Donate to children with autism right here in Delray Beach

There are many very good national Autism research and education organizations (like Autism Speaks) for people who want to help find a cure for this disease. While this is a very noble effort, it is very easy to forget that you can donate to helping children with Autism in Delray Beach Schools.

Teachers in schools not just in Palm Beach County School District, but throughout the United States are struggling to help these special children due to inadequate school district resources. An example of this situation comes from Ms. Friedman a special education teacher at Orchard View Elementary School in Delray Beach, FL (CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MS. FRIEDMAN’S AUTISM FUND RAISING EFFORTS). Orchard View Elementary School is a Title 1 school which means that the majority of students come from economically disadvantaged families. Her class (grades 3-5) is comprised of students diagnosed with severe Autism who are non-verbal. Ms. Friedman’s ability to give her children the best chance possible for brighter futures is significantly hampered by these very same budget issues. She if left utilizing educational resources that have been borrowed, created from scratch or purchased with personal funds. This is an unfair burden on the her as teacher trying to help her kids achieve the best possible educational outcomes based on their individual diagnoses. Despite all of the challenges posed by the situation her students are thriving through her heroic individual efforts and sacrifice. This has become an all to familiar refrain from teachers around the country.

These children are playful, loving and full of all the energy of mainstream children. Unfortunately unlike their mainstream classmates they are unable to verbally express what they have learned, their desires or even their basic needs. Being unable to communicate leaves these great kids prone to aggressive behavior driven by an inability to get their needs met instantly. Currently the only means of facilitating communications with her students is through the use of pictures. The issue with this solution is twofold; first, there aren’t enough pictures to fill a child’s vocabulary and second, even if there were, the sheer size of the collection would be completely unmanageable and impractical to store or utilize.

Fortunately there is something that can be done to help these deserving children. There are tools and technologies that can help. Ms. Friedman is trying to raise money through a project she created on DonorsChoose.Org for one such tool. The goal is to raise the funds to obtain and Ipad Mini (and protective case) for her kids. The use of an Ipad would allow for the upload communication system applications that would help her students to communicate more freely beyond the use of pictures. This technology provides benefits that go beyond communication needs to provide opportunities to assist with improving fine motor skills, attention deficit issues and countless other applications designed to benefit these wonderful children. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT MS. FRIEDMAN’S CLASS AND HERE FUND RAISING EFFORT.

By donating to causes like that of Ms. Friedman at Orchard View Elementary School in Delray Beach you can help children in your own community. Autistic children that without your generosity must go without. Children that can have better tomorrows through the continued efforts of dedicated professionals like Ms. Friedman coupled with the proper educational resources like the Ipad she is trying to obtain. If you are considering a donation please take a moment to visit this link (http://www.donorschoose.org/project/beyond-teaching-providing-children-with/1444407/) to learn more about Ms. Friedman, her children and her efforts to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Additional Charitable Organizations Supporting Autism Research:

http://www.autism.com/
http://www.autismspeaks.org/

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff

Today marks the start of breast cancer awareness month in the U.S. Across the nation the color pink is popping up in the form of tributes, product launches and support efforts. While many companies choose to take this opportunity to strengthen their brands or draw attention to their products we would like to draw everyone’s attention back to the point of it all, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.

Here are some quick facts courtesy of the Susan G. Komen foundations:

breast cancer awareness month1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.Each year there are 1.7 million cases of breast cancer diagnosed.Breast cancer accounts for 1 in 3 cases of cancer diagnosis among women.

While advances in detection and treatment have advanced significantly there is no cure for this potentially deadly disease.

It is with these statistics in mind that we take time today to remind everyone why they are seeing pink and what it all means. As always, JUST GIVE! If you would like to learn more about breast cancer please visit: http://www.komen.org .

#breastcancerawareness #komenraceforthecure #keepitpink #justgive

How to find and research charitable organizations

You have decided you want to help. That is OUTSTANDING! You have also realized you have no idea where to start. Don’t worry, we can give you some quick tips to get moving in the right direction.

Things you can do to find opportunities to help someone

Ask friends, family and co-workers if they have charities that they donate to on a regular basis. Many of us know someone who’s family or loved ones have been affected by a devastating illness. Reach out to these people for ideas on how you can help.

Churches, if you belong to a church (even if you don’t) check with the Pastor about outreach efforts they have and how you can support them. Oftentimes Churches have charitable efforts both in the local community and abroad. These efforts span a wide spectrum issues from abuse to hunger both at home and abroad. You don’t need to be a practice a particular religion to get involved. Compassion recognizes no cultural, ethnic or religious boundaries.

Another simple to use option is search engines. You can just type in a search on Google, Bing or Yahoo and view the results it returns. You will get quite a few so you will want to be as specific as you can. Think along the lines of searches like “charities for children with Leukemia”, etc. This will help narrow the scope of results a search returns.

You found your charity, now what?

You want to research and investigate a charity to make sure:

1) It is legitimate
2) It is suitable for you and your objectives
3) How are donations disbursed

Finding out if a charity is legitimate is fairly easy. The IRS has a page( http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Search-for-Charities )where you can view audits and check on the status of an organization.

Is it suitable for you? This is a personal choice. You should visit their website and read all the available material. If they offer to mail you more information take advantage of that. If you still have questions pick up the phone. Most charities will happily take your call and answer any questions you may have. Make sure you are choosing the organization that is right for you and supports an issue you are passionate about.

Finally, don’t just take a charities word on how donated funds or goods are used. Visit Charity Navigator . Charity Navigator is an impartial third party that compiles data on charities and puts them in an easy to use format for review. They make available a great deal of information, like how donated money is used, in an very easy to digest way. This site is invaluable in doing your do diligence on charities.

There it is, your primer on finding and researching charities. We hope if was informative. Remember JUST GIVE! God Bless

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When viral charity promotions go off the rails

Unless you reside under a rock or in a cave somewhere without any access to TV, radio, Newspaper, the Internet or other human beings you are probably aware of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. Now before anyone get’s offended we applaud and support all sincere efforts to support a worthwhile charity. For the record, the ALS Association is utterly deserving of attention and donations! The ALS Association’s has a long and well documented history of supporting those afflicted with ALS (also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease) and efforts to find a cure for this terrible disease.

ALS stands for “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis”. It is a degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spine. As the disease progresses it ultimately causes loss of voluntary motor control. This affects an individual’s ability to initiate and control voluntary muscle movement and can progress to the point where complete paralysis can occur. This loss of motor control can and often does lead to the inability to speak, swallow and breathe. The average life expectancy of a person diagnosed with ALS is five years. There is no existing treatment protocol aside from a drug called Riluzole which has shown limited benefits in slowing the progression of the disease. There is NO CURE for this terrible disease.

If you have participated in or seen a video of the Ice Bucket Challenge we enthusiastically support what in most cases is a sincere effort to do something good. Unfortunately, the likelihood is that you now know more than previously did about ALS as a result of reading these few short paragraphs. There in lies the problem with the run away freight train this completely valid effort has become. For many this has become a self serving, attention drawing stunt that has little to do with supporting the cause. Most videos that are now coming out are complete “look at me”, Jack@!s style stunt videos designed to self promote and torture one’s friends. Many people in the videos don’t even mention the disease itself, or mispronounce the three letters by which it is commonly known. Even celebrities have joined the fray and further turned this into a punchline. We now see insane,incoherent rambling speeches, the nominating of dead people or hijacking attention for causes that have nothing to do with ALS. One such example is B Real of Cyprus Hill fame who recently used his Ice Bucket Challenge to promote marijuana. In his video (I shouldn’t even promote this piece of garbage, but I will just to be fair LINK for anyone interested) he does not even bother to mention ALS. You will also note in the link provided how the media encourages others to imitate stunts like this by applauding his “effort”. This is a viral charity promotion that has completely gone off the rails.

Inspiring, educational and courageous videos by actual ALS sufferers are completely lost in the avalanche of foolish, self aggrandizing stunt videos that completely miss the point. Here is an example of one of these inspirational efforts:

If this doesn’t punch you right in the gut you should stop reading right now. Nothing else posted on this site will ever make any sense to you or be of value to you.

If the words in this post resonate with you consider the following thought… Whether you accept or decline the challenge make your video educational and don’t lose sight of the reason the challenge was started. Remind people of the reason you are doing this in the first place. You may even want to decline to participate or even donate to ALS (you shouldn’t feel guilty about this). Perhaps another cause is more near and dear to your heart. There is nothing wrong with that. There are many horrific diseases. Diseases for which there is no cure. Diseases that people suffer with and that affect their loved ones. Take a moment to recognize ALS and the merit of donating to the cause. Then go on to discuss the cause that is most important to you.

Bottom line, make your video count! This is a golden opportunity to do something good for others. Don’t squander it with foolish stunts that do nothing for anyone but you. Hopefully this post inspires you to JUST GIVE! ( #justgive ). God Bless

Giving feeds the soul

Over the years we have given to many causes both personally and as a business. We have not only given financially, but given of our time and expertise. As business owners we have lent our management expertise (as both consultants and active participants) to community based efforts and efforts that have benefited causes such as Thailand after the devastating Tsunami. We decided to begin this site to further our philanthropic efforts and if all goes well inspire others to get involved.

We understand that in a modern, fast paced world we all have packed schedules. Those of us with families are keenly aware of the demands that come with family responsibilities. Our hope is that perhaps the stories and charitable opportunities we share on this site will be the spark that lights the flames of passion inside of you. Every dollar, every food item or any amount of time that can be spared contributing to a deserving charity helps. As a resident on this planet we believe we all need to recognize we have a responsibility to help others in need. Once you start to really get involved and witness the impact you can have in the lives of people in need you won’t ever want to stop. We welcome you to our blog and hope that you will come back frequently to check out our articles and posts.

God Bless

#justgive #give #donate #helpsomeone #justdonate #getinvolved #compassion #love

Take your business to the top with these search engine optimization tips

Anyone who has a website is aware that ranking near the top of the search results pages can directly contribute to online success. You will find the knowledge you are seeking pertaining to improving your ranking on the search engines.

To begin with, work to develop a better understanding of search engine optimization. In a perfect world, real people would make the logical decisions of what sites should rank where in terms of certain keywords or search phrases. This is done by computers that calculate their rankings around equations and algorithms. A boca raton SEO works by incorporating certain techniques into your site building in order to make sure your sites rank higher in search engines.

To rank your site, search engines consider several factors based on an algorithm. These programs utilize your site’s content, headers, links and traffic to determine your site’s ranking. The system also factors in the off-site links that point to your site, even though these may be beyond your control.

Finding the best SEO strategies that work for you requires hard work and a lot of time. Your site’s design and structure is very important, and must include relevant keywords. Placing your keywords throughout your text, in your title and in your headings will help you move up in the search engine rankings.

When using SEO techniques to set up a website, it is usually better to have multiple short articles on similar topics than to have one extremely long article. Long pages are weighed less and short ones by search engines.

Tip! To help you to rank highly on search engines you’ll need to take advantage of the meta tags for “Title”, “Description”, in the area of your site where you put meta tags. Search engines will be able to see these meta tags and you will increase your visibility. For more on this visit http://www.moz.com

While there are sponsored or featured slots available on many search engines, it is currently impossible to simply pay for a high ranking. You can purchase a sponsored spot that will appear at the top of the page, but viewers will know it is an ad.

Any link-sharing agreements you can make with other websites will be most beneficial to you. Both parties will benefit from hosting links to each others’ sites on their own sites. Everybody wins in this type of situation.

The term “targeted visitors” refers to people who view your site and are potential customers. All Boca Raton, FL websites have random visitors and purchasers, but your target market is where your real revenue will be made. If you are selling hearing aid batteries, for example, site visitors in their teens are not likely to merit the use of your search engine marketing resources. If you want visitors that are going to give you business, you need to refine your search terms to those that customers will use to find the product or service.

Use header tags within your advantage. Sometimes a header can be really large, but you can use CSS to change the size. Search engines use of them to help rank sites.

Tip! Using product feeds can help to reach new customers. Feeds can contain information about your business such as prices, descriptions and prices.

Every company should have a website. This is particularly true for businesses that operate entirely over the internet. In these cases, it is not only important, but also mandatory. In addition, every business should take steps to make sure that its individual website is capable of attracting many visitors. This article provides you with suggestions that can help improve your search engine optimization and draw more visitors to your website. http://www.searchenginewatch.com/ is a great place to learn more about SEO.