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Establish a Routine

Don’t get stuck figuring out over and over again how to do the same task. Having good documentation is time consuming, but it’s essential to have step-by-step instructions for tasks that are extremely detailed and prone to error. Otherwise you’ll end up correcting the same mistakes. Make sure to keep this in an easily accessible place or you’ll forget or be too lazy to reach for it when starting the task. You’ll also find this handy when it’s time to pass this task to someone else.

Goal Setting

A To-Do-List allows you to set goals, and assign tasks to those goals. Setting specific tasks to goals   ensures that you keep your eye on the ball. You can look at your next steps and see how far you’ve come. Once tasks are assigned to specific goals it creates a chain display that shows the number of tasks completed for each goal, as well as the goal’s chain. The chain gets longer for each consecutive day that a completed task contributes to the goal. Make progress on a goal each day to get a long chain. Miss a day and that chain will get broken.

It’s important to see beyond the task list at the bigger picture and know that checking off the tasks brings you another step closer to your goals.


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Canines for Disabled Kids has partnered with a Total You.  This was facilitated by 4 the Cause Marketing


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The Worcester Sharks have partnered with 4 The Cause Marketing to hold a broomball tournament to benefit local charities.


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June 3rd to be Green First Thursday

First Thursdays  is going green!  Join the community in downtown Fitchburg, as we all enjoy an afternoon and evening of music, food and culture.


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First Thursdays FitchburgThe next First Thursday is August 5, 2010 in Fitchburg, MA.


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Cause Marketing is a growing concept and local businesses are prospering from it.   Read a recent article from the Worcester Telegram which illustrates Cause Marketing.    Click here.


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Children in Need to Get The Gift of Shoes This Holiday Season Thanks to Payless ShoeSource’s Third Annual Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids(SM) Program
Submitted by: Payless ShoeSource
Categories:Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 – 06:08 PM EST
TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 19 /CSRwire/ – /PRNewswire/ – Payless Gives .2 Million in Free, New Shoes to Children; 2010 Program Again Calls Non-Profit Agencies to Apply to Join the International Grass Roots Giving Effort; Retailer Engages Social Media to Spread the Word to Establish a Network of Hundreds of Charities to Distribute Free Shoe Coupons this Holiday Season.
Payless ShoeSource is getting into the holiday spirit early with the launch today of its three-week application period for non-profit agencies to join the retailer in its big holiday giving program, Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, where it will deliver more than .2 million of free shoes to children of families in need across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and in 10 Latin American countries.
In the program’s third year, Payless plans to give away more than 77,000 pairs of new shoes this holiday season through a network of hundreds of localized charities. This local, grass roots approach helps Payless directly and more effectively reach children in need of shoes and ensures widespread coverage across urban and rural areas.
Now through Nov. 5, Payless is inviting non-profit partners located in the U.S. and Canada to apply at www.paylessgives.com. Charity partners in Puerto Rico and the Latin American countries will be selected in-country through a separate process. Selected partners will receive free shoe coupons to distribute to their clients — delivering the gift of free, new shoes to children that need them the most.
“In its third year, the goal of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program remains the same — to provide footwear, a basic necessity, to children who might otherwise go without,” said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless. “The success of the program over the past two years, and the number of children and families we have been able to assist, continues to drive our efforts. Unemployment is still very high, affecting many families that still struggle to provide their children with basic essentials. This is especially challenging during the holidays, and we hope to make a bigger impact than ever this year.”
Last year, Payless was joined by 750 non-profit partners. This year, it expects to continue building a powerful international network of charity partners to give shoes to needy children in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 10 Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Shoes: A True Gift
A striking number of children don’t have shoes that fit. Studies show that properly fitting shoes can enhance self confidence in children and aid in their proper development and growth. Across the globe, it continues to be difficult for struggling families to cover basic needs, making the holidays a time of stress instead of a celebration with family.
“For many families, the need for a new pair of shoes is a fun, quick trip to the store. But for others it is a financial burden and an impossible expense,” said Via. “We are here to help. In this season of giving we want as many children as possible to experience the simple joy of a shoe-shopping trip and new pair of shoes. We want them to walk into one of our stores, look up at rows of shoeboxes with big eyes, and point to the pair that makes them smile.”
Social Media To Spread the Word
Payless is implementing an aggressive social media campaign to help reach individuals who can help spread the word about the program to the non-profit community through outlets such as Facebook and others. This year, the campaign is also strengthened by an updated website, www.paylessgives.com, and the implementation of a new streamlined application process.
About Payless’ Giving Programs
Payless first launched the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program domestically in 2008 through a unique grass roots approach by partnering with localized non-profit partners throughout America to join in the giving campaign to give away million worth of free, new shoes. In 2009, Payless extended the program beyond the U.S. to reach families in Canada and 10 Latin American countries, delivering more than 77,000 free shoe coupons totaling more than .2 million of free shoes.
Since 2004, Payless has also established formal programs to support important causes by selling on-trend items and making them accessible at affordable price points and then partnering with shoppers, often donating 100 percent of the net profits from item sales to a non-profit partner. Through such programs, Payless supports breast cancer awareness and is a member of the Million Council with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The retailer celebrates Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month by establishing the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarships with the National Urban League and Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, respectively, to support the higher education of America’s minority youth. Payless supports inner city youth in New York City with its Friendship Shoe program with proceeds benefiting The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer vacations to underprivileged children living in the New York City area. Payless also has an alliance with the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign where it is donating – the cost to plant one tree in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil – for every reusable shopping bag sold. These are among the Payless and Collective Brands, Inc. giving programs.

Children in Need to Get The Gift of Shoes This Holiday Season Thanks to Payless ShoeSource’s Third Annual Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids(SM) ProgramSubmitted by: Payless ShoeSourceCategories:Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social ResponsibilityPosted: Oct 19, 2010 – 06:08 PM EST TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 19 /CSRwire/ – /PRNewswire/ – Payless Gives .2 Million in Free, New Shoes to Children; 2010 Program Again Calls Non-Profit Agencies to Apply to Join the International Grass Roots Giving Effort; Retailer Engages Social Media to Spread the Word to Establish a Network of Hundreds of Charities to Distribute Free Shoe Coupons this Holiday Season.
Payless ShoeSource is getting into the holiday spirit early with the launch today of its three-week application period for non-profit agencies to join the retailer in its big holiday giving program, Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, where it will deliver more than .2 million of free shoes to children of families in need across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and in 10 Latin American countries.
In the program’s third year, Payless plans to give away more than 77,000 pairs of new shoes this holiday season through a network of hundreds of localized charities. This local, grass roots approach helps Payless directly and more effectively reach children in need of shoes and ensures widespread coverage across urban and rural areas.
Now through Nov. 5, Payless is inviting non-profit partners located in the U.S. and Canada to apply at www.paylessgives.com. Charity partners in Puerto Rico and the Latin American countries will be selected in-country through a separate process. Selected partners will receive free shoe coupons to distribute to their clients — delivering the gift of free, new shoes to children that need them the most.
“In its third year, the goal of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program remains the same — to provide footwear, a basic necessity, to children who might otherwise go without,” said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless. “The success of the program over the past two years, and the number of children and families we have been able to assist, continues to drive our efforts. Unemployment is still very high, affecting many families that still struggle to provide their children with basic essentials. This is especially challenging during the holidays, and we hope to make a bigger impact than ever this year.”
Last year, Payless was joined by 750 non-profit partners. This year, it expects to continue building a powerful international network of charity partners to give shoes to needy children in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and 10 Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Shoes: A True Gift
A striking number of children don’t have shoes that fit. Studies show that properly fitting shoes can enhance self confidence in children and aid in their proper development and growth. Across the globe, it continues to be difficult for struggling families to cover basic needs, making the holidays a time of stress instead of a celebration with family.
“For many families, the need for a new pair of shoes is a fun, quick trip to the store. But for others it is a financial burden and an impossible expense,” said Via. “We are here to help. In this season of giving we want as many children as possible to experience the simple joy of a shoe-shopping trip and new pair of shoes. We want them to walk into one of our stores, look up at rows of shoeboxes with big eyes, and point to the pair that makes them smile.”
Social Media To Spread the Word
Payless is implementing an aggressive social media campaign to help reach individuals who can help spread the word about the program to the non-profit community through outlets such as Facebook and others. This year, the campaign is also strengthened by an updated website, www.paylessgives.com, and the implementation of a new streamlined application process.
About Payless’ Giving Programs
Payless first launched the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program domestically in 2008 through a unique grass roots approach by partnering with localized non-profit partners throughout America to join in the giving campaign to give away million worth of free, new shoes. In 2009, Payless extended the program beyond the U.S. to reach families in Canada and 10 Latin American countries, delivering more than 77,000 free shoe coupons totaling more than .2 million of free shoes.
Since 2004, Payless has also established formal programs to support important causes by selling on-trend items and making them accessible at affordable price points and then partnering with shoppers, often donating 100 percent of the net profits from item sales to a non-profit partner. Through such programs, Payless supports breast cancer awareness and is a member of the Million Council with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The retailer celebrates Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month by establishing the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarships with the National Urban League and Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, respectively, to support the higher education of America’s minority youth. Payless supports inner city youth in New York City with its Friendship Shoe program with proceeds benefiting The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer vacations to underprivileged children living in the New York City area. Payless also has an alliance with the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign where it is donating – the cost to plant one tree in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil – for every reusable shopping bag sold. These are among the Payless and Collective Brands, Inc. giving programs.


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Please goto the Association of Fundraising Professionals website to learn more about Cause Marketing and National Philanthropy Day!

from the National Philanthropy Day® Official Website
National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

2010 is a very special year, as not only does it mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the chief sponsor of NPD, but it’s also the 25th anniversary of this special day.

We celebrate National Philanthropy Day because of the extraordinary impact of the charitable sector and the increasing role it plays in our societies and countries around the world. Billions of dollars are given every year. Millions of programs and services administered to those in needs. Individuals are connected to cause, and to each other. Civic participation, and important societal bonds, are created and strengthened through philanthropy as we work to improve the quality of life for all people.

In the United States alone, there are more than 1 million charitable organizations, and Americans give more than 0 billion annually to charitable causes (Giving USA Foundation). In Canada, more than 88,000 charities provide countless services to millions of Canadians, who in turn contribute more than billion annually to those organizations (Canada Revenue Agency). In Latin America and Asia, with governments no longer able to provide enough funding for social services, charitable sectors are growing rapidly and creating programs to meet the needs of their countries’ citizens. The quality of life for all people—everything from education, healthcare, the environment and the arts, to name only a few—would be far less if not for these organizations.

Celebrate National Philanthropy Day®!

In 2010, the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day®, more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in NPD events and celebrations. These events include award ceremonies, galas, luncheons, seminars and other special events. Outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, small businesses, youth in philanthropy and others will be honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day.

You are invited to join in the celebration. Use the links on this page to find a local National Philanthropy Day® event in your community and learn more about the importance of giving and volunteerism.

National Philanthropy Day is formally supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and hundreds of other nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout North America. Click here to learn more about AFP, the leading professional association in the world dedicated to harnessing the spirit of philanthropy.


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Questions to Ask your Contractor Before Hiring

We have all heard of the horror stories people have when hiring the wrong contractor. Asking questions before hiring a contractor can save you money, time and the stress of going with the wrong company.

Here are a few questions to ask a prospective contractor:

The Hammer - Home Improvement and Contractor BlogIt’s with great pleasure and excitement that I announce the new “The Hammer Home Improvement” blog.  This blog is meant to provide quality information to those people seeking Home Improvement and Contractor advice, ideas, and general construction information.  Our blog will not only provide informative construction items and articles but also funny and exciting bits of newsworthy construction and home improvement information. continue reading…