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We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Best used cars. Dance2Heal. Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. A drive to help. Jobs! Laptop deal. An Olympic Gesture. Teen helps animals. Office 365 bundle. First female NFL official. Panera Bread job opening. Foster parents. Burrito Boyz. Financial advice from Comic Con.

The veterans page: Bell tower at Miramar Cemetery. Shelter to Soldiers. "Remembering Our Fallen." Homes For Our Troops. Impacting Veteran Homelessness. Project COMBAT. Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.


Memorable quote: "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me." -- Christian Bale as Batman in "Batman Begins."










Monday, September 5, 2016

Best Used Cars!



If you're in the market to buy a used car, we are listing the best choices. According to the April 2016 Consumer Reports, these are the best used cars for reliability and safety based on model year. Make sure your vehicle includes electronic stability control for safety.

Less than $10,000:

Small cars:
Ford Focus 2009-10
Pontiac Vibe 2006-09
Scion xB 2008-09

Sedans:
Acura TL 2006
Acura TSX 2006
Hyundai Sonata 2007-09
Mazda 6 2009

SUVs and Minivans:
Honda CR-V 2006
Honda Pilot 2006
Toyota Sienna 2006

$10,000 to $15,000:

Small cars:
Honda Fit 2011-13
Kia Soul 2011-13
Mazda 3 2011-12

Sedans:
Infiniti G 2006-08
Lincoln MKZ 2009-10

SUVs:
Acura MDX 2006
Toyota Highlander 2006-07

$15,000 to $20,000:

Small cars:
Toyota Prius 2012-13
Hyundai Elantra 2014-15
Honda Civic 2013-14
Sedans:
Honda Accord 2011-12
Toyota Camry 2012-13
Lexus ES 2009-10

SUVs:
Mazda CX-5 2013
Toyota Rav4 2010-11

$20,000 to $25,000

Sedans:
Ford Fusion 2014-15
Subaru Legacy 2014-15
Toyota Avalon 2012

SUVs:
Nissan Murano 2012-13
Subaru Forester 2012-13
Toyota Sequoia 2008

Luxury:
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2009
Acura RDX 2011
Lexus RX 2010




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teens Bring Dance to Seniors



"They're not too old, and it's not something they can't do. This is good for their physical and mental health." -- Sarah Ludington, who developed the nonprofit, Dance2Heal.

Teen Dancers Get Seniors on their Feet was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 26, 2016.

Dance2Heal

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship 40K!



Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/
$40,000 for community college students who plan to enroll in a 4-yr university in Fall 17.
3.5 or higher GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Selection criteria: achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership, and service to others.
Deadline: Oct 25, 2016 at 12noon Eastern time (9am Pacific).

A Drive to Help



Sue Chambers has helped many worthwhile causes in San Diego, including the Rancho San Diego Library. Volunteer Has a Head for Numbers, A Heart for Helping was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August, 23, 2016.

Jobs!



Circle K has applications open for "In-Store Customer Service, Store Manager, and Office and Field positions.

Target is hiring. Check out their info online.

Party City is hiring for the Halloween season. You can apply at the specific store.

Best Buy has seasonal, part-time, and entry-level positions in San Diego. Search for positions and apply online.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad



This refurbished laptop at $211.49 is 70% off the regular price of $493.48.

Lenovo Thinkpad T420S
Intel i5 Dual Core
2500MHz
320Gig HDD
4096mb
DVD-RW
14.0” WideScreen LCD
Windows 10 Professional
64 Bit Laptop Notebook            

Olympian Shows Compassion For Boy



There were a lot of exciting moments at the Rio Games, but none made a bigger impact than this gesture by Piotr Malachowski. Read why he is a real Olympic hero in the truest sense of the word.

Nikita Krishnan Helps Animals



I never was able to have pets of my own, so this is my way of being around animals. When I go to college, I plan to take my nonprofit with me and help animals wherever I go.” -- Nikita Krishnan.

Teen's Ingenuity Gets Animals Back on their Feet appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 16, 2016.

http://www.creaturecomfortandcare.org/

https://houndsavers.org/

http://www.thelivingcoast.org/




Saturday, August 20, 2016

Office Essentials Bundle from Best Buy



For a limited time, Best Buy has an Office Essentials Bundle: Office 365 Personal, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Wireless Mouse for $49.99 (regular $149.97)


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Breaking New Ground


"I've Learned this myself: Go out and do it because you love it. Don't do it to prove somebody wrong because 'I'm a female and I need to make a statement.' Just go out and do the job because it's something that you want to do." -- Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first female official.

NFL's Lone Female Official in Position to Inspire appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 11, 2016.

Panera Bread job openings


The Panera Bread in Coronado has a sign in front of its store that indicates they are hiring. The store is at 980 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118. (619) 437-4288.

There are also openings at other locations including Downtown at 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

Info about job openings at Panera

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Helping children as foster parents

 
Foster kids always had a special place in my heart. They’re innocents caught up in an adult struggle they have nothing to do with. It grabs your heart because they need you so much. It becomes your mission to help them.” -- Foster parent, Susan Kurtik
Senior Couple Step Up As Foster Parents was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 8, 2016.
 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Burrito Boyz



"It was fun giving back to the (homeless) community. They deserve respect from us. They're people just like us, and they deserve the best." -- Alec Johnson, original member of Burrito Boyz.

Charity Cooks Up Milestone was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 1, 2016.

Burrito Boyz

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Backpack deals


If you are looking for a backpack, check out these two deals:

Unisex Outdoor Sports Waterproof Foldable Backpack Hiking Bag Camping Rucksack for $6.49

High Sierra Curve Backpack on clearance price plus an additional 50% off if you use the code: "clearout" at checkout. The price will be reduced to $12.49.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Financial Advice from Comic Con



At Comic Con 2016, there was a panel on Thursday called "Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. It was geared toward creative artists and their finances. Here's what I pulled from this presentation:

To succeed in your own business:
What do you have to give that is going to help people?
What can you do that no one else is doing?
What is your passion?

What you need to be a successful artist:
Passion for your work
Skill set to do it well
Hustle to get yourself known

Build an outstanding team:
Find a mentor to guide you.
Hire people you trust so you can focus on your craft.
Develop a fan base of support.

Lay out your goals with timelines to keep yourself accountable and measure your progress.

They also talked about credit. Your credit score is made up of five factors:
35% is based on your payment history (whether you pay your credit card bills on time).
30% is based on the amount owed on your cards (try to keep your balances under 25% of the limit on a credit card).
15% is duration of credit (don't close out a credit card; it's better to lower your maximum on a card you rarely use in order to maintain your history and duration of credit).
10% is based on new credit (don't open up other new credit accounts prior to taking out a loan).
10% is the type of credit you have.

Some suggestions: Pay off your debts aggressively, don't take out student loans, step away from a purchase before buying an expensive item to avoid impulsive decisions, and ask yourself how many hours you have to work in order to pay for the item.





Dell Venue tablet refurbished



Here is a Dell Venue 10" tablet 62% off the retail price at $124.99 and includes free shipping. It has 32GB storage, 2GB RAM with a quad core processor. 1 year warranty is provided.

Jobs at Discount Tire



Saw a sign in the Rancho San Diego Discount Tire showing they are looking for employees and will provide training. Here is a link to job opportunities with this company.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Discount Books!



If you're looking for discounted books, this book site is the ticket. They also carry textbooks. This information was provided by counselor, Hossna Sadat.