Giving Back BY Kim Skimmons

Critters for the Cure helps women fighting women's cancers

Critters for the Cure

Helping our sisters-in-need right in our local community

The name Sister Webs started as a reminder of our commitment to assisting women’s cancer causes. We all know someone close to us or even ourselves who has been touched by cancer.

Cancer takes an especially difficult toll on women who are often mothers, caregivers, and important wage earners. Their inability to work or perform their family duties can oftentimes devastate families both emotionally and financially.

Critters for the Cure is a wonderful local charitable organization that assists women in need of temporary financial assistance to pay rent or utilities; helps provide costly wigs to those who cannot afford them on their own; arranges foster care for pets while their owners are undergoing treatment and are unable to care for them; connects women with “cancer navigators;” assists women re-entering the workforce post-treatment with resume writing, interview skills, etc.; and so much more. We wholeheartedly support their efforts.

Please visit their website for more information.

STEM and STEAM education

Promoting STEM/STEAM Education

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.  STEAM is the same with the addition of Art & Design, recognizing the importance of good aesthetic design in technology.

Technology jobs offer amazing opportunities and the rewards are both intellectual and financial. We all know that. And the number and types of jobs in technology fields continues to grow every year, thus creating a huge demand for qualified individuals to fill those jobs.

I’m not saying young people shouldn’t follow their passion, but… there’s nothing wrong with being practical.  All things being equal, if we can encourage young people to explore the wide array of good paying tech jobs perhaps we can steer them into a career that will provide a shorter path toward paying off those college loans, buying a home, having a family someday. And they can still live out their acting bug in community theatre, right?

There’s so much exciting stuff going on in technology today, that there is a place for anyone with the curiosity, desire and drive to be part of it.

People who can create technology are the industrial tycoons of the next generation. Where Andrew Carnegie built bridges and rails out of Pittsburgh steel, this generation will build bridges and rails out of bits and bytes that literally reach all corners of the earth and even the stars. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that!

What can we do?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Talk to kids
  • Rais awareness among young people of the vast array of STEAM career opportunities
  • Tear down conventional stereotypes of the nerdy engineer/programmer
  • Tear down conventional stereotypes that it’s “too hard” to get into STEAM fields
  • Promote STEAM careers to students
  • Advocate in the schools for more STEAM classes
  • Introduce girls, who are vastly underrepresented in tech careers, to programming, engineering and related careers
  • Work within school districts to make computer programming a required course for all students
  • Promoting computer programming and digital arts through after school clubs
  • Leading by example.

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