Thank you to those who were kind enough to contribute to our On-Line Food Drive to benefit the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, here in Tampa.
Through your generosity we were able to donate close to 200 food items ranging from ten large bags of spaghetti to sixty cans of tuna, and over forty cans of mixed vegetables.
At Always Best Care we’re delighted, again, to be a part of the solution by supporting this easy-to-use, on-line food drive from, http://www.YouGiveGoods.com, to help our devoted volunteers at the local St. Vincent de Paul conference at St Paul Catholic Church in Tampa, FL.
Please consider helping us reach our goal with your thoughtful, and greatly appreciated, food donation at https://www.yougivegoods.com/abc-tampa-2017.
Items start at just $4.99 and range up to $25.
Every little bit helps put food on the tables of those in need.
While we may be heading into cooler weather and the beginning of the Holidays, it is also time for an increase in deceptive “charity” scams.
Be prepared, be aware!
From : http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services/Consumer-E-Newsletter
“Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in need and use it to line their own pockets. Scam artists often play on donors’ sympathy and take advantage of their generosity.
Here are a few tips for choosing a worthy charity and giving wisely.
- Ask questions, such as:
- “Who is the fundraiser and who will benefit from the donation?”;
- “How much of the contribution goes to the charity mentioned in the request”; and
- “How much of the donation goes toward administrative and fundraising expenses?”
- Check if the charitable organization is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting FloridaConsumerHelp.com.
- Never give cash. Contribute by check and make it out to the organization.
- If you decide to donate online, look for indicators that the website is secure, such as a web address that begins with “https:” (the “s” stands for secure).
- Be aware that many telephone appeals for funds are made by paid solicitors, not volunteers. The solicitors often work for a for-profit firm hired by the charitable organization. Telemarketing is expensive and may entail substantial fundraising costs.
- Some organizations have 900 phone numbers. When you call the number, the cost of the call is automatically billed to your phone. Before dialing, make sure you wish to donate the price of the call to that cause.
- Always obtain and save a printed copy of your donation or a receipt showing the amount of the contribution.
- Not all organizations soliciting in the name of benevolence are true charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. If this is important to you, ask about the organization’s federal and state eligibility for receiving tax-deductible donations. Typically, such donations fall under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
To file a complaint about a charity, use the FDACS on-line form or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).”
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The need to support workers who provide unpaid care for a family member is a growing reality for employers (large and small). As the population grows older and life expectancies increase, the need will grow significantly for the next ten to twenty years.
As many as one in six full-time or part-time employees care for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a fairly recent Gallop poll.
The role of family caregivers involves everything from arranging or coordinating, services/support, to navigating the complex health care system, to performing actual care in the home — all while balancing workplace demands and responsibilities.
Employers can help families save time and reduce stress – while improving workplace productivity, employee morale and loyalty – by connecting their employees with elder care resources through access to knowledgeable specialists and appropriate providers for family care services.
Call today to arrange a free, workplace educational presentation on senior care services and resources in Tampa Bay. Or, simply fill in and submit the form below. We will get back to you quickly to see how we can help.
One of the best ways we can honor our country’s forefathers this Presidents’ Day, is to be available on Monday to help with your senior loved one’s housing needs.
As with the men who founded our great country, we should always honor and salute those that founded our families, and gave so much to attend to our upbringing.
As always, we will be available Monday to help answer your senior housing questions.
In addition to our services, our local, Tampa/St. Pete-area network of trusted, associated professionals can assist with elder law issues (wills, advanced directives and power of attorney), coordination of veterans benefits, financial planning, down-sizing and moving – to name a few.
Give us a call, or drop us a line. We will be happy to help.
God Bless America, and our seniors, too!