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Friday, March 4, 2016
Reminders of the privilege of service have come in an avalanche of clothing, toiletries, diapers, water, big checks, tearful smiles and perfectly scripted cards. Responding to two EF3 tornadoes has been a challenge for the thinly stretched partners and team members who make up our compassionate United Way team. Despite that, the rewards outbalance...
Friday, March 4, 2016
The importance of small business to our community intersects with memories of how business ownership impacted my childhood. Living on my father’s military income drove my parents to start a small business that they operated while I was in middle and high school. Their successes later drove me to start a horse boarding business while juggling...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
January has been a wonderful month for our community for more reasons than its status as National Mentoring Month. The tag line for this year’s celebratory month was "Join the movement, Mentor IN REAL LIFE." In our community, this tagline has not always been reason for celebration. Though there are many people who want to make a difference in our...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
In a recent collective action meeting with several community leaders and concerned citizens, the commitment to improving all aspects of our community was obvious. It struck me during planning for a retreat with community leaders that while our community has challenges, we also have a strong legacy of commitment to excellence and overcoming the...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Why on earth would we make it harder for people to help other people? Essentially, that is the concern many nonprofit professionals have in regards to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Proposed Rule: Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions.While this rule is voluntary, it creates the ground work for a mandatory rule. It seems most...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Taxes… Penalties…Scams… the words do more than frighten taxpayers. They add to the annual stressors that face local low-income families. In some cases, they intimidate a taxpayer to the point that they pay on average $268 to have an accountant or “free” filing service complete an itemized return for them. Unfortunately, many free services come...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Life touches each of us in different ways and sometime it compels us to give to or support those things that make us cry, laugh or smile. While emotion is important, it is equally important that we look objectively at the needs in our community and invest community donations in programs that demonstrate an ability to change the situation or lives...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
As the Holiday Season winds to a close, I am reminded of a quote by Bob Hope, “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” Clearly this community beats with a healthy heart. The “Season of Giving” is an exercise in healthy practices as individuals jockey to help with Communities Caring at Christmas,...
Friday, February 5, 2016
This training, provided by Project Management Institute (PMI), is particularly useful for Chief Executive Officers, Executive Committee Members and key organizational staff who are eager to learn project management tools and develop plans to help ensure greater success for their program. Attendees will receive templates for establishing plans,...
Friday, February 5, 2016
Cedric Durre Cedric is the manager of the Information Technology Services Department at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. He has been providing solutions for business networks ranging from single office to full enterprise since 2001. He is the current President of Seville Rotary Club. In his third year on the board of directors for United Way, he...