August 7, 2012

What Country Gives the Most?

Posted in statistics tagged , at 2:37 pm by Every Cent Counts

No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data is available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as mush as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians.Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans.

These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.


August 6, 2012

It’s Not Just Bums, Children are Homeless Too!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , , , at 3:05 pm by Every Cent Counts

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, in 2009, there were about 50,000 homeless girls and boys across Florida, one of the highest rates in the country. Forty-two percent of those children were younger than six years old.

Homeless families often sleep in their cars, the streets, or at local aid agencies, such as Metropolitan Ministries, which houses 85 children in dorm-style quarters.

This illustrates one of the many reasons why it is important to help whenever you can. You could volunteer, donate, or just commit to one random act of kindness per month. Every little bit counts.

July 25, 2012

The Number of Families on Food Stamps Keeps Growing!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics tagged , , at 8:34 pm by Every Cent Counts

57,179 Tampa families are receiving food stamps as of 2010. This was up 22,788 from 2009. This shows a continued need for help for those families continuing to struggle with hunger. While food stamps provide a way for hungry families to receive assistance without starving, this is only a temporary fix. These families need help getting back on track. Once they are able to maintain self-sufficiency then they are able to help other needy families. This should be the ultimate goal, self-sufficiency. You cannot be satisfied that these families are on food stamps.

Fixing this problem is the hardest part. How do you help the family with no income? How do you help the family living off disability payments? How do you help the single father or mother struggling to raise their children? Which of these families deserves our help more? These are the questions any program that strives to make a difference must face. How do you choose what demographic you are going to help, and how do you make sure the help makes a lasting difference in their lives?

With Every Cent Counts, you can rest assured that every family is enrolled in one or more of our departments within  the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. You can also be assured that through the provision of direct services, every penny you donate will be spent on fulfilling the need the client has listed on the website.

Visit to view our clients and make a donation today.

July 23, 2012

Date Rape Statistics that will Shock you!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics tagged , , , at 5:43 pm by Every Cent Counts

It is easy to overlook date rape when researching sexual assault. However, the number of young adults and teens, alone,  that experience date rape would shock you. 1 in 5 high school females experiences physical or sexual abuse by the person they are dating. 70% of sexual assaults reported by adolescents and college age females were with someone that they were dating. 38% of those same reports came from teens age 14 to 17. These numbers are horrific. I hope they serve as a reminder that the majority of rapes occur from people that are trusted.

We, at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, help victims of sexual assault overcome stigma and obstacles that they may face while recovering. Often those clients have small, short-term needs that are forwarded to Every Cent Counts for assistance from the community. Visit our website to view our needs, and donate to a good cause today!

July 13, 2012

What Defines the Poverty Level Will Shock You!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , at 4:38 pm by Every Cent Counts

The following are the income levels required to be determined as below poverty level, according to the 2011 Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

1 person household = $10,890 2 person household = $14,710
3 person household = $18,530 4 person household = $22,350
5 person household = $26,170 6 person household = $29,990
7 person household = $33,810 8 person household = $37,630

Could you imagine raising a family of four on $22,350? For many families this is a reality. They are forced to make tough decisions, like forgoing a promotion that would bring them slightly over poverty, in order to maintain government assistance, so they can feed their families. They choose between clothes and food on a daily basis. That doesn’t even begin to include providing their families with any kind of recreational activities or family outings.

This is why your donations mean so much to the families we are trying to help. Contributing nominal amounts such as $5 to help a family get a 30 day bus pass, or $10 towards helping children go to summer camp. This is how we help so many, and renew hope. Thank you for all you do for others everyday!

July 10, 2012

Tampa Bay the Most Economically Distressed City

Posted in Clients and Needs, Giveaways/Challenges, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , , at 7:32 pm by Every Cent Counts

Out of the top 25 Metropolitan areas listed on the Consumer Distress Index, Tampa Bay was not only the most financially distressed, but it also was the only major metropolitan city in the bottom-rung category of “Emergency Crisis.” Detroit, the second-most-distressed city, just barely landed one category higher: “Distressed Unstable”.

This illustrates the tremendous need for change. The Consumer Distress Index is a quarterly measure that tracks shifts in the financial condition of the average American household. For so many living in the Tampa Bay area, this is more than a statistic. They are faced with daily decisions between needed medical care and providing food for their family. They have to choose between repairing their vehicle or providing their child with school supplies.

That’s one of the reasons why our program is so important. We provide a way to help those in the community that truly need the support. Just visit Remember any amount helps, and we will enter you to win a new netbook! We don’t have any entrants into the drawing thus far, and their is less than a week remaining. Your chances of winning are huge! It is a $95 Sylvania netbook, as seen on

So far no entries for the netbook thus far! Donate Today!!!

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 15, 2012

Food for Thought

Posted in statistics tagged , , , at 4:54 pm by Every Cent Counts

A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty. – G. Donald Gale

I find that this quote cannot be more true. Are you aware that the most generous income group are the low-income families? Low-income families donate 4.5 percent of their income, while the middle class donates about 2.5% of their income, and high-income families donate 3 percent of their income.

I was shocked when I learned this. It seems that those in the low-income group will, quite literally, give you the shirt off of their back. I find this to be extraordinarily admirable, and I wonder what contributes to their desire to give back? While high-income families are donating so much more with their 3 percent, the 4.5 percent that low-income families are donating, means so much more. It means that they are making a considerable sacrifice for their fellow man. This is truly inspiring.

Thank you to our donors. Every time you give, you forever change the life of a person or family, who desperately needed your help. You are so much more than a name to them. You are an angel that gave them hope, when the world seemed so bleak. Thank you!