Category: Community Outreach

How to Help A Sick Neighbor

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Many people claim that neighborhoods aren’t quite what they used to be. There was a time when everybody knew the names, children, occupations, and birthdays of each neighbor. As time has gone on, the perspectives have changed, and instead of reaching out to neighbors, families instead tend to rely on each other to get through hard times.

However, just because families now are more self-sufficient, that doesn’t mean we can’t help one another. For those who want to lend a helping hand and bring back that old neighborhood feeling, one can easily do so by looking after one’s neighbor if they’re ever ill or injured. With a few simple gestures, you can improve your relations and bring back the kind of neighborly connection that once existed.



The first step is to ask your neighbors what they require help with. By and large, they’ll likely deny the offered help, but that doesn’t mean you should just leave them to their own devices. Nine times out of ten, it’s just their pride talking.

Instead of giving up, gently affirm that you wish to help them in a way that won’t hinder them or compromise their independence. Once they open up a bit, you can establish a plan of action. Whether they need to mail a package, mow the lawn, or do the dishes, you can base your actions on what they need most, but you won’t know what that is until you ask.



If the neighbor is the one who primarily does the cooking in the house, a great benefit that can be offered to them—and their family—providing a few meals. Whether it’s once a week, on the weekends, or even just an ordered pizza now and then, removing the need to cook at least one less meal allows the sick neighbor to relax and enjoy a delicious meal instead.

A lot of sickness and injuries can be made all the better by filling the body with nourishing food. By finding out just what ails them, one might be able to cook up a steaming stew or soup that could make them feel a lot better. Provided you account for dietary restrictions and allergies, making food for a neighbor can be a great way to show how much you care.


Take The Kids Out

If the sick or injured neighbor has young children, they might feel guilty that they can’t do anything with them. The kids may be bored and suffering, too. You can fix both problems by taking the children out for the day; if it’s summertime, you might take them mini golfing, or regardless of the weather, you might pay for them to see a movie. Doing this will offer the neighbor a chance to rest without guilt or distraction. The kids will be able to enjoy themselves, too.


Helping a sick neighbor doesn’t have to entail monumental sacrifices or gestures. Showing how you care and taking time to complete tasks or provide food for the sick individual can mean the world and allow them to rest and recover.

Biggest Charitable Mistakes

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As a charitable person, one of my main goals in life is to help others any way I can. Most people like to lend a hand in some way, and some people make it a major facet of their routine. Although we try our best to give back in a meaningful way, sometimes, we can make mistakes. These mistakes, unfortunately, can cause charities and those in need to suffer, and we may be none the wiser. Before you engage in a philanthropic cause, make sure you are not making one of these big mistakes.

Trend Over Substance

No matter where you live or who you know, you have probably heard more than once about a trendy activity you can do to support charity. One good example is the Ice Bucket Challenge. While these events do receive views online and may spread like wildfire, they also tend to be less effective than simply giving. For example, many people who did the Ice Bucket Challenge forgot one crucial part — they were supposed to donate afterward. This means that some kids were able to use charity to get views on a challenge that did not benefit the charity whatsoever. Although creating or participating in a trend may be fun, make sure you are actually helping those in need at the same time.

Restricting Your Donation

When you donate to a breast cancer charity, you expect all of your money to go to researchers and research materials, right? Well, the unfortunate truth is most charities need to cover administrative bills, and many do so with your donation. When people find this out, they may choose to donate with the condition that their money is put only toward the charity’s research. What many people fail to realize, however, is that government organizations and large donations already go toward this part of the charity and are usually restricted for these purposes already. So, while you may wish your $10 directly benefited those in need, your money may really be more useful elsewhere.

Donating Your Junk

Many of us have old clothes, electronics, or furniture lying around the house. Instead of throwing these ancient artifacts away, we may be tempted to donate them to a local thrift store charity. However, be aware that these charities have limits on what they can accept. If you want to be sure that your donations are accepted, ask for a list of acceptable items and sort through your possessions to find those. Regardless, you may still be required to go over your items with a charity employee, depending on what they are.

When you begin donating to a charity for the first time, you may quickly learn about some of the pitfalls of donating. Make sure that your charitable efforts are truly helping others by avoiding these mistakes. If you do so, you can rest easy knowing that you have helped someone today.


COTM: Heart Health Awareness

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February may be bleak and dreary, but it also signifies a cause that is close to many of us: heart health awareness. Almost all of us can think of someone we know or have heard of who has had a heart condition. Over 600,000 people die every year from a heart-related condition in the US, and it is the second leading cause of death in Canada. What can we do to learn more about heart disease, help spread awareness, and give back to charities that help this cause?

Learning About Heart Disease

Heart diseases affect millions of people each year, and, as stated previously, hundreds of thousands of those people die each year from a heart-related incident. There are quite a few conditions that can cause health issues or death, such as arrhythmia, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart attack. You can read about illnesses of the heart on the American Heart Association’s website and find out if you are at risk of contracting one of these illnesses.

Furthermore, it is important to understand the factors that can bring on a heart diseases. High blood pressure and cholesterol are both factors, but stress, smoking, diabetes, and drug/alcohol abuse are all major factors for an increased risk. Family history, sex, and age are also factors. If you have concerns that you may be at a high risk, talk to your doctor to find out how to live a healthy lifestyle and decrease your risk.

Educating Others

One problem with heart disease is that many people are uneducated about the associated factors and symptoms. Many people are unaware that a heart attack can present itself differently in women than in men, although symptoms are often similar. To help with this problem, familiarize yourself with signs of a heart attack and a stroke and speak to your loved ones about what to do if they feel this way. Both a heart attack and a stroke can turn fatal in mere minutes, so it is important for anyone experiencing symptoms to call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

Donating To Fight Heart Disease

Every day, researchers are studying ways to reduce and eliminate heart disease. Many charities are also hoping to spread awareness to high-risk individuals and average people alike. If you are in the US, you can donate to the American Heart Association, while Canadians can donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Your donation may help save someone’s life, and I encourage everyone to donate at least a small amount.

Heart disease can destroy families, and it is extremely prevalent. It may not be completely avoidable, but there are many ways to limit your risk and the risk of your loved ones. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases, and share this information with everyone you know. Your help will make a huge difference in helping to eradicate heart disease.

COTM: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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For the past few months, I’ve been writing about a different charity or cause of the month. Today, I want to talk about Alzheimer’s Awareness. The goal of this cause is to spread knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease so that every person has some knowledge about it. I am going to go over what the disease is, prevention, treatment, and what you can do to help this cause.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative disease of the brain, and it is actually the most common form of dementia. Due to the breakdown of critical parts of the brain, people with Alzheimer’s never fully recover from their symptoms, which can cause severe impairment. A few common symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease are: memory loss, disorientation, mood changes (typically resulting in anger), difficulty with motor functions, and loss of appetite. Alzheimer’s can also cause depression and worsen other conditions.

Can Alzheimer’s be prevented?

Alzheimer’s can be prevented in more than 99% of cases. Prevention techniques include maintaining an active lifestyle, eating a nutritious diet, engaging in social and intellectual activities, and avoiding head trauma. Although none of these habits will guarantee success, studies have shown that following these tips will lessen your risk or delay the age in which you contract Alzheimer’s. The good news is that Alzheimer’s is only a genetic guarantee for less than 1% of the population and it is not a sure part of getting older.

How is Alzheimer’s treated?

Alzheimer’s does not currently have a cure, however, there are plenty of options for treatment, depending on the symptoms exhibited. For example, there are medications for memory loss. Treatment for other symptoms (such as behavior changes, depression, and sleep trouble) typically start with non-drug treatment and may change over time. Promoting a positive environment is one major treatment for these kinds of symptoms. Finally, there are alternative treatments, which may or may not be safe. It is important that any patient with Alzheimer’s talk to their doctor before starting any alternative treatment.

What can you do to help?

Helping the cause of Alzheimer’s is easy. You can donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, which funds research on treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s. You can also promote a healthy lifestyle in your immediate circle of friends and family, as well as share information about the cause. With your help, Alzheimer’s may one day have a cure.

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Fun Charity Events You Can Host

Giving back to charity is something I suggest every person do throughout their life. Not only does it make you feel good, it also helps other people survive through hardships. However, one thing many people overlook is the ability to host events that will directly benefit charity. There are tons of options for fun events, so if you are looking for a way to help a cause, here are some ideas for ways you can bring people together to donate.

Charity Auction

Auctions are an easy way to get prices rising, and for what better cause than charity? If you want to host a charity auction, you must make sure you have items people want to bid on. Consider speaking with your local businesses to see if they are willing to donate an item. You can even make a theme around the auction, such as wedding attire or food tour. If all else fails, you may be able to rally some people together to buy home appliances or other goods to auction off.

Cook-Off Competition

Cooking shows are incredibly popular, but did you know they can easily be made into a charity competition? Each chef can represent a different charity, and all money from tickets (and bets, if you want to make it interesting) will go to the winner’s choice. For a competition like this, I would suggest asking a restaurant if they are willing to donate some time and space to let the chefs cook and the audience gather. For the competition itself, you could stay simple with your version of Cupcake Wars, or you could get creative with a version of Chopped. You also need a panel of judges, and an emcee is good to have to keep people entertained while the chefs are working.

Yard Sale

Do you have clutter around your house that you know is useful, but that you will never use? Chances are, your neighbors do as well. Try setting up a neighborhood yard sale and donate your profits to a local charity. Some areas may be more successful than others, but every little bit counts, so don’t be discouraged if you only make a few dollars. Also, keep in mind that mid-late spring is the ideal time to host a yard sale, so now is a good time to get together boxes of items you are looking to get rid of.

Family Photos

Are you a photographer or know someone who is? Ask if they are willing to take a day or two to take family pictures for charity. Families can sign up and pay through an online form, and all the money will go to a charity of your choice. Rather than advertising as you would any day, make sure to include that the money will benefit a good cause. You are more likely to get several families to sign up for the same day that way.

Charity events don’t need to be expensive galas to be effective. People in every community have the ability to work together to give back for a good cause. Now, brainstorm which charity you would like to help and get planning.

3 Ways You Can Help Your Community For Free

Helping your community has been shown to improve your mental health and social skills. It creates strong bonds between you and others. It can make you feel like you’re a part of something special.

Many people want to give to organizations but may not have enough money to do so. However, there are tons of ways you can help a charity, foundation, or just a neighbor in need. If you’re looking for non-monetary ways to help, read on.

Donate unused household goods

The first way you can contribute to your community is by donating unused or lightly-used household goods. This can be any number of things, from blankets and medical supplies to toys and books. If you have excess items in your home, here are the steps you can take to donate.

  • Inventory everything you want to donate and set it aside. This will ensure that nothing else happens to these items, and you know what exactly you’re planning to get rid of.
  • Research local charities and find out if they take these items. If you are unsure, reach out to a volunteer for guidance. There should be charities in your area for nearly anything you would think to donate.
  • If you have a lot to donate, or substantial items, schedule a time where a representative can meet you and take in everything you have.
  • Be prepared for some things to be turned away if they are too damaged or old. Charities do have standards for what they can accept, to maintain legitimacy.

Offer your skills

Maybe you don’t have many things to give away, but you’re capable of physical work. There are almost always situations where you can help someone with household chores, including cooking, cleaning, and yard work. You might not outwardly see the need for this kind of service, but this can be particularly helpful for people recovering from surgery, families with a new baby, or the elderly. Even if it seems less beneficial to the community, on the whole, it is still helpful for those who are most in need.

Fundraise for a charity

If you don’t have the money to donate to a good cause, brainstorm some options you have to fundraise for a charity. Of course, it’s always a good idea to partner with the foundation you’re helping to set the fundraiser up (and get better publicity for it), but you can also do this without their help. Sites like GoFundMe are great for getting donations from people all over the internet. If your campaign becomes popular, you could even set up a separate bank account to put the money in.

Likewise, there are also smaller fundraisers you can run. Bake sales, car washes, and even yard sales are a few things you can do to raise money. Check out local eateries and ask if they would be willing to partner up one night to donate a portion of their earnings to the charity. If the cause is worthy enough, there is a good chance they will at least consider it.

You don’t have to be a billionaire to make a big difference in your community. Performing small acts of kindness or donating things you don’t use can impact many lives. The best part is, when you’ve made one person’s day better, it can cause a ripple effect, and the happiness can continue to spread. So don’t worry about writing a big fat check; help your community today.

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Habitat and Tobique First Nation Build a Home


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Romeo DiBattista Jr. is the president and CEO of The Recycling Depot (Maple) and Brovi Investments in Canada. In addition, Romeo DiBattista Jr. supports several charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

Working with community partners and volunteers all over the world to build affordable housing as a strategy of addressing poverty, Habitat for Humanity recently worked with the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick on the first house built in the region in 13 years. This was also the first Habitat for Humanity house ever built on one of Atlantic Canada’s First Nation reserves. The pilot project, which included training for indigenous youth, may help address the cycle of poverty in the area and create new possibilities for housing as the Tobique First Nation and Habitat for Humanity continue working together.

First Nation communities across Canada are struggling, and housing is a major issue. A Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation study showed that half of the indigenous families living on reserves needed major housing repairs, while about a third were overcrowded and spent more than 30 percent of their income on their homes.

The Weston Family Learning Center

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Weston Family Learning Center

A resident of Canada, Romeo DiBattista Jr. is the CEO of The Recycling Depot (Maple), an energy solutions firm. Romeo DiBattista Jr. is also a supporter of a number of community organizations, including the Galleria Italia at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto. The gallery operates a wide range of exhibitions and programs, including the Galleria Italia, which is a wood and glass feature that runs the length of the gallery’s second floor. The programs run by the gallery include education-based projects like the Weston Family Learning Center.

First opened in 2011, the Weston Family Learning Center is a 35,000 square foot facility that enables visitors to experience the beauty of art and how it can affect the world. The center maintains a diverse group of educational programs that utilize a hands on, creative approach. These programs include free youth drop-in centers, as well as school and family programs. Moreover, the center hosts community events for all ages that include birthday parties, corporate events, and adult workshops.

Three Tips to Make Recycling Easier and More Fun

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As the president and CEO of The Recycling Depot (Maple) Inc, in Vaughan, Ontario, Romeo DiBattista Jr. is responsible for developing the business for both client retention and new client acquisition. One of the services Romeo DiBattista Jr.’s company offers is residential bin rental service, providing recycling bins for local residential customers.

Proper and responsible recycling is one of the easiest ways to help protect the planet from the impact our trash has on it. Here are three tips to make recycling easier and more enjoyable.

1. Know Your Area’s Rules – Different cities and companies have different specifications for what they allow in recycling. Check your local guidelines so you know exactly what you can recycle. There may be something you are throwing away that could instead be recycled or, conversely, something you are recycling that you should not.

2. Buy Recycled Goods – The stuff you recycle is often remade into packaging for new products, and most say so right on the box or bottle. Look for products with packaging made using recycled materials to help promote further growth.

3. Upcycle – Upcycling is the act of repurposing and reusing otherwise disposable items. For example, use a box full of toilet paper rolls to organize all your loose cables, cords, and wires. Your only limit is your creativity, and you can find a plethora of ideas and inspiration with a simple Internet search. Materials can also be used as art supplies for kids or even grown-up artists.

Helping Early-Career Medical Researchers Through Research Grants

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SickKids Foundation

Experienced business executive Romeo DiBattista, Jr. currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of The Recycling Depot (Maple), Inc. in Vaughan, Canada. When not busy with his professional responsibilities, Romeo DiBattista, Jr. supports the SickKids Foundation.

Based in Toronto, Canada, SickKids Foundation has been fighting for the welfare of sick children since its founding in 1972. The organization believes that one of the most effective ways to improve society is to look after the welfare of one of its most vulnerable members – sick children.

SickKids Foundation understands the role of research in helping with its mission. However, without sufficient financial support, medical research would not be feasible. This is the reason why the foundation regularly provides a grant that specifically aids early-career researchers whose focus is to address the most pressing childhood conditions today.

Also known as New Investigator Research Grants, these financial awards provide up to three years of financial support for research in the following sectors: biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health, and grants are awarded on the basis of the significance of the study’s impact on child health outcomes. This grant is seen as an important stepping for young researchers to be able to level-up and compete with other senior researchers for grants from other grantmaking organizations.