Services for the Community

General Links

Connect for Kids:
Connect for Kids is a virtual encyclopedia of information for adults who want to make their communities better places for kids. Through radio, print, and TV ads, a weekly email newsletter and a comprehensive Web site, this award-winning project provides the tools to help people become more active citizens�from volunteering to voting�on behalf of kids. http://www.connectforkids.org/

National PTA
National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children. http://pta.org/

American Federation of Teachers:
Contains education and union information. http://www.aft.org/

United Federation of Teachers:
Contains education and union information. http://www.uft.org/

Citizenship and Immigration Links from D. L. Hennessey:
Misc. Citizenship and Immigration, Articles and Exhibits, Education, History, and Government, Immigration Law and Lawyers, Search Engines, Citizenship and Immigration Bookstore. http://www.mindspring.com/~citizenship/links.html

United States Immigration and Naturalization Service:

Internal Revenue Service
Income Tax Forms, Instructions, Publications, Regulations, and other stuff. http://www.irs.gov/

New York City Online

U.S. Department of Labor
DOL Agencies, Laws & Regs, Statitics & Data, Programs/Services, Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993,  http://www.dol.gov/

Welfare Information Network
WIN provides information on policy choices, promising practices, program and financial data, funding sources, federal and state legislation and plans, program and management tools, and technical assistance.
WIN's web site provides one stop access to over 9,000 links on more than 400 web sites.http://welfareinfo.org/

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Family Issues

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Children's Issues

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Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Nationwide Domestic Violence Hotline:
This is a 24-hour toll-free offering crisis intervention assistance to those in need. The voice number is 1-800-799-SAFE, and the TDD number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-787-3224. Help is available to callers in Spanish and to other non-English speakers and the hearing impaired. Callers can receive counseling and be connected directly to help in their communities, including emergency services and shelters. Also, operators can offer information and referrals, counseling and assistance in reporting abuse to survivors of domestic violence, family members, neighbors, and the general public. The Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, a leader and vital support to families in crisis for over 17 years, will staff and operate the hotline. The hotline is funded by three HHS agencies: Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. http://www.ndvh.org/

DOJ: Violence Against Women Office:
In March of 1995, the President named Bonnie Campbell, former Attorney General of Iowa, to be Director of the Violence Against Women Office at the Department of Justice. In making the announcement, the President noted " for the first time in history, the federal government becomes a full time partner in the fight to curb violence against women. " The Department's Violence Against Women Office leads a comprehensive national effort to combine tough new federal laws with assistance to states and localities to fight domestic violence and other crimes against women.   http://www.usdoj.gov/vawo/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
As the nation's resource center for child protection, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. http://www.missingkids.com/

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Consumer Information

National Fraud Information Center & Internet Fraud Watch:
The NFIC is the only nationwide toll-free hotline for consumers to get advice about telephone solicitations and report possible telemarketing fraud to law enforcement agencies. In 1996, the Internet Fraud Watch was created, enabling the NFIC to offer consumers advice about promotions in cyberspace and route reports of suspected online and Internet fraud to the appropriate government agencies. http://www.fraud.org/

National Consumers League:
"Our mission is to identify, protect, represent, and advance the economic and social interests of consumers and workers. The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. We are the nation's oldest consumer organization." http://www.natlconsumersleague.org/

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
"The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment � air, water, and land � upon which life depends." http://www.epa.gov/

Order or download free Home Buying Guide, Credit Guide, Mortgage Guide. http://borrowingbasics.org/

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Smoke / Fire Detectors

There are two types of detection used in smoke/fire detectors:

The most common and least expensive type are the ionization detectors. Ionization detectors are best at detecting fast flaming fires.

Photo Electric
The least common and more expensive type are the Photo Electric detectors. Photo Electric detectors are best at detecting slow smoldering fires.

Ionization detectors take two times as long to detect slow smoldering fires as Photo Electric detectors.

It's is recommended that you get both types of detectors or get a combination unit. First Alert has a combination unit.

Safety Precautions

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