Doing Good Together May 2010 Newsletter

Doing Good Together May 2010 Newsletter: Neighborhood Networking

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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... May 2010
in this issue
  • Build a Neighborhood
  • Network with your Neighbors
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • It's almost summer, the perfect time to reconnect with neighbors and get to know them better. In addition to the usual neighborhood BBQ or potluck dinner, we suggest that you bring your neighbors together around a good cause. Serving others alongside your neighbors creates a sense of community and can make your block safer and more welcoming.
    Below are some projects you might consider. And have fun!

    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Build a Neighborhood

    Make a Difference... Invite the families in your neighborhood to a family service event that your own family creates. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    • Organize a fundraiser
      • Have a neighborhood bake sale, lemonade stand or garage sale and donate the proceeds to charity.
      • Organize a play, talent show or circus. Charge admission and donate what you raise.
      • Host a party or potluck. Have a donation box to collect money for an organization you and your neighbors want to support.

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    Network with your Neighbors
    City Green

    Talk About It...
    Talk with your family about why it is important - and fun! -- to get to know the folks in your neighborhood.

    • How does getting to know your neighbors make you feel?
    • What good can come from building relationships with members of our community?
    • How can this make our neighborhood safer?
    • Why is doing a service project together a good way to build community?
    • What other ways can we bring people in our neighborhood together?

    Learn About It...

    City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997). Ages 4-8. This is an upbeat story about a little girl who starts a garden in an empty lot, and brings the neighborhood together.
    We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk About Good Citizenship by Nancy Loewen (Mankato, Minn.: Picture Window Books, 2005). Ages 9-12. Through the format of an advice column, readers learn why it's important to care for and contribute to their community.

    Photo:City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan


    "When strangers start acting like neighbors, communities are reinvigorated."

    Ralph Nader, activist

    News From DGT

    It's not easy to raise a child to be compassionate, kind and generous when our culture is constantly bombarding them with messages of entitlement and materialism. Jenny Friedman, DGT's executive director, offers a workshop that provides the guidance and practical, hands-on tools parents need to spark that spirit of giving in their children. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting Jenny by email or by phone (612.822.6502). We also offer workshops and presentations for volunteer coordinators, educators and others!

    Quick Links...

    phone: 612-822-6502

    5141 16th Avenue South | Minneapolis | MN | 55417

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