Teaching Kids the Value of Volunteerism

Our kids are very aware of the typhoon that hit Visayas islands a few weeks back. Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) has taken thousands of lives and has left many homeless. Although it’s good to thank God that we have not been affected by that deadly catastrophe that hit our country, hubby and I took this opportunity to teach the kids the values of volunteerism.

Sharing with you some valuable things we taught our kids:

1. A volunteer is one who sees the needs.

If you don’t see the need, you won’t be driven to do what you are supposed to do. Looking at the photos of the massive destruction Haiyan has brought was enough to move the kids to first, lift up Tacloban, Samar, Ormoc and Cebu in prayer.  Of course, it is not just enough to see the needs.  Kids need models, and many times they find it in other kids their age.  Our family found inspiration in this 6 year old Japanese boy named Shoichi who gave his piggy bank in order to help the Yolanda victims.

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We also found this photo of two LA girls selling lemonades in order to send money to the affected families:

photo source: interaksyon.com

These photos teach kids (and adults as well) what it’s like to see a need, and to be driven to do something about it– starting from any resource available.

2.  A volunteer connects with other volunteers.

Although it would feel good to do something on our own, it is still important to teach the kids how important it is to network with people who have the same heart and passion as theirs.  Last Thursday, I took the kids to where volunteers were working/ collecting funds to be brought to the affected areas in Visayas.  There they saw that volunteers were not ashamed to talk with people, showing them the need and how they could participate in rebuilding ruins by the little that they give.

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Proud volunteers!

3.  A volunteer is ready anytime.

We don’t have to have another typhoon to show people in what way we have volunteered.  Volunteerism happens at any time of the day– it is not to be faked.  It could be helping mom with the dishes, or emptying the garbage.  It could be helping an elderly person cross the street or being honest enough to return someone’s purse.

Volunteerism, when taught to kids at a young age, is something that they could never outgrow.  There is so much need in the world and more than ever before, we need more volunteers!  The earlier we train our kids to be proactive in meeting others’ needs, the better place this world would be.

5 Tips to Keep Down Construction Costs

Construction is an incredibly expensive and time consuming process, with almost every major building project going over projections on at least one of the two. Therefore it is important to be sure that you’ve done everything possible to cut costs and get the job done without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank.   Here are five.


Sit down before you even start the job and figure out what can be cut and what is important enough that you simply have to spend top dollar on it. Don’t skimp on things like door supports for doors, windows or anything that’s going to be taking a major strain. Any aspects that are mostly just cosmetic or non-essential can afford to be cut down on a little. Priorities can be a major saver and keep you from wasting anything.

Avoid Change Orders

A builder will inevitably decide that you need different materials, different quantities or different orders in the middle of a project. Figuring things out in advance and taking the time to get measurements as exact as possible will keep these to a minimum. These are a massive cost because change orders often require the buyer to pay top dollar for last minute work. This also costs time and throws off the work schedule, which can cost money in rehiring and delays.

Pick Your Lot

A so called problem lot, a lot that has something of a problem for certain types of construction, will go cheap. Just make sure that the construction you want to do is immune to the disadvantage. Other builders will go the other way and fork out the extra funds to buy a lot with some natural advantages to what they are trying to build. A good survey of the land before building begins can save a packet.

Go Low Maintenance

Buy low maintenance materials if at all possible. While they may cost a little more in the short term the long term advantages of not having to come back and do the job again will keep costs down. This won’t do much for you if the building is for someone else, but if you will have to deal with the property for a long time then definitely buy something you won’t have to go back over and replace.

Rent Equipment

Not every job requires specific equipment to be acquired for it. If the job is only going to take a few days, or you need one specific piece of special equipment for a while there’s no good reason to fork out to buy things. A builder could easily go to a place like www.mabeyhire.com.au a pick some things up for a couple of days.

Building is costly but it needn’t get ridiculous, spend a little when you need to in the right places and you can cut down on the big stuff later. Remember, forethought will help in most situations and deciding where to spend will lower the need to spend everywhere else.


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Finding Advice For Your Home Improvement Projects

Frameless Showers in Cumming, GALearn all you can about home improvement and forget others’ inputs.This article is going to go over some tips that you need to know about.

If you are considering major remodeling, consider hiring a professional to assist you in planning. A professional designer can create meaningful plans that will meet building codes and requirements. Paint stripes on your old walls before installing panels. Regardless of how much care and caution you use when putting up paneling, the old walls sometimes remain visible. To start, take some measurements to learn where the wall panels will join.

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Store material that you’re using for building materials in the portion between floor joists or ceiling rafters. You can put up there such as long planks of wood. Just nail a few furring strip across exposed floor rafters or joists and slip your material in. Check out any company that you plan to hire. Try to work with a company that has a good reputation. Make sure you have turned off the right power circuit before you work on anything electrical. Touching live wires without having disconnected the power supply can lead to electrocution and even death.

Chair cushions inevitably grow flatter with heavy use. A great way to bring life back to your cushions is to place them in the sun. The sun will help remove some of the bounce by evaporating moisture in the fill. Be certain to flip the cushions over often, and don’t just leave them out in the sun because the colors can fade.

Almost all supplies that are used in projects concerning home improvements might tempt a thief.You should be sure to secure and locked up when you are not working. If a property is secure–all entries and windows in place and lockable – supplies inside is a good idea.If the home has no lock, consider a storage container or unit that can be locked.

When thinking about replacing the cabinets in your home, think about using wood. They are durable and stand up very well under heavy use. Cabinets come in wood like oak, cherry and oak. All of these can be stained, so in the future if you decide to change up the color, this is easily accomplished. Move your furniture away from the walls to make the room appear bigger. This makes the room feel larger while creating a more contemporary appearance.

A good time to approach home improvement projects is during a real estate recession. There is no expiration date on home improvement. When you renovate your home during a slump, those improvements will be even more valuable. Use high-quality paint when painting the outside of your home’s exterior. The paint is going to last longer if it’s of high quality.

In conclusion, you have many great home improvement tips at your disposal. You may have known this information, but we hope you’ve learned a new thing or two, or reinforced what you already know. Utilize the information you’ve learned to help you reach success.

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