May 31, 2012

The Little Things

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , at 8:07 pm by Every Cent Counts

Everyday we ask that you donate whatever extra you have towards our clients. They are people like you and I, that have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.

People like Anna, a survivor of horrific sexual assault, that turned her world upside down. In the years since the attack, she has overcome tremendous odds and fought through intense fear, to get back on her feet again. She is at a place in her life where she wants to go back to school, but in order to see the course materials, she needs glasses that she cannot afford on her own.  Right now, she is not in a place to give help, but she vows that as soon as she can she is going to help others the way they helped her.

One of the most common reasons I hear for why people won’t help, is their donation won’t be large enough to make an impact, so why bother donating. I don’t subscribe to this philosophy. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen ten dollars make all the difference in the world. The little things we give tend to add up to big things that change the circumstances in someone’s life. If everyone donated ten people donated ten dollars to one client, that’s $100 closer to fulfilling a need, and in some cases, that $100 alone is all it takes to alter a client’s life.

So I leave you with this quote: No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted – Aesop

Thank you for helping our clients.


May 30, 2012

A Productive Day!

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , at 8:31 pm by Every Cent Counts

Today we were able to truly make a difference in the lives of our clients. Thanks to our wonderful donors we have been able to fulfill three needs within the last two weeks.

One of whom is Heidi, an 11 year old girl, who had been neglected by her mother, and was abused by her grandfather for much of her young life. Now, in the custody of her father and stepmother, she is doing much better. She has been improving in school and learning to trust again. However, her parents could not afford to provide Heidi with a safe summer camp, while they were at work.

Thanks to your help, we were able to provide Heidi with an entire summer in camp, and transportation. You are the reason I come to work everyday!

Visit to donate to one of our clients.

May 29, 2012

Times are Tough!

Posted in General Information tagged , , , , , at 5:52 pm by Every Cent Counts

There aren’t a lot of people not affected by the current state of the economy. Some people have lost more than others, and some are struggling to hang on to what precious little they still have. It’s times like these when the number of people needing help far outweigh those in a position to give help.

I have always been the giving type. I am the type of person that would give you the shirt off of my back, if it was what you needed. While I have less that I am able to give, I still give. I just want certainty that what I am giving is going to the right cause, and actually making a difference.

That’s why I am launching this new campaign. Through a series of posts, pictures, and videos; I’ll show you how every cent goes to the client, and how your donation makes a tremendous difference in the lives you help. The campaign is two fold: the Crisis Center Facebook, blog, and twitter page will show you the random acts of kindness that take place here on a daily basis. Then the Every Cent Counts Facebook, blog, Twitter and Pinterest pages will show you how donors like yourself are paying it forward and helping our clients overcome hardships.

I hope that showing you a bit more about who we are, and how we help, we will earn your trust and become your agency of choice when you are wanting to pay it forward or show a random act of kindness.

Visit or for more information on the agency as a whole and the every cent counts program.

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend!

Posted in General Information tagged , , , at 2:16 pm by Every Cent Counts

Memorial Day Weekend!

How are you going to honor our fallen troops this Memorial day? This blog lists some ways to show them the respect they deserve.
Also, don’t forget to donate to one of our clients who is in need of a little additional support.

May 24, 2012

Finding Your Balance.

Posted in General Information tagged , , , , , at 8:50 pm by Every Cent Counts

If you are anything like me, sometimes you find it hard to balance your passion for your career, with your passion for other areas of interest, along with friends, family, and time for yourself. I sat down and did the math on the hours in a week, versus the hours I spend doing various activities.

I work on average 52.5 hours a week, trying to launch the new Every Cent Counts program. Needless to say this is an intensive process. You have to market it, recruit sponsors, write grants, contribute to social media campaigns, attend events, conduct presentations, recruit clients and donors alike, vet the needs, fulfill needs, balance the account, recruit vendors, and develop contracts. I am sure I skimmed over a lot of everyday things like the meetings and trainings I attend, but you get the picture.

Then I am part of Emerge Tampa Bay, an organization associated with the Chamber of Commerce. I am looking at spending roughly five hours a week with them, serving on committees and attending events. I also am part of the Summer 2012 Obama Organizing Fellowship to help President Obama get reelected. I spend roughly 15 hours a week helping in a leadership capacity to maintain volunteers and provide supervision and support.

I am also studying to go back to school for my PhD in Clinical Psychology. Which means I have about 4 months to study for the GREs again. This takes up about 2 hours a day, or 14 hours a week. Then you have to factor in the everyday living items like exercising, eating, cleaning, travel etc. Which consists of about 25 hours a week with an additional 42 hours a week spent sleeping.

Altogether I am left with roughly 14.5 hours to myself and my social group. That’s about 2 hours a day. I really cannot afford to add anything to my schedule, however I am interested in so many other things. I desperately want to be involved in Joining Forces and the Got Your 6 campaigns to support our troops through job placement, and the 6 pillars of support in transitioning back to civilian life. Visit and for more information. This is a topic near and dear to my heart with so many of my closest loved ones in the military right now. With their re-up deadlines fast approaching, I have had many conversations with them about their fears of returning to civilian life. For many its the lack of support, and the fear of being unemployed. I understand their concerns, and want to work with these emerging programs, to help quell the fears of our active duty military; so they don’t feel forced to stay, especially if they have reached a point where they feel they have sacrificed enough.

I think that will have to wait until I am done with the Fellowship, unfortunately. As I contemplate how I give back, I realize I do so much for everyone else. I wonder how much do I do for myself? Yes, these programs are in areas of interest to me, but it is still draining and takes away from my time with those that care about me. I am used to hearing my friends complain about never seeing me anymore, but I will never get used to my grandmother telling me she feels like she is no longer a part of my life.

How do you find your balance? Ultimately, you have to do what feels right for you. In my life, I work hard six days a week, and spend one day with either my family or my friends. So on average I am seeing each group twice a month. I know it seems odd to schedule your social life, but for me, its just the way it is.

I know I always leave you with a request for you to donate to our clients, but they need our help as well. Please even if you can only spare a dollar, every cent truly does count.

May 23, 2012

What is Your Employability?

Posted in Updates tagged , , , , , at 7:28 pm by Every Cent Counts

One of the projects we are currently working on, is the addition of an employment page to our Every Cent Counts website. It would serve as a way to show our efforts towards helping our clients maintain financial stability, past the donations received in a time of crisis.

As I am researching what would go into this endeavor, and the services we would offer as part of the program, I have come to realize that there is a bigger problem than just helping people get hired. People aren’t staying employed.

I have heard stories of people arriving for their first day 30 minutes late. People showing up wearing next to nothing. These are things I had learned not to do when I was in school. I always arrive 30 minutes early, so I can find the place, scope out the area, see what the atmosphere is like, and then show up for the interview five to ten minutes early. I know the appropriate dress code in the corporate world. Strive for knee length skirts and limit the visibility of cleavage. No shorts, flip flops, jeans, or in some cases open toed shoes.

I had always considered this to be common sense. Apparently, I was wrong. I have heard the horror stories of people interviewing for a new job. Some were texting, and some showed up with their children and friends in tow. I fear that many people have forgotten the importance of a first impression. You only have one chance at a first impression, and much of it is developed without you having to say a word.

Now, I have been a supervisor, and I have interviewed many volunteers and employees. I have seen my fair share of bad interviewees and employees that weren’t dedicated to the job, but I had always chocked it up to limited life experience. Now I am wondering if this just isn’t something taught in schools anymore.

After careful review, I have decided to include various workshops on employability and resume writing to those wishing to be added to our website. I think this will empower our clients, and help them in the future, should they find themselves teaching their children how to interview for a new job.

So I ask you, have you considered your employability? Would you be able to get hired in this competitive job market? Are you able to make an outstanding first impression?

As I leave you to contemplate this, I want to encourage you to continue to visit our website and donate to our current clients. The could use your help.

May 22, 2012

One Minute a Day, One Dollar a Week.

Posted in General Information tagged , , at 8:10 pm by Every Cent Counts

Every day you are presented with the opportunity to do good deeds for others. Even just thinking about your morning commute, how many times did you let someone merge into your lane? Did you let someone ahead of you in line for coffee? Did you hold the door open for a coworker? All of these things brighten someone’s day, and cost you nothing but a moment of your time.

Time is something that so many view as of great importance. In one sense, every hour you spend on the phone with a friend is one less hour you have to work towards an important goal. It’s an hour you will never get back, and it should be spent on things that are important to you.

Money is a lot like time. Once spent, you will never get the money back. You spend the bulk of your time making money in one fashion or another, and seconds spending it. So many people don’t hesitate for one second to hold a door open for someone, but they won’t give the homeless man on the street corner one dollar.

Why is that? Many state it is because he will waste it on drugs or alcohol, rather than buy food. Maybe that’s true, but what stops you from donating one dollar to a charity each week? What I hear most often is you aren’t making a big enough difference, so why bother. I also hear some say the money doesn’t go to the person in need, but the organization.

I have a solution for you. Donate to a client on Every Cent Counts. Every dollar goes to the client in the form of direct services. We partner with different businesses in the area, to receive services at a discounted rate. We take your donations and write a check directly to the business. From there the client goes to that business, and fulfills their need.

You might ask yourself how can we afford to run this program with no income from donations. To answer that, we are part of a larger organization: the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. We receive community support and we also recruit sponsors and obtain grants in order to cover the cost of overhead.

Every dollar you donate adds up and helps us fulfill a need. No donation is too small. So I challenge you to give back one minute a day and one dollar a week, for one month. See the difference you can make in someone’s life.

May 21, 2012

What’s Important

Posted in General Information tagged , , , at 8:45 pm by Every Cent Counts

What's Important

When in the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to forget the most important things to you. Often you devote so much of your time to your work, that you forget to spend time with your family and friends, as well as spend time doing what makes you happy.

Help someone fulfill their needs today!

May 18, 2012

Every Cent Counts Survey

Posted in Updates tagged , , , at 8:45 pm by Every Cent Counts

Please take our brief survey so we can improve our services.

Thank you so much for your time.

Don’t forget to visit to view our clients and donate today!

May 17, 2012

Stay Connected with Every Cent Counts and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Posted in General Information tagged , , , , at 5:02 pm by Every Cent Counts

Do you like to read our blog? Have you seen our website? Do you wish you connect with us in more ways? Well you can!

Follow us on twitter to receive the latest updates @everycentcount or You can also like us on Facebook for client updates, a featured need of the week, and to participate in various giveaways and contests. Make sure you stay connected with us, for all of the latest news on our program. Don’t forget to spread the word, the more people we reach, the more help we can provide our clients.

 Are you familiar with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay? Every Cent Counts is just one of the many programs the Crisis Center offers. Visit to learn more about the Crisis Center and the various ways they help those living in and around Hillsborough County. You can also subscribe to their blog at or follow them on twitter Please like them on Facebook to stay up to date on any changes or upcoming events.




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