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Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World

"Summer" by Kevin Dooley


                    Imagine it's the end of June and you have a family.  Your kids have already told you, "I'm bored" 50 to 100 times. You want to give back and volunteer, but home and work  just cut into your time and money.  So, what are your options? Here are a few, from the simple to complex in random order(some may have to be in planning stages this summer in order to do them the next year)     


USFWS Mountain-Prairie

        This option is not for you if you have young children or don't have a lot of vacation time. A few links to check out if you are interested;  


2. Volunteer locally 

Join and search  VolunteerMatch to find opportunities sorted by distance and/or interest.

3. Host an exchange student 
World travel and communications recorded on Twitter
photo by Eric Fischer

   This requires a commitment of 10 to 12 months, but it can be very worthwhile for you, your family, as well as the student. My family hosted a student from Germany and one from the Netherlands  via Face The World over 5 years ago.  To learn more, look at these links;

4. Take on 1 charity project and do it with your relatives , church or neighborhood
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              A lemonade stand for children with cancer, a canned food drive(food banks typically get more donors around Winter), a carnival or any of these cool ideas: Summer Charity Projects for Kids - ABC News

 5. Use a search provider that gives to a favorite cause

              by wikipedia

                      You use the web to search for fun or work, why not 
make each search add up to some good by using Dailygood by Goodsearch or to raise funds for a favorite charity?

6. Donate a fan

            Donate a new or  gently used fan to the Salvation Army.
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        So what do you think of these? Want to try one or more of these or do you have any better ideas? Please let me know in the comments below or @Appls4aCause and use the hashtag #bettersummer.  

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Want to check out some summer fashions;

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