Doing Good Together October 2009 Newsletter

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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... October 2009
in this issue
  • Plan a Collection Drive for your Cause
  • Exploring Ways to Meet the Needs of Others
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • While working on a sock collection project recently, I called a local homeless shelter to ask how many pairs they could use. The volunteer coordinator was overcome. "We can use as many as you can collect," she said, noting that many of the kids they serve were going to school each day without socks. This story is not unique. Many organizations have needs that can be filled by anyone willing to organize a collection. As you'll see, it's a fun, easy family activity that can improve lives.

    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Plan a Collection Drive for your Cause
    Kids helping at food drive

    Make a Difference...

    Organizing a collection can be a great family project -- whether you decide to collect cereal for a food pantry, cat or dog toys for a humane society, diapers for a crisis nursery, books for a family homeless shelter or anything else needed by a local nonprofit. Remember, talk with the agency to be sure they can use your collected items before you start collecting.

  • Set a goal (how many items do you hope to collect?) and set a deadline (when will the collection be complete?).
  • Decide whom to involve. Think about collecting in your neighborhood, among your friends, or in your school or workplace.
  • Advertise! Ensure success by sending emails and making phone calls to family and friends, writing letters, making posters or fliers, posting on our Facebook page, or putting an ad in your local paper.
  • Make it as easy as possible for potential contributors to donate. Decide whether folks are responsible for dropping off the items or whether you'll do pick up. Be certain you have a place to store the items.
  • Take a camera along when you drop off the items at the agency, then send the photo to everyone who participated, thanking them for their donations. Tell them how much you collected, too. Also email us ( and share your collection drive experience.
  • Note what you learned and what you'd do differently. Then plan your next collection drive!
  • Photo: Mar

    Exploring Ways to Meet the Needs of Others
    Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

    Talk About It...

    Talk to children about the needs of others and about what some people do without, whether it's toys, clothes, books or food.

  • Let your children help decide the focus of your family's collection, keeping in mind their interests and ages.
  • Talk about the needs that exist and how your collection might have an impact. ("Did you know that some children don't get a gift for their birthday? How do you think our toy collection will help?")
  • Go together as a family to deliver the items you collected. If possible, ask for a tour of the facility (shelter, food shelf, humane society) to learn more about the organization's work.
  • Ask agency staff what other ways your family might help out, or other items they badly need.
  • Learn About It...

    Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson; illustrated by Fumi Kosaka (Gibbs Smith, 2002). Ages 4-8. When a very ordinary little girl named Mary decides to pick some blueberries for a neighbor, one good deed sets off a chain reaction that affects people all over the world. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed demonstrates the power of a single random act of kindness and proves that you do not have to be extraordinary to have an extraordinary impact on others.

    Photo: Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson


    "The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose."

    --Mahatma Gandhi

    News From DGT

    If you would like to learn more about our organization while enjoying the company of others interested in raising compassionate children through family service, please join us for

    Friday, November 20, 2009 6:00-9:00 pm
    50 South Sixth Street 15th Floor Atrium (offices of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP) Minneapolis
    Convenient parking in the 50 South Sixth Street ramp for $5.
    This celebration is a fundraiser for Doing Good Together, however, no minimum donation will be requested.


  • Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and wine
  • Live auction
  • Big wall of wine raffle

  • For further information, including descriptions of the live auction items and raffle prizes, click here.
    If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 18, 2009, to

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