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I think this guy is an inspiration. He came to America with nothing and is now computer programming and wanting to start his own company. One of the things he wants to do is buy his parents a house. It kinda gets me thinking, you know I have had wonderful parents as well. I had advantages that this guy didn't have. So, it makes me think what are ways I could give back? What are ways I can give back to my parents that gave me the advantages I enjoy? I mean, I didn't come from a rich family, but rather a Middle Class family. Still, my parents were very good parents and gave me advantages that other kids didn't have when I was growing up or that some kids don't enjoy today. What are some ways I can give back to the disadvantaged of society? Here is the video:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/29/smallbus......pt=hp_t4
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Oh, so many ways GM. My preferred ways are not likely to be the same as yours. What about giving time to a vets group that helps folks with PTSD?
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Oh, so many ways GM. My preferred ways are not likely to be the same as yours. What about giving time to a vets group that helps folks with PTSD?


Thanks for the suggestion. It's a great idea. One thing I will do to give back. I got a solicitation in the mail from my local food bank. I did some research on them and about 91% of the money given goes to purchasing food for the needy. I asked them over the phone how they are able to keep their overhead costs so low. They told me because they rely on a lot of volunteers. So the volunteers help to keep overhead costs low for these charitable organizations and enables the money given to them to go more to those in need of help. Given this is the case, I have decided to give to my local food bank as I feel this would be giving back wisely to the less fortunate.
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That sounds great. We've had lots of city cutbacks here in NYC in funding those kinds of groups, but those food banks do such necessary important work.
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You could also go be one of those volunteers.
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You could also go be one of those volunteers.


That's a good idea. I also have to make sure I balance time between family and my business as well. Business takes up more time than some people might think. Been spending a lot of time following up on leads, practicing and doing some rehearsing in front of the video camera as well as formal company meetings and such taking meeting minutes and sending out contracts as well as hiring my first magician that I independently contracted out for a gig.

So, I might have to pick and choose. I always felt my pyschologist at the VA did an excellent job and that the treatment I got for PTSD was very good. However, I like to help out fellow vets as well. But then, I would like to volunteer at the food shelf.

I could see about helping out with some local PTSD/veterans groups and donate money to the local food shelf or I could work the local food shelf as well as donate money. I don't think I have enough time to volunteer for both a PTSD group or helping out at a local food shelf. But I think it's important to make time to give up some of my time for either one. Just have to keep a good balance of my time for the various responsibilities I have.

Time management is important. I performed free of charge for an event to benefit an Iraq and Korean War veteran one time. So I have been trying to get out there a little and give back. But I like to get out there in the community and volunteer some of my time and I think doing some volunteer work is good for anybody. But I still have to keep enough time for my other responsibilities as well.

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That sounds great. We've had lots of city cutbacks here in NYC in funding those kinds of groups, but those food banks do such necessary important work.


I am not sure what kind of funding the local food banks get here in my local area if any. I know they take donations, but I am not sure if the county or local or city governments fund such programs. I guess in your city, donations become even more important given the city funding cutbacks for such programs. I know NYC is a very expensive city and I imagine it can be tough for the less fortunate up there, especially during the winter time.
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Our local supermarkets partner with various food donation groups and you can help right in the supermarket by donating money or purchasing a ten dollar box of staples for a local family. It's a great program.
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There are many venues for our services; veterans homes, hospitals, senior citizen living centers, adult day care, child protection organizations, supporting various medical fund raising events, community events, etc. All graciously accept volunteer performances. You already have the knowledge and the props, it only requires the actual time to perform, from an hour to several and as frequently or infrequently as your schedule allows. Although it should not be the primary motivation, it does lead to other opportunities for compensation.

Here is one of my favorites, Family Fun Day, I do twice a year. http://www.liliguanausa.org/
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Our local supermarkets partner with various food donation groups and you can help right in the supermarket by donating money or purchasing a ten dollar box of staples for a local family. It's a great program.


I followed your advice and just brought a ten dollars worth of staples to a local family. But they didn't have a staple gun! Smile

(Seriously, though, it's a great idea and I frequently donate food in the boxes set up at our local Fred Meyer supermarket.)
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My wife and I just made a one time donation to our local food bank. It felt great to give something back to the community. We all fall on hard times from time to time, so it's nice to be able to lend a helping hand to others when you can.
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