The Connector: Edition 10

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Welcome Back!

Monday was a very important day...Martin Luther King Day! Looking back at the legacy he left, his commitment to service, and the positive impact he continues to leave on multiple generations, we can all follow in his footprints by asking "What are you doing for others?" - a quote we can all lose sight of from time to time. We challenge you this year to ask yourself this question and reach new limits while giving back. Big or small...each initiative makes a difference!

1. Celebrate Your Valentine While Helping Others

Home of the Sparrow has an amazing avenue to send your loved ones a Valentine while being able to help a good cause. Send a card, key chain, or handmade bracelet! All contributions will help women and children in Chester County who are facing a housing crisis. For this Valentine's Day, check out a gift that makes a difference! To purchase your Valentine, click here!

2. The Perfect Way to Honor Black History Month With Your Team

Support Black-founded, women-owned, and people of color founded businesses by purchasing these snack boxes for your employees! With 5% of proceeds donated to The Equal Justice Initiative and one meal donated to Feeding America for every box delivered, this is a great way to honor Black History Month and give a gift to your employees! Get your box from Caroo before they run out!

3. Required EITC Notice for Philadelphia W2s and 1099s

The City of Philadelphia requires all businesses to notify all employees about two tax programs. The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can provide a financial boost to low and moderate-income individuals and families; and the Income-Based Wage Tax Refund Program, which can receive a reduction in the rate of wage and net profit taxes up to 1.5%. To read the full article and check out all the details about both programs, click here!

4. Start Your Spring Cleaning Early

Are you ready to get organized? Are you sick of all of the clutter that comes with homeschooling and working from home? The extra time at home is the perfect time to start getting organized so you can enjoy those spring days outside! Tupperware lid organizers, air-tight containers, or cable organizers will change your world! Read the full BuzzFeed article here!

5. The Latest on COVID-19 and the Vaccine

Want to get more educated about Coronavirus and the latest vaccine updates? The New England Journal of Medicine has multiple articles with facts, tips, common questions, clinical reports, and resources. This is a great way to stay up to date on Covid-19 and get all your questions answered about clinical trials and vaccines. To check it out, click here!

6. Questions About Voluntary FFCRA Leave

With the FFCRA now being voluntary to employers, there are questions that arise about how to proceed. This awesome SHRM article answers all your questions and breaks down the EPSL and EFML to decide how employers can implement these policies in their organizations. Read the full article here!

7. Let's Go Local!

There is nothing we love more than supporting small businesses. Check out some of our favorites right now!

Get your tickets while you can! Brad Zimmerman is performing his comedy show at the Bucks County Playhouse this weekend! This is a great way to get out of the house and share some socially distanced laughs!

Want to get out and get active? Check out the Audubon Loop Trail which connects the Schuylkill River Trail and the Perkiomen Trail to form a 6-mile loop.

Come out and shop with local business owners in Darby as they showcase all of their brands under one roof. Good vibes and good people. Local performers will also bless us with their talents! You won’t want to miss this! Click here to learn more about this great event!

Indoor dining and museums are now open, outdoor winter fun abounds, and more for the week ahead! Philly is open and ready for you to visit! Check out all the activities you can now do here!

Did you know...

Today is National Cheese Lovers Day, and who doesn't love cheese! Today is the perfect day to enjoy your favorite cheese covered dish or Charcuterie board! Try out this three-cheese mac and cheese which is perfect for everyone in the family!