How You Can Help: An Easy Guide to Doing Good Deeds in Your Everyday Life / Edition 1

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book is a guide to "Transforming your life by giving something back." Coplin (the Maxwell Sch. of Citizenship, Syracuse Univ.) thoughtfully discusses how to become a volunteer in various sectors, and describes the lives of both well-known and unsung activists. Resource lists in this book are useful; game-plans and self-evaluation quizzes less so. Public librarians may want to toss a coin in deciding whether to purchase this book or The Cathedral Within (LJ 6/15/99), a remarkably similar volume by Share Our Strength founder Bill Shore. Shore's book covers much the same ground, is the more readable of the two, and is in hardcover. Heads or tails?--Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., Lib., New Brunswick, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922975
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

William D. Coplin is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Public Affairs Program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. He is the co-author of Power Persuasion: A Surefire System to Get Ahead in Business, which was selected by Fortune Magazine's Book of the Month Club.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 What Is a Genuine Do-Gooder?
1 The Blessing and Curse of Mother Teresa 3
2 The Mission 12
3 Organize Thyself 19
Part 2 Ways You Can Help
4 Effective Volunteering 31
5 Donors Unite: You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Money 47
6 Good Citizens and Watchdogs 60
7 Careers That Serve Society 71
Part 3 Finding Nearby Windows of Opportunity
8 Families 97
9 Neighbors 109
10 Employees 118
11 Consumers 131
12 Investors 141
13 Social Organizations, a.k.a. Packs 153
14 Retirees 165
15 Students 175
16 Alumni 186
Part 4 The Power to Create Change
17 Cooperative Problem Solving 197
18 Getting on the Agenda of Players 209
19 Problem Solving through Existing Organizations 220
20 Creating New Organizations 229
I Resources: Contact Organizations 244
II Suggested Readings 253
III List of More than 100 Approved Charities 256
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