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The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering

The Busy Family's Guide to Volunteering

No. 8660

Do good, have fun, make a difference as a family
by Jenny Friedman

"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

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!
  • "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

    (208 pp.)


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