Use the Ecosia Search Engine (and Plant Trees in Australia With Your Searches for Free–Today, January 23, 2020, Only)!

Australia has been devastated recently with wildfires on a massive scale. You can help by using Ecosia when you’re doing your web searches today, January 23, 2020! It’s free, and you can easily add it to your browser. Visit ecosia.org today and start searching today (and replanting the trees that will aid in the recovery of ecosystems in Australia).

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The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) Releases Policy Updates

Affordable Housing isn't Simple

The OMSSA released an update today informing communities about upcoming public consultations for the  provincial and federal budgets. Click here to read more and to give your input and feedback on the provincial budget. Or visit the Federal Government’s budget consultation website to provide valuable feedback and input about the federal budget. You can also submit your feedback by regular mail.

Also included was an update about the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit, which is a government investment to support people that need financial assistance with housing costs. Read all about it here.

 

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Networking: the End of the World?

Neuroscience News.com - Brain Image in the Public Domain

Just thinking about that word can make most people shudder with anxiety. This is meant to define the act of meeting people. It is a holistic concept linked to your skills to show up with charisma and put yourself out there in order to make new contacts that you are ultimately trying to use to your advantage. When put that bluntly, it’s understandable that networking makes people uncomfortable. But, that’s an important point: it makes everyone uncomfortable to a certain degree. Some are just more used to it than others. Like anything, your ability to perform in networking effectively depends on your level of exposure and practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Add to that the fact that everybody naturally networks and, that in its purest form networking is just socializing and getting to meet new people that could become friends or partners, and it will slowly lose its power of intimidation.

The biggest challenges of networking always come with beginning. The first step is often the hardest and can prevent people from even trying in the first place.

But, just think, what was it that stopped you the last time you wanted to put yourself out there? Was it what others might think of you? You don’t think you’re good enough or worth the time? You believe you will fail? Then, ask yourself, “What does failure mean?” “What would happen if things did not turn out the way I expect them to?”

NetworkingHumanBrain-2020-Source: NeuroscienceNews.com

Things will never really turn out as expected, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not reasonable to think that there is only one acceptable outcome in any given situation that if unmet makes all efforts pointless, a waste of time, a failure. Try to approach your next outings with curiousity instead of anxiety, and accept that any number of outcomes could be even better than any you could have possibly imagined!

We all have good and bad days, days we wish were better, and horrible days that could not seem any worse. This is also normal. It’s unfortunate, yes, but completely natural for everyone. All we can do is treat others with respect and dignity, like they may be going through a tough challenge, and do our best to ease the struggle and offer a helping hand that could make all the difference. Networking, then, is less about what others can give to you and more about what you can offer others. Humility, kindness, generosity, gratitude: these are the traits of the greatest networkers. So, yes, there is injustice, unfairness, and incredible misfortune in this world; but, there is also hope, love, faith, and kindness. Most things will remain outside of your control, but there are also countless measures you can take to improve things in a positive way on a daily basis, however slightly and however small the scale or influence. Fear, irrational perhaps, might be the only thing stopping you from putting yourself out there. All you have to do is show up.

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For more inspiration, read from the Harvard Business Review here.

The Salvation Army Centre of Hope London ON Job Fair

Join the fine folks at the Centre of Hope today for their first job fair…ever. Don’t miss out if you are interested in working to serve the community. There are roles of all kinds available. See below for the details. See you there! (January 9, 2020, 3-7:30 p.m., Centre of Hope Chapel, 281 Wellington Street, London ON).

Join the Salvation Army Centre of Hope in London ON for its first job fair. Jan. 9, 2020 from 3-7:30 p.m., Centre of Hope Chapel, 281 Wellington Street London ON

Happy New Year from the LEHC!

Take a leap in 2020, a leap year

You’ve heard all the catchphrases, “New Year, New You,” “Spring into the New Year,” “This is Your Year.”

So, we’ll spare you the platitudes. The LEHC is interested in assisting, guiding, and supporting every person in setting, planning, and reaching set goals and objectives. While many people and places try to hype up the possibilities of the new year with little practical suggestion, we want to help you with the specifics of your situation and help in customizing an approach and strategy in the job market that will work for you. It is, after all, a leap year so do your best to take one.

There’s a lot of hardship at this time of year as well. We might reflect on all the resolutions we didn’t keep, or on how the year didn’t get us to where we want to be, and this will halt momentum in getting things done and making things happen. Try to approach this year with genuine curiousity and just start by noticing things, not trying to immediately solve or fix them. Beating yourself up about this stuff is only going to make it more difficult for you to realize your goals. Be kind and gentle with yourself, and give yourself credit for any victory, however small. This will make a positive and proactive approach much easier. Good things will happen. You just need to take the first, and hardest, step.

Visit the LEHC today and start your new year off in a positive and productive way!

Have a Safe and Happy Winter Break!

From everyone at the LEHC, we wish you the best this festive season and good things to come in the new year!

Peyto Lake in Winter

This is a time to reflect on all there is to be grateful for, and to share priceless moments with loved ones.

We hope to see you around in the new year!

Public Consultations on Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario

The festive season is a good time to address poverty within our families and communities. Not everyone has the privilege of celebrating at this time of year, and poverty reduction strategy is massively important to reduce and ideally eliminate the barrier of poverty.

What does poverty look like to you?

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is conducting a new study to research ways to reduce poverty in Ontario. Poverty is everywhere, and is linked to very important things like access to education and resources, stable housing, regular meals and hygiene. These issues affect the whole community so we all have a vested interest in this issue whether we realize it or not. Visit here to learn more from the formal Ministry news release, and please participate. All are welcome and equally valued: those with lived experience of poverty and marginalization, wealthy individuals, the middle class, the working poor, students and scholars, and ultimately, all community members. Keep an eye out for an update in January 2020 with the online survey. If you need assistance completing the survey, visit the LEHC or another local community partner. You can send your initial feedback to prso@ontario.ca in the meantime.