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Time to Go Back to School!


Goodbye Summer
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       Summer is nearly over and here comes the time that some students and teachers dread- "Back To School" time.  Here are some ways to be prepared for school and to be charitable, as well. (If you like this post, please comment and share).




  • Before you or your kids head to school on the first day, brush up on your vocabulary at FreeRice.com while earning grains of rice for the poor.
  • If you want to buy clothes or school supplies online, a charity of your choice can earn a percentage of your bill when you use GoodSearch or iGive 
  • Some cities, such as Chattanooga, TN, have "Stuff the Bus" events where you can donate supplies to teachers for them to give to students in need.  Other places have clothing drives or pack a backpack drives
  • There are programs such as Donors Choose where you can help fund classroom projects in your area or another area. 
  • If you use Microsoft's Bing search regularly, you can donate points earned toward Teach For America . The site also has a program called Bing in the Classroom, where teachers can find lesson plans based on Bing's homepage.  In the past, you could donate Bing points toward a computer for your school.
  • Some acts of kindness for school are;  eat lunch with someone new, bring a treat or thank you note for a bus driver, and put up positive quotes or messages on the bathroom mirrors. These were found on a Pinterest pin by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.  Another idea is when you pack a special treat in a child's lunch, give them 2 with a note to give the second treat to a friend. 
  • Check to see if your school or classroom is participating in programs like BoxTop(s For Education  or  Campbell's Labels For Education (The site has this note: "As of August 1, 2016, only UPCs with the Labels for Education logo will be accepted and redeemed for points into registered schools’ bank account. We have begun the process of removing the logo and expect there will be a limited number of products that contain these labels in stores through August 1, 2017. Once all Labels for Education logos have been removed from the products, UPCs will no longer be accepted. The banked points schools have accumulated will not be affected. ")
  • Now, you and your child should be ready for school and feel good about yourselves if you tried at least one of these things.






Swagbucks for Good (update)


Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What's Online at Swagbucks.com


             If you haven't tried Swagbucks, now is a good time to join. Swagbucks is a site where you can shop, search the web, play games and more to earn Swagbucks. After you earn so many, you can redeem them for donations to such causes as; American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF ,  and

charity:water. These are just a few of the causes listed there. You can also redeem Swagbucks for gift cards for yourself or to give to friends and family, but that's another story. 













 

On Homeless Shelters and NIMBY

     When I asked a question on Quora about homeless shelters and  NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), I got a few interesting answers. Some who answered were (or had been) homeless and some have worked with the homeless. 

 

   


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             Some of the reasons they gave why people oppose homeless shelters in their neighborhood are;

    Fear of crime and drugs coming into  the area and feeling unsafe
    A sense that the homeless may deserve to be there because of wrong choices, behavior, and etcetera.
    Some just have no reason
    Others say that the neighbors may not understand until they experience homelessness themselves.

               



                              Some responses were reasons why the homeless don't like  living in shelters. They do not like having to follow rules that are set by the shelter or they feel imprisoned.  Some of the answers suggested were to build individual homes for the homeless. 
                        I know that one charity- Family Promise Chattanooga- in my area has a yearly fundraiser where people donate and rent a cardboard box for the night and camp out.




             

 

         What do you think about this topic?  Do you know of any solutions that will work for both the homeless and their community? What has or has not worked in your community? Please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook     



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