The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering: Do Good, Have Fun, Make a Difference as a Family!

The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering: Do Good, Have Fun, Make a Difference as a Family!

by Jenny Friedman
     
 

Volunteering is an important way to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and empathy in children and to bring families together in meaningful ways. For busy parents who want to spend time with their kids while still contributing to their community, family volunteering is an opportunity to combine two commitments into one. This book is perfect for every family because

Overview

Volunteering is an important way to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and empathy in children and to bring families together in meaningful ways. For busy parents who want to spend time with their kids while still contributing to their community, family volunteering is an opportunity to combine two commitments into one. This book is perfect for every family because it offers flexibility volunteer for long-term projects or one-time events. Whether you have a two-year-old or an eighteen-year-old, you'll find everything you need to know to have a fulfilling and fun volunteer experience, from finding the right opportunity for your family to answers to hesitations you may have. The perfect book for families who want to do good things for their community, spend quality time together, and have fun!

The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering shows you how to access the resources and information available to find volunteer opportunities that meet the needs of your family. Every family can begin volunteering together today with the wonderful ideas provided, such as volunteering:

  • To start a neighborhood garden
  • At animal shelters
  • At children's museums
  • At schools reading to children
  • For disaster relief organizations
  • For campaigns for candidates running for office
  • For campaigns to ban land mines
  • And many more!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This instructive volume supplies all that one needs to begin volunteering in the community. Especially proactive about families volunteering, the book's nine chapters discuss: how busy families can volunteer, how to get started, volunteering for other people, the earth, fighting poverty, social action, building community and volunteer vacations. The book is filled with data on all facets of volunteering whether its web sites for particular organizations, facts on those groups needing volunteer help, psychological and family benefits of helping others, and so on. The appendix contains planning tips and worksheets to get your own family project going. It is up to families to initiate and set the tone about the positives in volunteering. After reading this book, you will discover that there is really no good reason not to volunteer to make your world a better place to live. A copy of this book should be in every organization's library, public and private. 2003, Robins Lane Press, Ages 10 up.
— Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library Journal
Friedman, a volunteer and mother who has written for Parents, American Baby, and Parenting magazines, encourages families with children of all ages to volunteer together as a means of fostering family ties and teaching compassion, work, and cultural diversity. After introductory chapters on how and why to get started, she provides a multitude of ideas that will keep families close to home (e.g., a neighborhood cleanup day or helping a senior) and take them as far as Mexico (e.g., Habitat for Humanity). Each chapter includes book resources for parents and children as well as contact information to many agencies, both public and private and in multiple fields, such as social service, environment, and politics. The author herself cites other books on family volunteering, but this appears to be the most comprehensive resource available. Written for parents, The Busy Family's Guide would also be appropriate for adolescents who wish to involve themselves and their families in meaningful work. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589040120
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Friedman has published over one hundred articles for both local and national magazines, including Parents, Parenting, and American Baby.

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