|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
Greetings from Doing Good Together! We appreciate your patience while we have been planning our newsletter format. We are excited to connect with you and share ideas and news on how to engage families in volunteerism to strengthen family bonds, bring communities together and inspire kids to care. Expect to hear from Doing Good Together on a monthly basis and don't be shy about letting us hear from you!
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Make a Difference... provide badly needed items to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Whether you do it with a group or as a family activity in your own home, you and your children can put together basic health and school kits for those in need. It’s fun to buy and pack these small items (soap, toothbrush, paper), which make such a big difference in people’s lives. For information on what to include in the kits and where to send them, contact Church World Service at 1-800-297-1516 or check their web site:
Talk About It ... If Hurricane Katrina is a topic of conversation in your house, be prepared to reassure your children and answer their questions.
A report by Independent Sector and Youth Service America finds that adults who volunteered as kids and whose parents volunteered become the most generous adults in giving time. For the full report:
Five-year-old Josie Barnabee, of Libertyville, Illinois, and her 3-year-old brother, Ben, have more “honorary” grandparents than they can count. Since they were babies, they’ve spent one morning a week at Winchester House, a local nursing home, where they exchange hugs, sing songs, play games, and talk with the elderly residents. “When they walk out of the elevator, the residents come to life,” says their mom, Jenny.
Jenny Friedman, the Executive Director of Doing Good Together, has been speaking about family volunteerism to parent groups around the Twin Cities of Minnesota, including Temple Israel in Minneapolis, Hope Lutheran Church in Rosemount and Blake School in Hopkins. For a reasonable fee, we will present ideas and how-to advice on family volunteering to your business, faith community, school or organization. To learn more about our presentations ...