Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Elmer's Fabulous Virtual Bag-It-Forward

Back-to-School shopping was always a favorite of mine growing up.  But I wasn't thrilled with the clothing part of the shopping.  For me, it was the paper, the notebooks, the Trapper Keeper, the pens, the pencils and the folders. 

I spent a few years on the low end of the income spectrum and know how hard it can be to buy all the materials for the new school year.  With programs like Adopt-A-Classroom, those of us with a little extra money can help out our schools and our youth by donating.  What makes it even better is when a company like Elmer's makes it easy for those of us without the extra money to do something!  I'm handing a virtual bag of school supplies to Christine G. because I'm certain she'll Bag-It-Forward

Thanks, Stacy, for bringing this program to my attention so that I could Bag-It-Forward!

Elmer’s will donate up to $10,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom with your participation. Join now!

The Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward is charity blog meme, bloggers are able to raise $10 per blog post for Adopt-A-Classroom by writing a blog post or Facebook note and donating a virtual bag of school supplies . Elmer’s will donate $10 per each post written for Adopt-A-Classroom, up to $10,000.


-Copy and paste these rules into your blog post or Facebook note.

-Create a post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.

-Link back to the person who gave you a bag of school supplies.

-Let each person you are giving a virtual bag of school supplies know you have given them a bag.

-Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.

Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by September 10,2010).

Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Job Woes

In 2004, the company I worked for went out of business.  I collected one unemployment check.  I forgot to call in for the next check because I was too busy...working on opening my own business, utilizing the hole my former employer left behind.

I know that I am blessed.  I have an amazing life partner who was there, helping and supporting me every step of the way.  He also happens to be the one person I know I can count on in my day-to-day business life. 

In 2006, I sold the two stores I opened after becoming unemployed so that I could open a similar business in the town I where I lived. Again, he was right there with me.  Today, we run a retail computer store that also performs computer service and our commute is merely across town.

In light of my own experience with unemployment, I was extremely intrigued by Mark Whitehouse's article "Some Firms Struggle to Hire Despite High Unemployment." 

As with most issues in this life, I sit on the fence and know that there are two halves to this coin.  On one hand, I applaud the statement, "extending jobless benefits to 99 weeks gives the unemployed less incentive to search out new work."  I compare this to a man I know who has, since unwillingly becoming unemployed in about 2005, willingly become unemployed twice!  He is the epitomy of this statement.  He is supported in his unemployment by his wife, his parents (whom they live with) and our government.  His excuse for quitting the last job?  They wanted him to relocate to their new location.  And unlike the "millions of homeowners (who) are unable to move for a job because of the real-estate collapse," his parents own the home he lives in and would continue to live there, I'm sure.  So aren't his parents enabling him to remain unemployed in the same way that our government is enabling so many to remain unemployed?!

On the other side of the coin, I know there are a lot of people that an unemployment extension will help because they really have been trying to get a job and haven't been able to find one.  I can't provide you with an example of this side of the coin because I don't know anyone, first hand, experiencing this.  I just know that it's not possible that everyone qualified for the unemployment extension would be abusing it.

Yes, really, I am thankful every day that I am employed.  I am the person you want to strangle after you've had a bad day at work that says, "at least you have a job."  I say that to myself everytime I'm having a crappy day at work.  Sometimes it pays to invent a job for ourselves then follow through.

What do you think about the unemployment benefits extension?
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