Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

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The Best Way to Get Exterior House Cleaning Done

Every so often you are going to want to end up cleaning the exterior of your home as much as you possibly can. The fact of the matter is that until and unless you look into high quality cleaning your home just won’t look as good as it has the potential to look, and this is something that you are probably going to want to take into consideration for a wide variety of reasons all in all. The thing about exterior home cleaning is that there are a number of different approaches that you can end up going for in this regard, and most of the time your approach is going to have something or the other to do with the kind of result that you would actually want all in all.

Now, if you want the best results possible, then you need to try and adopt a more holistic approach. What we mean is that you should try and make it so that your home would have the kind of cleaning done that would target every single area all at once. Remember, every nook and cranny of your home is going to end up requiring a heavy cleaning every so often, so if you make the mistake of assuming that you can just get the job done without really worrying about all of the various spots in your house then you are going to end up with really inferior cleaning being done which is the sort of thing that is going to make you want to consider something that’s a little different all in all.

Checking out www.rosecitywindowcleaningpasadena.com might be a good idea for you as this is the sort of thing that can give you good quality service.

Emergency Dentists And How They Are Necessary For Children of All Ages

As the parent of a child you probably already know that children have a tendency to get hurt quite severely in a lot of ways. This is natural, as kids want to run around and play but at the end of the day their skeletal structure and muscles as well as their joints are not capable of supporting the full range of movement that adults often end up taking for granted, and so the most common thing that you would realize is that your kids probably fall a lot.

While knee scrapes and other such situations are going to be important and should be taken care of, the most serious injuries that would occur would have to do with the mouth. A chipped tooth or an injured jaw as well as a tongue that was injured because your child bit it when he or she fell down onto the ground are all common injuries and the only person that can treat these injuries is an emergency dentist Baton Rouge. An emergency dentist would have the necessary skills to make it so that your child does not suffer from any lasting damage due to a fall.

Even after your child has grown up a little and has full control over his or her body, they can still get injured. Teenagers are physically more or less fully grown but their minds are still very young and so they can get injured quite often as well. It is therefore important to keep an emergency dentist on speed dial so that you can call them up right away when your teenager inevitably does something stupid and gets seriously injured in the mouth in the process.

How to Get Rid of The Mold in Air Ducts

Growth of mold in your air Ducts can have serious consequences for you and your family members.

But how can you detect the mold in your air ducts? Follow the below mentioned steps.

Detecting The Mold

Usually the you’ll smell the mold before seeing it. It gives out a musty and unusual odor when its starts growing in your vents and air ducts. If your house is smelling like mold, try turning off the HVAC system. If the smell goes away after turning the HVAC off, then its mold. Also, keep an eye on your drip pans. See if your drip pans are showing any signs of mold growth.

After you’ve successfully detected the mold in your air ducts, now comes the fun part. You have to get rid of the mold and make your air healthy again. But shouldn’t be done by you. You should hire professionals for furnace service and repair for any type of mold growth.

Why You Should Hire Professional Services?

Hiring the professionals Al’s might seem like an extra expense. But only an experienced company can help you get rid of the mold completely and make sure that it doesn’t come back anytime soon.

First reason on why you shouldn’t do it by yourself is that the mold won’t go away by using ordinary cleaners. Usual household cleaning products would leave behind a good amount mold that will easily grow back quickly. On the other hand, experts have the proper cleaners and equipment needed to get rid of the mold altogether.

Air ducts are fragile; they might get damaged if you try to clean them with the equipment available in your house. Experts have all the experience and equipment needed to do a perfect job.

Why You Should Hire Professionals For Window Replacement

Having to go through the process of replacing a window can be a tough one. Especially if the windows that you have installed are older, things can then become complicated as you are at the risk of damaging the original frame and that is one thing we don’t really want.

With that said, the good news is that you do not have to worry if you can just hire someone professional like the https://www.baltimorebrothers.com/replacement-door-window-installation. As you may have expected, they have been in the business for years and they know what they are doing. The right experience matters a lot.

Below, we have mentioned a few reasons why you should hire professionals for window replacement.

Greater Quality of Work

The great thing about these professionals is that they are going to deliver a greater quality of work as compared to you doing it on your own. Now don’t get us wrong. We always appreciate those who prefer to handle things on their own but you also have to understand the fact that things can easily go wrong in this ordeal and avoiding such things is why we are here, in the first place. The more you avoid, the better it will be.

Good For Saving Time

With the whole idea of going for window replacement by professionals. The greater thing here is the fact that you can save time. Not many people are aware of this but the time it will take someone professional to do all that is going to be significantly less. Therefore, making it much easier for you to trust them rather than having someone amateur to do the job. It is all about hiring the best service here and you have to understand that.

The Main Benefit of Using Walmart Money Transfer

If you transfer money on a regular basis then you might feel like Walmart money transfer is the sort of thing that is not required since there are already so many options that are all becoming an important part of the way we do business each day. With all of that having been said and out of the way, there are certain benefits associated with walmart to walmart money transfer, some of which you would not get with alternative options so it’s fair to say that this is at the very least a decent option that you could end up looking into.

As far as benefits associated with using this platform are concerned, perhaps the main benefit has to do with cost. You see, most of the service providers that enable you to transfer money to someone would charge a hefty fee for this, something that would make it financially unfeasible for you to send certain amounts of money and would only reserve this service in situations where you have to send a large amount. With Walmart’s service you would only have to pay 4 dollars which is lower than the market average.

This means that you can send smaller amounts of money as well without it taking an enormous chunk out of the amount that you are sending. Sometimes the ability to send small amounts of money can make a huge difference, especially in situations where you would want to help someone with a bill they need to pay but don’t want the service charges forcing you to send a lot more. Overall this is something that can really change the way you transfer money to people and can really prove to be a game changer.

Your Complete Guide to Day Trading

Day trading is a risky business, it is full of risks and has its own highs and lows. However, that has not stopped millions of people from working in the day trading business. The reason for that is that day trading can earn you a handsome amount of money if you know how to go about things. Although it is too risky for beginners but there is always room for learning and once an individual learns all the key pointers about day trading, they can successfully earn money for themselves. You can find all the useful info right here in this complete guide to day trading.

Day trading and risks go hand in hand so make sure that you prepare yourself for it, both mentally as well as financially. If you are a complete novice, then you need to work on your strategies. You can always give Zulutrade reviews a read as it will help you out a lot in finding the best tips for day trading.

Since day trading is all about buying and selling of things that can be termed as financial tools, then you need to pick one tool or instrument of your own. Look at all the options you have, think carefully and analyze each and every aspect. You can just make a wish list for yourself and bookmark the companies that you want to follow. Once you have done that, you now need to focus on creating a strategy for your day trading. You can either create your own strategy or you can follow a strategy that is already in use. Regardless of whichever option you choose, you need to perfect the strategy so that there are high chances of you winning.

Battery Reconditioning Tips You Should Follow

For anyone who has been contemplating on the reconditioning of batteries. The good news is that the process is not that difficult. If you are still not confident about handling all of this on your own, there are countless professional services that will allow you to do just the same.

Now, we would suggest that you spend some time reading the ez battery reconditioning reviews. After all, the more you know, the better, right? Once you have done that and you are feeling confident, you can start working on the process yourself. But before that, we also have some tips for you that should help you have a better overall experience with the reconditioning itself.

Make Sure You Have Read About It

If you really want to be sure that you are making the right move, it would be better if you just go ahead and read everything about it. The EZ battery reconditioning should help you to a greater extent. Not just that, you can consult the professionals or check other sources, too. The key is to be sure about it and understand what you are doing.

Avoid Damaging The Battery

You have to understand that damaging the battery can be a very, very catastrophic failure, and therefore, it would be much better if you avoid it altogether. True, you can just look at other ways and if you are not sure about what to do then the professionals are always there. But the purpose we have here is to ensure that there is no damage done.

Again, if you are scared that you might end up messing things on your own, it would be advised that you just hire someone who knows how to do that.

What Types of Pianos Are There?

If you want to become a pianist or just a musician in general you might want to try and make it so that you can end up figuring out a way in which you can make the most of the kind of pianos that are out there. Familiarizing yourself with pianos is a lot easier than you might initially end up thinking it is and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that there are not all that many out there that you would have to end up dealing with.

There are 10 pianos every musician should know but you can make do with just a few important ones as well. There is the grand piano of course which is something that everyone has seen at least in movies and TV shows if not in real life. A grand piano is very expensive but it has an absolutely gorgeous sound, one that you would simply not be able to get from practically any other kind of piano.

However, because of the fact that grand pianos are so expensive and heavy most people prefer other options. Electronic pianos are also really good and they are quite versatile as well not to mention the fact that you would be able to save a lot of money due to the reason that they are not as expensive as their acoustic counterparts. These are things that matter and if you make the right choices in this regard then there is pretty much no reason why you won’t be able to become an expert in the field of pianos and the like, allowing yourself to figure out a way in which you can improve your knowledge in this regard.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is not new to the market, it has been around for many years now. But it was used in aircrafts, however, in recent years its use has become popular in commercial as well as residential settings. This happened due to the countless benefits of spray foam insulation. If you do not know much about it but want to learn about spray foam and its benefits, then you have landed on the perfect article as this article will help you in familiarizing yourself with spray foam insulation and its benefits.

Spray foam is basically a mixture of liquid and air. In most cases it has two parts liquid and one part air. Due to this composition when the foam is sprayed it starts to expand which leaves no room for gaps. There are a lot of contractors like insulation contractors NJ that you can hire to get spray foam insulation done at your home or office.

Spray foam insulation is very easy to install and it dries quite quickly. It is a relatively quick and easy process and that is why it has a cheap installation cost. In addition to this, spray foam does not allow mould or bacteria to grow since it does not become something that bacteria or mould could consume. It also acts a thermal insulator which means you can get a comfortable environment in your house or office at all times.

There are many other benefits of spray foam insulation besides the ones that have already been discussed above. Spray foam also acts as a sound barrier, while it is not completely sound proof, it can act as a sound dampener. Besides this, it does not have any temperature restrictions.

Why You Should Not Do Tree Trimming By Yourself

If you have plenty of free time, and a tree trimming project to do, you might feel tempted to start it by yourself as a DIY project.

But doing this isn’t the best idea in many scenarios, as climbing up a tree to do the cutting and pruning can be a very risky job. Below mentioned are some dangers associated with cutting your own trees. Read these points, and try to keep yourself away from all the possible injuries by hiring proper tree services in Prince Frederick MD.

Tree Might Fall

A falling tree or branches is the most common danger associated with cutting your own trees. Falling trees and branches can cause lots of damage if you aren’t professional enough to handle those falls perfectly.

It is true that anybody can rent some tree removal gear under a budget, and can try to do the job themselves, hiring a professional tree removal service will keep you away from any dangers or worry. They are properly trained to deal with any danger that can show up during the job.

You Might Also Fall

In addition to the danger of a falling tree, the person cutting the tree can also fall. If the fall is taken in a wrong way, it can cause serious injuries to the person involved.

Depending on the area below the tree, and the falling height, the injury can be lethal. So, you don’t want to risk your life just to save a few bucks, right?

The Danger of Electrocution

Power lines can be a really dangerous issue for the tree trimming professionals. These lines are usually hidden inside the trees, or below them in the ground.

These power lines can get in the range of your chainsaw with no prior warning. This can cause a lethal electric shock. So, hiring a professional with years of experience will always be your best bet.

How to Stop Age From Effecting Your Memory

Memory and age are two things that go hand in hand and this is one of the few things that can truly scare us. However, it is also important to know that if you are careful enough about the situation you are in, you can stop age from affecting your memory. I know it might not sound like something that is going to happen to you but in reality, you will be all good.

If you have been wondering does aging affect memory, then it certainly does. However, if you are careful enough and you are taking care of yourself in the right way, you can prevent this from happening. While this is not a full-blown preventative measure, you have to be sure that you are doing everything you can to slow it down.

Keep Your Mind Stimulated

Honestly, not many people get the importance of having a mind that is stimulated because that is one of the most important things. If you wish to be better, it would be better if you just keep your mind as stimulated as healthy as possible. Engage in healthier activities and we can assure you that you will start getting better.

Engage in Healthier Activities

You would be surprised just how much your mind gets affected by everything that is happening around you, therefore, it is better that you just engage in all the healthier activities because that would be the right thing to do.

We are all here to be sure that we are taking care of as much as possible because that is the best possible thing that one can do. After all, at the end of the day, we have to be for ourselves.

Tips to Help You Buy Quality Clothes

When it comes to buying quality clothing, price doesn’t always matter. It all comes down to the quality of clothes you’re getting for the money you spend. Since the way we dress up can have major impact on our personality, we should reconsider our clothing choices to make them perfectly suited for our personality.

Here are some valuable tips that can help you buy quality clothes.

Check The Materials

Checking the key materials that were used in the making of your clothes is the first step in analyzing their quality. For this, you can check the label or description of the clothes that you’re about to buy. Remember that all of the quality clothing is made from premium quality naturally extracted plants and animals. So, if you’re paying a premium price, look for clothes made 100% from cotton, wool, leather or snakeskin.

The 80/20 Standard

When you’re buying designer clothes, remember that designers often have to use some synthetic materials for designing reasons. Many use manmade materials that are plastic or petroleum based. While this is necessary if you are to get well-designed clothes, make sure that clothes are made of at-least 80% pure natural material.

Feel The Quality

You can use your hands to feel the quality of the clothes that you’re about to buy. Remember that cheaper clothes would feel light, brittle, rough and thin. Avoid buying the clothes that have these qualities. However, some fabrics are tightly bound together, so, they can be really lightweight and thin. Remember that we’re looking for density, and the quality can be felt with your hands. Quality clothes are usually heavier because they’re made of natural materials.

You can also trust some reputable online clothing brands like Collect Interior with the quality of clothes. Just read the reviews before shopping online.

Reasons to Have an Ergonomic Chair in Your Office

Investing in ergonomic chair is a good thing especially if you spend most of your day sitting down on chair at your office.

An ergonomic chair can provide you with a myriad of benefits, here are some of the benefits of buying an ergonomic chair that you can consider.

You Can Avoid Back Problems

Back problems are common amongst the people who spend most part of their days working while sitting on chair, that makes them prone to a number of other health concerns. The lumbar region of our back usually suffers from enormous strain whenever we’re sitting down, so, sitting for too long can cause back problems. You can avoid this problem by investing in an ergonomic chair.

Added Comfort

Comfort is an important thing, and a must have feature in your chair. That is because you’ll spend most of your day sitting in that chair, and you might suffer from a lot of strain if the chair you invest in is not ergonomic. With an ergonomic chair, you’ll be able to finish off your workday feeling better and relaxed.

These chairs have a specifically made structure to support your body, they provide you with the much needed support right where your body needs it the most.

Enhanced Productivity

Businesses purchase large quantities of ergonomic chairs from brands like GeekyOffices. That is because they know the importance of having an ergonomic chair to increase workplace productivity. The supportive nature of ergonomic chairs increase the flow of oxygen in your blood, and this is the main reason why our bodies and brains function well while we sit on those chairs. So, if you’re running a business, you should consider ergonomic office chair as an investment that’d definitely pay back heavily right as you expect it to.