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5 Safety Tips to Prepare Your School for Winter Weather

  Summer is quickly winding down which is the official sign that winter weather is impending. For school boards and administrators this means getting their schools ready for cold air, icy walkways and all of the other issues that come with the onset of winter. Start getting your schools ready now, before that temperature starts getting dangerously close to freezing.   1. HVAC Maintenance Don't wait for the boiler to break down in January, schedule an appointment with your HVAC company now. A broken heater in January can shut your school down for a week. The HVAC tech will look over the entire heating system, change any filters and make sure that it is ready to handle the coming cold and keep the kids in school.   2. Check Your Bus Fleet Whether your district has its own fleet of buses or you contract the service out, it is your

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Church Growth Tips: Building a Bigger Congregation By Being Involved In The Community

  The quality of the message being given cannot be measured by the amount of people in the pews, but the sense of community that the church is offering can. It makes no difference what type of social interactions are being offered on the internet, people need others in order to thrive and your church is the perfect venue to nurture that growth. Take the time to grow your congregation and you will be helping them as well as your church.   1) Make a Great First Impression Nobody likes that new kid in the class feeling. Assign the task to a regular member of your church to look out for newcomers at the door and make them feel welcome. A warm smile and handshake from a stranger will work wonders at making the new member feel at home. Have your welcome wagon set up to get the new members

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Useful Ideas for Starting a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program

  Communities all over the United States have formed their own protection brigades against crime. These Neighborhood Watch Programs are designed to cut down on crime by having members of the community patrolling the streets. Fully supported by the National Sheriffs' Association, Neighborhood Watch Programs have been protecting our streets for over four decades. Communities that are experiencing a sudden surge of crime will often band together to form a Neighborhood Watch program. If you are considering starting a neighborhood watch program in your community, here are a few tips to help get it off the ground:   1. Plan Your First Meeting This is important to ascertain the level of interest in a Neighborhood Watch program from other community members. Include as many community members as possible, including renters, teenagers and local businesses. Successful Neighborhood Watch programs rely on members from all parts of the community.   2. Pick

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Tips For Successfully Running Your Waste Management Company

  It is not easy to oversee the daily operations of any company, especially service companies that are heavily relied on. In the waste management industry, you are handling an extreme amount of responsibility, from keeping residents happy to meeting government mandated guidelines for your business. If you are looking for ways to delegate, without your business suffering, we have come up with a list of solutions that you should find helpful: 1. Residential Service This is the core of your business and where a large amount of your time is spent. Take a look at the routes you have in place and make sure that they are sensible to your business. Are your trucks passing by neighborhoods that have not yet had a pick-up? Consider the money and time you are wasting by not planning routes that flow smoothly from one residential area to the next. You could cut

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How Efficient is Your Water Company Running?

  As a service provider for such an important element of daily living, managing a community’s water company is a complex responsibility. With considerations as important as water quality and delivery, along with development, you must have strong systems in place to manage your business efficiently and effectively. There are a number of ways to streamline your responsibilities that will give you the opportunity to focus your attention to building a stronger company. At the Source You may have a large office building to work out of, but the heart of your business is at the source of your water supply. Take a look at the on-site operations for areas of improvement. Quality control is the focus here, and you have standards in place that ensure quality but have you considered preventive measures? How often are expert members of your staff walking the perimeter of your water source? Contamination can

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Tips For Making a More Efficient Meals on Wheels Program

  If you are a part of the Meals on Wheels organization, then you deserve high recognition for all of your hard work and dedication to helping the unfortunate. If you are one the committed who has taken on the responsibility of overseeing your local Meals on Wheels location, you have your work cut out for you. From organizing the drives to get the food needed, to getting it to those seniors who need it, every step in the operation depends on your vigilance to keep it running. Fundraising As part of being a nonprofit organization, you are dependent on the donations of others to keep running. Fundraising does not only involve asking for money in your case, it could also include food donations and cooking services. To effectively raise the funds and food needed, you should be making your community aware of the importance of your organization. Get testimonials

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4 Helpful Tips To Help Market Your Community Library

  The community library provides a special service to its members in a nurturing, albeit, quiet environment. In recent years the benefits of the library and its services have become overshadowed by the internet and computer technology that allows access to many of the same services the library provides without ever having to enter one. With the money collected from memberships and over due books needed to stay afloat, librarians are finding themselves looking for ways to breathe life back into their bookshelves. Here are a few marketing tips that a library should consider to help get their community excited about being a member again: 1) Start Book Clubs People who avidly love to read usually love to talk about what they just read. Veteran librarians will remember the wild success Oprah Winfrey had with the book club on her talk show during the '90s. Set aside a place and

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7 Tips to Give Children A Great Sunday School Experience

  There is more to being an inspiring Sunday School teacher than teaching bible verses. Your job is an important one and will pave the way for a new generation of worshipers to continue with your church's traditions and beliefs. To pull this off, follow these tips to keep your students interested and make your job easier. Prepare Your Classes in Advance Don't wait until Saturday night to start thinking about your Sunday morning class. Set aside a little time each day to make plans and find relevant materials. Your lessons will make more of an impact on the children when they are not rushed through at the last minute. Avoid Passing the Buck Plan as many interactive activities as you can. It is alright to schedule small breathing periods for yourself with a quick video or workbook activity, but the majority of the time your lessons should be focused

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5 Tips on How to Make an Impact With Your College Outreach Program

  Outreach programs at the college level are wonderful programs to help promote continuing education. By working with local high schools they can find young people who would not only benefit from the opportunity of higher education, but also appreciate it. If you are looking for ways to further your college outreach program, you can try implementing some of these practices. Most not only increase your exposure to community kids, they will help you pinpoint where the needs are. 1) Start Mentoring Programs Speak with your professors who are directly involved in education classes. These students can benefit from hands on experience with children in the local high schools. As part of the project, make it their responsibility to identify weaknesses in the school system as well as identify students who show the potential that would benefit from your outreach. 2) Build Strong Relationships With High School Guidance Counselors In

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Four Important Tenant Management Tips For Property Managers

Whether you are a property manager for an apartment complex, condominium complex or for a number of private and commercial properties, your job is not an easy one. Especially when it comes to dealing with the renters. Here you are dealing with a slew of multiple personalities, including that of the property owner. To help simplify your job while at the same time being better at managing tenants, take a look at these tenant management tips: Finding Tenants This should be at the top of your list because, well without tenants you'll be out of a job. When you have a space to fill in the property first make sure that it is presentable. Throw on a fresh coat of paint, clean the carpet and fix the leak at the faucet. Once it looks good you can start placing ads, but consider the type of tenant that is interested in

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