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Archive for the category “Helpfulness”

Loving your Neighbor Series # 3

Today’s super neat find is actually a website for an organization that helps people with a heart to volunteer, but no clue what to do beyond that.  At Volunteer Match,  you can pick from lists or do a more specific search to find opportunities to volunteer in areas that you care about.  I feel it is a really great tool for everyone.  There are even virtual opportunities for people who aren’t comfortable with working in the field.  You can find out more about them here.

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Here’s a view of what their page looks like.

Hope you’ll check them out!

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Loving your Neighbor Series # 2

     Okay, hear me out on this one.  This week I want to talk about a product and its company, rather than about a specific charity or mission.  Although this company is not a non-profit company, they are doing great things to give back to the community.  I happen-chanced upon this company by searching for their products, after having seen a couple of people using them at the gym.  I’m talking about Polar Bottle.  

  
     Their mission statement includes the desire to improve the health of their customers, improve the health of our planet, and improve /strengthen American economy. Here’s a list of some of the programs they donate to, taken directly from their Giving Back page.  Most are local to their state of Colorado, but they are doing good things!

  • I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Cancer League of Colorado
  • The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
  • Realities for Children
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • The Access Fund

     If you are an athlete, like to exercise, are a frequently active person, or just a person who likes to stay hydrated, I hope you will check them out.  They offer many attractive bottles for men, women, and children in a variety of sizes.  Their bottles are also dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean and care for, which is important to many of us.   If you’re concerned about the safety of the product, you can get answers on their FAQ page.

    

Loving your Neighbor Series

     Although it has been quite awhile since I have written, I continue to have a heart to write and a hope within me to make some lasting, beneficial contribution to this world while I am in it.  The idea has come to me to attempt a series of posts about things we can do to show love and kindness to others in this mad, marvelous world in which we live.  I hope to find unique charities, support groups, etc to which contributions can be made.  As a Christian, I feel called to show Gods love through service and support to those in need.  However, we all know that the showing of love and kindness to others is not limited to those who are Christian.  All it takes is an inner desire to do good unto others, a desire for a better life for all, a desire for a better world for all who live in it.  I hope that this will be a fruitful effort and will inspire others with a heart for the humanitarian effort.

     Without further adieu, I present an organization that I recently came across and was so moved that this whole idea was born to me.  NICU Helping Hands is an organization that was formed from the recognition of the vast emotional, physical, and financial needs of families with premature, sick, or otherwise special-need babies.  They provide many support services to these families and have multiple ways to contribute.  As a nurse and a mother, I feel this organization is providing a beautiful, loving service.  I hope that everyone will check them out and maybe even find a desire to contribute to their good works. 

  
  

Happiness

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I have decided to revamp my life a little in the search of a little more happiness. I mean, what makes us happy anyway? I believe that answer could be drastically different from person to person, however there must be a basic root for us all. I know there are a multitude of books, websites, blogs, etc on this subject already. Let’s just say I’m a hands on learner.

To be continued…..

Obsession with Pinterest

Just wanted to say that Pinterest has become an obsession for me. If you haven’t tried it yet, you must do so as soon as possible. Or, maybe you shouldn’t because it will suck you in and become a time consumer. It is very entertaining though. There are photos covering anything and everything from food, beauty, home, crafting, art, photography, recreation, and life in general. Most of the photos have links to recipes, instructions, etc. I love it! Hope you will too!

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