7 Awesome Charities To Donate To This Year

Click on the links I provided below the video to Donate

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Generosity.org

March Of Dimes

Ryes Center

VH1 Save The Music

Make A Wish

Reading Benefits

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Samantha Jonas-Rongo

84% of people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Art has found that reading has declined among every group of adult Americans. Literacy has been improving in countries like India and China, but that literacy may not translate into more or deeper reading.

People seem to be reading less material particularly unrelated from celebrity gossip, social media or fashion. When was the last time you read a fiction novel, educational book, or a substantial magazine or news article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates or short written text messages? If you’re one of the majority of people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits.

More than often, people will tell me that I write too much, which is why they don’t bother to read or even view my site. On average, I write at most, 1000 words. That’s about the same as scrolling down your Facebook wall for 3 minutes. The only difference, I speak upon random, relevant subjects and matters, all in one proportion. My case being, there are differences in materials of reading, and what they offer. I believe, the more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

In this post, I will be brief, so therefore it’s not too much to read. As you read, realize that I’m not wrong for writing much, those who are too lazy to read are in the wrong and need to make the adjusment.

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As adults, whether parents or not, we need to set by example for any child, how essential and great reading is. I personally believe, not enforcing a child to participate in creative and productive reading, or setting by example, is terrible leadership of the essential reading habits a child should inquire. We want our children to read so they can build a productive vocabulary, an advanced imagination, and not only learn to make decisions now, but continue to make more.

It is not only healthy for you to read, but it gives your child the illusion of how important, and great it can be so they will continue as adults. It also shows that the existence and importance of reading outside of school is not a delusion, but a continuing part, and knowledge builder of life. Reading outside of the classroom will not seem foreign to them if they see it exists.

We teach our children to be leaders, not followers; and good leadership begins with gaining relevant information that is provided through reading and example.

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Leadership benefits of reading are actually wide-ranging. Evidence suggests reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Reading makes you smarter through a larger vocabulary, and more world knowledge in addition to the abstract reasoning skills. It is one of the quickest ways to acquire and assimilate new information. The more one reads, both adults and children, the more words they gain exposure to, and enhance their everyday vocabulary.

Reading not only helps build a child’s future leadership skills overall, it allows more effectiveness in leading others. Reading increases verbal intelligence, making a leader a more adept, and articulate communicator. Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing the average person, parent and leader to better work with and understand others.

I personally believe that reading across fields is good for creativity, and offers a larger decisions bracket to create and choose from. Leaders who can sample insights in other fields, such as sociology, the physical sciences, economics, or psychology, and apply them to the organizations or movements that they are leading, are more likely to innovate and prosper.

These deep, broad reading habits one must acquire as an adult, if haven’t during childhood already, are often a defining characteristic of our greatest leaders, and can catalyze insight, innovation, empathy, and personal effectiveness. An active literary life can also make you more personally effective by keeping you relaxed and improving health; as reading for only six minutes can reduce stress by 68%.

Some studies suggest reading may even fend off Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, extending the longevity of the mind.

Any business person (leader), understands that heightened emotional and mental intelligence will improve his or her leadership and management ability, along with parenting and running a household.

There are still many more reading benefits, but this is a short post.

Samantha Jonas-Rongo

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Click here for Books for America

Keep Calm and Love Animals

“In order to learn it’s strength, purpose, and ability to build happy, healthy relationships, everybody deserves a chance to love and to be loved: so do animals”…..Samantha Jonas-Rongo

Keep calm and love animals

Keep calm and Love Animals                                                                                Samantha Jonas-Rongo 

I love all of the animals of my family. I don’t like to use the label or term, “pet”, so I don’t. They are my family and I love them as so. We have one dog and two cats.

Kaine, our entertaining and rambunctious 18 month American Red Nosed Pit-bull has blessed our lives when he was only 8 weeks old. He has grown very quickly and is filled with so much energy and love for all of us and those he comes across.

My eldest feline friend, who we have had since she was 4 weeks old, is now 5 months and is an intelligent and affectionate black and white Tuxedo cat, who I must say loves to cuddle and has the most softest fur to compliment. She’s one of the first things I see when I wake in the morning and of the last things before I go to bed.

Then the youngest member of our tribe; Kyra, is our cinnamon swirl, American Short Haired cat. She is now almost 4 months old and she has been a joy in our life for more than 3 of those months. She is still growing, learning and maturing but is doing it fairly quickly.

We have fed each one of these amazing animals by the bottle, had trained them, bathed them, played with them, cared for them, fed them, cleaned up after them, and still continue to do it all and are thankful for the opportunity and ability to do so. Not only are they all a part of our family, but our extended family loves them all as well.

One day my sister and I had been leaving our brother’s house and as we walked past his neighbor’s porch, we noticed there were about 9 kittens slowly walking and playing in and outside a large cage. We asked if they were for sale, they weren’t, but because the ASPCA was actually on their way to pick them up since the owner was unable to provide for all of them alongside the cats she already had. However, she agreed to let me choose one of my choice before they arrived. I chose Kyra, not only because I loved her cinnamon swirl fur, but I admired her effort and ability to make her way towards me, as if she knew right then and there I had to make that decision. Since then, our house has been her home.

Kaine had been given to me on mother’s day from my fiancé. He opened the door and there he was with his bright blue-collar, wagging his tail ready to play and be held. We love him and he returns the love gracefully. We don’t know much about his past before he entered our lives, but we know what the possibilities for his life could have been. He was put up for sale by someone in the neighborhood we use to live in, and we know that as a male Red Nosed Pit-bull, he may be forced into living a life of fear, violence and danger due to his breed, and never given the chance to be that loving and affectionate dog he is today. Unfortunately, pit-bulls are given labels and are stereotyped, but that’s not any different from an individual profiling and discriminating another due to their race or religion. Due to Kaine’s situation, Mothers Day in effect, and my fiancé knowing how I feel and my stance when it comes to less fortunate issues, he knew it would make my gift even more special.

I love them both so very much!

Kylie was abandoned after her birth when the woman who had once owned her mother had moved and left all of them there in the empty house. They were only 2 weeks old. The neighbor had found them, nurtured them as much as he could, and decided to give them away for free to those who he knew would take good care of them. He happened to be my mother in laws friend so we were both given a kitten of our choice. Kylie was, and still is very adorable. When she was a kitten, she had a wondering left eye that I was worried may have a detachment so I felt even more compassion towards her. I chose her due to the love I felt immediately after I seen her. I wasn’t too sure at the time if her eye would be like that permanently, or if it was just a birth effect that she would grow out of, but I knew she would be loved regardless in my family. I was told to give it time and her eye may set itself in place naturally, it did in fact just a couple of days later. If that man had never saved them , who knows where my Kylie would have been or treated.

Not everyone can care for animals though, some can’t afford too. I would say may not have the time, but c’mon, as busy of a super woman as I am, along with the many other busy bodies I know with animal(s) to care for, that can’t be possible or an acceptable reason. Unless of course you are always traveling and are never home, then maybe so.

In my personal opinion, cats do not need an owner, they just need a safe environment to live in, maybe food, but they’re capable of finding their own source. They can survive on their own and are very independent, cleanly and intelligent which is why I love their company. Dogs however, have a more immature state of mind and are in more need of attention and play. They seem to stay in a child’s mind set throughout their life but become able to grow more loyal, loving and secure relationships easier.

 Having animals isn’t much different from having children. They require both the same needs besides clothing, unless of course you live in Beverly Hills. Unlike humans, animals can only signal,and cant speak the same language to tell you what they want or feel so communication which is key in any relationship, is limited. However, with children, if needed, you can get assistance in the care and support of them for food, medical, shelter, cash, utility payments, job search, etc with available government programs, with or without more help by their other parent/guardian and even tax credit incentives. Having animals takes 100% independence to care for. So as a single pet owner, I guess it is correct to say you’re a real single mother/ father.  Their medical bills to food is of the owners responsibility, and it isn’t cheap.  Toilet paper and Pampers overtime are cheaper than forever needing kitty litter.

 If I didn’t enter their life, who knows what could have happened to them. They could have ended up in a shelter and then released or put up for adoption. Regardless, Kylie, Kyra and Kaine, along with all other animals around the globe deserve to be treated humanly. They could have actually ended up in a better home than mines that included more amenities but I know that what I have and can offer to them is more than they need and will always be available.

Animals deserve all the love and rights that we expect as humans to have. Throughout the year,  donations are needed to help with the shelter, and support of animals in shelters, and in the wild. You don’t have to donate a lot. Any amount is enough to add some assistance for an animal in need whether its money towards a shelter’s electric bill or food count, a private veterinarian practice, or food and fresh water for those who are stray . I have attached some links where you can also learn more about animals and how you can help in their survival and well-being.

Why not help those who would do anything for us?                                              Samantha Jonas-Rongo

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Click here to donate to the ASPCA

Click here to donate to The Humane Society

Click here to donate, adopt or learn more about the North Shore Animal League

Click for AllPaws and find a local animal shelter near you

 

 

Hope for Child Homelessness

Hope For Child Homelessness

Samantha Jonas-Rongo

“Every child deserves to have a home of their own. It doesn’t have to be of many stories, stretch across a wide depth of field, or have attached amenities, but a home that is safe and healthy. A home that is strong and safe on the outside to protect all of the love that exists within it’s walls.”…..Samantha Jonas-Rongo

According to a comprehensive state-by-state report that accuses the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and pervasive domestic violence; the number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all time high. Amounting to one child of every 3.

Teen homelessness rates are on the rise. A concern is that homeless kids are the most likely target of human traffickers, pornographers and gangs. These vulnerable kids are forced to endure unimaginable horrors, just to survive.

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report issued by the “National Center on Family Homelessness”, calculates nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point during 2013. This number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted.

The problem is particularly severe in the state of California, which has one-eighth of the current U.S. population, but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children with nearly 527,000.

According to the report, Child homelessness increased by 8 percent nationally from 2012 to 2013. It also warned of potentially devastating affects on children’s educational, emotional and social development, as well as basing by their parents’ health, employment prospects and parenting abilities.

The report included a composite index ranking the states on the extent of child homelessness, efforts to combat it, and the overall level of child well-being throughout the state. The states with the best scores were Minnesota, Nebraska and Massachusetts. At the bottom were Alabama, Mississippi and California.

The new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness — a part of the private, nonprofit American Institutes for Research — says remedies for child homelessness should include an expansion of affordable housing, education and employment opportunities for homeless parents, and specialized services for the many mothers rendered homeless due to domestic violence.

Efforts to obtain more resources to combat child homelessness are complicated by debate over how to quantify it.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts an annual one-day count of homeless people that encompasses shelters, as well as parks, underpasses, vacant lots and other locales. Its latest count, for a single night in January 2013, tallied 610,042 homeless people, including 130,515 children.

The year 2014 has increased by thousands. We need to help those who need it the most, and remember that the children of today are our future of tomorrow. Not every family who is affected by homelessness was due to a lack of handling responsibilities or even contributing to drug and alcohol use. The loss of  job, especially those in the middle class are affected traumatically. They made too much to qualify for public assistance and therefore they are on their own until they are able to find another job.

Please click the links below that I have provided so you can learn more on child homelessness, and how you can help those in need find shelter. While children should be creating  a Christmas list during this time of year, another is just hoping for a safe place to call home.

-Samantha Jonas-Rongo

Click on any of the links below to donate or browse their site.

Facts

Buffalo City Mission

Coalition For The Homeless

Salvation Army

Donate in your area


Hi, America? America needs our help!

 Hi, America? America Needs Our Help!                                                                     Samantha Jonas-Rongo

 “People should have food at their calling as we do oxygen on a daily basis”…Samantha Jonas-Rongo

With the holidays arriving abruptly, we are finishing up with our last minute shopping, decorating and travel plans. It is the time of year where meal preparations and dinner invites make the holidays even more special. Friends and family will be surrounding each other sharing years of meal traditions as many less fortunate families and individuals are going to go without a basic meal to eat. Give this season to those who need it the most. You can even make a donation and place it in your child’s name. Give them the credit and the experience of helping those who can benefit from it the most. This is what Christmas is all about anyways, right? Below I have attached links to some of the charities my husband  and I donate to throughout the year . Help feed America and give the season a true meaning.

    – Samantha Jonas-Rongo

Click on any of the links below to donate or browse their site.

Feed The Children

Feeding America

http://www.foodpantries.org/ Find your local food pantry for services or donations.

Salvation Army Find your local Salvation Army or donate online