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5 Ways to Recognize International Teacher’s Day

October 5th is World Teacher’s Day, also known as International Teacher’s Day. Here are some of our favorite ways to recognize our community’s teachers.

Fall is here, which means the school year is in full force and teachers are working hard to impart their knowledge to students. World Teacher’s Day, also known as International Teacher’s Day, is held annually on October 5th. Beginning in 1994, the celebration aims to raise awareness of the important role teachers play all over […]

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Fall is here, which means the school year is in full force and teachers are working hard to impart their knowledge to students. World Teacher’s Day, also known as International Teacher’s Day, is held annually on October 5th.

Beginning in 1994, the celebration aims to raise awareness of the important role teachers play all over the world and commemorates them for their contributions to society. It also aims to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will be met by teachers.

Here are some of our favorite ways to recognize our community’s teachers.

For the Coffee Lovers

Gift baskets are never a bad idea, especially when coffee is involved. Find a funky mug and drop the gift card to their favorite coffee spot in there along with a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans and a couple sticks of biscotti.

For Their Set of Bookworms

A classroom set of bookmarks will help teachers keep their students on the right page. Bookmarks aren’t just for English classes either. Not only can a bookmark be used as a practical placeholder for their books, its canvas can host educational information, such as commonly misspelled word, introducing Spanish vocabulary, multiplication tables, or converting one of the bookmark’s edges into a ruler.

For the Thoughtful Ones

Teachers give a lot of feedback. Make their letters stand out with their very own personalized notecards. Incorporate fun patterns, prints, and typography that’s sure to highlight their personality.

Customized teacher note cards is the perfect gift that can be used to recognize your community’s teachers.

For Those Who Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

If you’re looking to do something a little more fun and creative, try teacher trading cards. Add a photograph of the teacher with his or her name on one side. On the back, you can list their “stats,” such as the grade level taught, the years spent working in this profession, their hobbies, and even a fun fact about them. Teachers will get a kick out of this memento, and students will clamor to receive one.

For the Green Thumbs

Flowering and non-flowering plants are a great gift for the classroom. Orchids are ideal as a long lasting gift; once it finishes blooming, it does not die. Rather, it enters a resting period. With proper care, orchid owners can help their orchids bloom again and again. For those looking for a hardier plant, succulents are the perfect gift. Because they are notoriously low maintenance, they are perfect even for the person with a less-than-green thumb. Unique and practical, succulent arrangements come in all shapes and sizes.

Bonus Tip:
Add a hang tag with a heartfelt note such as “Thanks for helping me grow!” or “Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that will grow forever!”

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Is there a school that’s near and dear to your heart? You can give 5% of your print orders back to them by having them join our Print with Purpose program.

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Print With Purpose: Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks Interview

Since Printsocial’s inception, Autism Speaks has worked with us as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means that you have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this amazing organization. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes and the […]

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Since Printsocial’s inception, Autism Speaks has worked with us as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means that you have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this amazing organization. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes and the impact they have on our community.

WHAT IS AUTISM?

According to the Autism Speaks website, autism or autism spectrum disorder, “refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.”

Their website explains that there are many subtypes of autism; because of this, each autistic person possesses unique strengths and challenges.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children falls on the autism spectrum.

“No child is going to look the same and no adult is going to look the same, so what therapy and what treatment option that helps them may not help someone else,” Autism Speaks Executive Director of the Carolinas, Kelli Embler, said.

WHAT IS AUTISM SPEAKS?

Autism Speaks believes in “enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”

The organization was founded in 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since merging with Cure Autism Now, the National Alliance for Autism Research, and the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Speaks has built upon their legacy and made extraordinary achievements by “increasing global awareness of autism; advocating access to care and support; and funding research that has resulted in a better understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum.”

Autism Speaks uses a blue puzzle piece as part of its logo.

“As far as the puzzle piece significance, there’s no one absolute cure or one absolute identifying marker, so it’s solving the pieces of the puzzle,” Lauren Kidder, Autism Speaks Carolinas Senior Coordinator-Field Development, said.

Kidder further explained that the puzzle piece is blue because boys are 4x more likely to get diagnosed with autism. And from a branding standpoint, blue is one of the most widely recognized colors on television.

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POWERED BY LOVE

Both Embler and Kidder are passionate about their work in the autistic community.

Embler holds an extensive background working with children with autism.

“I taught dance for kids with special needs,” Embler said. “I wanted to have my own dance studio; I was going to be in business and dance. And then I just kind of fell in love with the [autism] population and was drawn to special education. I’ve worked in special education for 20 years now.”


Kidder also has dedicated her time to her philanthropic beliefs. Her experience involves working with various non-profits since her high school years.

“I decided to change careers to focus on the nonprofit world. Being on the spectrum is a lifelong disorder. It’s important to remember that it’s a life spectrum,” she said.

Charlotte and South East Team Members

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

For the past six years, the local Autism Speaks has held their walk at the ZMAX Dragway.

According to Kidder, it’s the largest autism fundraising event in North and South Carolina, hosting typically 8,000 attendees, covering the great Charlotte area. This year, the walk, sponsored by Alpha XI Delta, will take place on Oct. 28, 2017.

“Something that makes the event extra special is that we’ve moved over the last year or so to making it a truly autism friendly event,” Kidder said. “So, we keep the noise level down as much as you can with 8,000 people—lots of silent cheering— and really allowing the kids and adults on the spectrum to feel comfortable in their environment.”

According to Kidder, the event is grassroots fundraising at its best.

“We’re really dependent on them to get the word out and build awareness,” she said. “They fundraise, they get their colleagues involved, their friends and family, their neighbors, schools; it’s a pretty remarkable thing to witness.”

For more information about how to volunteer with Autism Speaks, visit http://act.autismspeaks.org/charlotte.

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Print With Purpose™: Beds for Kids

Print with Purpose: Beds for Kids

Beds for Kids is working together with Printsocial as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means you now have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this truly incredible organization at checkout. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes […]

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Beds for Kids is working together with Printsocial as part of our Print with Purpose™ program. This means you now have the opportunity to donate 5% of your order to this truly incredible organization at checkout. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share these stories so others can learn more about their causes and the impact they have on our community.

In his early 30s, Beds for Kids’ Executive Director Daniel Fogarty decided to leave the private equity investment world.


“I need to do something with my life that mattered,” he said. “So, I decided I was going to go volunteer around Charlotte for a year. Over the course of that [year], I met the two other co-founders, Tim Rowley and Brandon Holmes.”

In 2011, the trio was trying to figure out the biggest need in Charlotte. At that time, co-founder Tim Rowley worked to donate a couch to a local family.

“He went into the [house] with the couch, and it was a single mom with three kids, and there was no furniture in the house,” Fogarty said. “So, he started trying to figure out how to get the kids off the floor—we started asking a lot of questions. And then we all met up; the rest is history.”

The nonprofit’s vision is “to see the families in the community we serve become self-sufficient.”

“In our first year, we assisted 256 kids,” Fogarty said. “We’re expected to hit the 2,000 mark this year. And as of last Friday, we’ve delivered 6,295 beds since 2011.”

According to Fogarty, Beds for Kids works with 27 referring agencies when finding families in need.

“Those social workers are our frontline eyes and ears, and they are the ones that as clients are coming in through their programs, they will make that referral,” he said. “One of the reasons we do that is because those families need to be in other services as well, and it allows us to play a really good support system to the social worker…we want to be a tool in their tool belt, rather than just another agency that helps families. So if we can help them with a family, then we’re killing two birds with one stone.”

Beds for Kids donates on average 45-50 pieces of furniture per family.

“So, it’s basic living room furniture—couch, coffee table, end table—basic kitchen furniture —- a kitchen table and chairs for everyone in the house—, a bed and bedding for everyone in the house—new sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, or comforter,” Fogarty said. “And then we try to [give] at least one dresser per room. If we have student desks, we’ll put a desk in the kid’s room with one chair.”

The nonprofit is also in need of lamps, as a lot of the public housing in Mecklenburg County does not provide overhead lighting besides in the bathroom.

“If a kid’s in their room and wants to read at night in bed, and they don’t have an overhead lamp, they’re either having to do it with a flashlight or a cell phone,” Fogarty said. “And most of our client families may have one phone for the household, unlike most families.”

Check out a full list of furniture items that Beds for Kids takes here: www.bedsforkids.org/items-we-take

Beds for Kids Needed Items

Beds for Kids has 10 full-time staff members, but their biggest support comes from their volunteers. According to Fogarty, 2,100 volunteers worked with the non-profit in 2016. Even businesses such as Ashley Home Store have teamed up with Beds for Kids.

Beds for Kids Staff Members

“They are volunteers, they offer monetary donations, there are scratch and dent donations, but the real bed and butter for Ashley are their sales associates,” he said.

Fogarty explains that when potential customers enter the furniture store seeking a couch, the sales associate will ask if the couch they are replacing is in good shape and whether they would be willing to donate it to Beds for Kids.

Fogarty stresses the belief that everyone can make a difference, whether it’s through volunteer time or donations.

“We need their volunteer time,” he said. “And if you have a storage unit, if you’re downsizing, if you’ve got stuff in your attic that you’re going, “Hey, it’s spring cleaning time,” and the stuff is in good shape, and you don’t know what to do with it, we can put it to good use.”

For more information about Beds for Kids, visit www.bedsforkids.org.

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Print with Purpose: Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

RMH Charlotte

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte has teamed up with Printsocial to be part of our Print with Purpose program. This means you now have the opportunity to choose to have 5% of your order donated to their truly incredible organization. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share their story so others can learn […]

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Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte has teamed up with Printsocial to be part of our Print with Purpose program. This means you now have the opportunity to choose to have 5% of your order donated to their truly incredible organization. Here at Printsocial, we believe it’s important to share their story so others can learn more about their cause and the impact they have on not only our community, but communities worldwide.

Carrying for a seriously ill child can become a financial burden for families.With the medical bills and travel accommodations, it can become overwhelming. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte (RMH Charlotte) works to alleviate some of these hardships.

According to Emily Ransone, Annual Support Manager, RMH Charlotte opened its doors in 2011.

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

“With Ronald McDonald Houses in general, worldwide, they’re always affiliated with some type of hospital system…so, as hospitals start developing and becoming more advanced, they start having patients coming in from other places—that’s when you’ll see Ronald McDonald Houses popping up because then there become a need for the houses,” she said.

The opening of Carolinas Medical Center’s new 240-bed Levine Children’s Hospital in 2007 and the expansion of Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital created the need for a facility located nearby.

“Our hospitals are becoming more of a destination for care,” Ransone said.

The Charlotte house is able to accommodate 28 families, with one room per family unit. There is no minimum or maximum for how long a family can stay.

“We serve 550-600 families per year,” Ransone said. “Last year, our average stay was 14 nights, but we’ve had families for several months at a time. I think that the longest time was almost a year. It really depends on the type of treatment the child is receiving.”

RMH Charlotte hosts families with children suffering from a variety of illnesses.

“The highest diagnosis we have is children in the NICU,” Ransone said. “So we have a lot of premature baby’s families staying with us. But they could be in the NICU for a lot of different reasons, different diagnoses. For example, the child might be in the NICU but also have cancer. We’ve had a lot of cancer patients, children with sickle cell anemia, etc.”

According to Ransone, there are three requirements a family must meet in order to stay at RMH Charlotte: the child must be between 0-22 years old, the child must be actively receiving treatment, and the family must live outside of Mecklenburg County.

“There’s not an income cap or maximum,” she said. “It all depends on these three factors.”

RMH Charlotte strives to be a home-away-from-home for these families. Upon checking in, each family is given a private bedroom and bathroom. Amenities include a large living room, dining room, full-service kitchen, playroom, playground, teen room, and a laundry room. Every evening, families are provided with a hot meal by volunteers. In addition, families get a home-cooked breakfast every Saturday and Sunday.

“We have a pantry full of food, so for breakfast and lunch during the week, they don’t have to go out to the grocery store, even though the volunteers aren’t making those meals for them,” Ransone said.

Toiletries and laundry essentials are also supplied to the families during their stay.

“It’s all done by volunteers and donations we receive from the community that we’re able to offer all of that free of charge,” she said.

While families are asked to make a donation during their stay, the Charlotte RMH website states that “no one will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay.”

“A lot of our families can’t donate, or they’re not able to donate a lot because they’re going through a lot of financial hardship with the medical expenses,” Ransone said. “It costs us $142 a night per family to keep the house running. So any donation that is made to the house goes to our Fund-A-Family program and covers the cost that it costs us so that we never have to turn a family away.”

According to Ransone, there are many ways the community can support RMH Charlotte.

“We get all of the supplies we need through what we call in-kind donations, picking out items on our wishlist,” she said. “Anything you need in your house you would multiply that by 28 since we have 28 families. 

Volunteer Power is also essential for the day-to-day operations. With only 14 full-time staff members keeping the house open 24-7, the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte relies heavily on its volunteers.

“We rely on volunteers to clean, sit at the front desk, give tours, make the meals, do activity nights for the families,” Ransone said. “We call our volunteers the ‘heartbeat of the house’ because we really rely on them to help things run smoothly.”

Overall, Ransone feels there is a strong connection between the charity and the Charlotte community.

“Since I’ve been working here, I’ve been really amazed by the community, and how this community especially, supports the Ronald McDonald House,” Ransone said. “We see folks from every walk of life coming in to donate or volunteer—churches, civic groups, schools, sports teams, big corporations, small businesses, retired teachers—all different types of people…I’ve been very impressed by the diversity of folks that have been involved and get behind this mission because I think almost anyone can relate to having a sick child or sick family member and knowing what that feels like. The heart that’s poured into this place is pretty cool.”

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Print with Purpose: Autism Speaks

Learn more about Autism Speaks. They are part of our Print with Purpose program.

At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with affordable, high quality print products, including brochures, posters, postcards, business cards, banners, and more, while donating 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization or church of their choice. We call this Print with Purpose. 

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At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with affordable, high quality print products, including brochures, posters, postcards, business cards, banners, and more, while donating 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization or church of their choice. We call this Print with Purpose. 

Each month, we are highlighting a non-profit organization that has joined our Print with Purpose program. At Printsocial, we feel it’s important to share their stories so others can learn more about their cause.

In our spotlight this month is Autism Speaks, who’s been a nonprofit partner with us since the beginning.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a possible cure for autism. They strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society, all while working to bring hope to those who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Funds raised for Autism Speaks help to support these goals.

Looking for additional information in your local area? Click here for details.

If you know of an organization that would benefit from our Print with Purpose program, please click here for registration.  As you spread the word, you’ll increase the exposure to potential donors helping your organization to grow.

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Charity Highlight: Beds for Kids

Each month we are going to highlight a charity from our Print with Purpose Program. This month we'll highlight Beds for Kids.

At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with affordable, high quality print products, including business cards, postcards, brochures and more, while donating 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization or church of their choice. We call this Print with Purpose.

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At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with affordable, high quality print products, including business cards, postcards, brochures and more, while donating 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization or church of their choice. We call this Print with Purpose.

Each month, we’ll be highlighting a non-profit organization that has joined our Print with Purpose program. We feel it’s important to share their stories so others can learn more about their cause.

This month’s organization is Beds for Kids, Inc.

Beds for Kids, Inc.

Beds for Kids empowers families with children by delivering beds and other essential furniture items to powerfully supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Beds for Kids refurbishes and repurposes new and gently used beds and essential furniture items that have been donated from individuals, institutions and corporations.

Items Accepted Include:

  • Kitchen Tables
  • Twin, Full, Queen and Toddler Beds
  • Lamps
  • Chests and Dressers
  • and Most Living Room Furniture
  • Contact Beds for Kids here. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

If you know of an organization that would benefit from our Print with Purpose program, please click here for registration.  As you spread the word, you’ll increase the exposure to potential donors helping your organization to grow.

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Help Support Samaritan’s Feet This Month

Here at Printsocial, we are excited to partner with and support Samaritan’s Feet during the Month of February. All this month, we will be donating $1 to Samaritan’s Feet for every new Printsocial Newsletter signup.

Here at Printsocial, we are excited to partner with and support Samaritan’s Feet during the Month of February. All this month, we will be donating $1 to Samaritan’s Feet for every new Printsocial Newsletter signup. Our goal is to not only donate funds but to also raise awareness to Samaritan’s Feet and their initiative. Simply […]

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Here at Printsocial, we are excited to partner with and support Samaritan’s Feet during the Month of February. All this month, we will be donating $1 to Samaritan’s Feet for every new Printsocial Newsletter signup.

Our goal is to not only donate funds but to also raise awareness to Samaritan’s Feet and their initiative. Simply click here, sign up for our newsletter, and the $1.00 donation will be made on your behalf.

About Samaritan’s Feet International

Samaritan’s Feet International is a non-profit organization that strives to spread hope by washing the feet of children in need, giving them a pair of new shoes, and encouraging them to work hard to follow their dreams. Samaritan’s Feet International learned that shoes can be life-changing, and sometimes, life saving.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamaritansFeetInternational
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Samaritans_Feet

About Printsocial

We are an online print company that provides affordable, high quality, and environmentally responsible print products. Choose from premium business cards, brochures, flyers, stickers, posters and more. Our Print with Purpose initiative allows us to give 5% of of every sale to the nonprofit, church or fundraising organization of our customer’s choice. Print with Purpose give our customers great quality print products and allows them to make a difference in the lives of others. Learn more about Print with Purpose, and view all the charities involved in this special program.

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Print with Purpose – You Now Can Help a Charity

Printsocial - We give a minimum of 5% of every sale to the non-profit, church or fundraising organization of their choice.

We are excited to announce our charitable initiative: Print with Purpose. We will donate a minimum of 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization, or church of the customer’s choice. Now, our customers can lend a helping hand to charities in need! At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, affordable, […]

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We are excited to announce our charitable initiative: Print with Purpose. We will donate a minimum of 5% of every sale to the non-profit, fundraising organization, or church of the customer’s choice. Now, our customers can lend a helping hand to charities in need! At Printsocial, our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, affordable, and environmentally responsible printing.

Search through our list of registered charities to find the one you like. Can’t find the organization you are looking for? Ask your charity to get registered here.

If you have an organization that may be interested in this program, please pass this along so that they can sign up and start receiving donations. There’s no cost or obligation to buy anything from us to receive donations. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

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