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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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Helping People, Changing Lives

April 6th, 2018
CAP

Baltimore City Community Action Partnership (CAP) has been helping people, changing lives and strengthening communities since 1964.

Baltimore City Community Action Partnership (CAP) has been helping people, changing lives and strengthening communities since 1964. Our mission is to reduce poverty by offering opportunities to help low-income households become self-sufficient. CAP focuses on resolving the immediate needs of a household and identifying goals for long-term success; many needs and goals are addressed through financial empowerment, housing and energy, food and nutrition and case management.

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Can Volunteering Actually Help Your Career Prospects?

April 6th, 2018
Volunteering

Volunteering isn’t just a great way to improve your community. It can also help build up your resume.

People often think of volunteering as a wholly selfless pursuit, trying to benefit the community around you as a means of pursuing good deeds. While the humanitarian reasons behind volunteering are certainly just as important as any other cause, it’s not the only motivator for getting involved in volunteer work. Volunteering can actually be a huge addition to your resume and help your career prospects in a few other ways. If you were looking for even more motivation to get started with volunteering, consider what it could do for your professional life.

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How Can You Become More Involved With Your Community?

March 30th, 2018
Community

Trying to be more involved with your local community? There are a few steps you can take.

Being an active proponent of your community can go a long way in making you feel better about where you live. Learning to work alongside your neighbors towards a common goal—or just doing the small, day-to-day things that contribute as well—makes your area much more enjoyable to be a part of. If you’ve moved to a new neighborhood or are just trying to come up with ways to approach your old community, it can be difficult to find a good starting point.  

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What Does Spring Cleaning Mean For Your Community?

March 23rd, 2018
Community

Spring cleaning is a fantastic time to freshen up your home and give back to your community.

While the weather we’ve been having lately may lead you to believe otherwise, spring is finally here! We tend to think of spring as a time for rejuvenation and freshness, which comes as no surprise considering how often we associate spring with the concept of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a fantastic way to take stock of what you have in your home and clean out everything that has become unnecessary, but it’s also a great time to give back to your community and redistribute the resources you have but don’t really need.

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How Can You Reduce Food Waste?

March 16th, 2018
Food Waste

Reducing food waste is a great goal to work towards as it saves you money and is better for the world.

One of the largest problems facing hunger issues in America isn’t that we don’t necessarily have enough food for everyone, it’s that distributing it becomes difficult—especially when so much of our food ends up in the trash. It never feels good knowing that you’re throwing out perfectly good food that other, less fortunate people, would love to have. Reducing your personal food waste is a simple, easy step to take in making food more available to those who really need it.

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What Are the Best Items to Donate to a Food Pantry?

March 9th, 2018
Donate

Looking to clear out your pantry? Some of your items might be ideal to donate to those who need it!

Plenty of Americans depend on their local social services to get through their day-to-day. Between economic instability and stretched resources, some people just need the help. Others are fortunate enough to have the ability to help the members of their community. A common way of doing this is to donate food to a food pantry, but it isn’t always clear what kind of items are good to donate. If you’re interested in donating to a local food pantry, you’re already off to a commendable start, but let’s look at some of the best items to donate.

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What Amazon’s Decision Says About Baltimore City

March 2nd, 2018
Baltimore City

In the wake of a lot of negative PR, it can be easy to get swept up in feeling negatively about Baltimore City.

When Amazon announced their decision to start a second headquarters, every major metropolitan area wanted to get on board. The opportunity offers the potential for huge economic growth thanks to the size and growing power of Amazon—and even Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore, was being considered. That dream came to a screaming halt when the next round of candidates was announced and Baltimore was no longer included. This has left a lot of us wondering about the state of Baltimore city and, as it turns out, this has been a fantastic opportunity for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the city.   Read the rest of this entry »

What Should You Ask During Parent-Teacher Conferences?

February 23rd, 2018
Parents

Parents have to be active participants in their children’s education and that includes attending parent-teacher conferences.

As we’re getting back into the full swing of school and most kids are really getting into their second semester, it’s time to start thinking about academic performance. You may have already set up meetings with your child’s educators, or are thinking about doing so, or the school might have a conference system in place—no matter what the case is, you want to arm yourself with the right questions. Parents are an essential part of their child’s academic success so it’s imperative that you enter the conversation prepared.

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4 Tips for Starting Volunteer Work

February 16th, 2018
Volunteer

Interested in doing some volunteer work? Great! Here are some tips from us to you.

If you’ve decided to make regular volunteer work an essential part of your 2018 schedule, that’s a great first step. The aid you give to your community will benefit you, individuals who need it, and the entirety of your locality. The problem is, sometimes volunteers get overwhelmed by the whole process and begin to lose interest as a result—there are so many organizations to choose from and it can all be a lot for a newcomer.

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