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  • Welcome to our Bettering Communities page. Enjoy tips and ideas for being a better neighbor, getting involved in a local service project, and doing random acts of kindness. This list highlights our most popular posts, or scroll down for the most recent tips and ideas.

Family Service Projects That Involve Kids

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Finding family service projects that allow children of all ages to participate can be difficult. Yet, getting kids involved in charitable activities at a young age is a critical component in raising giving children.

In a previous post, we identified 10 ways to pay it forward as a family. Examples

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Big Heart Dance Beats for Childhood Cancer

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A mother’s heart is as expansive as the universe. We look at our babies and the world explodes with wonder and expectations. We never expect that one of our children will be diagnosed with cancer. When that happens, our world implodes. Even the most independent among us find that …

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Pets: 5 Ways to Donate to Animal Shelters

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Muddy feet, slobbery kisses, squeaky toys, unconditional love … you might think that I’m talking about kids and everything that they add to life. What if I told you that before I had a child, my life was filled with all of these wonderful things? How? Thanks to our furbabies,…

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Climate Kids for Haiyan Relief

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Our kids are growing up in a world where climate change is having harmful, and too often devastating, impacts on communities here at home and around the world. Just days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy… striking the Eastern Seaboard, Super Typhoon Haiyan—the largest typhoon to ever make landfall 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Being More Aware of Breast Cancer

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You may or may not know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While it may seem that every month touts its own cause, October’s cause is indeed poignant and very, very relevant. Breast cancer is still a mean killer, and a prevalent one: one in eight women will be…

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No Kid Hungry: Help End Child Hunger

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For the month of September, many organizations are coming together to focus on raising awareness for child hunger, including “No Kid Hungry” and “Feeding America.” Mom It Forward is excited about having the opportunity to share some of the ways each of us can make a difference.





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Community Service: 7 Tips to Giving Back as a Family

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Families that serve together, stay together. Strong families recognize the need to give back to the community that so readily gives to them through community service.

The Benefits of Performing Community Service as a Family
Community Service… provides endless benefits for all involved.
When families perform community service together,

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Service: 10 Ways to Pay It Forward as a Family

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Most parents have a desire to instill in their child a sense of nurturing, empathy, and care for others. We want to teach our kids to “pay it forward” and love one another. Volunteering …of our time, money, or abilities is a great way to teach our children these traits.

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Volunteerism: Growing Up With the President of the Rotary Club

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How do you incorporate volunteerism and service into your role as a parent? What are you doing to raise the next generation of charitable citizens?
I’ve written posts about raising giving children and ways to be a good neighbor… and we ran a series for more than a year called

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Anti-Bullying Ideas to Make Our Schools Safe

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As the mother of a bullied child, bullying is something I take very seriously. I’m glad that bullying is getting a lot of attention in the news lately. Anti-bullying ideas are greatly needed. It affects a lot of kids, either as participants or observers, and I think a few

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