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Volunteering Part 2

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Sep 26, 2019

Last time, we introduced several ways you can volunteer your resources to help spread the word about TIFF and what we do. Today, we want to mention some ways you can share your gifts and talents in ways that will promote this cause. We know you can offer something special, something no one else can. We need you and the unique gifts you bring to help us spread the word in meaningful, organic ways. Here are just a few suggestions our team...

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Volunteering & Donating: How Can I Help?

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Sep 13, 2019

TIFF was created as a way to make emergency contact information more readily accessible in the event of an emergency.   A little background: The Emergency Contact Information system allows law enforcement and first responders at the scene of an accident, disaster or other emergency situation to quickly and efficiently contact next of kin within minutes. This has been known to save lives (when a family member can quickly begin making...

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Hurricanes and Inclement Weather

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Aug 22, 2019

We do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from accidents. We wear our seatbelts, we follow safety rules, we think ahead to plan for potential situations. We try to prevent damage and harm as much as possible. In many cases, preparation is key to successfully navigating an otherwise uncontrollable situation.    Recently I got a new vehicle so my daughter could have her first car for driving herself to school and...

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Back To School and Off To College

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Aug 12, 2019

It’s already August, which for many families means it’s time to head back to school. If you have a teenager or college student, this can be a somewhat daunting idea. As I write this, my sixteen-year-old just left to run a few errands. Of course I wrapped her in bubble wrap after setting the maximum speed in the car at 30mph before sending her on her way. Okay, I just thought about doing so. But I think about it every time she leaves...

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Six Ways To Support A Grieving Friend

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Jul 26, 2019

At TIFF, we talk a lot about how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. We also talk about how to be sure you’ll know right away, through our emergency contact system, if and when a loved one is not safe. But what do you do when those measures didn’t work? When the systems and precautions fail, and you or someone you know suffers debilitating, unimaginable loss? You grieve. You let them grieve. You endure, sometimes for longer,...

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Accidents That Change Us

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Jul 12, 2019

In this life, accidents are always waiting to happen. Of course, the difficult thing about accidents is that they are just that- unpredicted, unplanned events that can often change the course of our life, for a short time or forever. While we can’t prevent accidents from happening, the Crusaders for Change at TIFF’s Initiative are eager to help you feel armed and protected from life’s accidents as much as possible. One specific...

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Preparing for Life’s Storms

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Jun 24, 2019

June is the beginning of hurricane season, making us at TIFF remember so many instances of boarding windows, bagging sand, collecting flashlights and batteries, bottling water… preparing for a hurricane can be a big chore. Even worse, much of what we prepare for never even comes to pass. I’ve never had a broken window or flooded home due to a hurricane. But plenty of people have. How and when you prepare is crucial to the amount of...

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Summer Travel

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on May 27, 2019

Most of the time, in our day-to-day operations, my husband and I divide and conquer the local driving. He takes kids to school; I pick them up. He drives someone to basketball practice while I wait for softball to finish. We don’t often get to ride around together during our normal routine. So of course, we are each other’s emergency contact. If something happens to one of us while in the midst of a busy week, the other one will be...

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The Shape Of a Mother’s Love

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on May 9, 2019

Mothers can come in all shapes and sizes. Besides biological moms, we can have stepmothers, grandmothers who raise their grandchildren as their own, adopted mothers and all sorts of other motherly figures in our lives. The common denominator between all of these moms and mother figures is that they love their children as their own and they don’t stop caring just because they grow up. A mother‘s heart is full because of her children,...

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Autism Awareness Month

by Jennifer Mitchell

Posted in: General
Posted on Apr 18, 2019

This month, we are highlighting a particular group of very special individuals that TIFF’s Initiative would benefit: those who can't or might not be able to provide contact information in an emergency. Those like Julian, Christine’ nephew who is autistic and does not speak. He often goes out on little excursions with his grandmother, Barbara Olson. If, for whatever reason, there was a situation or accident and Barb was unresponsive,...

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