Find, Friend & Follow Us Issue 11 | 2018
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GIVING OUR BEST FOR UNITED WAY
One of the many ways the Do it Best team lives out Mesquite - Once again, Team Mesquite held their popular poker
our servant leadership philosophy is through their tournament. There were also raffles, bingo, and Plinko. United
support of our annual United Way campaign. With this year’s Way partner agencies We Care for Animals and the Mesquite
theme of “Giving Our Best”, staff have stepped up to meet our Cancer Help Society visited the warehouse during lunch to share
company goal of $240,000 by November 2. “There is tremendous how United Way dollars positively affect their agencies.
work being doing throughout the country by United Way partner
agencies and we are excited to be a part of the solution,” said Montgomery - Team Montgomery kicked off their campaign
Kelly Stezowski, company campaign coordinator. “United week with a pizza lunch. They also held 50/50 drawings and gave
Way gives those who are struggling the opportunity to be self- away special prizes to the top three donors.
sufficient, and our philosophy of serving others the way we want
to be served ties into this mission very well.” Sikeston - Things got competitive in Sikeston with a chili contest
and bag toss tournament. Additionally, representatives from Cape
Check out the ways each of our locations contributed to the Girardeau County and Scott County came to address the team
cause and has given their best for this year’s campaign. and educate them on how their contributions are put to use.
Burnsville - Keeping to tradition, the team hosted their annual Waco - Department Manager Bobby Mitchell once again
raffle to raise funds for United Way local partner agencies. brought new fundraising ideas to the Waco warehouse. This
year, staff had the opportunity to participate in several all-you-
Dixon - Team members had a treat day, baked potato bar, 50/50 can-eat breakfast fundraisers and could purchase candy bars and
raffle, and Queen of Hearts and Poker tournaments. They also Gatorade to benefit the cause.
heard from United Way representatives about the impact their
donations make in the community. Woodburn - Team
Fort Wayne - Campaign committee members divided into three with their local United
teams and visited The League, Vincent’s Village, and YWCA to see Way and had a bag toss
community needs firsthand. competition on their
new concrete pad.
Lexington - The team kicked off their campaign season by
holding a dollar table where staff could buy items priced for $1
with all proceeds
going to United
Way. They also
had a hot dog and
Medina - Raffles Team members learn about Vincent’s Village, an agency serving homeless families The Woodburn warehouse was awarded a
and auctions and children in Allen County, IN. Corporate Leadership Award for their years
were the focus for of donations to United Way. Together they
Medina’s campaign filled three U-Haul trailers worth of items
week. They selected that were used to help improve the Taylor
a local United Way House, a shelter for homeless youth in the
partner agency to area.
thank them for
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QUARTERLY ALL LET'S TALK LOGISTICS
General managers from each of our warehouses and our Fort
Wayne Logistics team gathered in Indianapolis for their annual
National Logistics Meeting to prepare for 2019. “This four day event got us
energized for the coming year and it was a great opportunity to have everyone
in the same room to connect and share best practices,” said National Logistics
Manager Steve Rose.
The primary focus of the meeting centered around planning for the new
Warehouse Management System set to launch next year. Additionally,
the group discussed how to improve our current procedures and be well-
positioned for the company’s future growth. They also collaborated with
Human Resources to address the challenges of today’s hiring and recruiting
process, and met with our Merchandising leadership team to talk about supply
chain enhancements. Finally, general managers met with member-owners to
learn about trends and growth opportunities in the industry.
The second quarterly all staff meeting for Issue 11, 2018
FY2019 focused on our ongoing initiatives to
strengthen our position as the first and best
choice in the independent home improvement
industry. VP of Finance Doug Roth provided a
review of the company’s financial performance
to date and President & CEO Dan Starr
reinforced the need to make it easier for
members to do business with us to help them
add value to their businesses.
FIRST AND BEST CHOICE At the conclusion of the National Sales Meeting,
AT THE FALL MARKET Nick Talarico, VP of sales and business
development, honored those who went above
The 2018 fall market was and beyond to serve our members and drive their
territory growth in 2018.
an incredible weekend
Top Signing – (tie) Rich Thompson and Jason
for our member-owners Williams
filled with learning, New Business (Regional) – Region 7, with
$41.2 million in total new business: Wayne Adkins,
networking, and Greg Fuller, Todd Harris, Jeff Malmon, Ron NaSal,
Jeff Sandy, Jesse Sarenana, Ron Skinner, and
purchasing opportunities Kevin Tindall
to grow their businesses. Best Sales Performance (Regional) – Region 7,
with a 64% total sales increase: Wayne Adkins,
For Do it Best staff, the Greg Fuller, Todd Harris, Jeff Malmon, Ron NaSal,
Jeff Sandy, Jesse Sarenana, Ron Skinner, and Kevin
weekend started on Tindall
Thursday evening at Retail Performance Award – John Branigan and
the team kickoff with
Innovation Award – Cicely Ware
dinner and music at
Rookie of the Year – Jesse Sarenana
Howl at the Moon. It
Sales Excellence – Kevin Berry, Matt Facemire,
was a great night of fun Todd Harris, Jeremy Haskins, Roy Jones, Mike
Melchi, Ron Mullen, Christian Parra, Rich Thompson,
and comradery before Todd Hixon catches up with LBM members on the Dan Wasvick, Mark Webster, Jason Williams
a busy weekend. Also market floor.
ahead of the market, the Leadership Award – Greg Fuller
Sales team met to do strategic planning and recap the product road show Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Cranney
implemented earlier this summer. Leroy Zimmerman Memorial Team Member of
the Year – Kevin Tindall
On Friday during the Power Preview, vendors served up delicious samples and
members got up close and personal with the latest power tools and grills at Our thanks to all our Sales and Business
Victory Field. There were also insightful Education Day sessions and special Development award winners as they strive for
events including the LBM Industry Update and Reception. After a full day of excellence in helping our members grow and
learning, attendees were treated to an outstanding Market Kickoff where VP achieve their dreams.
of Marketing Rich Lynch and VP of Merchandising Steve Markley addressed
the need for members to embrace change and implement new marketing
and assortment strategies to remain relevant. They were followed by guest
speaker Johnny Cupcakes who shared his unconventional insights that helped
his t-shirt business become an international sensation. His release of an
exclusive Do it Best market t-shirt had members lining up to purchase them
and take back to their stores.
Saturday marked the official opening of the market floor, but first members
enjoyed breakfast and product updates at the Merchandising Preview.
The day also offered members the opportunity to attend featured speaker
sessions, LBM’s Super Saturday Specials and
another strong showing at the prospective member
luncheon for the fourth market in a row. To wrap
up the day, everyone boogied down with an
exclusive concert by KC & The Sunshine Band.
Sunday was an exciting day that included the Greg was honored with the Leadership Kevin received the Leroy Zimmerman
Member & Vendor Excellence Breakfast and Award. Team Member of the Year Award.
International Reception. During the Shareholders’
Meeting, President & CEO Dan Starr spoke about
the need to be prepared for the future by investing
in growth initiatives and highlighted members
who have embraced change to ensure their market
relevance. On Sunday morning, member rebates
exceeding $100 million were handed out with six
members receiving rebates above $1 million each,
and one member earning a rebate in excess of $2.6
million. Later in the evening, all members picked up
their rebate checks.
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CONNECTING A YEAR OF GIVING IN REVIEW
VENDORS Do it Best team members not only work hard for our member-owners, they’re
also quick to give and volunteer in innumerable ways. Take a look back at the
To further position ourselves as generous spirit of giving shown by our team throughout this year.
the first and best choice in the
independent home improvement Blood Drives – Team members Day of Caring –
industry, our Merchandising team periodically give blood and save three Team members
met with nearly 80 vendors on lives with every donation. gave a vacation
October 30 during the second Open day to participate
Buying Day of the year. This event in United Way’s
was an opportunity to help our Day of Caring.
members differentiate themselves This year,
in the marketplace with innovative volunteers put
products from new vendor partners. the finishing
touches on the
Associate Merchandise Managers SCAN Children’s
Brad Schieber and Laura Williams Garden.
and Merchandise Coordinator
Nancy Kartholl organized the Goodwill Clothing Drive – The Fort Wayne employee board sponsored their semi-annual Goodwill clothing
event. All prospective vendors were drive and team members filled six large bins of gently used items over a two-week period for a total of 708
pre-selected through an online pounds of donated goods.
application, and given 20 minutes
to present their products for the Races – Throughout
opportunity to become a Do it Best the year, many
supplier. It was a great way for team members
our team to review new vendor participated in races
relationships from all over the to raise money for
country. their local or national non-profit organization of
choice. Pictured right, Renee Perkins, accounts
“Our first Open Buying day in the receivable representative, participated in a bike
spring worked very well and we ride for Ronald McDonald House.
received a lot of positive feedback
from vendors and our merchandise
managers. This Open Buying Day
had much the same result and it
is important to help us stay on
the forefront of the industry and
keep our members competitive and
relevant,” said Brad.
Operation Gear Up 4 School – While Dan
Walton, digital communications specialist, was
serving in Afghanistan, team members all across
the company stepped up to fill more than a
dozen boxes of school supplies to help Dan and
his team rebuild the lives of children overseas.
The next Open Buying Day is Study Connection – During the school year, team
scheduled for the spring of 2019. members spend one hour a week tutoring elementary
school students in subjects where they are struggling.
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ABOVE AND BEYOND: CELEBRATE
HESTER AND MARTIN
MAKE A SPECIAL DELIVERY VP of Logistics Tim Miller To celebrate the upcoming birth
celebrated his 50th birthday on of her child, co-workers organized
Woodburn General Manager Mark Hester and Department Manager October 1 with well wishes from a baby shower for Manager of
Jim Martin stepped up in a big way for Alaskan member-owned fellow team members. Internal Audit Betsy Harris.
store Hammer & Wikan. After a mix-up with a paint vendor,
Hammer & Wikan found themselves low on colorant, jeopardizing The LBM team
their weekend paint sales. When Jim and Mark learned about the gave Divisional
situation, they wanted to help. They hopped on the road with two Manager of
cases of colorant in tow and made the drive to the Portland Airport. Building Material
With arrangements for the colorant to fly out on an Alaskan Airlines Sales Jean Fahy
plane, Hammer & Wikan was quickly back in the paint business. warm wishes for
her 50th birthday.
“Logistics is a tough business and all too often we only hear about
the things that go wrong, but this was a great example of our team
members going over and above to provide outstanding service to
our members. Their responsiveness left an indelible impression on
this member that won’t soon be forgotten,” said Regional Manager
“I think what is equally
impressive to the result of
their efforts is that they did
so on their own accord. No
one asked them to do this
and I didn’t even know it
was happening. Awesome
work, Jim and Mark,” said
VP of Logistics Tim Miller.
IT FEELS GOOD TO LOSE IN MESQUITE
Team members in Mesquite once again held their Biggest
Loser Challenge as a supportive way to get healthier - just
in time for the annual biometric testing for our health care incentives.
This year, 12 competitors lost a total of over 71 pounds. The top three
losers pictured L to R were Pam Tait (2nd), Loni Bame (1st), and Misty
Gant (3rd). Loni lost over 9% of her body weight, and the three of them
combined lost over 45 pounds. Great job, everyone!
FORT FOR FITNESS Volunteers kept runners hydrated
at this year’s Fort4Fitness race by
keeping the water table well-stocked
for participants taking on the 4 mile, 10k, and half, and full marathons.
Several team members participated in this running event including Adam
Porter, Dan Sloat, Stacey Stanton, Celeste Stevens, and Laura Williams.
National Logistics Associate Merchandise
Manager Steve Rose Manager Courtney
completed the marathon. Herring ran the half
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HONORING OUR VETERANS
Veterans Day traces its roots to the end of hostilities
in World War I with the signing of the Treaty of
Versailles. The day was honored as Armistice Day
and became a national holiday in 1938, but in
1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor
all US veterans. Let’s take a moment to honor Do it Best team
members who have served in all branches of service and
sacrificed their time and energy to protect our country.
DIXON Beth Angie FIELD STAFF
L to R: Mary Gutsche, L to R: Kevin Berry, Ron Skinner, Ron NaSal, Scott Kinkella,
Tom Davis, and Neil Steve Pettinger, Bob Cranney, and Jesse Sarenana
FORT WAYNE L to R: Brian Reed, Bob Grabowski, Stacey Crosby,
Steve Myers, Brian Headings, and Hope Shaver
LEXINGTON DeMarco Vince Byron MEDINA Rob
Gilliam Seay Smith Curnoe
L to R: Stanley Williams, Mike L to R: Tom Komjati,
Thomason, Craishod Norris, Barbara Regina Edgin, and
Walker, Roger Dorflinger, Willette Jim Maurer
Wright, and William Fatherree
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L to R: Tim Boetticher, Mike Ethington, Cole Atwood,
Al McNeil, Sean Birch, Kim King, and Robert Otero
L to R: John Soultanakis,
Jerry Wilson, Rich Sager,
and Zach Hoffert
L to R: Dennis Bean, Rachel L to R: Lawrence Bethea, Billy Eary, John Villanueva, Jason Suggs,
Spinks, and Bryan Marshall Reggie Price, Calei Tekubi, and Bobby Mitchell
L to R: Isai Aguilar, Andres
Alvares, Randy Oatney,
Danny Phanphackdy, and
Issue 11, 2018
Welcome RECOGNIZED FOR RELAY FOR LIFE
If any group of people was ever committed Karen Wagenman and James Audritsh
Family to a cause, it would be our Woodburn stand with Rhonda to accept the
team and their generosity to their chapter of The plaque and trophy. Karen is a current
Dixon American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Over the past Woodburn team member and cancer
ReNae Ellis decade, staff members in Oregon have raised $189,134 survivor, and James is a former
Fort Wayne for Relay for Life, with nearly $19,000 collected from employee who was very involved
Mallory Bates their giant parking lot sale earlier this summer. with Relay for Life during his time
Dan Boldt with Do it Best and continues to
Tammy Campbell This organization is near and dear to many in Woodburn contribute to the cause.
Allison Meyer because of their first-hand experiences with cancer. “My
Gabe Picklesimer best friend beat colon cancer only to lose his battle with
Medina lung cancer. His name was ‘Dad’ and he taught me
Dauson Hammer many valuable lessons. My story is only one of many here
Anna Saylor at the warehouse, and that’s why we continue to give to
Chris Wagner this cause,” said General Manager Mark Hester.
Montgomery To thank them for their contributions, Relay For Life and
James Bullis the American Cancer Society presented the Woodburn
Ed Cantave team with a plaque and trophy of appreciation.
Manny Carreras Chairperson Rhonda Judson was onsite to present team
Cheyenne Cole members with the award and share her sincere gratitude
Alex Franco Leon for their generosity, “We can’t do enough to thank you
Abe Meraz for your support and hard work to fight cancer. This is
Dukens Michel personal to me and I know it’s personal to you. Thanks
Nysan Moore for your donations,” said Rhonda.
Matt Nimmo The generosity of the Woodburn team is reflective of
Woodburn something far more important than the donations
Jaime Alvarez themselves. “The giving spirit of the warehouse comes
Alex Cossio from having a giving and caring culture inside the
Edgar Garibay Cortes warehouse at every level of leadership. I’m very proud of
Eduardo Juarez all the talent, time, and treasure that our organization
Salvador Pineda Jimenez has provided to Relay for Life and the American Cancer
Society,” said VP of Logistics Tim Miller.
SENDING RELIEF FOR RECOVERY Office Coordinator Mitch
Shealy and Department
Ahead of Hurricane Florence and in the aftermath of the Manager Jonathan
storm, the Lexington warehouse was busy supplying its Anderson presented the
East Coast store owners and their customers with much-needed supplies. check to American Red
In addition to these efforts, Do it Best made a $10,000 donation to the Cross Regional Chief
American Red Cross of Central South Carolina. The donation was presented Development Officer
on behalf of the Lexington team and will support the ongoing recovery Kevin Coffey.
efforts of the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Florence and
its devastating storm damage. Everyone was excited about being able to help with
the relief efforts!
“We are incredibly grateful for this donation,” said American Red Cross Regional Chief
Development Officer Kevin Coffey. “This generous contribution to our relief efforts
demonstrates the commitment that Do it Best and your Lexington team have for our
community and our work in helping residents recover and rebuild.”
The hard work of so many team members truly demonstrates our industry-leading
supply chain excellence. “It’s taken an incredible team effort - from everyone here in
Lexington and our other regional warehouses, as well as our Fort Wayne headquarters
- to support our store owners and ensure they’re helping their customers recover,”
said Scott Smith, general manager in Lexington.
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RUNNING FOR A GOOD READ
Four years ago, Lumber Buyer Gabe Arnold was looking for a way to get in
shape while raising money for a good cause. When his daughter was admitted
to the emergency room to be treated for croup, she received a book from Kate’s
Kart, a local nonprofit that provides hospitalized children with new books. After seeing how
the book helped his daughter calm down so that the doctors and nurses could work with her,
Gabe was inspired to raise money for this charity while running his first Ragnar Relay Race, an
overnight team running event that covers nearly 200 miles.
Gabe (back middle) and his teammates stand This year as Gabe and his team prepared for their 4th Ragnar Relay, they set up a GoFundMe
at the finish line after completing the race. account for Kate’s Kart with a goal of $4,750. Once the fundraising efforts kicked off, they
quickly shattered their goal and collected $6,500. “As runners, we secured local sponsorships
so all the money we raised through GoFundMe went directly to Kate’s Kart,” Gabe said.
His 13 person team made up of both friends and family, started running at 7 am on a Friday in Muskegon, Michigan and finished around
4:30 pm the next day in Traverse City. “Teams can have as many or as few runners as they want. On our team, we each ran three times
for varying distances.”
As with any race, this unique running challenge comes with its own set of struggles and rewards. “The hardest part is knowing when to
sleep and when to eat because your sections racing are so spread out. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done athletically but every year
I’m always ready to do it again. It’s a blast because everyone is there to have fun!”
REAL MEN READ KICKS MAKING STRIDES
OFF A NEW YEAR AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Our team members recognize the importance of giving Breast cancer is among the most common types of cancer in women,
their time to invest in the next generation. Through the Big and Advertising Service Representative Melissa Hoot and Graphic
Brothers Big Sisters Real Men Read program, our volunteers Artist Tiffany Mahlan helped raise funds and awareness to save lives
demonstrate the importance of reading to boys and girls alike by participating in The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides
and serve as positive male role models to second and third Against Breast Cancer event. This noncompetitive walk took place in
grade students in Northeast Indiana schools. downtown Fort Wayne where a sea of participants dressed in pink
joined together to celebrate survivors and remember loved-ones lost to
Do it Best has supported the program since its inception and the disease.
another year of reading to area students has just started.
Company readers for this school year include Tom Barfell, Melissa, a survivor herself, was part of the event for the fifth year
Brian Headings, Patrick Luce, Randy Rusk, and Dan Walton.
in a row. Even though she was feeling under the weather and was
“It’s more important than ever for kids to develop their
imaginations. We live in a visual world where entertainment unable to attend the walk this year, she served on a committee and
and content are constantly fed to us through our eyes on
digital screens. I love selling kids on the entertainment value of helped organize the event. “My whole family participates with me.
books because if they can enjoy it, they won’t realize that they
are also boosting their vocabulary and developing conversation My grandsons call it grandma’s pink day. Being a part of walks like
skills. The kids always have a great time, and I think it helps
the teacher when someone from outside the classroom this, and talking about my fight with cancer have been my therapy
reinforces the importance of reading,” said Merchandise
Manager Patrick Luce about his experience volunteering. throughout the years,” said
Randy has Melissa. She was the second
to kids at Irwin highest individual fundraiser
School since for the event bringing in
creation in over $4,000. First time
walker Tiffany joined a team
to support her friend who
is currently battling breast Last year, fellow team members
cancer and she loved seeing supported Melissa at the walk and many
the special ways survivors are give donations to her team every year.
honored at the walk.
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OUT AND ABOUT: EISBERG WHAT'S HAPPENING
EXPLORES EUROPE FORT WAYNE
Cindy Eisberg, a member services coordinator, always dreamed
of visiting Venice, Italy. When she and her husband Denny decided they were
going to make that dream come true, they scheduled a 15 day bus trip to see
seven countries in Europe. “We might not ever get back to that part of the
world so we figured we should see everything we can,” Cindy said.
They flew to Frankfurt, Germany where they boarded a bus with other
Americans from all over the US, along with relatives and friends who joined
Cindy and Denny for this adventure. From Germany, the bus took the group to
Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. “The bus was
great because we didn’t have to worry about getting from place to place. Our
tour guide was very helpful in pointing things out and translating for us.”
Cindy and Denny take in the sights in Cindy loved seeing so much in
Volendam, Holland in the Netherlands. one trip and her favorite stop
was the German countryside.
The history was intriguing and Everyone enjoyed great food and the opportunity to wear
the old architecture was quaint their favorite team apparel during this year’s fall fling.
and picturesque, especially the
castles. She also took a special LEXINGTON Team
liking to Germany because of members
her family history. “My dad’s
family is German and we grew enjoyed their
up hearing German words
so I was able to make some rescheduled team appreciation banquet
connections from time to
Of course there was plenty at T&S Farms in Leesville, SC. VP of
of delicious food to try and
cultural differences to observe. Logistics Tim Miller was present to share a recap of
Cindy and her fellow travelers
indulged in gelato and ice the year and everyone filled up on Shealy’s BBQ for
cream almost every day of
the trip and were amazed dinner. After the meal, attendees tried their luck at
by the amount of bread and
lunch meat served with every card and casino games and danced the night away.
meal. Another interesting
observation came when
traveling on the autobahn in
Germany. “Trucks have their
own lane and they are not
allowed to pass each other.
Also, it’s federal law that trucks
cannot drive on Sundays.”
Cindy and her friends and family smile Now that she has conquered
outside of Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Europe, Cindy and her husband
Venice. plan to visit the Pacific
Northwest and eventually take
a Mediterranean cruise.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES As Do it Best Corp. continues to grow, there may be career opportunities
for you to pursue within the company. Visit mytoolbox.doitbestcorp.com
AT DO IT BEST CORP. for a complete list of all openings and contact the Human Resources team
if you’re qualified for and interested in a new role.
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LEXINGTON MESQUITE The employee board set up a bowling night
for employees complete with pizza, wings
Joe Taylor from Taylor’s Do it and soda while they bowled.
Center and Pleasants Hardware
bought the entire staff pizza and drinks
to thank them for their hard work and
responsiveness during Hurricane Florence.
Kathy Roberts and her
husband Richard found
a way to stay cool in the
desert as they cruised
into the Mesquite Super
Run car show in their
'50 Chevy Deluxe.
INFORMATION SECURITY: GIVE SECURELY
When you decide to support a cause you care • S cammers
about, you want your donation to count. Doing can change
some research and planning your giving can help ensure your their caller ID
donations get where they’ll do the most good. Here are some to make a call
tips to help you plan your donation – and avoid scams: look like it’s
from a local
Conduct online research: area code.
• Search for a cause you care about – like “hurricane relief” or
• S ome scammers
“homeless kids” – and phrases like “best charity” or “highly use names that
rated charity.” sound a lot like the
• Search the charity’s name plus “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” names of real
or “scam.” charities. This is one
reason it pays to do
Be careful how you pay: some research before giving.
• If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by money
• S cammers make lots of vague
wiring, don’t do it! and sentimental claims but give
• To be safer, pay by credit card or check. no specifics about how your
• It’s good practice to keep a record of all donations. Review donation will be used.
your statements closely to make sure you’re only charged the • B ogus organizations may claim that your donation is tax-
amount you agreed to donate and that you’re not signed up to deductible when it’s not.
make a recurring donation.
• Before clicking on a link to donate online, make sure you know • G uaranteeing sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a donation
who is receiving your donation. is not only a scam, it’s illegal.
Keep scammers’ tricks in mind: If you see any red flags, or if you’re not sure about how a charity
• Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. will use your donation, consider giving to a different charity.
• Some scammers try to trick you into paying them by thanking There are many worthy organizations who will use your donation
you for a donation that you never made.
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GIVE YOUR FAMILY THE GIFT OF POSITIVE HEALTH EFFECTS
SAFETY THIS WINTER OF VOLUNTEERING
Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured or killed by Volunteering makes an immeasurable difference in the lives
exposure to cold, vehicle accidents on wintry roads, and fires of others. But do you know how much you help yourself by
caused by the improper use of heaters. Learn what to do to giving back? From lowering stress to boosting self-confidence,
keep your loved ones safe during winter storms. volunteering offers many health benefits—especially for older
adults. Check out six ways helping others helps you:
• Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm 1. Decreases your risk of depression: Volunteering with and for
watch or warning is issued.
others increases social interaction and helps build a support
• Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season system based on common commitment and interests—both
to decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather. of which have been shown to decrease depression.
2. Gives you purpose: Volunteering provides you with a sense
• Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers of fulfillment and increases your self-confidence.
and windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, 3. Keeps you physically and mentally active: A study released
lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, by Johns Hopkins University in 2009 revealed that volunteers
defroster, and oil. actually increased their brain functioning. Volunteer
activities get you moving and thinking at the same time.
• Install good winter tires with adequate tread. All-weather 4. Reduces stress: By savoring your time spent in service to
radials are usually adequate but some jurisdictions require others, you’ll feel a sense of meaning and appreciation—
vehicles to be equipped with chains or snow tires with both given and received—which can be calming.
studs. 5. Experience “The Happiness Effect”: You know that feel-good
sense you get after a vigorous workout? It comes from a
• Keep the following items in your vehicle: windshield scraper release of dopamine in the brain. Helping others has that
and small broom, small sack of sand for generating traction exact same effect—so the more you volunteer, the happier
under wheels, matches in a waterproof container, a brightly you become.
colored (preferably red) cloth to tie to the antenna, and an 6. Opens up global opportunities: Volunteering can lead to
emergency supply kit, including warm clothing. opportunities
to go abroad,
• Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away as many
in an emergency and to keep the fuel line from freezing. organizations and
• Keep a supply of non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways on volunteerism
and steps less slippery. trips across the
• Service snow removal equipment before the winter storm provides you
season and maintain it in good working order. with a different
• Keep an extra set of warm clothing for each family member life—literally and
in your car in case of an emergency. figuratively.
Find, Friend & Follow Us Issue 11, 2018