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3 Ways to Strengthen Your Community This Summer

June 15th, 2018
Community

Looking for ways to bolster your community this summer? Try out these easy tips.

Summer offers beautiful weather that makes for the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with your neighbors and really get a feel for your community. Many of us are busy filling our schedules up with plans and trips, but shifting the focus a bit to be inclusive of your community is a fantastic way to make your neighborhood a better place. The good news is that it’s shockingly easy to begin many of these initiatives. With a bit of creativity, some willing neighbors, and this amazing weather we’ve been having, there are many ways you can strengthen your community this summer.

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5 Reasons Shopping Locally Benefits You

June 8th, 2018
Shopping Locally

Shopping locally doesn’t just benefit your community, it has plenty to offer you as well.

Many people are turning to local shopping in order to boost their community’s economy, but that doesn’t go into some of the nuances of how important supporting local businesses is. Generally speaking, more money is kept within a community if you shop local rather than going somewhere else, but there are a ton of other big benefits to shopping local as well. Today, we want to look at why you may want to consider shopping locally and supporting businesses in your community.

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What You Can Do About Maryland’s Flooding

June 1st, 2018
Flooding

Interested in helping out after the recent flooding? There are a few things you can do.

These past few weeks we’ve seen many dangerous storms that have had drastic impacts on Maryland. Ellicott City, for example, saw its Old Town area completely flooded, resulting in many businesses being destroyed. Big storms like the ones we’ve been seeing can wreak massive amounts of havoc on communities that often goes unseen. You may see a few downed trees and think that’s the extent of it, but there are entire communities out there whose lives are drastically altered by a storm passing through and flooding areas.

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How Can You Help the Homeless This Spring and Summer?

May 25th, 2018
Homeless

This spring and summer, there’s plenty you can do to help the homeless members of your community.

We’re just about at the tail end of spring, including rainstorms and all, and many are gearing up for the summer. Most of us are focused on our plans and are thinking about how we’ll spend the summer, so it’s easy to forget that many people don’t have the same luxuries. If you’re interested in helping the homeless this spring and summer, there are a few ways you can get out there and serve your community. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can help the homeless this year.

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How Baltimore’s Lead Poisoning Problem Impacts Poverty

May 17th, 2018
Poverty

Baltimore’s poverty problem is related to a number of issues. One that isn’t often talked about is lead poisoning.

In 2015, when protests broke out in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, a lot of questions were being asked in Baltimore. Questions regarding race relations, the use of force among police officers, and the kind of poverty that Baltimore has dealt with for decades. There’s no question that there are a myriad of factors that influence poverty—everything from education to infrastructure can have an impact. Still, one influencer that has always been felt in Baltimore is its history of lead poisoning and its distinct impact on poverty.

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3 Productive Ways Your Kids Can Spend Their Time This Summer

May 11th, 2018
MBK

It’s important to make sure kids are engaged and productive even during the summer!

As we come closer to the end of the academic year, parents are already beginning to think about how to keep their children busy this summer. It’s great that kids get a break from their academics and you can have some more quality time spent together, but it’s also important that kids stay busy during the couple of months they have off. Beyond just staying busy, parents strive for their children to grow, learn, and spend their time productively rather than just simply being entertained. If you’re at a loss for some productive activities to keep your kids busy this summer, here are a few suggestions.

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How Does Poverty Impact a Child’s Educational Development?

May 4th, 2018
Poverty

Growing up in poverty can having lasting impacts on a child’s educational development.

Sometimes it’s easier to think that all Americans have equal opportunity—that as long as you have that good ol’ fashioned grit, you can lift yourself up by the bootstraps and get where you want to be. That may be true on some level, but it’s also the case that some are born into a disadvantageous situation. For those who grow up in poverty, there are a number of ways it can impact their educational development that could have lasting impacts on their adult lives.

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Why Should You Support Local Businesses?

April 27th, 2018
Local Businesses

Engaging with local businesses can help fortify your overall community.

Many people are opting to move away from shopping primarily at large, big-box retailers and are moving to supporting local businesses. Everything from local grocers to artisans can offer you products that you may not have realized are even out there. For those of us in the greater Baltimore area, supporting local businesses is important—it’s an area that needs some particular care in helping boost the local sense of community. Local businesses can sometimes have higher upfront costs but there are a number of reasons to shop locally.

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What to Do When Applying for a Job Online

April 20th, 2018
Job

Online job hunting can be difficult if you don’t know how to properly follow up.

Thanks to job board sites popping up, it seems easier than ever to apply for a job online. It’s certainly more accessible for people but it can give the false impression that getting a job is easier, too. Applying to jobs online comes with just as many nuances as applying to a job in person does. While applying to as many jobs as possible online might seem like a good approach, it’s only as effective as your follow-up methods are. If you’re on the job hunt, let’s take a look at how you can make applying for jobs online easier for yourself.

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Easy Ways to Cut Down Your Monthly Utility Bills

April 13th, 2018
Utility Bills

Many families feel bogged down by high monthly utility bills. Do you want to find out how to lower your monthly costs?

For some homeowners and renters, having a high monthly utility bill can mean the difference between being able to buy the proper amount of groceries and barely skimping through the month with enough food on hand. If your family has struggled with high utility bills, you’re not alone. With just a few simple tips and tricks kept in mind, you can reduce your monthly utility bills and have some more money to support your family.

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