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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.

Going Green: Easy Ways to Recycle Household Items

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Going green begins with three easy steps: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We've talked about ways in which we can reduce and reuse everyday items, so today we will explore the wonderful world of recycling. Recycling used to be complicated and time consuming, but those days are over. In 2012,…

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Thanksgiving Neighbor Gifts: Pastries Are a Delicious Way to Show Gratitude

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Thanksgiving—I have been busy on Pinterest lately, pinning all my favorite holiday desserts and neighbor gift ideas to a board I created called "Holiday Yummies." I have found cute hot chocolate stirring spoons, creative cookies, fun fudge, and more. As I was looking through my board, I…

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Raising Giving Children: How to Teach Kids the Benefits of Giving

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Giving can be defined in many ways. For me, giving can be defined in words, actions, and through memories. When I think about what giving means to me, I think about my mom. When I was younger, it used to drive me crazy when my mom would volunteer to sew…

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FALLunteering! Family Fun Service Ideas

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‘Fall’ into fun family service! Make time for giving back this Autumn—attack your friends and neighbors with random acts of kindness, plan fall family service projects, and remember to insert lots of FUN! 7 Family Volunteering Ideas Try one of these seven different ‘Fallunteering’ ideas!

  1. Baking Up Boo

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Child Safety: Traffic Safety Tips for the Fall

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The end of summer always makes me feel like a kid again—excited about going back to school and catching up with friends. Mostly, I remember back-to-school season as an exciting time to be a kid. It’s also an ideal time for parents to review safety guidelines to keep their children…

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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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