible, so you have the leftover resources to invest in the activities that count.

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Topics: Financial