When you donate with us, your used goods are helping fund veterans programs through the VVA.
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Consider these details before choosing to support a charity:
Research: What is the charity’s purpose? Does its mission meet your areas of concern/interest? Keep in mind that it’s always best to choose a local organization where your efforts have the ability to make a significant impact.
Credibility: Do not hesitate to ask questions to better understand the organization’s profits and expenses. Be sure that the charity has a 501(c)(3) rating with the IRS. If not, it is not a non-profit organization.
Evaluation: Review the website closely and be sure to conduct a Better Business Bureau search to get an idea of the organization’s standing in the community. Look for complaints, lawsuits, or derogatory news articles.
Involvement: Don’t just join the cause, fight for the cause. Participate in the organization’s events, social media and educate others on what your charity has to offer.
Moving is generally a stressful event and sometimes the quickest, most convenient option is the most appealing, but it’s important to keep our planet in mind during a move. Here are some tips for an environmentally friendly move:
1. Stock up on boxes- grocery stores will usually give you their old boxes, but check with a store clerk first to ask if there’s a certain time you should stop by. Also, often times you can find free boxes on Craigslist
Fun fact: More than half of a one-ton pine tree is used during an average move! Check that fact and other cools things out here: Save Trees: Recycle Your Moving Boxes Infographic
2. Be picky about your stuffing- Rather than buying packing materials try using newspaper, bags or towels to wrap fragile items,
3. Keep transportation green- – Consider paying a moving company, or renting a U-Haul because taking fewer trips will cause less pollution. Also, moving companies will sometimes provide used boxes and that means you may not have to hunt for them after all.
4. Give the landfill a break- Take inventory of your belongings and figure out what you will take with you, then donate, or recycle what you no longer want or need.
Fun Fact: According to This Green Life each year we throw away an average of 68 pounds’ worth of clothes, per person!
1.Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what you will need for your trip. Create a list of essential items and cross the items off as they are packed away. Take note of last minute items that are the easiest to forget such as phone chargers and toothbrushes.
2. Review the TSA’s list of what is permitted and prohibited at www.tsa.gov/traveler-information
3. Keep all of your documents in a folder and on travel days make sure it’s easily accessible, on non-travel days keep the folder in a safe place.
4. Roll clothing instead of folding to allow more space and pack your heaviest items at the bottom of the suitcase, and fragile items towards the center.
5. Be sure to pack an extra bag so that you are able to separate dirty clothing.
6. Use your carry-on bag for important and valuable items such as medicine and expensive jewelry, you may also want to pack an extra outfit just in case your suitcase is lost are stolen. Additionally, it’s a good idea to pack a book, or something else to keep you entertained in case there are delays due to inclement weather.
7. Wear your bulkiest shoes and clothing while traveling.
8. Figure out a way to set your suitcase apart from the other black suitcases; you can tie ribbons onto the handle, add a sticker, or a sturdy ID tag that stands out.
9. Choose clothing and accessories that are versatile enough for multiple outfits – from casual to dress.
10. Clean before you leave. There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house after a long vacation.
11. Get to the airport early. Typically, airports recommend that passengers check their bags approximately 90 minutes before their scheduled departure. However, since airports can get incredibly busy around the holidays it’s best to give yourself an extra thirty minutes.