As the year comes to a close, many of us take the opportunity to spend time with friends and family and to help those around us. One way to help more people is by joining Goodwill® to support programs that boost economic stability for low-income individuals and families.
This week I had the great pleasure of working with Boyd Brown, area director of employment & training of Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota (St. Paul), as he testified before a Congressional subcommittee. The hearing, which was on welfare reform proposals, specifically involved the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. His testimony provided great insight into the journey of an individual on public assistance, struggling to find a job and the challenges faced by case managers trying to put people to work.
How and when an employer can pull your credit report is governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state regulations. So what do you need to do if you are in a state that can use your credit report for employment decisions? Find out if you are and what you can do to deal with any potential issues.
On December 17, Goodwill Industries- Big Bend (Tallahassee) celebrated the opening of its 12th apartment complex for people with disabilities, with a ribbon cutting and community event. The new complex will house individuals with low incomes, as well as those with disabilities throughout the nearby city of Chipley.
Moving is always considered one of the most stressful experiences we can have. However, if you are going to be moving soon, I challenge you to think of moving as an opportunity instead-- an opportunity to streamline your life! Packing requires you to physically touch every item you own. As you sort your stuff, you have the opportunity to make a decision about each thing. When else do you get this kind of "day of reckoning" with your stuff? Make it a goal to move into your new place with only the things you use and love and value the most. You will have more storage space available, less stuff to maintain and worry about, and an amazing feeling of freedom!
School is starting, and that means paperwork is starting to come home each evening with the backpacks and lunchboxes. Homework, notices, forms… yikes! School papers can be categorized into four basic types: Action, Archive, Artwork and my favorite, Ambiguous. Here’s how to make the grade managing these before the stacks build up.
Got a new gadget over the holidays? Maybe it’s a beautiful new iPod, phone, or camera… and maybe the boxes, instructions and accessories are all over your desk and counter tops! The second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day, so let’s clear this gadget debris. No more empty boxes, drawers and bins full of old cords and cables, and no more files full of obsolete manuals. Here’s my seven-step checklist for making sure your gadget has the best possible life.
You've got the shopping done and the kids have started school, but NOW what do you do? Sometimes that first couple of weeks is the hardest part of all as everyone gets adjusted to new routines and situations. In part two of our back-to-school series, let’s go over your two best weapons—the “family binder” and “Sunday planning.”