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The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering: Doing Good Together [Paperback]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7" Height: 10"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Robins Lane Press
ISBN  1589040120  
EAN  9781589040120  

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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 op-portunity 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 answering 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

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

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Jenny Friedman, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of Doing Good Together (www. and a leading national expert on family volunteerism. She works with schools, businesses, youth-serving organizations, and congregations in addition to families and groups of families. A sought-after speaker, Jenny has volunteered with her family of three children for more than twenty years. Jenny lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jolene Roehlkepartain writes in the areas of family advocacy, education, parenting, youth development, and community building. She has been interviewed by a number of media organizations, including National Public Radio, "The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Time "Magazine," Glamour Magazine, Ms. Magazine, " and "Woman s Day." Jolene lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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A great gift for families  Jan 29, 2004
Between two careers, three kids, homework, countless school and after-school activities, and the daily grind of laundry, cleaning, and cooking, I have yet to find that perfect "balance" proclaimed possible by so many women's magazines. Throw in the idea of volunteering, and I might just cry. Tell me I should get the whole family involved, and I'm more likely to laugh.

How in the world could I find time to get my family to volunteer together?

Jenny Friedman has an idea. In fact, she has lots of ideas for families of all shapes, sizes, and income levels. From toddlers to teens, Friedman lists activities kids can tackle from home to the ends of the earth.

Friedman makes the case that one of the best ways to teach kids compassion and responsibility is by letting them help others, and by tying their volunteering opportunities to their interests and passions.

Accordingly, her new book lays out volunteer possibilities working directly with people, protecting animals, supporting the environment, fighting poverty, building community, and taking social action. From letter-writing to mentoring, serving in soup kitchens to organizing fundraisers, tutoring to coupon clipping, there are ideas even the youngest and the most over-stressed can manage.

This book should be in every church and school library, and would be a great gift for young (and not-so-young) families.

A must-read for all families  Jan 6, 2004
Jenny Friedman's book is the ultimate "how-to" for busy parents who understand the true value of caring about others; want to raise children who are empathic, caring and generous; and are seeking meaningful ways to connect and spend time with their children. As a child psychologist and busy working parent of three children, this book is particularly meaningful for me. While I strive to teach my children the importance of community awareness and volunteerism, I often feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day. Jenny Friedman's book provides simple, easy, meaningful ways for families to make a difference in the lives of others-- often without ever leaving the living room! We have already incorporated countless suggestions from this book we are so grateful for this invaluable reference.
Opportunities to make a difference  Jan 2, 2004
The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering is a wonderfully comprehensive digest of multiple opportunities that exist for families to work together to make a difference on a one-time, intermittent, or ongoing basis. Ms. Friedman offers very supportive advice about not letting this become one more complication in a busy family's life. Her book offers so many different ways to contribute so that almost anyone's schedule can be accommodated. The anecdotal stories contribute to the sense that these are reachable and doable tasks for all ages. The many references are concise and informative; the thoughtful appendix provides ways to get started as you assess your families' interests and abilities to help. This is a valuable resource for home, school and public libraries, as well as faith-based organizations and service groups.
Excellent book on how to practice giving as a family  Dec 14, 2003
JFK asked us to see what we can do for the country rather than what the country can do for us. I read this book and got excellent insight as to how we can practice family values by working together to help the world around us. Volunteering as a family provides some solid foundation for the children of tomorrow. As we all have learned, our children, learn not by merely what we say and ask them to do but by what we do.I am delighted to see Dr. Jenny Friedman write a simple, step by step yet very compelling and practical ideas for the families to provide service to make this world a better place to live.

After I read this book, I decided to buy a personal copy of this book as my holiday gift to all of my staff. My staff are based not only in the United States but also in Japan, Ireland, Spain and Germany. Each of them have already called me to express their appreciation for this thoughtful book and it's ideas for volunteering with their family.

I wish this author great success in promoting this idea not only in the USA but around the world.



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