Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 4, 2008
This Mother’s Day, The Renaissance Austin Hotel will host a special tribute to Foster and Adoptive Moms in the Austin and Central Texas area with a “Salute to Foster/Adoptive Moms,” a complimentary Mother’s Day brunch and program that honors moms who give the gift foster children want most: a family. May is a significant month for mothers nationally, serving as National Foster Care Month, and also a time that traditionally honors mothers across the country for the Mother’s Day holiday.
The Renaissance Austin Hotel is hosting and funding this special event for the fifth consecutive year in partnership with the Adoption Coalition of Texas (ACT) and their annual project – Heart Gallery of Central Texas, and the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS). This year’s event brings a new perspective with a focus on the mother’s personal needs for self rejuvenation and relaxation. The 12 moms who have been invited with their families will receive a gift bag of cosmetics, donated by Saks Fifth Avenue. This luxury Austin hotel will have a masseuse at the brunch to give neck and shoulder massages to these hardworking mothers and will also have a photographer available to offer a group portrait to each family. “We enjoy hosting this special event for a truly unique group of mothers. Their contributions make such a difference in a child’s life and development so we think it is important to recognize their endless efforts,” stated Rob Gillette, General Manager for Renaissance Austin Hotel.
The special moms and their families have reservations for their complimentary brunch at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 11, in the atrium area of the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Brunch will also be available in the Renaissance’s Austin arboretum restaurant for the general public and their families to enjoy the holiday. The hotel’s public brunch is offered from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and prices are $ 44.95 per person for adults, $ 19.95 for teenagers, and free for children 12 and under; prices do not include tax and gratuity.
About Renaissance Austin Hotel
The newly-renovated Renaissance Austin Hotel is located just 11 miles or fifteen minutes from downtown, nestled in the scenic hills of northwest Austin and a gateway to the Texas Hill Country. The Austin, Texas hotel is the cornerstone to the upscale entertainment complex offered in the package, the Arboretum, which is a 95-acre park-like setting filled with over 80 shops, boutiques, restaurants, movie theaters, walking and jogging paths. With 65,000 square feet of function space, including the new Glass Oaks ballroom opening this summer and the recently-renovated 30,000 square foot exhibit hall, the hotel is an attractive destination for both business and leisure travelers. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.renaissanceaustin.com.
Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) May 5, 2009
More working mothers are becoming disabled and losing their ability to support their families. That means it’s even more important for women to understand the role of Social Security disability insurance, according to Allsup, which represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.
In the past decade, from 1999 to 2009, the rate of disability for women has grown by about 72 percent compared with nearly 42 percent for men, according to the Social Security Administration. Since 1990, the number of working women who are fully insured for Social Security benefits has grown by 28 percent to 99.7 million women. As of April 2009, 3.6 million women were receiving SSDI benefits as disabled workers.
Disabilities may result from an accident, a chronic disease or worsening condition. Some of the diagnoses affecting women include multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression and fibromyalgia.
“Women may not realize they are insured for disability benefits, especially during the period before they experience a severe disability,” said Cindy Ratermann, manager of disability claims specialists at Allsup. “Women who are widows or widows with young children also may qualify for Social Security benefits based on their husband’s work record, so this is another option to consider.”
SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and SSI programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) expected to last for at least 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible. More details are provided in the SSDI Overview on Allsup.com.
Concerns When Women Can No Longer Work
Women who have been working and supporting their families face enormous difficulties when they can no longer work because of an injury, illness or chronic disease. Allsup offers stories from women in this situation, including a former math teacher and former retail employee, on Allsup.com.
“If you’ve become disabled and must stop working on a long-term basis, you need to look at filing for SSDI benefits as soon as possible,” said Ms. Ratermann, who has more than 20 years experience in the SSDI process, working with a staff of nearly 580 professionals at Allsup.
Women must have a work history and meet certain qualifications to be eligible for SSDI on their own record, including having paid payroll taxes for five of the last 10 years. Having a record of your employment history for the past 15 years is ideal, said Ms. Ratermann. “Your earnings determine what your SSDI benefit would be if the SSA finds you disabled,” she explained.
Keep in mind that the SSDI process can be lengthy, with some claimants’ cases taking two to four years because of the backlog in the disability claims process. More than 2.9 million people are expected to apply for disability benefits in 2009, according to the SSA.
“Women can make this experience easier on themselves by choosing a representative to handle their SSDI claim,” Ms. Ratermann said. Allsup provides representation at all levels of the SSDI application process, including the initial application and, if needed, the hearing before an administrative law judge.
At the hearing level, or level 3, about 90 percent of claimants have a representative. Individuals Allsup represents at the hearing level generally receive an award four months faster than the national average. “It can be to your benefit to get representation from the beginning,” Ms. Ratermann said.
Considering Social Security Disability
There are a number of reasons why a woman should apply for SSDI, including regular monthly income. Additional considerations include:
Medical benefits: Regardless of your age, 24 months after your date of entitlement to SSDI cash benefits, you are eligible for Medicare, including Part A (hospital benefits) and Part B (medical benefits).
Prescription drug coverage: Once you are entitled to Medicare, you are also eligible for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan
COBRA extension: If you receive SSDI benefits, the length of your COBRA benefits could be extended an additional 11 months.
Protected retirement benefits: When you reach retirement age, SSDI ends and you transition to Social Security retirement benefits. Social Security disability entitlement “freezes” Social Security earnings records during your period of disability. Because the years in which you collect SSDI benefits are not counted when computing future benefits, your Social Security retirement benefits may be higher than if your earnings were averaged over a greater number of years.
Dependent benefits: If you receive SSDI benefits and you have a dependent under age 18, he or she may also be eligible for benefits. Benefits also may be paid to your husband on your earnings record if he is age 62 or older; or at any age if he is caring for your child (under age 16).
Insights On Social Security Benefits
Allsup provides representation services for Social Security Disability Insurance, but there are additional considerations for women.
Keep in mind that Social Security offers marginal amount of financial protection to women as a result of their earnings and through their spouse’s earnings, depending on the circumstances. Most people need 10 years of work, or 40 credits earned through payroll taxes, to qualify for benefits.
Today, nearly 60 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, including SSDI benefits, are women.
Women and earnings. Women are likely to earn less than men during their careers, so their benefits may be lower. For example, in April 2009 the average SSDI benefit for women was about 22 percent lower at $ 920.47 compared to $ 1,188.52 for men. One factor is that many women work as caregivers for family members and children during their earning years. Often, women step out of the work force for years at a time and, over time, pay less toward Social Security.
Women and business ownership. If you and your husband operate a business together, you are entitled to receive Social Security credits as a partner. Even though you may file your income taxes jointly, you should file a separate self-employment report with Social Security. This ensures that you get Social Security benefits from your own work. Otherwise, all the earnings will be reported on your husband’s work record.
Women and additional benefits. Your payroll taxes go toward several programs besides SSDI.
Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) May 7, 2009
NADAguides.com, the leading provider of pricing information and market research for new and used cars, classic cars, RVs, motorcycles and boats, today announced its top five stylish yet kid-minded vehicles, just in time for Mother’s Day. Taking into consideration practicality, size, price, style and fuel efficiency, the Infiniti FX50, Ford Edge, GMC Acadia, BMW X6 and Mazda5 prove that moms no longer need to sacrifice design and aesthetic appeal to drive a safe and functional family-oriented vehicle.
“Moms work incredibly hard and deserve to drive vehicles that not only fit their lifestyle, but their personal style as well. Although Mother’s Day only comes once a year, any one of these vehicles would be a great way to pamper her every day,” said Michael Caudill, spokesperson for NADAguides.com. “These cars include all of the features that any mom would want in a family vehicle–safety, practicality, and size–while still maintaining the stylish appearance that most mothers ultimately want.”
With options at several price points, every mom can find the right mix of design and drivability. Combining the best of safety features, price, and comfort, this new crop of cars provides well-designed alternatives to the mini-vans and station wagons so often seen in the driveway. No longer will mom be asked to drop the kids off down the street from their destination; these are the kinds of rides they will want to be seen in!
For budget conscious moms who still want to make their carpool trips something fun and sporty, Mazda offers the Mazda5. Starting at under $ 20,000, the Mazda5 has seating for up to 6 along with available Bluetooth, navigation, iPod and MP3 compatibility, and a DVD entertainment system. It also comes with child seat anchors and dual sliding rear doors. With an estimated 28 mpg highway, the Mazda5 is also a very fuel-efficient way to move people around.
The Ford Edge, starting at $ 26,635, comes standard with Ford’s signature SYNC voice technology and offers available voice activated navigation, SIRIUS satellite radio, power liftgate and panoramic vista roof. While relatively fuel-efficient with an estimated 24 mpg highway, the Edge is also a top safety pick thanks to Ford’s Safety Canopy system; a dual-stage airbag system front, side and side curtain protection.
Starting at $ 31,890, the 5-star crash rated GMC Acadia is a great buy for moms looking for an affordable yet luxurious SUV. The Acadia gets an estimated 24 mpg highway and offers all the creature comforts of a top-end luxury SUV including heated front seats, Bluetooth, XM Radio, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and the Rearview Backup Camera System. The Acadia also offers a touch-screen navigation, Bose Advanced DVD player and rear-seat DVD player.
For the high-end soccer mom looking for a luxury SUV, there is the Infiniti FX50. Starting at $ 58,400, the FX50 comes with all the luxurious amenities drivers have come to expect from Infiniti. The FX50 has an advanced climate control system that not only purifies the air by eliminating 99.5% of airborne allergens, but can also reduce or neutralize airborne germs. Safety is also enhanced on the FX50 with Infiniti’s Intelligent Brake assist and Advanced Airbag System while achieving 20 mpg highway.
BMW has the right fit for the mom looking for a few extra ponies under the hood. The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, starting at $ 55,900, offers the best of luxury and performance for mom. With 300 horsepower standard, the X6 is the ultimate carpooling machine while achieving 20 mpg highway. The X6 comes with plenty of safety features including run-flat tires, Dynamic Stability Control and an optional rear-view camera. BMW also offers GPS navigation with real-time traffic and an optional DVD entertainment system.
FOR MEDIA: If you are interested in speaking to Michael Caudill, our automotive expert, regarding the Top 5 Rides for the New Soccer Mom, please contact Ashley Garing, DRIVEN Media Communications, ashley @ drivenmc.com, (951) 461-2429 to schedule an interview.
NADA Appraisal Guides (NADAguides.com) is the world’s largest publisher of vehicle pricing and specification information for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, as well as van conversions, limousines, classic and collectible cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, vintage motorcycles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft and manufactured housing. The company’s consumer website, NADAguides.com, offers a variety of new and used vehicle services in addition to valuation information. Throughout its 76-year history, NADA Appraisal Guides has earned the reputation as the recognized authority for vehicle valuations. Its website, NADAguides.com, is the most comprehensive vehicle information resource on the Internet today.
Shelton, CT (PRWEB) August 4, 2009
As the first week of August has been designated World Breastfeeding Week, LifeCare
London, UK (PRWeb UK) March 12, 2010
The NSPCC has launched a special Mother’s Day campaign which enables consumers to send virtual flowers and a message via mobile or email.
The campaign, developed by RAPP, involves a series of banner ads clicking through to a dedicated site – http://www.nspccmothersday.org.
In return for a donation to the NSPCC, consumers can pick from a range of virtual flowers, write a message and choose Mother’s Day delivery via mobile or email.
The site includes an animated film and a voiceover about the role and importance of mothers in our lives. But it goes on to stress that some children don’t have someone who loves and protects them – and how, by supporting the NSPCC, the charity can help more children in need through its ChildLine service.
Commenting on the initiative, Xavier Guillen, NSPCC donor recruitment manager, says: “Mother’s Day is a day when we all express our gratitude for the unconditional love we get from our mothers. Sadly, with some children this isn’t the case and sometimes children suffer at the hands of people who should actually love them the most. Last year around one third of calls to ChildLine could not be answered. We can be there for many more with increased support so we are giving people the chance to both show their love and gratitude to their mothers and help us do more for those less fortunate.”
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
The Austin Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) is proud to announce today that its members have contributed more than 9,000 hours to local philanthropies during the most recent NCL calendar year, which ended March 31. A national-nonprofit group, NCL brings together mothers, referred to as Patronesses, and daughters grades 7-12, referred to as Ticktockers, committed to leadership development and training, and building cultural awareness through community service on a local level.
This announcement follows the chapter Ticktocker Awards Ceremony, which was held this past Saturday, April 25, honoring the time and effort donated by all current ticktockers, and welcoming 32 new members into the chapter as the Class of 2016. The Ticktocker Class of 2010 consists of twenty-one young women who collectively served over 4,300 hours benefiting 26 different Austin-area philanthropies over the course of their six years with the Austin Chapter.
And the future looks even brighter for the Austin NCL with this past years 9th graders, Class of 2013, contributing the highest total charity hours in the year, at over 1,000. As these girls complete their next 3 years of high school, their community service contributions will benefit the entire Austin area.
We are so proud of our girls, and the overall mission of NCL, said Lisa Sikora, NCL Austin President. This has been a great year, very rewarding for local philanthropies, but equally so for our mothers and daughters.
Im proud to have been part of NCL these past years and look forward to the next two. I really believe in giving back to the community, taking time to help those in need. Its even better that I get to do this good work along side my Mom said Sarah Brown, Westlake High School sophomore, who received this years Merci Award, given to the Ticktocker with the highest philanthropy hour count for the year. Sarah contributed a total of 207 community service hours in the past year.
Throughout the year the chapter hosts programs, presentations and field trips for the members with the goal of providing opportunities for the girls to learn the beauty of giving of themselves to others; to develop and practice leadership and social skills within their peer groups; and to have an awareness and appreciation of the various forms of culture in the community. Two annual events are the time honored NCL tradition of Tea, to train the daughters in proper etiquette to serve as hostesses, and Ticktocker Day, which brings together all of the ticktockers in the Austin chapter to collaborate on a single philanthropic project.
About the National Charity League
National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters grades 7-12 who join together in community service in chapters throughout the United States. The purpose is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship through participation in philanthropy, educational activities and cultural events. Founded in 1947, NCL members currently total more than 40,000, with 156 chapters in 16 states, including three chapters in the central Texas area.
The Austin chapter currently works with 19 local Non-Profit Organizations including the Austin Childrens Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Pets Alive, Austin Public Library, Capital Area Food Bank, Caritas of Austin, Child Protective Services, Childrens Hospital of Austin, El Buen Samaritano, Family Eldercare, Habitat for Humanity, Lifelong Friends, lifelong Friends, Lifeworks, Manos de Cristo, Marbridge, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, Westbank Library and YMBL Sunshine Camps.
For more information on the National Charity League, please visit http://www.nationalcharityleague.org.
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Boston, MA (Vocus) July 12, 2010
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced its support for text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or babys date of birth on topics ranging from health care access and immunization, to oral health and car seat safety.
According to an article in the New York Daily News, 19.3 million moms are text messaging, said Bryce Williams, director of Health and Wellness at BCBSMA. Its not surprising so many on-the-go moms are looking to communicate and get information quickly and easily on their phones. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is looking forward to working with text4baby to deliver helpful information to these busy moms.
Text4baby pregnancy and infant messages were developed by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in collaboration with federal partners, physicians and nurses and national medical organizations. Once registered, moms will receive three text messages a week until the babys first birthday such as:
A seat belt protects you and your baby. Shoulder belt goes between your breasts & lap strap goes under your belly (not on or above). Wear it every time.
Its normal for new moms to feel tired or overwhelmed. But if youre crying a lot or feeling anxious or hopeless, please call 800-944-4773 for help.
Keeping your babys mouth clean is important even before he/she has teeth! Wipe gums each day with a wet washcloth or use a soft baby toothbrush.
More Online Tools for BCBSMA Moms:
Moms can learn more about text4baby by visiting BCBSMAs Living Healthy Babies website, another resource dedicated to BCBSMA members who are pregnant or thinking about conceiving. The site offers tools and information covering everything from preconception and pregnancy to cognitive development during the baby’s first year. The program also offers members access to BCBSMAs 24-hour Blue Care Line (1-888-247-BLUE), where they can ask a registered nurse health questions and receive advice on caring for themselves or their baby at home.
BCBSMA also recently launched the Maternity Screening Pilot, an employer initiative that identifies members with high-risk pregnancies based on factors such as age, medical and behavioral health status. Members who elect to participate work closely with registered nurses in BCBSMAs case management program to improve the health and wellbeing of themselves and the baby during their pregnancy.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts support for text4baby demonstrates their commitment to the health and wellness of moms and their babies, said Judy Meehan, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. Now more moms in Massachusetts will benefit from receiving free text messages that will help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (http://www.bluecrossma.com) was founded 73 years ago by a group of community-minded business leaders. Today, headquartered in Boston, BCBSMA provides coverage to nearly 3 million members, 2.5 million in Massachusetts. BCBSMA believes in rewarding doctors and hospitals for delivering safe and effective care, and in empowering patients to take more responsibility, become educated health care consumers and become stronger partners with their doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
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Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 23, 2011
In most countries women on maternity leave are guaranteed between 75% and 100% of their salary, according to the International Labor Organizations study Maternity Protection At Work. The United States has no legal requirement for paid maternity leave and lags behind in securing the rights of women who return to work after having children, says the U.N. sponsored report.
If you dont budget your finances and take in account your loss of income due to maternity leave you could be heading for trouble. The birth of a child sends many families into an overwhelming cycle of credit card debt, late payments, and harassing collection calls. Temporary loss of income and unexpected expenses during maternity leave is one of the most common cause people end up in credit counseling. says Howard Dvorkin, the founder of Consolidated Credit Counseling Service, Inc.
Warning Signs For Credit Problems:
— Your credit cards are maxed out and youre only paying the minimum.
— Youre using one card to pay off another. Dont fool yourself into thinking you squaring away your debts. All youre doing is borrowing more money.
— Bills are paid with money intended for other things.
— Money is borrowed or credit cards are being used to pay for items that used to be bought with cash.
— Savings are used to pay current bills.
Under normal circumstance making only minimum payments on your credit cards is unwise. Minimum payments cover mostly interest. For example, if you want to pay off a $ 5,000 debt with minimum payments it can take 7 to 10 years and can end up costing as much $ 15,000 to $ 20,000! During maternity leave making only minimum payments may be necessary evil, but planning to use your credit cards as a safety net for unexpected expenses is foolish.
Money Rules to Follow
Columbia, MD (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
Security Central Exchange continues its public service mission to help parents enhance their child’s safety by giving them the capability to protect, locate and track their children using GPS technology. Security Central Exchange’s mission is to raise awareness of the problem and provide security products and assistance to help parents prevent, detect and respond to potential threats to their children. In the event a child does become missing, we help the parents try to safely recover the child using a variety of methods, including public service announcements, GPS Tracking solutions, and helping parents find a Private Investigator in their area, says Security Central Exchange, CEO, Mark Schober.
The most recent missing child case Security Central Exchange is trying to raise awareness about is the disappearance of 19 month old Audrey Reese. She was allegedly kidnapped from Columbia, MD on April 22, 2012 by Victoria Reese, her biological Mother. Victoria and Audrey were last seen in Peoria, Arizona on April 23, 2012. Judge Janice Crawford of Maricopa County Superior Court, case number FC2012-003939, issued a warrant ordering law enforcement officers to take Audrey into custody and return her to the biological Father Nicholas Planas, according to Audrey’s Grandparents currently living in Columbia, Maryland.
Audrey is a 19 months old female, approximately 24 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. She has grey-blue eyes, and curly dark blonde hair. Her biological mother, Victoria Reese is a white female 5 foot 3 inches tall, 20 years of age, weighs approximately 170 pounds with green-hazel eyes and brown-blonde wavy hair. Anyone seeing Audrey or Victoria should immediately report the missing child to their local law enforcement authority. Her Biological Father and Grandparents have made an emotional plea asking for help in locating and returning her home safely. Security Central Exchange, CEO says “Let’s get Audrey back home safely where she belongs.”