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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.

Community: Get Out There and Play

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The yellow bus chugged away a half an hour ago, and yet, I hear nothing outside. No laughter, no games of chase, no bike riders wiping out … nothing. It’s quiet, and honestly, that quiet bothers me.
I know most people like to hear wind rustling through leaves …

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Community Programs: Soccer Shots Builds Character

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Exercise plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining optimal physical health. Next to diet, it is one of the most important habits to teach our children.

That is why I was such a fan of having my daughter start in a soccer program, but felt she was

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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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Neighbor Gifts: Chocolate Peppermint Candy Bars

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Looking for an easy homemade and yummy Christmas neighbor gift this holiday season? Look no further than your nearest craft or grocery store for chocolate and candy molds, buy some candy melts and peppermint pieces, and get ready to wow your friends and family.






I found a cute candy

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Family Friendly Service Project

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I have four kids and their ages very from elementary school age to a senior in high school. With kids of all ages you might think it is difficult to find a service project that we can all participate in and enjoy equally. But in reality, finding a family friendly…

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Global Change: Start Small to Make a Difference

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The thought of impacting global change is overwhelming when you think of the harsh reality of what is going on in the world today both at home and abroad.





Recently, I discovered I needed reading glasses. What does this have to do with impacting global change, you might be asking

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Saving Money and Creating Jobs This Summer #DonateStuffCreateJobs

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Did someone say summer? What an exciting time of year! When you think of summer time, what are some of the first things that come to mind? There are so many fun things you can do with kids during the summer…! Playing, creating and exploring can get expensive. So

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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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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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