Green Philanthropy For Familiesby Helen Deffenbacher, Justin Deffenbacher, Alexis Deffenbacher
Green Philanthropy For Families is a collection of free or inexpensive acts of kindness that benefit people and the Earth. Readers can choose to begin in their own homes or in their own backyards or with a gift, action, activity, or project that involves community or global outreach. There are green philanthropy ideas appropriate for everyone in your family or group. Some are specifically geared toward youth or adults, but most can involve all ages.
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Helen Deffenbacher is a volunteer for the Green Omaha Coalition and a founding member of the Omaha chapter of Slow Food USA. She and her husband Ken, a retired professor, enjoy their roles as ecostewards in their local community and opportunities to work with people of all ages, including their older grandkids Justin and Alexis with whom Helen has co-authored Green Philanthropy For Families. A number of their gifts, projects, and actions are contained in the book. Helen has a master's degree in education.
Justin Deffenbacher received the youth social justice service award in his church's eight-state region for co-founding an ecology club run by and for youth. When he was a member of a community service group in his school called Project Citizen, his idea of providing healthier foods in the schools was chosen by club members and his group was among several that presented their projects to Governor Dave Heineman. He enjoys volunteering for service projects, especially prairie restoration and preservation.
Alexis Deffenbacher joined the youth ecology club in her church when it was first formed and signed up for various projects including selling Fair Trade chocolates, making posters to educate church members about Fair Trade, and volunteering for the club's "Adopt-a-Trail" cleanup at Standing Bear Lake. She has volun-teered for the Omaha Humane Society and for the Henry Doorley Zoo's project of creating a butterfly garden on the zoo's grounds.
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Review of Green Philanthropy for Families Parents and educators looking for a way to teach green behavior to all ages will find a cornucopia of ideas in Green Philanthropy for Families. Others who want to be greener, but who lack the know-how, will be rewarded as well for exploring here. Helen, Justin, and Alexis Deffenbacher best describe their book in its subtitle, 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects. My acquisition of the book came about, because I was searching for community-based learning projects for my university students. I'm pleased to know that my next crop of students will have a wealth of choices in one single book. Obviously green, and even more obviously philanthropic, the Deffenbachers have invested an enormous amount of research and effort in producing wonderfully useful gifts, activities and projects for all ages and all incomes. The eco-illiterate could begin with the chapter "Ecoliteracy" and branch out to "Simple Living;" "In Your Own Backyard;" and "Community Service." Beyond the home venue, the reader will find suggestions for urban habitats, wild places, and wildlife, as well as ways to help save forests. Alongside the interesting and fun projects are the names and websites of the numerous like-minded organizations which are discussed throughout the book. They in turn offer a wealth of ideas for harmonious enjoyment of our beautiful, big, blue marble. As if all this were not enough, Green Philanthropy covers the practical side of things by offering suggestions for planning and record keeping, bankrolling projects, and forming green philanthropy groups. There's only one thing I'd add to the Green Philanthropy for Families, and that's an index of recommended organizations and websites. When this edition sells out, as I am convinced it will, perhaps the Deffenbachers will add one for the next. To learn more about Deffenbachers and their green philanthropy philosophy go to their website (www.greenphilanthropyforfamilies.org).
I Thought this book was a wonderful and very informative book written by a woman and her grandchildren. This book has many ideas on how to "Go Green" and help the enviroment. Starting with your family in your home.. and moving into the community with groups, this book is a wealth of information on how to get started. I actually read a few ideas to my family and my brother ran with it and decided to plant a little garden in the backyard and my mother planted a small herb garden for her cooking, and my other brother got some friends together and we went downt to the beach to clean up the sand... it makes you feel good.. At the request of the authors, I am planning on donating this book to my elementary school as soon as school starts again.
The importance of a book like this cannot be overestimated. Not in our times. It has a wealth of information on a large number of topics concerning saving our environment. Things that we can all easily do, provided we put our mind to it. I loved Chapter 6 "In the Garden" (intuitively, I've already been doing a few of the things suggested, like saving and swapping seeds, composting... but there is so much more that the authors bring to light!). And the poignant reminder to us all when we throw something away - "Where is AWAY?"... And what about a wonderful idea of "Simplicity Day". I find myself taking copious notes while reading the book - there is so much we CAN do for our planet and for future generations.