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How to Support Local Businesses

Small Business Week was first introduced by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Since then, every single president has given their signature recognizing the decree. Communities depend on their local businesses to thrive and build their reputations, and in turn, grow their economies. Because of this, choosing family-owned restaurants, small clothing stores, and independent workers of all kinds is key in not only helping your community, but supporting those driven enough to do what they love and give back.

Buy from local grocers

Having to buy groceries every week can be tedious and time consuming for many people, so why not support the local farmers and grocers who provide these goods directly? By putting your money towards these hardworking business owners, you are effectively putting that money back into the community. As an added bonus, the foods you purchase at local grocers may be surprisingly more delicious than you’d expect.

Dine locally

If you’re looking to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out on the town, consider your community’s family-owned restaurants rather than large chains. The quality of the food tends to be much better, the atmosphere is more accommodating, and the service is greatly improved due to a higher level of appreciation for patronage. Local restaurants depend almost solely on members of their community to stay afloat. Though tourists may come and go, the business of those who do not actually live within a reasonable distance cannot be relied upon for smaller restaurants. Do your part within your community and grab a bite at local restaurants.

Spread the word

There is perhaps no better way to support your local businesses than by telling anyone and everyone about them. Now with the powers of social media, this strategy has been made easier than ever. Visit the Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, and much more of any business that has such, and share it with your friends. The internet allows the possibility for these businesses’ names to reach far and wide, leading to a potential increase in traffic, or even sales.

Another, more important way of spreading the word is passing on the values of supporting local businesses to younger generations. This can continue to the success of your community’s small businesses, as well as spark a potential entrepreneur to start a small business of their own.

Local businesses should be greatly appreciated by those within their communities as means of keeping them thriving, relevant, and unique. For people who wish to contribute, this year’s Small Business Week begins April 30th, and lasts until May 6th.

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The Best Non-Profits for Poverty

Poverty alleviation is among the most popular causes in charity today. As of 2015, 43.1 million people were in poverty, 24.4 million of which were between the ages of 18 and 64. Even worse, an astounding 14.5 million members of that grim statistic were children under the age of 18. Now in the year 2017, poverty is still a serious issue. However, there are an enormous number of organizations doing their part to end it altogether. Below are just a few non-profits that have made an impact not in just in the United States, but around the world as well.

Mercy Corps

This organization strives to alleviate poverty, suffering, and oppression in countries around the world by helping people build communities rather than simply handing them food or clothing. Mercy Corps does their part amid natural disasters, extreme poverty, and communities that may suffer from instability in order to motivate those who have the capability of overcoming these hardships. Working in more than 35 countries, Mercy Corps has raised $1.5 billion for 106 nations since 1979.

Feeding America

As the United States’ largest hunger-relief charity, Feeding America is responsible for providing food for more than 25 million Americans every year. They have over 200 food banks serving all 50 states, in addition to providing both the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


Taking a different approach to charity, Kiva attempts to connect people through lending in order to end poverty in areas affected. This is the first person-to-person microlending site, and as such, have paved the way for innovation in philanthropy by empowering people to donate directly to individual entrepreneurs in developing countries.

The Hunger Project

Committed to ending world hunger, The Hunger Project is based in Africa, Asia, and Latin America where programs are taught (primarily to women) on how to empower yourself as well as others. The ultimate goal is to establish self-reliance. People who are able to meet their own basic needs, teach their children how to do the same, and improve upon this foundation are much more likely to end poverty in their country of origin than large sums of food being sent over from other nations.

Meals on Wheels Association of America

One of the more popular food-based non-profits in the United States, the Meals on Wheels Association of America is dedicated to serving senior citizens and people with disabilities who may be unable to obtain food themselves, while also building relationships between their clients and volunteers. With each meal costing roughly $6, the organization relies heavily on donations.

With that said, to do your part in any of these great non-profits fighting poverty, visit the links below, and give what you can.

Mercy Corps

Feeding America


The Hunger Project

Meals on Wheels

The Importance of Art in Education


With the progression of education throughout the years, more and more schools have been cutting fine arts programs due to shrinking budgets, state mandates increasing classrooms’ curriculums, and the notion that arts are not beneficial in learning. However, it has been proven time and time again that children who are exposed to music, art, drama, and other fine arts are often more adept in reading, writing, and math.

A 2002 study on the subject conducted by the Arts Education Partnership concluded that students are more motivated in class when taking fine arts courses in addition to their standard curriculum. By taking away these classes, especially in elementary schools, we are limiting the development of children’s motor skills, decision making, creativity, and cultural awareness.

The hands-on aspect of many different fine arts subjects contribute to the proper development of fine motor skills in children. Coloring with crayons, using scissors, or using paintbrushes for example, are imperative in establishing the finesse children will eventually need for writing. According to a report by Americans for the Arts, education children in art enhances their critical thinking skills, and their problem solving skills as well. These are vital in the future successes of a child as he or she advances through the ups and downs of life.

In terms of cultural awareness, art education can greatly improve a child’s perspective on certain subjects, and allow them to be more accepting of differences in culture. This can create the foundation for bonding with other people and becoming socially aware. For example, if a child is taught the history of African music and how influential it was in shaping modern genres, they will fully appreciate the importance of that culture, and associate it with positivity.

The knowledge that fine arts contribute to a student’s advancement in an array of courses is well known throughout the country. 47 states have art education mandates, and 40 currently have art requirements in order to graduate high school. Despite this, funding and participation in these classes have experienced setbacks. Between the years of 2000 and 2004, California saw a 46% drop in the attendance in music courses, while the state’s total school enrollment grew 6%. Meanwhile, the number of music teachers in California declined by 26.7%.

Though these statistics make the future of art education appear bleak, a revival in fine arts within schools is underway. In a survey conducted in 2009, it was found that access to to art education opportunities had not changed much in the past decade. Many schools within the past few years have made great strides in not only revitalizing fine arts, but focusing entire schools around them in order to prevent the lapse of funding that was endured not long ago.

Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is a strong advocate in the providing of art education to all students. Through hard work done by Horne, progress is being made in pushing for higher standards for art education. He stated “When you think about the purposes of education, there are three: We’re preparing kids for jobs, for them to be citizens, and we’re teaching them to be human beings who can enjoy the deeper forms of beauty. The third is as important as the other two.”

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