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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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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Recent Non-Profit Study Named The 10 Worst Charities To Donate To In America

The holidays are coming up quickly, and they're bringing the spirit of giving with them. Aside from giving presents to loved ones and friends, generous people often donate to charities around this time of the year. The holiday season is also one of the more profitable times of the year for most non-profits. However, you should be careful where you give your money. A recent report by the Tampa Bay Times shows exactly how much of your donated money goes to help the intended cause, and calls out the most wasteful non-profits in America.

1.) Committee For Missing Children

The Committee for Missing Children raised $27 million in donations over the past decade. They moved nearly $24 million of that to fundraising companies instead of helping kids.

2.) Children's Wish Foundation International

Children's Wish reportedly spent around $600,000 granting wishes to terminally ill children in 2010 and gave them donated goods valued at $3 million. The organization paid professional fundraisers nearly $6 million for their services the same year.

3.) Breast Cancer Relief Foundation

This was one of the nation's most wasteful charities for the past decade, according to IRS records. Throughout the decade, it raised nearly $64 million through professional fundraisers, while allowing companies to keep 70% of donations. Just more than 2% of donations raised were given directly to hospitals or to women in need of breast cancer screenings.
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4.) National Veterans Services Fund

Many feel as if our veterans don't get the benefits they deserve after serving our country. In 2011, this charity raised about $9 million, and solicitors kept nearly 82% of the total amount raised.

5.) Children's Cancer Fund Of America

The Cancer Fund and its associated charities (including Children's Cancer Fund) raised $110 million in the past three years. The charities' solicitors were paid more than $75 million. Since it formed, Children's Cancer Fund raised nearly $38 million and let professional fundraisers keep nearly 78% of the money.

6.) International Union Of Police Associations

Of the $57 million in donations to this organization over the past decade, more than 72 cents of every dollar went to professional solicitors. Less than half of one percent (about $28,000 a year) was spent on survivor benefits.

7.) Firefighters Charitable Foundation

From 2002 to 2011, this organization raised $64 million in donations and paid $55 million of that to its solicitors. The charity spent less than 10 cents of every dollar raised on direct financial help to those in need.

8.) American Association of State Troopers

This organization raised about $45 million and spent less than $4 million on member benefits since 2004. The police officers represented by the charity get only around 16 percent of the money raised. Over the past eight years, the average percentage of funds spent on direct aid to members was much lower, at only around 9 percent.

9.) Cancer Fund of America

Year after year, CFA raises millions and sends 82 percent to its for-profit fundraisers. Fundraisers collected $98 million in donations over the past decade. Patients received less than $1 million in direct cash aid over those 10 years, according to IRS records.

10.) Kid's Wish Network

Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations every year, all in the name of dying children and their families. Each year, it squanders almost every penny. Sick children wind up with less than 3 cents of every dollar raised.
This year, when you plan to donate to a charity, do your research and make sure that the your chosen charity wisely spends their money. Yes, administrative and fundraising costs will always be present, but the cause is what's most important. Focus on who you end up helping.

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