Doing Good Together December 2010 Newsletter

  Doing Good Together December 2010 Newsletter: Giving Back in BiteSized-Steps


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December 2010

If your goals for the coming year include being extra mindful about raising children who are kind, thoughtful, empathetic citizens, here are some of our favorite "bite-size" steps to you get started. What's nice is that these ideas will address your resolution to participate more in your community, too!

                                                       Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
A Smorgasbord of Family Service Ideas
Get Acquainted with Simple Giving
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A Smorgasbord of Family Service Ideas

Make a Difference.....

It's best to create a simple plan for giving back in 2011. If your goal is too ambitious, you may feel defeated before you start. It may be helpful to hang a list of your intentions on your refrigerator, or get support by telling family and friends about your plan. They may want to join in! Consider these ideas:

  • Choose one at-home kitchen table project as a monthly family event.  
  • Create a giving box to jumpstart a family tradition of charitable giving.
  • Decide on a family "cause" and brainstorm ways to support it. For example, one family made a year-long commitment to gather children's books to donate. They scoured garage sales, asked for donations from family and friends, and delivered their finds to local shelters and low-income schools.  
  • Think of one relative, friend or neighbor who could use additional s upport. Decide on how you can assist that person in the coming year - regular visits, gifts of homemade food or artwork, or choreDGT Family Service Ideas 2011s.
  • Try a one-time volunteer opportunity, like visiting a local nursing home, participating in a walk-a-thon or cleaning up your neighborhood park. See the possibilities at
Get Acquainted with Simple Giving

Talk About It.....


The first step to building a tradition of giving is to begin the conversation.

  • At dinner, have each family member say one thing they did that day to help someone else, and one way in which someone helped them. (Find out how this has affected one family at the DGT blog.)
  • When you see your children do something thoughtful, praise them. Point out how it made the recipient feel. When you do something helpful, explain to your children why you made the effort.
  • Tell your child about any volunteer work you do and why you make time for it.
  • Ask your children about their dreams and hopes for making the world a better place. Share you own. Then talk about how to take action!

Learn about it.....

Get Acquinted with Simple Giving
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud

For parents: The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids by Michael Ungar (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2009). Learn specific ideas for raising children who are compassionate, community-engaged citizens.



For kids: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud (Nelson Publishing & Marketing, 2007). This charming book helps youngsters understand the benefits of practicing daily kindness.


"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem
all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of
advice than 'try to be a little kinder'."

                                                                  Aldous Huxley, English writer


On behalf of the staff, board and volunteers at Doing Good Together, we wish you all a magical holiday season and a very happy New Year.



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