|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
With American soldiers being deployed in numbers not seen since World War II, there are many brave men and women who can use our support. One way your family can help is through Operation Dear Abby. And if the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a topic with your children, see the Talk About It and Learn About It ideas below. This edition of our newsletter also includes some facts about corporate volunteerism, another inspiring family story and our own need for volunteers to support Doing Good Together's mission of helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism. Enjoy!
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Make a Difference... Got five minutes? Send comfort to a soldier. You and your children can write an e-mail to a person serving in the military. For instructions, click the link below:
Talk About It ... How we talk with our kids about the war depends on their ages and our own positions and beliefs. Whatever your own feelings, acknowledge that the situation in Iraq is complicated and difficult.
Did you know? Everyone benefits when corporations include families in their employee volunteer program. Seventy percent of corporations and businesses that promote family volunteering to their employees reported improved public and community relations; 57% reported greater employee commitment to the organization; and 15% reported increased employee productivity. SOURCE: Molly McKaughan, (1997) Corporate volunteerism: How families make a difference. New York: The Conference Board
Tom and Anne Ulseth of Minneapolis and their four daughters combined their love of food and culture to find a volunteer experience that's become a family tradition. Every holiday season, through the Minnesota International Center, they host guests visiting the United States. Their visitors have come from France, Korea, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Japan, Pakistan and other countries around the globe. Photo: The Ulseth sisters and a guest from Japan
Doing Good Together is looking for volunteers! See how you can assist us in encouraging more families to spend time in community service with their children by checking out our list of volunteer opportunities.