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Souper Bowl Feb 3d 2008

2008 Souper Bowl of Caring

February 3d 2008

On February 3rd millions of people will tune into the Super Bowl game. At the same time, there will be nearly a million people in our country worrying about finding safe shelter and a hot meal.    In 2007, over 14,000 groups participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring, raising over $8 million dollars and collecting 2.8 million pounds of food. Visit the Souperbowl web site  for more information.    

  Click on the picture above or here for a brief video about this ministry.  You will enjoy this upbeat production that explains where the money goes and how to help.  

The Souperbowl resource center has materials you can download so that you can set up your own Souper Bowl party and/or start collecting.   You can collect locally and take the money directly to a local charity that is participating in this program or send it in.   If you don’t want to do that, you can volunteer to help.  They NEED you!   Find one near you here.

Here is a link to an interactive map with about 12,000 locations.  Zoom into your area, and hover your cursor over a dot and it will bring up information about one near you.   

Ever been Hungry?   Maybe once a day?

Really Really Hungry?  Maybe once a month?

How about all the time?

In 2006 in the USA:

• 37 million people were in poverty.
• 7.6  million families were in poverty.
• 20.2 million of people aged 18-64 were in poverty.
• 12.8 million children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
• 3.4 million seniors 65 and older were in poverty.

In 2006, 4.6 million households experienced very low food security   People that fall into this category have struggled with having enough food for the household, including cutting back or skipping meals on a frequent basis for both adults and children.

We/You can help!

Oldtimer

Veteran Job Opportunities Continued

Veteran Job Preference 

 Jobs Available Now

I recently posted two articles on the Labor Department featuring information on Job Discrimination/Preference issues and on Job opportunities through “Hire Vets First“.    In the continuing interest in helping our veteran heroes  who may be out of a job or thinking of finding a better one, or relocating, I’m extending the series on Jobs by featuring a few more sites dedicated to assisting our veterans, including homeless veterans, in finding jobs.

One is  VetJobs.com  Logo of Vetjobs which supplies employment assistance and a job search facility.  I highly recommend that you do the work of reviewing and using the employment assistance page before you jump into doing the job search (it is ok to peek at the job search, but if you don’t do the preparation, you have vastly reduced chances). 

When you reach the job search portion notice that there is an “Age of Jobs” window.  If you don’t select the age of jobs (say posted in last 7 days) then you may get some pretty stale ones.   You can do a keyword search or by type of job (or all)  and select the state (or all).  If it comes up blank, expand to earlier dates, nearby states, or all jobs.

Another is USAJobS USA JOBSwhich has a Veterans’ Employment Resource Center .  Once again, I recommend you start here.  Do the 2 step process, and also look at the “additional veterans’ resources” on the same page before you go to the job search.    These are all government jobs.

When you reach the job search portion, notice the keywords portion which you can leave blank for all jobs or put in words like “management” to get all management jobs.   Again, you can select the age of the posting from 24 hours, 3 days etc.  There is another useful window where you can select a zip code that you are interested in and also select how many miles you are willing to travel.    You can get back to the resource center mentioned above by clicking on the veteran’s tab.

Homeland securtiy needs help, so try their USAJOBS Homeland Security page.

Active Duty family Members looking for a job?  Try DoD’s Military Assistance Program designed for spouses and other members of active duty military.  It seems this site has quite a few active duty readers, so I’ve found this for them.

Military Job Assistance

Be sure to run your cursor over the block labeled “Center Programs Menu” on this page for a set of links to various features of MAP.

Here is another useful link Career One Stop Logo

This link takes you a map where you can click on a state and be directed to that state’s Labor Department or Job Locator.  The site, called America’s Job Bank is no longer in operation, but the map is still there and the Labor Department or other link that it takes you to is current and operational.   Notice before you make a map selection there are links at the bottom right for veterans in case you wish to stay with that route.

Finally (for today’s post) try Corporate Gray logo 

This site does require you to register.  I don’t know the consequences to that.   You can register on most of the other sites as an option (recommeded), but this one requires registration to participate in the job search.

We link employers with transitioning and former military personnel through our Corporate Gray Series of military-to-civilian career transition books, Corporate Gray Job Fairs, and Corporate Gray Online

They list a number of job fairs on the front page.

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you and yours are having (or had) a great Thanksgiving feast and really have a lot to be thankful for.

Anyone that has links to other useful sites are welcome to include them in the comment section and I’ll check them out.  I’m not above editing to add or remove links in this post.  I’m  not interested in posting single job opportunities though (not enough room) , so please limit your links to those with state or national searches that remain current.

Oldtimer. 

  

Homeless Map – Can you find me?

Can You Find Me?

Amazing Map


If you want to see a really amazing map, go to this site:

Note:  Be sure to click on “Start Animation”This is an animated map, The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless map, which takes raw data about those sleeping on the streets and transforms it into a visual tool for understanding the situation. It shows only those sleeping on the streets. The map also shows the number of tents, tarps, and cardboard boxes in use at any given time. The map is always changing, and cycles through the last 10 weeks, showing how the population of the homeless is always changing. Downtown Los Angeles is the epicenter of the largest homeless population in the United States.The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless map takes raw data about those sleeping on the streets and transforms it into a visual tool for understanding the situation.

The Count
Central division performs its homeless counts every two weeks. Officers canvass each block encompassed in its boundaries and make a count of men, women, children and various kinds of shelters. A log is made of the address and the number present in each category.

Creating the map
Cartifact takes the raw data from Central division and pulls it into its GIS system. The system geocodes each address to produce coordinates for the address. The plotted points are then placed onto a map of downtown Los Angeles and styled to better convey the information. The finished map is provided back to LAPD in order to serve the needs of the department, and is also placed here for public access.

They are Still Out There

Sex Offender Locator Mapping Tool from John Walsh

Sex Ofender Mapping Tool 

John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted and Steve Roddel of Family Watchdog have joined with the National Sex Offender Registry to provide a unique and powerful mapping tool to locate registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, anywhere in the U.S.A.  FREE!

All you need to do is click on the link below, enter your address and almost instantly you will get a map of your neighborhood with color coded symbols for various types of sex offenders and their locations. Schools are also shown.  Click on a school to get its name and location and the distance to the nearest registered sex offender.  Click on a sex offender symbol and get a picture, an address, and how far from you he/she lives.  You can click again and find out what kind of offences are applicable.   

Some things to make it easier.  Use Internet Explorer for best results.  I found my Netscape was not up to the mapping capability.   With Internet Explorer, you can zoom in, navigate to nearby neighborhoods, and even bring up a satelite image with the streets and offender codes overlaid on it with your house marked right where you left it.  

You need to know, just so you don’t get too confident over the safety of your neighborhood, that you need to look along the top edge of your map.   It will show you how many “non-mappable” offenders are in the area.   If you click on the “list” at the top, you can see a complete list of the non-mappable offenders.  Thes include those in jail, but it also includes some that may be on your street, but the street number could not be found in the map index and so the address is given, but it won’t be mapped because it has no exact place to put it down.   You can at least find their picture and know from the address they are close by.   Anyway, this is powerful stuff.  Excellent application of several technologies.   Good work guys and gals.  

Click here: Map of Sex Offenders in Your Neighborhood

Since you found it here, send your friends and family to this site or else directly to the registry so that they can check their own neighborhoods.   

I found a convicted child molestor in a nearby neighborhood that lives in some woods only 290 feet from an elementary school.  Next door actually, with the woods leading right up to the school grounds.   Another school had 5 child molestors within 1/2 mile, the closest within 1000 feet.   Not a good idea.

In a few weeks, when I begin a series on the adult homeless population, I’ll give you a link to a dynamic map of the homeless as they move around.   Quite amazing.   The homeless are counted every week and mapped into a system that shows their location (no names) and then all are plotted on a map (as dots).   Then the maps are shown in sequence like an old time movie, but smoothed  so that you can see just how mobile the homeless in a big city can be.    Stay tuned. 

Click for all homeless youth articles

Click for all predator articles

Oldtimer