Friday, February 26, 2010


Over the last few months I have been writing about Helping Others and encouraging YOU to Make A Difference. Today, I am going to Help YOU! I have been introduced to this website It is such a great site and you can get 1/2 off on EVERYTHING!! We are talking books, tickets, even if you want to ride in a real racecar! Below I have posted how to find your goodies but it is easy as pie (which you could probably get 1/2 off as well). ENJOY!!

Thanks for listening!

Here's how Half Off Depot works, in two easy steps:

1. You go to, select your city, and pick out gift certificates to your favorite businesses. You then purchase these gift certificates from us for half their face value.

2. Once your certificates arrive in the mail, you take each gift certificate to the business that issued it, and use the full value of your gift certificate (twicewhat you paid for it) toward your purchase there.

Seriously, that's all there is to it. Whatever you spent at, you will redeem twofold at the businesses you've selected. And you can expect to be treated as a first-class citizen, because the businesses aren't giving you anything for free — the other half of your gift certificate has already been paid for by our publishing partners. All that makes you is a smart shopper!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hospital Volunteer Work

Helping Others at a local hospital is a great opportunity! Not only are you Making A Difference, and gaining personal satisfaction, you are contributing to the community. You can also learn new skills and make new contacts. A few things that hospitals need help with are:

* Support staff in the caring of babies
* Taking photos of newborns
* Working in the gift shop
* Delivering flowers
* Transporting/escorting patients/help with wayfindng
* Visiting and cheering patients
* Assisting and supporting patient families
* Helping at the information desk

Go on to your local hospitals website and find out what they are looking for. There is always rooms for more people to help.

Thanks for listening!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Help Tide Help Others

I saw a commercial today about Tide (the detergent). During the month of February, Tide is taking the money from the sales of their vintage t-shirts and donating to Haiti. Not only are they taking the sales, they are matching all sales up to 250,000!!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The United Way is Helping Others and Making A Difference

Not only does the NFL give their time and volunteer with The United Way but you can too!! Read the information below and click on the link to put in your zip code to find out what needs to be done around your area!

Volunteer Motivation and Motivating Volunteers

Earthquake in Haiti. Hurricane Katrina. When human suffering and widespread destruction are highly visible, caring people are motivated to act…to actually go and help or to send or raise money, supplies, and other support for those in need and working on the ground to bring relief.

But what motivates volunteers to serve our communities in equally important waysto tutor a child, to work a shift at the food bank, or to advise a low-income family on their options with Earned Income Tax Credit? Volunteer motivation has been studied* extensively. Many of the top reasons why people volunteer will be familiar to United Ways.

And three reasons why people continue to volunteer?

· They were ASKED!—A number of studies consistently conclude that a majority of people will volunteerif simply asked. This is consistent throughout the world. The best way to recruit volunteers is to ask themintentionally, deliberately. People want to "help out" if they can and if there are ways for them to be effectively engaged.

· They make a difference—People want to make a difference in the lives of others or in the community. Opportunities with impact are critical.

· They enjoyed the experience—Volunteering provides a variety of personal benefits and satisfaction to the volunteer, in addition to the benefits received by charities and society as a whole. People are more likely to volunteer for a second time if their first experience was satisfying.

Volunteer recognition programs, like United Way Chittenden County's Hometown Hero of the Week and Month are a great way to thank and motivate volunteers in a very public way.

Wondering how to not motivate a volunteer? Josh Pedersen, United Way of Northern Utah, offers these humorous but useful tips in How to Lose a Volunteer in 10 Days:

· Don't ask Failing to ask appropriately is the first step in losing potential volunteers

· Give 'em Sunglasses—Blinding your volunteers to their role in your organization will certainly limit their engagement with your organization

· Be a Terrible Trivian—Giving your volunteers meaningless and trivial tasks will help them find substantial work elsewhere.

Read seven more ways to lose a volunteer, and the sequel!

*Studies include Volunteer Functions Inventory by Clary, et al;, Theory of Needs, McClelland; 3 Categories of Motivation, Fitch; Six Aspects of Adult Motivation, Wlodkowski; Volunteer Motivation Inventory, Esmond & Dunlop.

Volunteering and Haiti

Since the earthquake rocked Haiti, people around the world are asking to volunteer their time. Because of conditions on the ground, United Way is not currently sending volunteers to Haiti.

If you have prior disaster relief experience, have fluency in Creole and have expertise in technical fields such as medicine, communications logistics, water/sanitation engineering, we encourage you to register with the Center for International Disaster Information ( volunteer database.

As Haitians enter the United States as repatriates, refugees, and adoptees, United Way will work to provide for immediate needs such as emergency shelter, food and clothing, as well as services such as emergency health care and family reunification.

Longer-term support includes transitioning refugees from emergency shelters into appropriate housing and establishing a system of social services to help refugees settle in the community of their choice and achieve self-sufficiency. Please use the opportunity finder below or contact your local United Way directly to find out about these types of volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Help Others by Donating Blood

Give Blood

To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit or
call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

I Give Blood. Will you?Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.

When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.

From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your appointment to donate blood today.

To find out where you can donate, visit or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Want to know if you're able to give blood? Review the donor eligibility guidelines.


Be in generally good health and feeling well.
Be at least 17 years of age; upper age 60 (420d*).
Weigh at least 110 pounds (45 kg).
Pulse: 80 to 100 beats/min and regular.
Temperature: Should not exceed 99.5 (37.5c).
Blood Pressure: acceptable range is 160/90 to 110/60.
Skin: the venipuncture site should be free of any lesion or scar of needle pricks indicative of addiction to narcotics or frequent Blood donation (as in the case of professional Blood donors).


Whole Blood donors may donate every 56 days.
Plasma donors may donate twice a week (max. every 48 hours.)
Platelet donors may donate a maximum of 24 times per year.
Other specialized donations are subject to other rules.


You have ever tested positive for HIV,
You have ever injected yourself with drugs or other substances not prescribed by a physician,
You are a man and have had sex with another man, even once,
You have hemophilia or another Blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrate,
You have engaged in sex for drugs or money since 1977,
You have lived in western Europe since 1980,
You have been held in a correctional facility (including jails, prisons and/or detention centers) for more than 72 hours in the last 12 months,
You were born in, lived in or had sex with anyone who lived in, or received Blood products in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger or Nigeria since 1977 (this list changes frequently; updates are very important) or,
You are, or have been a sexual contact of someone in the above list.

NOTE: There is a special watch for potential donors who have visited or lived in England/United Kingdom from 1980 to 1999, and those who have lived and/or worked in Western Europe since 1980.


Accident & Injury: can donate if otherwise healthy
Aids: can not donate
Allergies: can donate if there is no infection present and there is no treatment ongoing
Anemia: defer donation until no symptoms exist
Arthritis: can donate if mild and not on medication
Asthma: those with severe asthma requiring regular treatment can not donate; can donate ifthere are no symptoms evident
Babesiosis: can not donate
Blood disorders or bleeding tendencies: can not donate
Blood Pressure: acceptable range is 160/90 to 110/60. (see medication section below for medication restrictions.)
Brain or spinal surgery that required a transplant of brain covering (dura mater): can not donate
Bronchitis: defer donation until four weeks or after recovery
CJD: When a Blood relative has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), or there is an increased family risk of CJD; can not donate
Cancer: Basal cell, squamous cell skin cancers and keratosis; can not donate until removed and healed. Melanoma; can not donate. Malignant tumors; can donate five years after removal of early stage contained solid tumor, no chemotherapy, and in remission
Chicken Pox: defer donation until four weeks after recovery
Chlamydia: like all other venereal diseases; a minimum of a one year deferral is required
Colds, fever, flu, sore throat: can not donate until symptoms (sore throat, cough, respiratory infection, headache) are completely gone
Cold Sore, Fever Blister, Canker Sore: can donate
Colitis: can not donate
Colostomy: can not donate
Dementia: can not donate
Dengue: defer donation until four weeks after recovery
Dermatitis: can donate if mild; defer donation if severe
Diabetes: can donate if treatment is by diet control and condition is stable; defer donation if on medication
Diarrhea: defer donation until three weeks after recovery
Eczema: can donate if mild. defer donation if severe
Emphysema: can not donate
Filariasis: can not donate
Food Poisoning: defer donation for one week after full recovery
Gastroenteritis: defer donation for one week after full recovery
Gall Stone: can donate if not on medication
Gonorrhea/Syphilis: defer donation for one year after complete recovery
Gout: can not donate
Heart attack: can donate if greater than one year since, and no symptoms present, the attending Blood authority physician must carefully evaluate
Heart surgery, Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or angioplasty: can donate one year after surgery, if no history of heart attack, and the donor is on no medication for the heart (aspirin is okay)
Hemochromatosis: can not donate
Hepatitis: Hepatitis or undiagnosed jaundice after age ten; can not donate. Positive hepatitis test: can not donate. Can donate if the history of hepatitis is pertaining to mononucleosis or CMV infection
Herpes (genital): can donate four weeks after lesions completely clear
Leprosy: can not donate
Malaria; had Malaria in last three years: defer donation for three years after full recovery (also see Travel and Residency Restrictions below)
Pregnancy and Miscarriage: can donate after six weeks of full term normal delivery. Can donate six weeks after termination in third trimester. First or second trimester miscarriage can donate after stable
Prostate: can not donate
Sexually transmitted diseases - Genital herpes: can not donate until all lesions are completely clear
Sickle Cell Trait: can not donate
Seizures in the last five Years: can not donate
Spondylosis: can donate if feeling well and not under any treatment at all
Strokes: can not donate
Surgery (all): can donate after healed and released from physician care.
Syphilis: see Gonorrhea
Thyroid: for Hypothyroid, can donate if feeling well and euthyroid on thyroxine for six months. For Hyperthyroid: can not donate until euthyroid for six months.
Tuberculosis: can not donate until two years after complete cure
Viral Infection: can donate after cure and off treatment
Worms: can donate after complete cure


Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol): may be taken in normal moderate doses before any Blood donation
Accutane: four-week deferral
Allergy medication: can donate
Antibiotics: 72-hour deferral after infection is healed
Anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and Naprosyn): may not be taken within 24 hours before a platelet donation (some other rules may apply)
Aspirin-containing products or Feldene and Lodine XL: may not donate within 36 hours before platelet donation
Birth control pills: can donate
Blood pressure medication: can donate under present FDA and American Red Cross standards in force
Depression medication: can donate
Diabetic medication - Injected bovine (beef) insulin since 1980; can not donate
Diet pills: can donate
Diuretics: can donate
Female hormone pills: can donate
Any human pituitary-derived hormone (i.e. growth hormone): can not donate
Soriatane (Acitretin): three-year deferral
Tegison (used to treat a severe skin disorder): can not donate if ever taken
Thyroid medication: can donate if stabilized


Polio, mumps, smallpox: two-week or more deferral
Rubella or Rubeola (types of measles): four week deferral
Tetanus, diphtheria, flu, Hepatitis B: can not donate until any reaction is over


Acupuncture: one-year deferral
Alcohol: defer donation if consumed in last 12 hours
Body piercing: one-year deferral
Cocaine: taking through the nose (snorting); one-year deferral minimum, local Blood authority will prevail
Dental work - Cleaning and fillings: one-day deferral; Root canal: three-day deferral after work is complete
Ear piercing: can donate if the piercing was performed in a doctor’s office (with written verification) otherwise, one-year deferral
Electrolysis: defer donation for one year
Hepatitis exposure: one-year deferral
Menstruation: can donate
Rape: one-year deferral
Smoker: can donate
Tattoo in the last 12 months: one-year deferral
Transfusion: defer donation by one year if undergone transfusion with Blood products. Candonate if undergone autologous transfusion only


England/United Kingdom - visited or lived in from 1980 to 1999: deferred indefinitely (this standard varies between United States FDA and The American Red Cross and the American Association of Blood Banks.
Western Europe - visited or lived in since 1980 deferred indefinitely
Born in, lived in or had sex with anyone who lived in, or received Blood products in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger or Nigeria since 1977 (this list changes frequently; updates are very important): deferral indefinitely.
Lived or traveled in an area where Malaria is prevalent (Central America and South America, etc.): three-year deferral,
Other international travelers: different restrictions apply as precaution against mad cow disease, depending on what blood bank and region period-red.gif (63 bytes)

For up-to-date information or opinions about American Red Cross rules about Blood donor deferrals, call 1-800-448-3543.