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6 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

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  With the economy being what it is, people are more conscious about their expenses. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on things that are not essential. There are simple ways to save money at home, which can cut down your bills significantly. Use energy-efficient appliances If possible, buy energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dryers that have lower water and energy consumption levels. These will help save energy and thus money over time because they consume less electricity than their non-efficient counterparts do. Consider replacing your old refrigerator with an energy-efficient refrigerator. You may not be aware of the fact that your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of power in your home. An inefficient refrigerator can use up to 300 kWh per year, which is more than 10% of the total household energy bill. So, it is important to get an efficient one that uses less electricity and saves you money on your electricity bill. Use en

Debunking Four Common Community Organizing Myths

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If several people live in close proximity to each other, they more than likely share many of the same community interests. Often, they will come together to change issues important to them. Unfortunately, organized communities get confused with other groups, and there are several myths that need to be dispelled. Myth #1: Community Organizing is Activism Both community organization and activism are responsible for many social changes in history. However, the two deviate when you look at their general focus. Community organization often has a specific purpose in mind for starting a domino effect of changes. While members of the organized community can be classified as activists, they receive the empowerment that builds within the community, allowing members to stand up and take charge. Activists, while concerned with many of the same issues as an organized community, don't provide the individual empowerment that comes from within an organized community. 

5 Most Popular Charity Merchandise Campaigns

The main purpose of most charities is to raise awareness about a particular issue. Unfortunately, simply raising awareness isn't always enough. Everyone can be aware of the problem, but the problem still exists. In response, many charities look to solve the problem they specialize in. That or at least make a sizable impact. This is much easier said than done. To create a serious impact takes serious resources. Serious resources are contingent on serious supplies of cash and capital. Charitable trusts  soon realized the best way to accomplish this goal: Merchandise. Everyone loves stuff and they love buying it-- especially if they know they're helping people with a cause. In this spirit of tenacity and ingenuity, here are five of the most popular charity merchandise campaigns. Save the Tatas- Breast Cancer Breast Cancer is a serious issue for women. Annually, it's a disease that manages to kill thousands if not millions per year. In an effort to combat this, the candidly

Community Practice: A Modern Branch of Social Work

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The task of helping people within a specified group or demographic area to liberate themselves and to hold their own in a demanding society is best approached from a community level. Social work is a long standing profession which has been mainly aimed at empowering the weaker and more vulnerable members of our society. We live in a capitalist economy where opportunities are not evenly divided and people must compete to succeed. The society itself usually creates the very community problems that social work seeks to address. Macro Practice Effecting the desired change within a community requires several modes of guided interventions. These interventions fall under a new branch in the field of social work - Macro Practice. This practice deals specifically with the larger social systems interventions which are essentially a mix of several areas of the social sciences, and are meant to bring about a positive impact on society. These include economic development, urban planning, pu