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.

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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 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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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 12, 2012

“Joining Forces” to help our Veterans and their spouses.

Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , at 8:00 pm by Every Cent Counts

This month commemorates the one year anniversary of Joining Forces a national initiative that recruits citizens to give service members and their families support and provide them with opportunities outside of their service to our country.

You can donate your time and volunteer to help these brave men and women by raising awareness and participating in community events. You can also participate in the President’s challenge of employing 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses.

There are many ways to show our support of this very important mission and of the troops who fight and sacrifice for our way of life. Visit their website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces for more information.