"We are a member family of the Big Hearted Families program of Doing Good Together and find it invaluable. We have been working to teach our children how to give back, how to demonstrate kindness and empathy, how to be helpers, and how to generally face the world with compassion. DGT has given us the necessary tools, ideas, and support to make this a part of our life. They have great ideas for projects and activities and provide lovely reminders about how to incorporate these values into holidays and other occasions. We have found DGT to be a wonderful resource for our family."
Family Service Fairs are Great PTA Events
Our parents, students, and teachers were so inspired and energized by [our Family Service Fair] and want to know when we are going to do it again. As a PTA officer, I have never been thanked so many times and received so much positive feedback about a program as I have received about this one. This event really touches people.
- Sonya Tinsley-Hook, Briar Lake Elementary, Decatur, Georgia
The volunteers at the Family Service Fair get to put aside their own cares for a short time to do something that will help other families in their community, families who might not have sufficient means to take care of their infant at the moment of birth. Volunteers can see that there are people who need them, and every person, no matter what age, is able to help in some way. In the act of helping others, we all feel blessed, more satisfied, and fulfilled at the idea that the small things we do can make a big impact on someone else. Thank you for helping us with that.
Team-Building for Coworkers and More
Beyond the obvious benefits to charity, hosting the Service Fair was a great team-building activity that allowed coworkers to see another side of each other, and create something wonderful side-by-side with their family. The event helped employees connect with one another by highlighting common interests and passions outside of work.
- Donna Hamel, Attorney, The Scoular Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Enthusiastic support of Family Service Fairs
We loved the variety of age-appropriate family activities. And we love that it shows kids all the kinds of people/animals who need help... and all the other families who are helping others.
I think it was an absolutely fantastic event – and I know it impacted my daughter in a meaningful and special way, as the conversations and questions about the things we did and who we did them for carried on well into the night.
What a wonderful event! We left with full giving hearts and continued thoughts on how we plan to make a difference in our daily lives.
- Assorted Quotes from Parent Evaluations
Family Service Fairs: Exceptional Events for Businesses
“Our next generation of clients encouraged us to provide volunteer opportunities for families with children, so we partnered with Doing Good Together. The feedback on the Service Fair was exceptional. From a business standpoint we offered something totally unique to the clients – and their families – who we work with on a regular basis.”
- Gregg Cummings, Financial Advisor, Nerland-Cummings Group at Morgan Stanley, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“We started a monthly habit of going to the animal shelter and reading to cats in the feline leukemia ward. My son loves it, and I like that it's something I can put on the calendar, so it doesn't get waylaid by other, more pressing needs.”
“Our girls made valentines for our elderly neighbors and went to deliver them. They visited with them for an hour. The girls were happy when they got back – but that could be because they came home with brownies! They are excited to make more cards [for our neighbors] and talked about how much they enjoyed talking with them.”
The materials DGT created for our visitors include some of the best information for families I’ve ever seen. - Minnesota Children’s Museum
Our partnership with Doing Good Together has allowed us to enhance the volunteer experience for families – before, during and after their journey.
- Global Citizens Network
The knowledge and expertise that Doing Good Together brings to our collaborative work has had such a positive impact on the resources we are able to provide to our teachers and families. It is always an inspiration and pleasure to work with such a smart and thoughtful organization. Thank you! We’ll be working with DGT again!
- Bright Horizons Childcare
“Doing Good Together is an amazing organization! Their mission to empower and support families in volunteering is making a difference for so many in our community. Service is everyone’s opportunity and responsibility—and they live this mission. DGT worked with our school to sponsor a faculty service event ... Jenny is so organized, flexible and easy to work with. We’ll be working with DGT again!
- Breck Lower School
Our preschool has really enjoyed the materials that DGT provided for us to use with our families and in the classroom. We feel that talking about compassion and then working together on service projects helps our children feel more loved, as well as more loving... Thanks, DGT!
Horace Mann School
“Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly was thrilled to offer our elders the wonderful paper flowers made at your DGT Family Service Fair. Once delivered to the agency’s Lake Street office, our volunteers carried a fabulous array of bouquets spanning the rainbow into our elders’ hearts in the cold month of November. One elder commented that the flowers reminded her of the brightly colored confetti scattered about at her wedding fifty years ago. Thanks for bringing warmth into our elders’ lives and helping us replace isolation and loneliness with hope and caring.”
We had the pleasure of working with Doing Good Together last night in Minneapolis. Their mission is ‘Empowering families to raise children who care and contribute,’ and we were the lucky recipients of hand-tied tug toys [for our rescue dogs]! While the families were working, [we were] able to engage in meaningful conversations about the importance of animal kindness and welfare, and field some interesting questions from the kids! What a beautiful partnership.