Move For Hunger Road Trip!

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Good morning fellow internet goers!

Logo of Move For HungerOn our last exciting adventure I told you all about a company called Move For Hunger – they collect canned food to benefit local food banks and feed hungry Americans. Today I am reporting that Move For Hunger’s crew just completed a road trip across America collecting food and visiting food banks! You can check out quick video updates from each stop and read Adam’s thoughts on his experiences at their Mover For Hunger Events page. Their last stop was Phoenix, AZ before heading home, back east. Please do your best to help the starving people of America and donate to your local food bank or contact the people at Move For Hunger. Even a little bit can go a long way!

Check out the most recent events and posts on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/moveforhunger or read my write up about their cause. Check out some other people doing good for others.

Move For Hunger!

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Have you ever moved and had a lot of leftover, unopened food that you ended up throwing away? Move For Hunger, founded by the Lowy family of Neptune NJ, was created to help starving families all over America. By networking an ever growing nationwide network of moving companies, Move For Hunger collects donated, unopened foods from families moving out of their homes and transports them to local food banks. Covering over 30 states and growing, Move For Hunger is quickly becoming an important source of food donations for many food banks.

Screenshot of Move For Hunger Coverage Map

Take a look at their coverage map (above) to find a mover near you that you can donate your extras to. Any amount helps out a family in need! All you have to do is contact a mover and they’ll come out to pack up the foods you want to donate or let you pack it. If you’re planning on moving, or will be moving sometime in the future, please remember Move For Hunger and donate your unneeded and unopened food. We admire Move For Hunger’s goal of helping to feed starving families in America!

Also, if you are a moving company interested in partnering with Move For Hunger, I’m sure they’d love to add you to their network.

What are some other creative ways you’ve seen people or organizations helping to meet needs in their community?

CTFxC Army, IJM, & HireAHelper Unite to Fight Slavery

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We recently helped CTFxC (Internet Killed TV) stars Charles Trippy and Alli Speed find movers to get them into their new place (see the HireAHelper/IJM shout-out in the video from their move yesterday).

Charles Trippy & Alli Speed

In our ongoing quest to support the International Justice Mission’s fight against global slavery, we decided to donate $1 to IJM for every Facebook “Like” HireAHelper gets on our homepage like button from the CTFxC army over the next month*. Charles agreed this is a worthy cause and gave it a shout out in the video (embedded after the break). (more…)

“Like” The HireAHelper Facebook Page – Fight Against Slavery!

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Listed by usnews.com as one of the “10 Service Groups That Are Making a Difference”, the International Justice Mission (IJM) is slowly but surely making a dent in social injustice statistics across the globe.  The agency was created in 1997 when a group of lawyers, human rights professionals and public officials came together to work for the restraint of those exploiting people through slavery.  At present, they have operations in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru, with the headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The IJM fights shoulder to shoulder with the local governments to prosecute slavery offenders, rescue the victims of these crimes and help fortify communities to promote functioning and healthy justice systems (www.ijm.org/whoweare).

You can join this fight against slavery!  Go to www.facebook.com/hireahelper and press the “like” button.  For each “like” we get by April 30 we will donate $1 to the IJM.  For additional ways to support this agency, check out their website at www.ijm.org.

(Photo Courtesy of International Justice Mission)

Economy: Are People Still Buying?

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Even though we are currently in an economic recession, people are still swiping those credit cards and signing those checks. Why? Because some things are just too good to pass up. For example, that top in the shop window you’ve always wanted finally goes on sale, mac offering a free itouch when you purchase a computer for school, or that great new rate on your dream home. Sometimes swiping that card and walking out with that new bag wrapped around your hand makes everything feel better.

Some people have even said this is the time to purchase things. The store windows are full of sale and clearance signs, just shouting for customers to come in. I have passed shops that never before had discounts and see the huge, red sale signs outside. And of course I walk in.

Work is being done for cheaper, so this is the time to get things done. I know people who just remodeled their kitchen. The only reason they chose to go through with this project was because they received a great price quote. If they had done it six months earlier, it would have cost them thousands more.

People are just watching what they are spending. But, what do people consider the necessities? According to Forbes.com, people are still buying luxury items like smart phones, new technology, personal care, movies and eating out. It makes people forget about the reality. With this new addition of the iphone 3GS, the current economic standing is not going to stop people from purchasing the newest items that go onto the market. It will be interesting to see the numbers.

This can still be the time to buy a new home! Prices all over the country are rising, falling, or staying the same. Star-Telegram.com says buyers can take advantage of the prices and interest rates. It is a great time to buy a starter home or just for families looking to update into a new, bigger home.

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There are several little things you can do to help spend less:

  • rent movies instead of going to the theaters
  • eat at home versus dining out
  • pack your lunch for work and make coffee at home

When will it be over? That is the question on everybody’s mind. I have talked to people that think we are close to coming out of this recession, but how can we really know? I just graduated from college so coming out into this economy was intimidating. People would tell me, “This is a bad time to graduate.” Not the advice I wanted to hear when entering into the real world, but all we can do is push forward. It has to end sometime, right?

Well, offers are still out there, give people the incentive to buy so keep an eye open to take advantage of the good ones.

Hire A Helper’s New Beach Front Office Space

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Nothing against Riverside…

but it’s great to be on the beach!

Beach

We’re getting all settled in here at our new Hire A Helper office in Solana Beach, CA while trying very hard to ignore the sound of crashing waves on the beach a block away.

But just in case we need to have an emergency creativity surf meeting, the office comes complete with its own shower.  Not bad! I could make a joke here about a board meeting but I won’t.Shower

The ocean view isn’t much to complain about either. It’s amazing how much more inspired I am to get stuff done when I’m sitting this close to the ocean. Ok, maybe its more amazing that I can actually get something done sitting this close to the ocean. One thing’s for sure, after a long day of helping people hire helpers, its nice to walk across the street and shoot some hoops at the beach-side basketball court.

Mike tells me there’s a great taco stand down the street that we’re going to hit up for lunch today. Also in close proximity to our new office is VG Donut & Bakery, voted best donut in San Diego in a San Diego Magazine reader’s poll. Good thing I’m not going on a diet anytime soon…

Front Office

The office is cleverly hidden in an office complex that looks like it could have been an old beach front motel.

We’re still working on the interior decorating, but have the necessities: computers, desks, and of course – a well stocked mini-fridge.Mini Fridge

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