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Housekeeping

Posted by Schevus on March 18, 2009

My apologies for the delayed posting. Life has been hectic as of late – my wife and I just bought a house! I hope to be back to normal posting soon. Here are some miscellaneous tidbits:

– Time is running out to support education with a comment. I must say, I have been pretty disappointed to have zero participants thus far. Take a moment a leave a comment for a good cause!

– I have volunteered to create a website for Tri-BALL-Athon 2009. If anyone is good with graphic design and would be interested in helping out please let me know! It seems like we are always in need of graphic design help and our current resources are overtaxed and unreliable. Anyone with working knowledge of PHP is also welcome to assist.

– We will be serving a lasagna dinner at Shalom House this Saturday as part of our service commitment for the Shalom Outreach Society. If anyone is interested in seeing the shelter or helping out with dinner, leave a comment and I can get you more information.

– I know it is late notice (sorry I just found out today), but there is a job fair currently underway that runs until 2:00 PM today at the St. Ann Community Center. You can find more detailed information here.

I hope all is well with everyone!

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Are You Impacted?

Posted by Schevus on February 25, 2009

I will be honest – I have not been personally impacted by the current economic situation. I have a good job, my wife and I were just pre-approved for a nice sized mortgage loan, we have paid off nearly all of our debt, and we have accumulated some serious savings. I do not say this to boast, merely to share that I really have not been affected.

This lack of impact extends to those around me as well. I only know one person who has been laid off that might have been a result of the economy (granted many of the people I know are in the military). The charities I work with have of course been affected, but even Shalom House recently got a significant grant and is looking at expanding its programs.

So, are you impacted? Have you lost your job? Are you losing or have you lost your home? If you have been impacted, what steps were you forced to take to survive? I would like to hear your story to get a better grasp of the personal side of the recession. Also, as always, if you are in need of services and are having trouble finding them yourself please leave a comment and I will gladly help you.

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Lend A Hand

Posted by Schevus on January 28, 2009

I was awoken early today by a frantic call from my sister-in-law. She was coming home from work and her little Dodge Neon was stuck in the snow trying to get into our back alley. I live in southern Illinois and we currently have about 8″+ of snow. We don’t get much snow normally, so 8″ in two days is a lot. On top of that the city does not plow or treat the side streets or alleys, so it is literally like off-roading to navigate them.

So, I donned my warmest winter garb and trudged down the alley to help dislodge her. The main issue was that she could not make it into our alley to park and the side of the street out front was packed with plowed snow. When I made it to her car another guy had stopped and he helped me push her car to turn her around. I was very grateful to have the help. As my sister-in-law made her way back up to the front street I waited to make sure my helper could get his own car out to the main street without assistance.

When I got out front she had tried to force her way into the plowed snow and was stuck again. I managed to push her out of that and we cleared enough snow to be able to get her parked. As this massive winter storm rolls across the country I just want to issue a reminder to look out for those around you. If someone is stuck and needs help, consider helping them. I am sure they will be very grateful, and you could save them the exorbitant cost of a tow truck coming out. Thank you anonymous stranger!

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Small Green Changes

Posted by Schevus on January 13, 2009

I am far from being a “green” fanatic or anything like that. I do not have grass growing on my roof and I do not limit my showers to a minute and half. That said, I have recently made some small changes to try to limit my negative impact on the world itself.

My changes happened when I resolved to use only one paper towel to dry my hands at work instead of two. We have automatic dispensers, so it does not give you a very large sheet, but if you are conscious about how you dry your hands one will do the job. I would say 90% of the people I see use two. This is most certainly a small change, but the paper saved is adding up daily.

This got me thinking about the economic repercussions of using fewer paper towels. If I use less, that is less that my company / the custodial company has to buy which saves them money. However, that means that the company that produces / sells the paper towels is losing money. If everyone dropped from two towels to one, that would be a significant economic impact on that company. I have no real point here, just thought it was interesting to trace the impact of even small actions.

Apart from my musings, I have also started sorting cans and plastic bottles to be recycled. I have a bag of each collected so far and need to make the trip to drop them off. I drink a fair bit of soda, and also a lot of bottled water (sorry greenies, I prefer the taste – at least I am recycling now?), so this is a moderate change I would say. I am thinking about also sorting glass. Maybe I will do that when we are in our new house.

Finally, I have made the switch to compact florescent light bulbs (not completely, but I have taken the plunge). I have thought about this for some time, but I really do not like the light that they put out. I am suffering through with less light rather than adding more or brighter bulbs for now.

Will these changes make a huge impact on a large scale? No, but hopefully they are adding to the larger pool. Have you made any green changes?

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Spreading the Community

Posted by Schevus on December 9, 2008

I have been browsing the charity tags for about a week now and have found a couple blogs of note. The first is not a wordpress blog, but is definitely worth your time nonetheless. The blog is called CheapCharity and can also be found on my blogroll.

The other is a brand new blog I found today, written by someone who appears to have very similar goals to mine. Please stop over and offer her some encouragement to help get her blog off the ground. The blog is called Good Little Chick.

Please share any good charity focused blogs you know of!

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Helping St. Louis

Posted by Schevus on November 25, 2008

Hello! This blog will serve as my sounding board and shameless advertising medium for various charitable and simple goodwill endeavors in and around the city of St. Louis. I have been very invested in building my community for several years now and I find it incredibly rewarding. With the election of Barack Obama, and his repeated call for increased public service – coupled with the energy that young people have had for his campaign and his ideas – I am hopeful that much more good can and will be done in the years to come. I hope to join and help that movement with this blog and my continued efforts to make the country and the world a better place.

This blog will be focused around St. Louis (and the surrounding area – I’m from the Metro East), but there will be plenty of content for those of you not in the area. As well as local matters, I will also discuss regional, national, and global efforts and organizations.

My recent volunteer endeavors have focused on homeless outreach. I actively support a shelter for homeless women with chemical dependence and mental health issues. In addition to that, however, I also will be assisting with the set-up of a new charter school, as well as being involved with Rebuilding Together, various food and clothing drives, Meals-On-Wheels, animal shelters, and other charitable areas.

I think it is especially important for young people to be involved in their community, because as an age group we are historically more apathetic. If we can tap into the almost limitless resource of ideas and energy that the young population possesses, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

I look forward to our conversation and dialog!

Note: I am an incredibly busy person, and I will desperately try to keep this blog updated regularly. If you happen to like what you see, but would like more content, or would like it more often, feel free to drop me a note. Prodding always helps!

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