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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:03
Let the holiday season begin! Thanksgiving ushers in six weeks of busyness as we reunite with family and friends for dinners, parties, and holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve. This is a time of gift giving. In addition to daily business and family activities, our minds find time to weigh questions such as "What would my children enjoy?" and "When should I order the turkey?" and, of course, "How can I give to all the people I love without going broke?" In the midst of all this holiday activity comes the busy season for nonprofit fundraising. Some organizations and institutions encourage us to give before the year-end to take advantage of tax benefits, while others offer opportunities to remember those who are less fortunate. Still others invite us to imagine new expressions and manifestations of the arts, leadership, education, and science.
If you can take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of the season you may find a way to combine celebrations, gift giving and support for nonprofits that are important to you and your family. You can put the busyness of the season in perspective by spending the afternoon with your children volunteering at a local hospital, food bank, senior center, or veterans home. When considering what to give, consider underwriting a child's pre-K education by giving to a program that had their funds cut this year. You'll be giving a gift that will make an impact for a lifetime. You can make that gift in honor of a family member. Other ideas include purchasing gloves or socks in bulk to give to people who are homeless in your community. Spend an afternoon making tasty sandwiches and share them with people who are hungry.
Monday, 25 November 2013 06:08
Covered California™ is officially launching full self-enrollment functionality in its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) online marketplace.
Previously, small businesses could begin the process of insurance enrollment by setting up their account, checking their employer eligibility and getting a rate estimate for Covered California's SHOP. Now, small businesses can fully enroll for coverage that begins as early as January 1, 2014.
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10 a.m.
A teleconference on the announcement will be held at 11 a.m. for media unable to attend in person. The call-in number for the teleconference is (800) 230-1766.
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