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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... January 2010
in this issue
  • Help a Family to Overcome Poverty
  • Highlight Economic Pressures
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • Many Americans struggle with poverty, now more than ever. If you can share your good fortune with a family that is financially stressed, you can do it in a meaningful and personal way by sponsoring a family living in poverty. You'll provide food and other material aid, as well as friendship and support. It's a chance for your family to come together to make a real difference in another family's life.



    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Help a Family to Overcome Poverty
    Family-to-Family

    Make a Difference...

    You and your children can become a family sponsor through one of these two national organizations:

  • The Box Project matches families, individuals or groups with a family living in rural poverty. Sponsors usually budget about $50 a month to send monthly boxes of food, clothing and other supplies. You also provide "guidance, mentoring and fellowship" to the recipient family.
  • Family-to-Family enables you to sponsor a family for $31.21 per month, which provides a week's worth of groceries. In addition, you can mail "extras" to your family each month if you'd like such as soap, shampoo or toothbrushes. If you aren't able to make this commitment, the organization offers other ideas for kids and families who want to make a difference, such as putting together "birthday boxes" or spearheading a book collection.
  • Everyone in your family can share in the effort by earning and donating some of the money to buy the items, shopping for what's needed, and writing letters to your sponsored family.

    Photo: Family-to-Family hunger relief program

    Highlight Economic Pressures
    Tight Times

    Talk About It...

    Explain to your children that in some cases people cannot provide the basic needs for their family, such as shelter, clothing and food. They must rely on the help of others.

  • What might cause a family to struggle financially? Talk about job loss, medical expenses and the high cost of housing.
  • Discuss the challenges of being a new immigrant, a child in a poor family, a senior living on a fixed income, or a parent who has lost a job.
  • Brainstorm ways your family can help those struggling with poverty locally, such as donating to a nearby food shelf.
  • Learn About It...

    Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen is the story of a loving family whose father lost his job. It can help children understand how people get caught in difficult financial situations and the strain it causes. Both touching and realistic.

    Photo: Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen

    Inspiration

    Inspiration "Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."

    Buddha

    News From DGT

    Doing Good Together is partnering with the Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul for a special two-week event called Small Hands, Big Hearts: Sparking the Spirit of Giving.
    Please join us January 16-30 (10 am- 2 pm) to make some wonderful projects to help others. To learn more, visit www.mcm.org/small-hands-big-hearts/.

    Congratulations to the Faust-Rosten family of St. Paul! Martha Faust, John Rosten and their children, Bjorn (11) and Liv (7), were chosen by HandsOn Network to represent Minnesota in a Celebration of Family Volunteers at Disney World in February. In addition to their involvement in the DGT program at Horace Mann Elementary School, the family serves regularly at their local food shelf, assists with a church mission project, and makes microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva.

    Quick Links...

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    This email was sent by Maryann Reynolds marsreynolds@gmail.com for doinggoodtogether.org