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How to Be Philanthropic Without Breaking the Bank

You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else.

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Philanthropy became an essential part of my life during my fraternity days. Believe it or not, giving back to the community is a key element in Greek culture.

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Sure, most of our money went toward books and beer, but it was important to us to spend a generous amount of our time being charitable. Participating in philanthropy, as I learned, benefits underprivileged people, helps promote the reputation of yourself or your organization, and just makes you feel good.

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Better than the Weekend decided to get involved and give something back by spending a morning at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton, PA. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. me and two of my interns, Justine and Dana, prepped and served lunch to guests in need of a hot and nutritious meal.

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You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else. And it doesn’t have to be National Philanthropy Day to give back. Here are some ways you can be philanthropic without breaking the bank.

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, nursing home or children’s hospital.

At the soup kitchen, some of the people who came to get a meal thanked us individually for being their to help them. That feeling they felt didn’t cost a penny on our ends.

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2. Take some cookies to the local police or fire departments.

Let people who risk their lives to serve and protect us know they’re appreciated it. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make some cookies and it doesn’t take much time. It’ll likely make their day!

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3. Invite someone for a walk.

When you see a friend or co-worker stressed out, let them know you’re there for them by inviting them to do something that can get their mind off whatever is bothering them. A person doesn’t have to be homeless and living under a bridge to need someone to reach out to them.

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4. Listen!

We’re so often caught up in our own lives that we don’t always take the time to listen to someone who is going through something. Making someone feel heard and worth being listened to can make them feel better.

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5. Pay for the person behind you.

It could be a cup of coffee at Starbucks or the toll on a road trip. Spotting the person behind you in line will surprise them, make their day and remind them there’s good in the world.

That’s what philanthropy is all about.

Cheers to putting some good out there.

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15 Works of ART that will motivate you to get your life together PRONTO!

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The internet is filled with motivational quotes aimed to inspire people to get off their phone and live their best life! If only double-tapping an inspirational quote on Insta would actually prompt due action to get the success you know you deserve, then everyone would be as rich and happy as Bob Saget.

Graphic design king Jeff Cole realized inspirational memes won’t do shit for your success unless their design is dope and their message doesn’t disappear after looking away from your phone. The vision needs to be a reminder in constant view. Right in front of your face. On your wall. Cole’s online canvas art company, Ikonick, has a collection of unique images that will likely give you the push you need to stop wanting a better life and commence action.(Better than the Weekend has three pieces hanging in the office.)

Here’s some that you may want to add to your wall.

You Can’t Deposit Excuses ATM

Stop Watching 

Talent

Level Up

Forbes List

Ingredient For Success & Success Marks The Spot

Money Hungry

No Risk. No Reward.

Mind Of A Hustler. Heart Of A King. 

Remember Why You Started

Chance

Nobody Cares

Leave Your Excuses At The Door

The entire collection can be viewed on ikonick.com or Instagram @ikonick.

Now go follow us on Instagram @betterthantheweekend. And then go call your mom and tell her you love her.

 

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Vintage Frat Is the Life of the Party on Instagram Right Now, Possibly Forever

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Gone are the days of moms and dads knocking on wood that social media didn’t exist when they were young, dumb and figuring out the world. Remnants of debauchery from past generations are resurfacing on @vintagefrat, an Instagram account paying homage to legendary fraternity throwbacks.

Here’s some of the of the most lit pics from Vintage Fraternity. (Warning: You may see your mom or dad.)

“Hello Ladies, welcome to pledgeship. I’ll be your guide.”

Saturday’s are for the Brothers. 

Take a moment to respect the most legendary composite of all time. 

Daytona Beach ’89 was wild. #AskYourDad

There was always that one Brother who understood the meaning of life. 

Here’s why your dad’s friends call him Superman. 

And here’s when your dad met your mom. 

Reminding the children of the future that House Hounds need to be the focus of every fraternity house.

And here’s a reminder that Benny the Beaver was probably with your girl. 

Tribute to the Brother who didn’t even attend one class all semester.

Classic Spring Break transportation. 

Sure, Greek Life has it’s fair share of wild times.  

But @vintagefrat is a solid reminder that Greek Life is also a resume builder, putting students in positions that prepare them for the future. 

Mainly, Greek Life is about togetherness. #NeverForget #AskYourDad

Go follow @vintagefrat on Instagram and then follow @betterthantheweekend.

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Why University of Scranton Is the Perfect Place to Find a Husband

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I’m a senior at The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m here to tell you why my school is the perfect place to find a husband.

From the day I arrived as a freshman in search of a degree and a good time, I was told I should also search for a husband here by upperclassmen who were taking courses toward their ‘MRS’ degree. (That’s Mrs., a.k.a. a master’s degree in finding a man.) Oh, they exist. If they haven’t landed a man by the fall semester of their senior year, they’re adding extra credit hours in getting a ring by spring.

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It’s not like I can blame them. I acknowledge that there’s certainly some good looking guys at this school — it’s hard not to.

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But I couldn’t see myself spending the rest of my life with one. You see, there’s a distinct type of guy that typically goes to this school. They’re the epitome of a rich, preppy white guy.

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They tuck in their pastel button-down shirts and sport a pair of loafers to hit the bar scene on a Friday night. Their idea of dressing down is wearing a $42 plain-white Vineyard Vine T-Shirt. They dress like a middle-aged, balding, career-crazed father of three.

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Oh, and they drink like one, too. They basically look and act like a stereotypical man in their 40s who is unhappy with his wife, life, and needs to binge-drink, binge-smoke and binge-fuck his way out of jumping out of the top floor of the Wall Street skyscraper he works in.

Meanwhile, all I want is a cute guy who takes his schoolwork seriously, has a little height on me and wants to eat chicken wings off my curvy bottom.

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But my options seem to be limited to college boys who look like they’re trying to impersonate their fathers.

I guess the girls who told me The University of Scranton is the perfect place to find a husband were right. I just didn’t know they looked like a 42-year-old alumni’s husband.

I guess my only chance at getting a ring by spring is if one of them saves the dad-look for when they actually work on Wall Street. But I’m cool enjoying my senior year with my friends. My philosophy in life is that everything happens for a reason and plans are a waste of time.

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