April 30, 2012

SAMHSA and Facebook Work Together to Help Those in Crisis Gain Support.

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In December, SAMHSA and Facebook partnered to help people experiencing a crisis. Now, if you have a friend on Facebook, that expresses suicidal thoughts, or just posts concerning messages; you can click the link and report the person to lifeline, who will send them an email asking them to call or chat online with a counselor.
To learn more visit: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1112125820.aspx

Don’t forget to help our clients at http://www.everycentcounts.org overcome their roadblocks and turn their life around.


April 27, 2012

Events Benefiting the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Occurring this Weekend

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The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and Proshred will host a community Shred-a-thon fundraising event on Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon in the parking lot of Tampa Preparatory School, 727 W. Cass Street in Tampa.
Local residents and business owners are invited to help prevent identity theft by bringing their obsolete documents to be shredded. Proshred will have a specially-designed, state-of-the-art shredding truck on site to destroy documents. The cost is $10 per copy paper-size box. All proceeds benefit the Crisis Center’s programs and services. It typically costs $25 to shred a box of documents so the public realizes a $15 per box savings while at the same time supporting the Crisis Center.
For additional information about the Shred-a-thon visit http://www.crisiscenter.com or http://www.proshred.com

On April 28, 2012, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s President and CEO, David Braughton, along with several other staff members of the Crisis Center will be jumping from an airplane to show their support for survivors of sexual assault. This will take place at SkyDive City at 4241 Sky Dive Lane Zephyrhills Florida 33542. Come watch these brave individuals take the two mile high stand against sexual assault, during Operation Freefall, starting at 8am.

Take Back The Night 2012: Together We Empower. April 29, 2012 at Curtis Hixon Park.
Presented by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and empowered by the Verizon Wireless Foundation
Masters of Ceremony: Lissette Campos, ABC Action News & Keith Cate, WFLA News Channel 8.
An interactive event that creates awareness, empowers survivors, and educates the community about sexual violence. Together we empower survivors, celebrate freedom and embrace resiliency.
4:00 p.m. – Resource Fair /Clothesline Project / Music Fest
6:00 p.m. – Ceremony /Special Service Award / Men’s Impact Panel / Men’s Pledge
7:00 p.m. – Empowerment March / Candlelight Vigil / Survivor Speak-Out
Special Speakers, Candlelight Vigil, Empowerment March, Men’s Pledge, Survivor Speakout, Live Music and tons more!
Survivors of rape, incest, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking are all invited to share their journeys of help, hope and healing. Raise your voice and share your empowerment.
Wear teal are raise your VOICE against sexual violence and join us for this AMAZING event!
Over 50 organizations participating!
Please invite your friends, family and people you know, together our voice is our strength. We need your support.

April 26, 2012

Governor Rick Scott cuts funding for rape victims.

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , at 3:53 pm by Every Cent Counts

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, a time for empowering victims of sexual assault. However, this month also brings a sense of loss.
Only a few days ago, Governor Rick Scott vetoed additional funding for 30 rape crisis centers throughout the state of Florida. This is a huge blow to our community. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay helps victims throughout Hillsborough county by offering free exams, initial counseling, and medication. This additional funding would have provided the added support so many victims need, and allowed our crisis center to expand its services.
To read more about Governor Rick Scott’s decision visit http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/252693/250/Why-did-Gov-Rick-Scott-cut-funding-for-rape-victims
Don’t forget to help our clients by visiting http://www.everycentcounts.org to donate to a client of your choosing. Remember every penny you donate goes to the client!

April 24, 2012

Every Cent Counts!!

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Do you have questions about how the Every Cent Counts program works? Our infograph should answer your questions!

April 23, 2012

The Stigma of Living with Mental Illness

Posted in Those that need help tagged , at 5:39 pm by Every Cent Counts

1 in 6 adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness. For these people the stigma of mental illness prevents them from seeking help, which could greatly improve their lives.

Luckily, there are organizations that strive to end the stigma associated with mental illness, and remind those that don’t understand what it is like to live with such a condition, that it isn’t what you see in the movies. The behavior that you see are symptoms of the illness, not the sign of a psychopathic killer.

Two organizations that I, personally, would recommend are http://bringchange2mind.org/ and http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=fight_stigma both strive to raise awareness about mental illness and end the negative perception.

April 20, 2012

The cost of an Education

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , at 3:49 pm by Every Cent Counts

These days the high cost of education, makes obtaining a degree higher than a High School diploma, a major decision. Some question whether spending the money on higher education is actually worth it, or is it better to just jump into the workforce right away.

Statistics show that the vast majority of high school graduates can expect to earn $1.2 million during their lifetime, while those with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn $2.1 million. The higher the education the more money you can expect to earn overall.

In an economy such as ours having that next bit of education, can mean the difference between making ends meet, and not being able to provide your family with the basic necessities. This is doubly important if you are a single parent.

Many of our Every Cent Counts clients are single parents, that are trying to stay afloat during tough financial times, which are impacting everyone. They would love to be in a financial situation that didn’t require them to ask others for help, but they find themselves in need of a step up. Some of our clients are hopeful that with your donations, they will be able to further their education, so they won’t have to ask for handouts any longer and one day they too will be able to give to those less fortunate.

Please visit www.everycentcounts.org to see our clients, all of which have been vetted to make sure their needs are real. Donate to those who you choose to help, and remember every penny you donate will benefit the client of your choosing.

April 19, 2012

Thank you!

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , at 12:40 pm by Every Cent Counts

Thank you!

With help from people like you, we were able to help Ronald with a gas card to help get to his doctor’s appointments.

April 18, 2012

Thank you for helping Mindy!

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , at 2:15 pm by Every Cent Counts

Thank you for helping Mindy!

Mindy came to Every Cent Counts after she lost her job due to the economy, she was fearful of losing her home, which she shares with several family members, and she worried about her grand-daughter’s anxiety, which would worsen if they had to live separately due to their financial situation. But there was one need that was the most pressing for Mindy, healing.
Fifty years ago, when Mindy was six, she was sexually abused by her father. The abuse continued for many years, and today it has left behind scars that prevent her from dealing with the trauma. She knows that counseling is the only way for her to heal, but the 25 mile, one-way trip is too much for her, and there is no public transportation in her area.
Mindy needed help with gas money so that she could attend her counseling sessions and finally put to rest the ghosts from her past. Thanks to our wonderful donors we were able to fulfill Mindy’s need and get her a $100 gas card. She could not have been more grateful. When she last talked with Every Cent Counts, she was just beginning a full-time job, and was beginning to feel like things were finally coming together again.
Please remember to visit http://www.everycentcounts.org to view our current clients and their needs. Every cent you donate will go directly to the client of your choosing.

April 17, 2012

April is National Volunteer Month

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , at 8:15 pm by Every Cent Counts

April is National Volunteer Month. Volunteering is a way to give back to others in a way in which you receive as well. You benefit from the knowledge that you are doing something to help others, and you are helping a cause you truly care about and believe in.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Crisis Center, an agency I volunteered with for 4 years, then visit our webpage at http://www.crisiscenter.com/content/23/Volunteer.aspx If you don’t see any opportunities there, you can also visit http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&l=34698 for more opportunities in the area.

Don’t forget, volunteering isn’t the only way to give back. Donate now to one of Every Cent Counts clients. www.everycentcounts.org

April 16, 2012

Stress Awareness Month

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , at 6:47 pm by Every Cent Counts

April is stress awareness month, and April 16th in particular is National Stress Awareness Day! Many people have been experiencing increased stress, especially at the workplace. It has been statistically shown that chronic stress contributes to health, communication, and performance problems.

It is important to be cognizant of your stress levels and its impact on your relationships, health and overall attitude. Many people are aware of the stress in their lives and have chosen unhealthy ways of managing the stress stating  a lack of time for healthy stress relieving options. It is important to take time to relax, otherwise you end up working at a slower pace, causing the same loss in time overall.

Visit http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/solutions-for-stress/index-of-all-solutions.html for some solutions to stress and other problems exacerbated by stress.

Don’t forget to donate to www.everycentcounts.org

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