The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering

Do good, have fun, make a difference as a family!

The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering
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  Author: Jenny Friedman
ISBN: 9781589040120
Publisher: Robins Lane Press
Pages: 224,  © 2003
Item: 12722
Price: $14.95


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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!


"Both inspiring and realistic, this comprehensive guide shows families how to get involved in their communities - for the betterment of others and the shared pleasure of doing something good. This book is full of ideas and resources to make tiptoeing into volunteerism an enjoyable part of your family life."

National Parenting Publications

"...Here's an incentive to help us guide our children and ourselves...-Vicky Lansky, best"

selling parenting author and consultant

"This book will be a trusted resource for all families that wish to make a difference in their community. I encourage families to utilize this book and the suggestions it features."

Peter B. Goldberg, President and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families

"We distributed approximately 2 billion pounds of food to 23 million Americans last year. To accomplish this, we depend on a network of 58,000 social service organizations and one million volunteers. This book provides an efficient understanding of how individuals and families can find the best fit and volunteer opportunity. Without the support of a very large number of new volunteers we cannot end hunger in America."

Robert Forney, President and CEO of America's Second Harvest

"This book is overflowing with ideas for family volunteers, as well as the detailed contact information necessary to get you going. As Ms. Friedman states in her introduction, 'Each time we volunteer, we have an opportunity to teach our children that every human being has worth, that we are stewards of this planet, that the world is a better place when we care for others and they care for us.'-Teaching K"


Jenny Friedman

Jenny Friedman, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Doing Good Together, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization that inspires and helps families raise children who are compassionate, aware of social issues, and instilled with the lifelong habit of giving. As executive director of DGT, Friedman consults with organizations to develop family volunteer programs; conducts workshops for parents and educators on family service and raising caring kids; presents at conferences; and writes monthly newsletters and articles on family philanthropy. She is also involved in launching new initiatives, creating family service materials, and finding ways to deepen the impact of family volunteerism at a local and national level.

Jenny Friedman lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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