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5 Tips To Stay Safe This Halloween

October 11, 2018

For a fun and safe holiday

We all want our children have a fun and safe Halloween. Embrace and teach your kids these 5 basic safety tips, inspired by our friends at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1. Check Your Route

Plan out your trick-or-treat route in advance. Try to stay in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Try adding reflective tape to costumes or candy bags for extra visibility, and make sure your children carry a flashlight or glow stick when traveling during the evening hours.


2. Tell People No

If someone tries to separate them from the group or take them somewhere without your permission, instruct them to tell people “No!” (have them practice!), and do anything in their power to get away. Identify adults who could help in emergency situations.


3. Take a Friend

Instruct your older children to take friends when trick-or-treating.

Be sure they go in groups and stay together while out. Encourage them to stay in familiar neighborhoods and have a charged cellphone in case of an emergency. 

While trick-or-treating with younger children, be sure to walk with them all the way to the door, and do not let children enter a home (even that awesome haunted mansion) unless you are with them. 


4. Make Sure Mom or Dad has Help

Has “Can I bring a friend!?” turned into you on your own with 20 kids? Consider enlisting another trusted adult to help keep an eye on a larger group. 


5. Attend Organized Parties

Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to trick-or-treating.


Live Smarter By Being Vigilant

Find safety in numbers, make sure everyone’s aware of their surroundings, and you’ll all enjoy this Halloween.

Posted in: Halloween, kids, safety, tips, treats

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery® Program

October 3, 2018

Providing Rides to Cancer Treatment

For many years, First Source has provided support to the American Cancer Society, from financial assistance to volunteers and fundraising participation. We recently learned of their Road to Recovery program. This invaluable service pairs cancer patients in need of transportation to their appointments with community volunteer drivers.


The Road to Recovery Program

Every day, there are cancer patients who need to get to treatment, but many don’t have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment, for free. Rides are provided by volunteers like you.



How Does It Work?

Volunteers go to cancer.org or call 800.227.2345 to let the American Cancer Society know you would like to help. You provide your availability and what works best to fit your schedule. When they have a patient in your area in need they will reach out and see if you can accept the opportunity. They further coordinate with you from there.


Who Can Volunteer?

If you own or have regular access to a safe, reliable vehicle, then you’re already on the road to volunteering. You’ll also need:

  • A good driving record

  • A current, valid driver’s license

  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance

  • Completion of the simple American Cancer Society training course

  • Regular access to a cell phone, computer, laptop, or tablet computer, to receive notifications

  • Schedule availability, typically Monday-Saturday, as much or as little as you prefer


Why Volunteer to Drive?

For those patients who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their treatment, the Road To Recovery volunteers may be the only way for them to receive the treatment they need. It can literally be life-saving. Volunteer drivers say that they get as much from the experience as the patients do.


How Do You Get Started?

You need to submit some basic information to the American Cancer Society, after which a volunteer care specialist will contact you to discuss the program, your expectations, and what you hope to gain from the experience so they can ensure a good fit. Then you’ll take some required training, which is self-paced and takes around 90 minutes. From there you’ll complete a background check, and once approved, provide your schedule availability so you can begin being matched to patients needing transportation. You can offer as much or as little time as you prefer, provide rides one way or both ways, and change your schedule availability at any time.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s website to learn how you can get started. A little of your time can make all the difference in someone’s life.
 

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Banzai! Financial Education for Juniors

September 10, 2018

Young kid uses Banzai Financial Education Program

Start Your Child Learning About Money

Play Banzai Junior

Banzai Junior is an interactive money game made especially for kids ages 8-12. Players simulate running a lemonade stand to make money and save for something they want. In this case, it’s a new bike or hoverboard. They practice making basic business decisions, paying expenses, borrowing money, and saving, sometimes without even realizing they’re doing it! To them it’s just a fun game. To you, they’re learning important money life skills. By playing the game and simulating the results of real-world decisions, they learn about how to spend and save properly, and set goals for themselves. 

To get started, you’ll simply need to sign in with an email, and create a unique password. Your child can go through as many times as they like. If they need to stop before they are finished, the program will allow them to jump right back in.

This is a fun way to share financial advice and lessons with your kids, and help them learn values to Live Smarter throughout their lives.

Kids can get started here:

Banzai Junior is part of our full Banzai Financial Education Program, consisting of FREE online financial literacy modules, providing education directly to our Members, to members of our community, and to local schools and teachers for use in their classrooms. They are all available online in self-paced, age-appropriate, fun and interactive modules. We believe that learning more about money management can help us all Live Smarter.
 

Banzai! Financial Education for Young Adults

September 10, 2018

Young adult man using Banzai Financial Education Program

Learn About Managing Your Money, Borrowing, and Understanding Credit

Play Banzai Plus

Banzai Plus is an interactive financial management game specifically designed for young adults ages 18 and up. Players simulate the home-buying process by allocating their income over several paychecks to different budgeted needs, paying unexpected bills, saving for a mortgage down payment, and learning about credit scores.

You receive a lifelike credit score that responds to your decisions in the game, so you can understand the consequences or positive impact of your financial decisions on your credit score, and how that can impact your borrowing. This is a great place to simulate the experience before needing to do this with real money. The module allows you to try as many times as you like, making different choices and seeing how they affect your outcomes.

To get started, simply sign in with your email, and create a unique password. You can go through as many times as you like. If you need to stop before you are finished, the program will allow you to jump right back in.

We can all learn more about managing our money, and Banzai Plus is a great place to begin. Start on your path to making educated financial choices, and Live Smarter.

Get started here:

Banzai Plus is part of our full Banzai Financial Education Program, consisting of FREE online financial literacy modules, providing education directly to our Members, to members of our community, and to local schools and teachers for use in their classrooms. They are all available online in self-paced, age-appropriate, fun and interactive modules. We believe that learning more about money management can help us all Live Smarter.
 

Banzai! Financial Education for Teens

September 10, 2018

Teen using the Banzai Financial Education Program

Learn About Money and Making Financial Choices

Play Banzai Teen

Banzai Teen is an interactive money game specifically designed for teens ages 13-18. Players simulate saving for college with a full-time job, living on their own, and handling important everyday decisions for living expenses, transportation, utilities, and more. Your choices affect the outcomes, in a safe space to try “what-ifs” with your money decisions. You can try as many times as you want, and find different ways to make things work before encountering these choices in the real world. 

To get started, simply sign in with your email, and create a unique password. You can go through as many modules as many times as you like. If you need to stop before you are finished, the program will allow you to jump right back in.

Gain skills while learning some basics about managing money, to Live Smarter.

Get started here:

Banzai Teen is part of our full Banzai Financial Education Program, consisting of FREE online financial literacy modules, providing education directly to our Members, to members of our community, and to local schools and teachers for use in their classrooms. They are all available online in self-paced, age-appropriate, fun and interactive modules. We believe that learning more about money management can help us all Live Smarter.
 

Posted in: kids, learn, management, money, teens

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