June 29, 2012

Marketing

Posted in Giveaways/Challenges tagged , , at 8:46 pm by Every Cent Counts

We are looking for people that are creative and would like to get their work noticed. Our Every Cent Counts program is in need of someone to create a video to air on Brighthouse networks. This would be entirely volunteer, but you would have the opportunity to have your video on TV. We have the spots already reserved. Please contact me: Adrienne Finn at 813-969-4902 or afinn@crisiscenter.com for additional details.

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June 28, 2012

A Good Deed

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , , , at 3:20 pm by Every Cent Counts

A few days ago, I arrived at a client’s home to photograph her for the Every Cent Counts website. Upon arrival she expressed concern over having enough basic necessities to make it another week, when she would receive her next check.

She was relieved to know that we would be adding her to our website for additional help fulfilling her needs, but she was very worried about what would happen now. She had incurred an unexpected medical expense, and her money was being used to pay off what she owed. She couldn’t buy basic hygiene items to get her through the next week.

I went back to my office, and couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to do more. I immediately went to our pantry and signed out a few items, so that I could bring them to her to get her through the next week. I then drove back to her home, and dropped off the items. She was ecstatic! These few items would take off all of the added pressure she was experiencing. She gave me a hug, and cried. She had never experienced such kindness.

Altogether it took an hour to provide her with these basic necessities, an hour that I had to work, past my usual time off. Yet somehow making a difference in this one person’s life was all that mattered. I had the power to make a difference, and yes, I had to sacrifice my time, but I would want someone to do that for me in my time of need.

Visit http://www.everycentcounts.org to view our clients and their needs. You too can make a difference in someone’s life.

June 27, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , at 3:17 pm by Every Cent Counts

Random Acts of Kindness

When it comes to random acts of kindness, its the little things that count. You change the world one small act of kindness at a time.
The same goes for our program. Every Cent Counts takes your small donations, and provides clients with large assistance. This makes all the difference in their life. Please visit our website, to see our current needs. http://www.everycentcounts.org

June 26, 2012

Caring for Yourself

Posted in General Information tagged , at 8:37 pm by Every Cent Counts

As I sit here, after driving flooded roads to get to work. I realize many of us have been impacted in some way by Tropical Storm Debbie. I know the show must go on, and frankly missing work, and not offering help to our clients, wasn’t an option in my mind. However, it is important to remember to take care of yourself.

If you aren’t properly caring for yourself and your own needs, how can you expect to be able to assist others? Remember to take time for yourself, even if its only five minutes to get some fresh air and clear your mind. I know with busy work schedules, five minutes seems like time you cannot spare, but it will save you hours of time trying to clear your head and put yourself in a working frame of mind.

June 25, 2012

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Posted in General Information tagged , , , at 1:16 pm by Every Cent Counts

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

6 June 2012

Cross-posted from HHS News: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death. PTSD may result in sleep problems, irritability, anger, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships, and isolation. Some people may recover a few months after the event, but for others it may take years. For some, PTSD may begin long after the events occur.

PTSD can be treated. Effective treatments are available, such as exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and approved medications. Many people with PTSD also benefit from peer support.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD), are supporting new research to reveal the underlying causes of PTSD and related conditions, develop better tools to identify those at highest risk of developing the disorder, and develop new and better treatments and preventive interventions. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law, HHS is partnering with DOD and the VA to share our best ideas on how to improve the quality of health care for veterans and all Americans.

If you think that you or someone you know has PTSD, you are not alone. There is help available. Talk with a caring VA counselor by calling 1-800-273-8255 (press “1”) or visiting the online VA Chat athttp://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/Default.aspx.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) also offer a variety of resources designed to help people who suffer from PTSD, as well as aid their families and friends in better understanding and dealing with trauma’s aftermath. These resources include:

Additionally, a list of military family resources can be found through the following:

During PTSD Awareness Month and on PTSD Awareness Day, June 27, 2012, we focus national attention on this debilitating condition and renew our commitment to support research, education, and treatment for those living with PTSD, as well as for their friends and families.

We have a responsibility to help Americans who have lived through trauma, especially our nation’s service men and women who may be struggling with PTSD. We owe them the care and resources they need to get well.

June 22, 2012

Does Weather Have a Direct Effect on Your Mood?

Posted in General Information tagged , , at 8:04 pm by Every Cent Counts

Some people believe that the weather has a direct effect on mood. For example, when it is rainy and gloomy outside, it is more common to be depressed. While when it is particularly hot people seem more irritable. While these are common perceptions, there hasn’t been proof that weather directly affects mood. There has been a correlation between extreme heat and increased crime rates, but not to the extent that a direct cause can be determined.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is related to the amount of light that is present in the winter months. During periods of less light, people can become more melancholy. SAD is less present in areas where the seasons don’t appear to change as drastically, such as Florida.

So, as I suffer through the next twelve days of rain, that are forecast for Florida. I will try and remember that the grim weather doesn’t have any power over my mood. I will remember to smile and to pass on kindness to others. I hope you will as well.

June 21, 2012

What is Your Reason for Giving Back?

Posted in General Information tagged , , , at 8:54 pm by Every Cent Counts

Everyone chooses to give back for their own personal reasons. For some its about gaining and maintaining good karma. For others, its about paying forward those good deeds that were done for them. For me its about showing others that there are still good people left in this world.

Hope is something that is hard to come by when you are struggling with what seems to be an uphill battle. Seeing that others still care, and are willing to lend a hand, instills hope in people. Shockingly, watching those good deeds also instills hope in those that are bystanders. It serves as a reminder that while there are many people that try to knock you down, there are people there to catch you when you fall.

But enough about my reasons for giving back. I want to hear why you give back?

June 20, 2012

Shocking Statistics

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics tagged , , , , at 4:33 pm by Every Cent Counts

The unemployment rate for the Tampa Bay area is 8.7%. However, this does not include those individuals who currently have a part-time job and are looking for full-time work. It also doesn’t include people who have stopped looking for a job on a temporary basis. If both of these groups are included the jobless rate would climb to 17.5%.

Both of these numbers are far too high. How do you keep a family afloat without an income? What if you are working a part-time job and searching for a full-time job, the income alone makes it hard to budget for the increased gas to conduct a job search. Most people struggle to make ends meet at some point in their lives. Luckily, many don’t incur any unexpected expenses. However, should that happen, where would you turn?

That’s why our program is so important. We provide a way for those who hit a bump in the road to be able to ask their fellow human beings for help. I must admit, I have never met more grateful individuals, as those that are helped by your generosity. Thank you!

June 19, 2012

The Invisible War

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , at 6:48 pm by Every Cent Counts

I occasionally stray from promoting Every Cent Counts and the wonderful work we do for our clients everyday, in an effort to promote causes and events that I believe are important. One such event is the airing of a new documentary on the occurrence and under reporting of rape within the US military.

The Invisible War is only showing in select cities around the country, but it proves to be a powerful film, that will hopefully open people’s eyes to a problem that is swiftly brushed under the rug. I am an advocate of the military and fully support our veterans, I am an active member of Got Your 6 and Joining Forces. I have conducted numerous presentations on supporting our troops and the truth about PTSD. However, this is a problem that does blacken the views of the military.

We need change. We cannot have individuals who have been raped, not reporting due to fear of repercussions and stigma. We need to change this within the country as a whole, and the military. Imagine experiencing the horrors of war and then experiencing the additional trauma of rape by your colleagues and comrades. Don’t these victims need our support as well. We need to tell the military that while we fully support you, some of your policies must change.

Visit http://invisiblewarmovie.com/index.cfm to find out more about the movie and view the trailer. It is extremely powerful.

June 18, 2012

Have You Visited Our Website Lately?

Posted in Clients and Needs tagged , , at 4:33 pm by Every Cent Counts

We are adding 45 new needs this week! Most of these will be relatively small needs, in cost, but large needs in value to the client. If you have not had the chance to visit our website, please do. Also, spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues. We would love to be able to fulfill all of the needs.

I am one person, trying to pass the word to the masses, but if I had your help sharing this cause, we would be able to make a much larger impact. After all, 100% of the money that is donated goes to the client. We provide direct services, rather than cash in hand, so you know the money is going to fulfilling the need.

Also, we always provide every donor a thank you from the client once the need is fulfilled. All of these are things I view as important, when I am choosing a cause to donate towards. Please donate if you can, but spread the word no matter what! We love our donors, without you we wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything.

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