July 17, 2012

First Do No Harm!

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First Do No Harm!

Everyone needs a little kindness every now and then. Help whenever you can.


June 26, 2012

Caring for Yourself

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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

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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?

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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?

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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 5, 2012

Have You Paid It Forward Today?

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I would love to hear the ways you have paid it forward. If you haven’t had the chance to do something kind for someone else, it is not too late. Here are some examples of ways you can pay it forward!

-Purchase groceries, gas, a toll, etc for the person behind you in line.

-Hold open the door for people entering a building

-Help someone complete a task

-Donate to one of the needs on www.everycentcounts.org

-provide a meal to a homeless individual

There are many ways to pay it forward that present themselves everyday. Please let us know how you are making sure that people see the good that is still left in this world, even in times of struggle.

June 1, 2012

A Personal Investment

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Today, I made a personal investment in Every Cent Counts. It has come to my attention that we need to greatly increase our marketing. I don’t think enough people are aware of the services we offer.

So, in an effort to get the word out, I have invested in Facebook ads, as well as mass email communications. I am hoping that along with your help and support we will spread the word about this wonderful cause.

Thank you for your continued support!


May 29, 2012

Times are Tough!

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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 www.crisiscenter.com or www.everycentcounts.org for more information on the agency as a whole and the every cent counts program.

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend!

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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. http://handsonblog.org/2012/05/22/16-ways-to-honor-our-military-on-memorial-day/
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.

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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 http://www.gotyour6.org/ and http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/get-involved 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.


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