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The Shade Tree Fundraiser was a HUGE Success

As many of you know last month we were able to be a part of a very special cause throughout all of your Las Vegas locations by running our dollar for dollar fundraiser to benefit the Shade Tree Las Vegas. As we mentioned in our post in October The Shade Tree is an amazing organization whose mission is, “To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.”

During the month of October Check City matched donations that came from our amazing customers and we’re extremely excited to announce that the Check City Southern NV branches raised $21, 074 for The Shade Tree of Las Vegas and we will be matching it dollar for dollar and presenting Shade Tree with a check for $42,148! We couldn’t be happier with how this years fundraiser turned out and we appreciate the generosity of all our customers that made this fundraiser such a HUGE success!

Give Back With The Warm Hearts Coat Drive

Fall in is full effect here in Utah and as the temperatures start to drop most people are excited to start planning their Holiday feasts or get out and start their Holiday shopping but for many of the less fortunate people accross Utah the cold weather is much more serious matter. While most people are just able to grab a coat on the way out the door, many people in the state don’t have coats or the means to buy their own coats and that is why Check City is happy to announce that for the seventh year we’ll be participating in the Warm Hearts Coat Drive. This year like many in the past Check City is excited to be teaming up with Fox 13 and Catholic Community Services of Utah. By combining our efforts with those of Fox 13 and Catholic Community Services we’re hoping to be able to get more donations than any year in the past.

Last week Big Buddah was able to come and discuss the coat drive with one of our Managers, it was a great time for a great cause!

To be a part of something great this Holiday season, take any coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets or other cold weather gear that is in good condition and that you’re not using anymore and drop them off at any of our 28 Utah locations. Check City thanks you for your participation and we’re extremely excited to see just how much good we can do for the community this Thanksgiving season.

Shade Tree Fundraiser AND free kelly and michael tickets

Check City is excited to announce that for the third year in a row we will be raising funds for The Shade Tree in Las Vegas, NV. For those of you not familiar with The Shade Tree and the amazing work that they do here is their description from their about us page,

“The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of it’s kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18.”

During the entire month of October you’ll be able to donate to The Shade Tree in any of our Las Vegas locations. These donations allow Shade Tree to offer help, healing and hope to abused women and Children in crisis. During the month of October your donation will go even further with the help of Check City.

Check City will match every dollar donated during the month of October up to $20,000! Last year we were actually able to help The Shade Tree raise $29,100 to help in their great cause and we’re excited to see if we can beat that this year.

When you come in, don’t forget to register to win a fabulous trip to see live with kelly & michael in New York City hotel, airfare and tickets. Visit any Check City with your chance to win and make your donations to Shade Tree.

United Way Day of Caring

Check City is always looking for ways to help within our community through different community outreach projects. Today Check City is happy to be helping out with the United Way Day of Caring. The United Way does an amazing job of giving citizens an opportunity to improve the community through service and today’s opportunity is no different.

Today is the 21st annual Day of Caring and we were able to participate by donating our time by helping out the children of our community in the Clearfield area. We had the opportunity to visit a Clearfield area elementary school and sit down with children to listen to them read.

Everyone involved had a great time and we’re already looking forward to next year!

Check City Raises $29,100 with Shade Tree Fund Raiser

If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of month’s you’ll probably remember that during the month’s of February and March Check City set a goal to raise as much money as possible for The Shade Tree in Las Vegas. For those of you that are not familiar with The Shade Tree and the great work that they do for the people of Las Vegas here is a breif summary from their about page:

“The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of it’s kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18.”

Check City has a long standing philosophy of teaming up with exceptional local charitable causes and The Shade Tree is definitely one of those exceptional causes.

As a result of the dollar matching fundraiser that we held in all of our Las Vegas Check City locations we were able to deliver a check on April 1, 2013 for a total of $29,100 to Marlene Richter, executive director of Shade Tree. Everyone here at Check City is extremely excited about the success of this fundraiser and want to thank all of our loyal customers who helped us reach this goal with their generous donations.

For more information about how you can help Check City with future fundraisers follow us on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CheckCity
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Google Plus: http://plus.google.com/+checkcity

Check City is always looking for ways to give back, in the past we’ve conducted fundraisers for items including school supplies, coats, blankets, food, and many more. If you have any recommendations for future fundraisers be sure to leave your ideas in the comment section below.

Help Check City Donate Up To $20,000 to The Shade Tree!

Check City is proud to announce that during the month of January we will be matching all of the donations made to The Shade Tree in all of our Nevada locations. We will be matching donations dollar for dollar all the way up to $20,000!

For those of you not familiar with The Shade Tree, it is the largest shelter of it’s kind in the state of Nevada, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade

Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year.

Your donations along with the dollar for dollar donation match from Check City will allow The Shade Tree to offer Help, Healing, and Hope to homeless and abused women and children in crisis.

During January your donations will go even further with the help of Check City for every dollar donated Check City will match your donation up to $20,000. And when you come in register to win you come in register to win a fabulous trip to see live with Kelly & Michael in New York City which included hotel, airfare and tickets. Please visit any Check City location for your chance to win and make your donations to Shade Tree giving help healing and hope.

4 Great Thanksgiving Service Ideas

Serving Others on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and it is a prime time to serve others who are less fortunate. This is typically one of the most popular times of the year for volunteer work. With all of the celebrations, gifts, and heavy meals, it is a great time to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate. The holiday season can be a very difficult time for many people, so this can be a great time to perform service.

Helping others brings a sense of happiness and worth no matter your circumstances. Whether you have an abundance to share, or are struggling and need to get a sense of perspective for your own life, serving others can be a great way to ground yourself and find peace during the holidays. There are so many different ways to serve others. Here are some great Thanksgiving service ideas:

Soup Kitchens

Consider volunteering at a local soup kitchen to help feed the poor and homeless. Soup kitchens are always looking for people to help setup the service area, collect the food, prepare and serve the food. The kitchens are always grateful for helpers, and usually offer flexible schedules and roles. You can spend the day helping others feel a critical sense of connection.

Meals on Wheels

Deliver meals to the elderly in need. You can usually find opportunities at local churches or organizations to deliver meals to the elderly or others. For a small investment of your time, you can help make a family feel connected and happy during the holidays.

Visiting

Visit people in nursing homes or hospitals. You can call a nursing home, or hospital, and ask if they have someone who might need company on Thanksgiving. By determining the age and health of the people you’ll visit, you can tailor your visit to their needs. For instance, you might talk, sing, or enjoy a meal with the residents. Consider taking a small gift to make someone’s day a little brighter.

Fundraise

You can be part of a fundraising opportunity for your holiday. You can participate in a race and raise money for a good cause. If you aren’t up to running the 5K, consider volunteering at the event. You can contribute to a good cause and enjoy the air!

There are many great Thanksgiving service ideas. From fundraising to soup kitchens, the opportunities are amazing. Each offers a sense of well-being and connectedness that can ground you into your own life and make you grateful for your own set of challenges. Thank you for reading, we hope you have enjoyed these Thanksgiving service ideas.

Helping Others and Yourself by Giving Frugally

The recent so labeled Superstorm Sandy has brought as much hope and evidences of the human spirit to individuals as it has brought damage and destruction to the affected areas. The storm has brought together helping hand from all walks of life and has forced communities to band together in an effort to help each other persevere through this hard time. Sandy has also played a role in reminding people across the country that charitable services are more than something nice to contribute to occasionally but are also valued and necessary for those less fortunate and in need.

This powerful storm that has caused so much damage has brought out the good of human nature. Caring and helping have become the standard whereas selfishness and greed have been shelved. With the holiday season approaching, people across the country hope to see this trend of lifting others increase and efforts to do so are cropping up around the nation.

For those with a strict budget, however, the opportunity to donate to charitable institutions may seem like a financial incapability. For those who find themselves in the predicament to donate but who are not sure if they can afford it, or for those who wish to be frugal while still helping others, consider some alternative ways to donate to various charities. One way to give a meaningful donation to a charity without having to write a massive check is by giving of one’s self.

Giving of your time to help volunteer in any capacity with any charity is one way to donate value without donating monetary value. And in many ways, spending the time to help is in many ways is more rewarding than writing a big check.

Another helpful donation to charities beyond giving simple money is be donating unwanted or expendable possessions such as old clothes or furniture to those institutions that can use them to better the lives of others.

By giving of one’s time and possessions, an individual or family who wish to remain financially responsible and frugal while giving to others can be of as much more help to the needy as those who donate finances only.

 

Helping Others and Yourself by Giving Frugally

Charity Gives Back More Than It Takes

Charitably contributing your money, supplies and time is a proven method of improving your financial situation. You give away money, and somehow you end up richer then you were before.  It’s counter-intuitive right? But it’s true. People, who have done it, swear by it. So what is it about giving more of yourself that will turn around and help you too?

Some attribute it to God, others to fate. A plausible explanation that could support either argument is charity’s effect on the mind.

Feel Goods
Each time you give something to someone else in need, you feel good about it. You are happier than you are normally and realize at some deeper level that you’ve done something good with what blessings of monetary wealth that you do have. The better you feel about what you’ve done, the more you’re okay with having less money, which leads into the next point.

Being Okay With Spending Less

As you begin to realize that you have less money, you become more money conscious, and hence, more okay with saving it. You will more likely forgo the extra, unnecessary expenses in life and find better ways to save. Instead of buying name brand cereal, you might go for the generic brands that taste almost exactly the same. Instead of buying the new 56” HD TV, you’re going to be happy with your 37” flat screen you bought five years ago.

There really is something to realizing that you can use your money for something better than helping yourself. When you help others with money, you value it less in your own life and want to give more to help other people. The less you value money, the less you’re going to spend it on yourself. Give to others and you’ll end up giving more to yourself than you ever have before. Oxymoron’s are what seem to drive life sometimes.

Why We Should All Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Making a Difference for the Animals You Love

We all want to do our part to make a difference in the world, but deciding on the right path can be a difficult decision. One of the most rewarding decisions you can make is to volunteer at the local animal shelter.

If you are an animal lover, and you want a chance to give back to the animals you love, then spending an hour or two every week at the animal shelter will be just the right thing for you.

It will give you a great opportunity to spend time with the animals you love, with the added benefit of giving them your love.

Deciding to volunteer at the animal shelter is a big decision, and you should definitely think it through carefully before you make the choice. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of working at an animal shelter to help you make the best decision.

Becoming a Part of Something Important

Often our lives become overrun with boring and unimportant things, but when we have the chance to help others, our lives can gain important meaning.

When you volunteer at an animal shelter, you are helping out in a place that really needs your help.

If you want to help make a difference in the world and help the animals you love, working in an animal shelter is the thing you need to become part of something amazing.

You Can Make Friends with Man’s Best Friend

There is something special about the relationship between animals and the people who care for them. As a volunteer at a local animal shelter, you will have the chance to build a bond with an animal that you will love.

If you aren’t sure that you are ready for a pet, but sure you want to do something for animals, this can be your opportunity to share a bond that will make your decision much simpler.

Building Friendships with Those You May Have Never Met Otherwise

Volunteering at an animal shelter will give you the unique opportunity to make friends with likeminded people.

If you are looking for a chance to expand your network and make new friends, the animal shelter is the right place to go. Working with a group of people who love animals like you is the perfect chance to find new friends who are involved in their communities and who come from many backgrounds and career paths.

Discovering Skills You Never Knew You Had

Whatever field you are working in, the opportunity to work with animals at the animal shelter may be a great chance for you to discover skills you didn’t know you had.

At the animal shelter, you will require many skills that you may not require in the other parts of your life. You may discover that you have a whole other skill set that will fulfill you and add a level of happiness to your daily life that you wouldn’t otherwise experience.

Discovering new skills and abilities is always a beneficial experience, and it can help you to be more successful in the other areas of your life.

Spending Time with the Animals You Love

There is something special about making contact with a great animal. It can brighten up your day and lift your spirits to make the rest of your time much more enjoyable. Spending time with and taking care of the animals can be very therapeutic and a great stress reliever.

If you are looking for an outlet that will allow you to feel happy and experience the world in a more interesting way, a bit of volunteering at the animal shelter may be just the thing to do the trick.

Now is the time to begin volunteering and to experience the great things that come along with it. Keep reading the Check City blog for more great posts to improve your life!

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