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How Can You Support the Cause?

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How Can I Support the Cause?

 October is a wonderful month for many reasons. One of my favorites is that everyone draws a little closer together with Breast Cancer Awareness. I wish we were always aware and supporting the cause, but I am grateful for October being the focus month.

 It’s safe to say 8/10 people probably know someone who has spent time fighting cancer. It is very near and dear to us that know someone or if we are that person. Knowing someone and not knowing someone, both can be a blessing. Cancer allows many lessons to be learned in the times of hardship. Families, friends, and communities unite together.

 If you know someone struggling with cancer, here are a few ways you can help them and support the cause:

  1. Be a Listener
  • Sometimes a listening ear can make the world of difference. It is very beneficial for people to just talk out their feelings to someone they trust, even if it doesn’t make sense or is not even related. Being there for someone you love and listening can help them make new discoveries about themselves or situation.

      2. Open Ended Invitations

  • Most fighters don’t know how they will feel by tomorrow or even the end of the day. Let them know whenever they want to, they can come watch a movie or go grab a bite to eat. This lets them know you are their support.

      3. Connect those you know with Breast Cancer to a survivor

  • Many fighters will say they don’t want help or need it. Again, present the opportunity. They can think about it and reach out when they need it.

      4. Offer to buy groceries for them

  • Many fighters have special diets or restrictions. As much as they would appreciate a homemade lasagna, they would appreciate it more if you came and got their grocery list from them.

 

Now what about us that don’t know someone who is fighting against cancer? There are still may ways to help!

  1. Participate in the Cancer Walks
  • These events occur more than you know. Just research to find one in the local area and go walk! All the funding of this event goes to researching for a cure. You are making a wonderful contribution just by walking. Who knows, you might even meet some new lifelong friends!

     2. Donatations

     3.Volunteer

 

Whether you know someone one fighting cancer or not, you have all the power to make a difference. The greatest thing is you can start today! Help support the cause! Fight Cancer with us.

Remember Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oh Hiya,

Meg here, wishing you a happy fall! October is here and as you may know, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Showing support for the research and fundraising for breast cancer is incredibly important, and your office is a wonderful place to “go pink.” These are some of my favorite ways to spread awareness for the cause and support finding a cure.

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  • Organize a team for a Breast Cancer Awareness walk in your community. Not only will you bring together folks from your office for the event, it’s a great opportunity for you to spread some philanthropy inside your office. If you’re not able to put together a full team for the event, put together a group of team members to volunteer. Volunteering and participating in your community walk can become a tradition for your office.
  • Adding a few accessories to your desk is a great way to start a conversation, as well. During October, I always make sure that I have my Pink Ribbon Retractable Gel Ink Pen for taking notes during meetings. It may be a simple thing but it’s a small way to show support daily. If you’re looking to raise awareness and keep the conversation going throughout the year, this Breast Cancer Awareness Desk Pad Calendar is a great addition to your desk. You may be surprised at the difference these items can make.
  • Another great way to make an impact is through a month long, in-office fundraiser. Whether you decide to hold an event or keep a donation bowl in the office throughout October, every bit counts! Incentivizing coworkers to raise a set amount is sure to lead to be success. It’s also a good idea to be clear that donating isn’t mandatory, just encouraged.

While there have been some wonderful breakthroughs in research, there is still a long way to go and every bit of support counts toward Breast Cancer Awareness. There are quite a few ways to show support and spread awareness within your office and these ideas are just a few of the great options out there. For more ways to go Pink this October take a look at these ideas from the Susan G. Komen foundation.

How to Run a Successful Fundraiser

Oh Hiya!

Meg here, and as a company, we believe in corporate social responsibility and getting involved in our communities. This can be done in so many great ways like raffles, volunteering, or fundraisers! If you have a charity close to your heart or to the mission of your business, use these tips to make your next fundraiser as a successful as possible:

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  • Choose a Charity- Of course you need to select the charity of your choice before any planning can begin! If you have a committee put together, have each member bring one or two ideas to the group and vote from there. Keep in mind the charities that will be closest to your employee’s hearts and the mission of your company.
  • Set a Goal- When you’ve chosen the charity that you’ll be fundraising for, set a specific goal for your company. It may also help to set incentives for different levels of fundraising. Not only will it give your employees the joy of giving to charity but it will bring a little extra excitement to fundraise to the highest level. A great incentive is a cookie or cupcake day for the office or even a lunch to celebrate the fundraiser.
  • Pick an Event- How will you be fundraising? Will you participate in a charity run, a fundraising party, or a raffle? For more great inspiration you can take a look at this list and see if any events sound like the perfect option for your company: https://www.24fundraiser.com/corporate-fundraising-ideas/ .
  • Spread the Word- You want your fundraiser to be as successful as possible, so each and every member of your company needs to be on board! For our fundraisers, I like to print out posters and banners for the office to keep everyone up to date on the details. Make sure you’re all stocked up on ink with HP 201A Black Original LaserJet Toner Cartridge before you begin printing. Depending on how long your fundraiser will last, it’s also a good idea to laminate the posters, to keep them looking neat throughout the whole event. I like to use the Fellowes® Venus 2 125 Laminator. It works so quickly and every single one of my posters comes out picture perfect.
  • Get Started- When you begin raising money for your fundraiser be sure to keep track of each and every donation. I keep funds and fundraiser details separate and organized in my HON® 600 Series Two-Drawer Lateral File. I love the size of the cabinet and all the space I have to be extra organized. I like to keep the money raised and the details and contacts for our events totally separate and with this filing cabinet I have plenty of room for every single folder.

With these tips and ideas your company will definitely put the fun into a fundraiser! No matter what type of fundraiser you choose to do, I know you’ll see success.

Happy fundraising and until next time,

Meg

Shop pink and help support 3 great causes!

As October comes to a close, we wanted to feature some of our favorite pink items that help support reserach and awareness foundations. Cehck out more in

Expo Dry Erase Marker. Sanford donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to the nonprofit City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Expo Pink Ribbon dry-erase marker displays your support for breast cancer treastment with a speical Pink ribbon logo. Marker contains specially formulated low-odor, pink ink and delivers a consistent color quality for bright, vivid messages during those important brainstorming sessions. Versatile chisel tip allows broad or fine writing. Use on whiteboards, glass, and nonporous surfaces. 2 per pack; Certified AP nontoxic ink.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pen. Keep track of all your weekly meals and tasty recipes with these great pink pens that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Soft rubber drip and smooth click retraction provide superior writing comfort. And smooth gliding ink with a medium piont tip makes for a satisfying writing expereince. 4 pens per pack. BIC makes a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with every purchase.

Swingline Pink Stapler. Pink desktop manual stapler has soft grip surface and staples up to 20 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. the metal spine and magazine provide durability. Made from lightweight durable plastic housing with lanyard loop, this stapler has a 210- staple capacity. REfill with Swingline Half-Strip Color Bright Pink Staples for added recognition and a little flair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Five important things to file away about mammograms…

Besides “get one!”

Pink Top File Folder only $34.98/bx

There is a good time to start. Most doctors and health providers recommend that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may need to start having annual mammograms at a younger age. Discuss this with your health care provider.

1. They can save your life. Early detection is crucial for reducing risk of dying by 25-30% or more.

2. There is no need to fear them. Mammograms are fast  (done in 20 minutes or less, usually) and are minimally uncomfortable for most women. It is a safe procedure, with minimal  radiation, and most centers will give you results before you leave.

3. Mammography is still the most important detection tool, but other things are important as well. Don’t forget to do breast self-exams and have clinical breast examinations on a regular basis.

4. Don’t assume the worst. An unusual result may require further testing (1 in t10 women), but may times biopsies or further tests will turn out to be normal . More information is always key.

http://breastcancer.org

Friday Recipe: Pink Ribbon Cookies

We’ve all done a variation of the classic fundraiser, the bake sale. But baked goods can be used for a much larger variety of activities than just bake sales. The key is to tie in your baked item to your cause, like making ribbon cookies. Serve them atbreast cancer fundraising events, sell kits to make sugar cookies at home (give all components along with a ribbon cookie cutter), or just make a batch to feed your volunteers.

Sugar cookies are easy to make but what makes them really special is that they are so easy to personalize, decorate and make unique. Dye the frosting pink for breast cancer fundraising.

Here is an easy recipe for sugar cookies, and some fun ways to personalize them for your cause.

You will need:

2 3/4 cups all- purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and the vanilla then gradually add the dry ingredients . roll teaspoons of dough into balls or roll out and cut with a ribbon shapped cookie cutter. Place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to set for two minutes before serving or decorating.

Put a few drops of pink food coloring in vanilla frosting. If you put the icing in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off, you have a hand, home-made piping bag.

Personalize the cookies by writing names of donors or sponsors on them, and then serve them at a walk-a-thon. Hand the cookies out as prizes for breast cancer fundraising games. The possibilities are endless to make these cookies unique for your event. Visit www.fundraisingforacause.com for more great fundraising ideas!

Think Pink- Brainstorming Ideas

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic, and yet so many are unaware of the risks or tools for prevention. October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways in which your community or business can participate in building awareness for breast cancer. The simplest idea for increasing knowledge and raising awareness is to play an ongoing role in helping ensure that all young women in your community are educated about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection.

Most businesses and communities see October come and go without paying any homage to this critical and ongiong health crisis for women. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in your own backyard so to speak:

  • Host outreach groups that provide support and a sense of community to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Hold a rummage sale and give the proceeds to a local breast cancer charity.
  • Organize breast health education workshops to arm young women with the knowledge and resources they need to prevent breast and ovarian cancer or detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.
  • Represent breast cancer awareness at community health fairs and other outreach initiatives; contact various local and national charities for more information on how to volunteer and represent their organizations.
  • Collect stories of survivors and have them share their personal experiences for others in newsletters, on company websites, or in marketing initiatives.
  • Distribute educational literature to medical professionals and patients to ignite conversations between doctors and patients about breast and ovarian cancer risk and strategies for prevention and early detection.
  • Provide a venue for fundraising events, which raise awareness and provide funds for the outreach programs and breast cancer charities nationwide.
  • Be creative and have fun by hosting a concert, talent competition, or contest that has an entrance fee and provide refreshments, raffles, or other items for sale at the event.

Last but not least, you can do the simplest thing of all, which is to “Think Pink” by wearing pink and exhibiting pink throughout the month of October in your office, at your home, in you community. People will soon take notice.

Pinkcessorize- Add some color for the cure!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and what better way to show your support than by helping fund research and support organizations. If you want any of your purchases on office products to go towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation shop any of our products below, or shop all Breast Cancer Products at www.portersop.com

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