Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join your neighbors, friends and community this MLK Day to serve others and carry on the legacy of his dream. Check out our top resources below:
Join your neighbors, friends and community this MLK Day to serve others and carry on the legacy of his dream. Check out our top resources below:
Pledge to do GOOD on 9/11 with acts of service and kindness that reflect the spirit and honor the legacy of all the victims and their families from 9/11.
Check out our top resources for service project ideas & acts of kindness:
Join thousands of people across the country honoring the memory of those fallen on September 11, 2001 with acts of service and generosity for others. Whether with your family, school, or community – check out these ideas for helping others and joining the movement:
1. Join the celebration in Washington, D.C.: Join AARP Foundation in a life-changing event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The mission – to pack 1Million meals for struggling seniors in the D.C. and surrounding areas, including senior veterans and first responders. Make the difference, fight hunger, and join this special day of service and remembrance. Click to learn more and follow hashtags #911Day #AARPCares on twitter and facebook!
2. Say thank you to local civil servants: No matter where you are, honor the legacy of the firefighters and policemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice by thanking the ones nearest you. Encourage your kids to write cards and letters of thanks to local civil servants, bake a sweet treat and hand deliver.
3. Connect with online resources: Find a volunteer opportunity near you or register your own service project on Serve.gov (click here), or find 9/11 participation guides for organizations and groups over on PointsofLight.org, click here.
4. Share your good deed on social media: 911Day.org makes it easy for folks everywhere to spread the word about helping others and showing kindness on this special day of service, both on twitter and facebook, click here. Find out what strategic partners have planned for volunteer programs with this site too.
5. Volunteer together: Find a cause or organization close to your family’s heart and coordinate a time to volunteer there on 9/11. Good service ideas for families include: volunteering at a local animal shelter, sorting and packing food boxes at the local food bank, helping decorate a women and children’s shelter in your town for fall, and running a mini-fundraiser, like a lemonade or hot cider stand, to raise and donate proceeds. More family service ideas in our free eBook, download it here.
More about the 1 Million Meal Campaign with AARP Foundation, click here.
Community Gardens grow so much more than food - they help neighborhoods and cities blossom, they nourish fruitful partnerships and help feed hungry tummies (and minds)! Dig in to these 8 unique ideas for your Community Garden this season:
1. Online Volunteer Scheduling: Use free online sign-ups with reminders to coordinate all your community garden helpers and CSA volunteers. Quick, intuitive scheduling tools make it easy for Garden organizers to recruit help; and 24/7 access from a computer or smartphone get more people involved and signing up. Plus, automated reminders and eCalendar syncing keep everyone on track! Get started today.
2. Garden Event Days: Integrate creative programming efforts into your Community Garden initiative this season! Whether it's a Family Fun Day at the garden where kids and parents get to help plant and water, or simply a Harvest event where community members can come help pick ripe fruits and veggies – it’ll be an event for everyone to enjoy!
3. Vertical Gardening: Short on space but long on plants? Try vertical gardening to add flourish and flare to your garden without plotting out another tract. Tomato and gourd plants do well in a vertical environment with the proper structure and care. Check out The Gardening Cook for ideas.
4. Rock Garden Signs: Add color and pizzazz to the variety of plants in your Community Garden by designating each with it's own painted rock detailing what type of plant or food it is. Encourage family volunteers and children to take part in this project - check out this great example from Lu Bird Baby.
5. Custom Flower Pots: Put more life into gardening by creating your own custom-made flowerpots. Lead a short art class before your attendees get started on planting. From different shapes to artwork, there are tons of ways to make your flowerpot your own. Here are some ideas to offer you some inspiration from Let the Children Play.
6. Garden Sanctuary: There’s no better way to create the perfect community space than to allow the actual community to contribute. Conjure up your perfect community garden for everyone to enjoy by calling members to help out. From stone walkways to custom flowerpots, your neighborhood will have the perfect spot! Check out The Inspired Room for tips.
7. Spread the Word: Trying to recruit garden helpers? Looking for plant donations? Connect with local organizations, restaurants and individuals in the community who could help boost your garden's productivity. Share your social handles for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with your current Garden group - and follow other groups and community leaders on theirs. Socialize your Garden events, post sign-up links on Twitter and Facebook.
8. Plant a Row for the Hungry: Add a special row of nutrient-rich veggies and fruits to your garden that is specifically designated for donating to a local homeless shelter or food bank. Coordinate volunteers to pick and deliver these goodies 2 or 3 times a month, and know where to take the special deliveries.
If you don't have a standing service project or volunteer opportunity already planned today, there are still ways to honor MLK's legacy with your family. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that love and kindness will always triumph and always bring light to others - practice kindness and generosity today in helping others and giving back:
1. Donate to a cause your family cares about: If your family has a local non-profit or national cause that is close to your hearts, make a donation and talk with your kids about why it's important to support things we care about. Or send the kids on a mission to find all the loose change in the house and car to start a "Make Change" piggy bank (decorate a shoe box or coffee can). Plan on continuing to fill your Make Change bank over the months to then make a big donation at the end of the year.
2. Help out a neighbor: Is there an elderly neighbor down the street whom your kids could help? How about a new mom? Join your kids in baking a special treat, shoveling snow, raking leaves, cooking a meal or even delivering flowers to a neighbor who could use a hand or a pick-me-up. Let the kids brainstorm more random acts of kindness and write them down for doing the rest of the year.
3. Collect and contribute: Scour the house for gently used clothes, coats, blankets, toys, and books. Neatly box and bag them up and take your whole family to a donation center or local charity story to donate them. House cleaned out? Head to the grocery store with a list of items your local food bank is asking for (canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, diapers, toiletries, etc) > shop with the kids and head straight to the food bank to donate the goods.
4. Write and Draw: Kindness in appreciation and saying thanks goes a long way. Whip out the construction paper, cards and markers and have the kids spend a couple hours writing thank you notes for local civil servants and non-profits; or have them draw pictures and cards for kids and elderly people in local hospitals and nursing homes.
5. Plan a service project: Perhaps the timing didn't work out for your family to serve together on MLK Day, but take the time today to plan a service project for the coming months. Whether it's an afternoon outing to volunteer at the food bank, connecting with a local no-kill animal shelter to schedule volunteer time, or simply planning your own neighborhood clean-up
Dive into summer service fun with your family this season and find new, fun ways to give together! Don't know where to start? Keep these 4 questions in mind . . .
1) What is truly the best time to do it? Summer months can quickly fill up with camps, reunions, vacations, you name it - it might seem like squeezing in a service project between other commitments is your best option, but it's not! Volunteer time with family is best spent when you're not running to and fro, when kids are really taking the time to give back and think about how they're making a difference. Find a whole morning or afternoon to spend volunteering and catching up afterwards with the kids, that truly makes all the difference.
2) What do the kids want to do? You would be surprised at what creative and inventive service ideas kids can come up with! Instead of signing kids on for food pantry duty, ask them what they might be interested in doing volunteer-wise; perhaps the local animal shelter is calling them, or they would prefer to do something from home like bake goodies for a neighbor.
3) Do your kids want to bring their friends? Volunteering can be even more impactful when kids are making memories with their friends while they make a difference! Big volunteer groups are great for community and river clean-ups, sorting and packing at the food bank or fixing a meal at a local children's shelter.
4) What are your kids learning? Volunteering with family can teach empathy, kindness, determination, organization . . . the list goes on! What are your kids taking away from volunteering? How is serving together making your family stronger? Encourage kids to talk about lessons they learned and experiences they had when serving - a follow up conversation can strike a chord in kids that helps them discover new ambitions and passions they pursue in life.
And don't miss our free eBook: Family Volunteer Ideas A- Z >>
Hosting a booth to promote your nonprofit or organization this Summer? Festivals, fairs and community events are a prime environment for drawing in new community members to support your cause - catch their attention and bring them on board with these 11 creative ideas:
Put those Saturday morning chores on the back burner and team up as a family to serve others! National Family Volunteer Day is Saturday, November 23rd. Started by the HandsOn Network, Family Volunteer Day has been jump-starting the holiday season of giving for 22 years. How will you and your family show support this year?
We all know that even sharing a family meal together helps kids with their learning, communication skills and relationship-building. Imagine the impact you will make when you show your child the community benefits of volunteering and helping others.
When you start volunteering with your kids at an early age, you set them up for a lifetime of giving. Keep these tips in mind:
Here are some great ways kids of all ages can get involved.
Spruce Up the ‘Hood! – take a look around your neighborhood and ask your kids what they think is looking a little run down in the neighborhood. Have them help recruit neighbors to get involved (ask what tools/special skills they might offer). Look for projects such as mowing grass, raking leaves, painting fences or benches, picking up trash or planting flowers.
What’s Old is New! – plan a charity garage sale and consider teaming up with other families. Let your kids pick a charity they would like to support with the sale proceeds, and donate the unsold items. Teaming up with other families will amp up your appeal to buyers – and be sure to let them know it’s for charity! Add signs around the location a day or two before the event to create buzz.
Lend a Hand at Meal Time! – see what your city has to offer in serving hot meals. Area shelters and churches often serve breakfast on Saturday mornings and some offer daily dinner service as well. You could make this a monthly or weekly experience for your family!
Prep and Distribution! – not all people in need of meal are able to make it to the local shelter or church; but great organizations around the country deliver meals to their clients on a regular basis. You and your kids could schedule a week night or weekend day to buy groceries, prep sandwiches and sack lunches or deliver meals.
Share Your Time! – visiting with elderly neighbors can really brighten the day of someone who may not enjoy getting out and about, or have as many social interactions as you do. See if there is a residential facility close to your home that would allow guest visitors. You may even have a neighbor who you think could use some extra care. Letting your kids interact with, do small tasks and share stories with older generations is a great way for them to learn. Have your kids ask their new friends if they have any games, crafts or special interests.
Need some help with the planning or ideas? You can always check out what your local HandsOn Network Volunteer Center may have in the works. After volunteering, remember to celebrate your success as a family and take few moments to visit with your kids and ask them how they felt and what they liked about helping others. Ask them if they would like to plan another volunteer day.
Make helping others a regular part of your family time and add it on your calendar, today!
Nationally recognized as Hunger Action Month, September shines a light on the movement to reduce food insecurity and hunger in our country. Did you know that recent survey data* shows almost 17 million children live in food insecure households? These are kids who don't know where their next meal is coming from or how they will find something to eat when they are not at school.
For many of us, the stark statistic of 1 in 6 people in our country going hungry is incomprehensible, however, it's a way of life many are accustomed to which we are
1. Find your local foodbank. Donate food and/or your time to your local food bank, click HERE to find a food bank near you.
2. Organize a food drive. At school, with your Scout troop, team, faith group, you name it, collecting donated food is a top way to fight hunger in your community. VolunteerSpot's free online signup sheets help coordinate donations and reminders. Click here for more info
3. Make a meal for a local homeless shelter. Make it a family affair, connect with your local faith group or nonprofit to find a family shelter and schedule a meal your own family can provide.
4. Go orange. Show solidarity in the fight to end hunger by going orange - turn your facebook cover photo or twitter pic orange and spread the word. Click HERE
5. Get the app. Download the CookingMatters in partnership with NoKidHungry, click HERE.
6. Adovcate. Fight for our government to keep and empower anti-hunger & food assistance programs. More info from FeedingAmerica HERE
7. Spread the word on social media. Find sample tweets, posts and pins from FeedingAmerica HERE and spread awareness.
8. Spark children to action. Alott extra allowance one month and have kids research a local charity that addresses hunger to which they can donate their money.
9. Turn your celebrations into donations. Hosting a party or a family get-together? Encourage attendees to bring 3 non-perishable items to donate and have your kids decorate a box to place at the doorway to collect food.
10. Be aware. The greatest problems facing our communities are those which are ignored. Be aware, be informed and most of all, take action!
When you’re choosing a volunteer project for you and your fellow employees, make sure you have a specific goal in mind. The more specific the goal of the event, the more likely it will motivate others to want to achieve it.
Actually, you may want to consider 3 types of specific goals:- Outputs – This is all about the numbers: how many hours, how many people, how many meals (for example). For example: “We served 1000 meals in a day to homeless men.”
The team of employee volunteers must believe that the project or event will have significant impact for the community and the business. This is particularly important when inviting colleagues who have little experience with volunteering (which is most people, statistically speaking). Everyone wants to know they ‘made a difference’ when they gave their time or money. Taking some time to understand what this difference will be and how their contribution achieves it is incredibly important. Gathering everyone together for a “brief” prior to the volunteer activity is a best practice for clearly communicating meaning.
The objectives of the event must be clear enough to determine how well they are achieved. Your fellow employees will want to know what kind of progress was made through their volunteering. If you didn’t solve hunger by passing out 1000 meals, what did you achieve? Underscore what was achieved during a ‘de-brief‘ following the event. But to do this well; it’s very important to know what you’re measuring. Taking the time to be specific with your goals will make measurement much easier.
There's more! Read the entire post over on RealizedWorth.com
Spring and Summer are festival time and that means outdoor fun, great food and drink, games, art, and so much more! Festivals can have anywhere from hundreds to thousands of attendees and are often supported by a large volunteer effort - that's where VolunteerSpot comes into play!
With tons of large festivals across the country taking advantage of VolunteerSpot's free online sign up tool, thousands of volunteers are getting organized quicker, easier and with less stress. Interested? Take a tour today and check out just a few of the fun festivals below who have saved countless hours, emails and phone calls just by using VolunteerSpot to coordinate their big event.
KUDOS FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS & VOLUNTEERS!
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We salute all the volunteers who make festivals so much fun to attend! From the parking attendants, to the food booth volunteers, to helpers at the admission tables...thanks for doing good!
Festival & Large Event Resources:
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The New Year provides a pensive yet exciting time for reflection and looking forward - taking stock of our lives helps us set goals and pursue new dreams in the year to come. Whatever your resolution may be, consider volunteering as the solution:
Resolution: Get Healthy!
Studies like the Do Good. Live Well Survey by VolunteerMatch and UnitedHealthCare revealed key findings from volunteers including that they feel physically healthier when doing good, they report lower stress levels and volunteering even helps them deal with chronic conditions in a healthier way. Brent Croxton of RealizedWorth also illumines proving survey results in his piece, The Transformational Power of Volunteering:
. . . when volunteering is done frequently, as part of a weekly rhythm, these positive feelings began to endure and induce other health benefits like stress alleviation, pain reduction, strengthened immune function, mood elevation, and heightened self-esteem.
If your goal in 2013 is to get healthy, consider volunteering as part of your regimen - you are sure to see it's positive effects, and you'll be making a difference in your community!
Resolution: Make New Friends!
Volunteering is as much a group experience as a singular one. Doing good with others helps you meet new people, form new relationships, and have FUN with others. HandsOnNetwork shares on their blog how volunteering with others not only helps you step out of the box but it enhances interpersonal skills and rewards you with a deeper commitment to others. Read the entire piece here.
Resolution: Do More as a Family!
The technological age helps families stay more connected, however, it can also take away from bond-forming family activities and experiences. If you are seeking to do more as a family and work on instilling values first-hand, put down all those devices and seek out simple service projects and ways to do good together. Shara Lawrence-Weiss of MommyPerks has unique and creative family volunteering ideas including helping animals, cleaning up the community and starting your own mock charity as a family.
And don't miss our free eBook full of Family Friendly Volunteer Ideas!
Resolution: Get Organized!
Go-getters and do-gooders are getting organized in 2013 and chances are, if you are one of those, you are a leader in charge of organizing others for a specific cause, organization or group. Save time (and stress) this new year with free online sign up sheets! Online volunteer scheduling and tracking makes it more convenient for volunteers to sign up, encourages participation, automatically reminds volunteers and lets organizes track everything online.
Resolution: Help Others!
It goes without saying, but volunteering is the way to do good and help others! The benefits for yourself and for others in doing good are countless, and while opportunities abound, sometimes it is hard to find a way to get started. Check out our go-to guide of volunteer opportunities that help you find ways online to help in your community! When seeking out volunteer opportunities, search for causes which interest you, encourage friends and family to join you, and do it regularly!
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The devastating storm that affected so many people in the northeast continues to take its toll - but the empowering show of support by volunteers and those willing to help is inspiring. If you are still looking for a way to make a difference, check out various organizations and online resources below - and coordinators, consider our free online sign up sheets for getting your volunteers organized to help!
Help with critical food purchases & distribution: Food Bank For New York City
Help from anywhere! Donate or give blood via the: Red Cross
Get news and updates from those on the ground via Sandy Sucks Tumblr.
Find Local Cleanup and Distribution Centers Here
Helping our furry friends in need! The Humane Society of the United States
In disaster situations like Sandy, VolunteerSpot is typically used by churches and congregations, community groups and neighborhoods in organizing their secondary response and relief efforts. Some examples:
Food pantries organizing meal brigades and donations
Neighborhoods organizing community watch volunteers and child care
Clinics coordinating health checks and tetanus shots
Shelters adding extra volunteers and calls for supplies
Students organizing fundraisers like bake sales, concerts and charity walks
Scout Troops collecting food, blankets, clothing and cash for victims
If you know a group organizing relief efforts for those affected by Sandy, please share VolunteerSpot; we’re here to help you help more. VolunteerSpot.com
Leave a comment on our facebook page if you are volunteering with the Sandy relief effort and let us know what you are doing! Please click here
photo courtesy of NY National Guard
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By Shara Lawrence-Weiss: Owner of Mommy Perks, mother of four.
My parents taught their four daughters to volunteer and help others. We volunteered year-round at various locations or helped those in need through our church. It’s easy to find volunteer opportunities during the winter time – everyone promotes their charity group during the holiday season! However, there are plenty of charitable opportunities to be found during the summer months, also.
Here are ten ideas:
Most homeless shelters (especially those in hot locations like Phoenix, Arizona) need water bottles during the summer months. Consider helping your children collect water bottles to donate. Ask your neighbors, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. Even if they donate just a few bottles each the count will add up quickly.
2. Walk a mile in their shoes
Our local shelters are always looking for shoe donations – for moms, dads, seniors and kids. Run a donation drive for shoes and get your kids involved. We often take for granted just how nice it is to have a decent pair of shoes; a shoe drive will give your kiddos a better understanding of the simple blessings in life.
3. Town fundraisers
Does your town host summer fundraisers? Our small town hosts numerous fundraisers every summer to benefit the fire fighters, our public school, the hiking trail maintenance association and more. We always need volunteers to help out. Check your local news website for volunteer opportunities or ask a local church if they have leads.
Do you have a pet shelter or humane society near by? Your children might enjoy volunteering with a few furry friends. Contact the pet shelter and ask if they welcome shelter volunteers or volunteer dog walkers. The humane society offers volunteer opportunities at events, in the emergency shelter, at their care center and more. They can also put you in touch with pet owners who need assistance.
5. Snail Mail at your service
Have your kids and their friends (if their parents agree) write cards for shut-ins. Many shut-ins are lonely and would love to receive a nice colorful card. This costs you nothing but a little time and a stamp. Search online for a legitimate charity website that puts you in contact with shut-ins.
6. Start your own mock charity
Here’s a fun idea: have your kids come up with a mock charity that they would start if they had the means and know-how. What charity would they launch? What would they name it? Who would they help? Why? Have them write down their ideas (or you help them with this if they are not yet writing) and save the papers inside a hope chest or memory box. Later in life, they’ll have fun looking back and reading about their ideas!
Place a container on your counter or windowsill for pennies and change. Decide as a family what charity to support. During the summer have everyone drop their change into the container and at the end of the summer break donate to your charity of choosing.
8. Highway helpers (for older kids)
Contact your local transportation department and ask to be put in touch with organizations that pick up trash. Jump in with another group of volunteers and spend the day helping along the highway. With so many program cutbacks these days, highways are counting more and more on personal volunteers.
9. Soups up!
No doubt you have a soup kitchen in your area. If you do, consider volunteering with your children serving meals to the homeless/low income. These locations have an abundance of volunteers during the holiday months but after that, their volunteer rates plummet. Charity can be a year-round endeavor. It need not be saved up and dispensed only during the Christmas season.
10. Boxtops and Campbells Soup labels
Be sure to continue collecting these items during the summer time for your local school. When school starts back up, have your child drop the boxtops or labels to the office. Be sure to explain the purpose: these items help the school earn money which can then be used to buy things that the school needs.
Shara Lawrence-Weiss is the owner of Mommy Perks, Kids Perks, Personal Child Stories and Early Childhood News & Resources. She runs her businesses from home and is actively involved in local charity work helping children and seniors. She is the mother of four and the wife of one.
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Our mission at VolunteerSpot is to make volunteering easier for everyone, to get rid of the little hassles that make it harder for more people to sign up and help. Congress sets a tiny 14-cent per mile rate for charitable driving, this can force some people to stop volunteering. That's why we are working together with organizations and individuals everywhere who care about volunteers to fix the charitable mileage rate -- with a #TinyCars approach.
Please watch this quick video:
Gas prices are soaring! This directly affects the good work of non-profits everywhere, prohibiting volunteers from being able to afford to help. Read more on the high gas price issue in the news and how we can help change the charitable mileage reimbursement rate!
Share the message everywhere - email, blog, newsletter, pinterest, twitter, facebook.
Non-profits feeling impact of high gas prices; Will Congress fix the tax law hurting them? bit.ly/TinyCars #TinyCars
"Non-profits impacted by high gas prices" Will Congress fix the tax law hurting them? bit.ly/TinyCars #TinyCars
Gas 1997: $1.30 vs Gas 2012: $3.75 - Big Change, Yet Volunteer still just 14 cents/mile? bit.ly/TinyCars #TinyCars
Volunteers have Big Hearts NOT #TinyCars. Plz watch this (fun) video & share bit.ly/TinyCars
I'm joining @VolunteerSpot to fix the tiny 14 cent #volunteer mileage rate; learn more and share bit.ly/TinyCars #TinyCars
Hey Congress, #TinyCars aren't good for volunteering! Pls watch and share this video: bit.ly/TinyCars
Time to Help Drive More Good - Congress Shouldn't Make #Volunteering Unaffordable bit.ly/TinyCars #TinyCars
Use the following twitter template to have different volunteers explain what they can’t do in Tiny Cars:
- Congress: School volunteers can't rebuild playgrounds in #TinysCars - fix the tiny mileage rate bit.ly/TinyCars
- Congress: I help feed the hungry in my community and I can't drive meals in #TinyCars - fix the tiny mileage rate bit.ly/TinyCars
- Congress: Volunteer Firefighters can't carry equipment to brush fires in #TinysCars - fix the tiny mileage rate bit.ly/TinyCars
- Congress: Animal rescuers can't move animals to adoption events in #TinysCars - fix the tiny mileage rate bit.ly/TinyCars
Congress Needs to See Public Input on the mileage rate issue - Encourage visible support for the mileage rate increase by using non-partisan PopVox to show Congress people care about this issue.
A bi-partisan bill HR 387 "Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act of 2011", sponsored by Rep Tom Petri (R-WI), Rep Donald Payne (D-NJ) and Rep John Duncan (R-TN), is the focus of our #TinyCars support. Nonprofits especially should register as organizations and show their support.
Volunteer Mileage Issue Overview - National Council of Nonprofits
Volunteer Mileage Talking Points - National Council of Nonprofits
Volunteer Mileage Rate Overview - Independent Sector
Sample Meals on Wheels volunteering statistics -Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, PA
"High gas prices hit charities hard" - Marketplace, NPR/PRI
Volunteers can't deliver meals to seniors, mentor kids, rescue animals, rebuild homes or respond to disasters in #TinyCars, yet Congress offers just a tiny 14 cents a mile tax deduction or allowable tax-free reimbursement for volunteers putting charitable mileage on their cars. Unlike the business mileage rate, the charitable mileage rate is controlled solely by Congress, which set it in 1997 when gas cost $1.30 per gallon.
The actual mileage rate (what volunteers really spend) is more like 50 cents spent per mile donating their critical services. With hard times squeezing personal budgets everywhere, some volunteers have been forced to make the difficult choice to stop donating their time when it requires driving. The limited mileage deduction and mileage reimbursement allowed by Congress makes helping others unaffordable. By contrast, the 2011 business rate is set at 55.5 cents for the second half of 2011. It seems like Congress thinks Volunteers drive #TinyCars.
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