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Jean Robb

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Volunteer and Market Yourself…Remarkably

“Remarkable Marketable Mehelps you share your remarkable gifts volunteering, making you more marketable along the way.

By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

After reading the above information ask yourself “why would I choose any other realtor”?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Charity Gift Exchange ~ Empowering Donors
Hi, Jean Robb here. This is the time of year that we start to ask that all important question " What do I give someone that has everything?". The holidays give us the opportunity to show our friends and family how important they are but in this economy it can be hard to do on a budget.  What about a Gift Exchange! You can make a donation to a cause that's important to them and show you really care .So instead of giving a $10.00 gift that has no real meaning how about a $10.00 gift that will make a real difference! Here's some helpful ideas and tools to make sure your money is well spent!

Giving Tips

America's charities, and more importantly, those they serve, need your support. And, as you can tell when you open your mailbox at this time of the year, they aren’t afraid to ask for it. Why do appeals increase at year-end? Because the year-end holidays are a time of religious and moral reflection that inspire many people to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Less altruistically, but still just as important, donors need to make their end-of-year giving decisions by December 31 to qualify for a tax deduction in this calendar year. Knowing that, charities increase their solicitations and an increase in charitable giving occurs between Thanksgiving and New Years.
But your support will do little to improve our world unless we all commit to pursuing responsible and informed philanthropy. We offer the following guidelines to ensure your holiday contributions are well-spent.
  • Ensure the charity is efficient, ethical and effective: Before you give to any charity this holiday season, be sure to check that the charity meets these three criteria.
    • Fiscal Health: Financially healthy organizations – those that are both financially efficient and sustainable - have greater flexibility and freedom to pursue their charitable mission. Charity Navigator’s 0 to 4- star rating system includes a review of each charity’s fiscal performance.
    • Accountable & Transparent: Generally speaking, charities that follow good governance practices are less likely to engage in unethical or irresponsible activities so, the risk that charities would misuse donations is lower than for charities that don't adopt such practices. Donors can access a review of each charity’s Accountability & Transparency via Charity Navigator’s free website.
    • Results: Knowing what the charity has accomplished is a critical step; after all, the charity’s ability to bring about long lasting and meaningful change in the world is the key reason for their existence and what you want your donation to be used for. Charity Navigator will begin to provide a review of each charity’s results reporting within the coming year. In the meantime, you can learn about a charity’s results by reviewing its website and/or talking with staff. They should be able to tell you more than just the number of activities or people served and speak to the quality and depth of their results (for example, not just whether someone got a job but for how long) as well as their capacity to continue to get these results.
  • Hang up the phone: Now that the election is over, you can count on telemarketers seeking more business from charities, which means more phone calls soliciting your support. Avoid them and their generally high fundraising costs.
  • Give without strings attached: Donors like to designate their contributions for specific projects and purposes. While this is ideal for disaster giving (such as with Superstorm Sandy), don’t be the roadblock in your favorite charity’s quest to do good work. Take the time to research your charity so that you can trust them. Then give an unrestricted gift so the charity has the flexibility to respond to changing demands for its services - even if that means your gift may pay to keep the lights on.
  • Find the perfect fit: Don’t settle for organizations that aren’t an exact match for your philanthropic goals. No matter what you want to support there’s a charity out there that matches your intentions. You just need to take the time to find it and confirm (not just assume) it offers the programs and services that match your charitable interests.
  • Don’t forget ‘non-Sandy’ charities: In recent months, a significant amount of charitable donations went to Hurricane Sandy relief organizations. History has shown that giving doesn’t change much from year to year. As a result, much of the contributions that non-disaster aid charities were depending on have been diverted to relief charities. This holiday season consider supporting these groups so that they are not forced to cut programs and services.

We wish you nothing but the best in all of your charitable endeavors this holiday season.
Happy Holidays from Charity Navigator!

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There are nearly 200,000 military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands more that are geographically separated from their families during assignments when it is not feasible for the family to accompany them.

The Problem

Deployed military members leave behind spouses, children and parents who must try to maintain life as usual while their loved one is away. In addition, they are often left to settle into a new community without the support of local family and friends.Because the military family may be new to town or on their own, it can be even more stressful for them to locate childcare, register children for school, schedule doctor appointments and maintain a home. These problems are compounded when the spouse is deployed. In many instances, it can be just as stressful when a spouse returns from deployment, especially if that person has been injured.

The Solution

Military families that are settling into a new home and community have many needs that can be met by volunteers who may be able to babysit, help with errands, locate a handyman, jumpstart a car, or prepare a meal. Volunteers can also be a resource to find others in the community who can provide support.

Time Commitment

Varies.Often the most valuable service you can provide is just being there and listening.

Special Considerations

Skills vary—offer what you know how to do.

Who can do this?

Primarily individuals or faith-based groups.

Great Reasons to do this Project

Military men and women and their families make tremendous sacrifices as they serve our country. Your support lets them know how much their service is appreciated. Members of the military represent the leaders of the next generation. By supporting them we are encouraging them to continue their service—eventually outside the military, in our communities.

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