Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch in, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better Place (Google eBook)
The director of one of the largest grassroots volunteer programs in the country shows how everyone can give back.
Just in time for the season of giving, Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins will change how Americans give back to their communities.
Once a self-proclaimed "reluctant volunteer"-too busy and unmotivated- David Levinson is now director of the largest regional volunteer network, Big Sunday, with an army of fifty thousand volunteers across California. Speaking to the reluctant volunteer in everyone, he boosts our "Volunteer IQ" with specific advice on how, where, and why we can help. He candidly addresses the benefits and pitfalls of volunteering. And he tackles situations and individuals across the spectrum-people with one free day a year, retirees, community organizers, and those who want to ensure their checks go to the right cause. With a list of "Fifty-two Ways to Give Back," David brainstorms ideas for traditional and offbeat ways to contribute to your community; each has the pros, the cons, and a how-to guide. Combined with a comprehensive appendic listing online and print resources, this book provides both the motivation and the action plan to get every community working.
Sixty-one million Americans volunteered last year and many more made charitable donations. This will become the book they - and their community's organizers - all need to make sure their time and money are put to good use.
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Review: Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better PlaceUser Review - Lynne - Goodreads
Amazing, inspiring and PRACTICAL book. Lots of useful stuff here, and written in a very accessible and entertaining way. There's something here for everyone -- really! As a Service Learning professional, I highly recommend this book. Read full review
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WHY DO ANYTHING?
YOU WANT TO
YOU HAVE TO
ARE YOU A MARATHONER OR A SPRINTER?
THE BIG BLAST AND THE MIGHTY BLIP
SO WHERE ARE YOU?
WHAT SPEAKS TOYOU?
GETTING IN TOUCH THE OLDFASHIONED WAY
AND IF SOMEONE JUST SAYS NO?
HOW DO YOU GET A CROWD?
FIND THE POPULAR KID AND BUILD COMMUNITY
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
CONTACTING LARGE GROUPS
WHAT MOVES YOU?
WHAT DOESNT SPEAK TO YOU?
OLD CAUSES NEW CAUSES
HELP PEOPLE WITHOUT THE PEOPLE
YOUR SKILL SET
YOUR OTHER SKILL SET
YOUR NEW SKILL SET
WHICH ARE YOU?
JOIN THE ARMY
SO WHERE DO YOU START?
GIVE EVERYONE A VOICE
KEEPING IT REALOR NOTWITH KIDS
KEEPING IT SAFEOR NOTWITH KIDS
HELP THEM FIND THEIR CAUSE
ONE LAST WORD FOR FAMILIES
SUPPORT FROM ABOVE AND BELOW
SUPERVISING AND STICKY SITUATIONS
THE RIGHT NONPROFIT FOR THE RIGHT SCHOOL
WHATS YOUR MISSION?
CHOOSING A CAUSE
ONE LAST WORD FOR FAITH GROUPS
WHATS THE GOAL?
CORPORATE CULTURE AND THE NONPROFIT WORLD
WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?
DO A 180
A CONSTRUCTIVE WAY TO SPEND YOUR TIME
THE JOB HUNT
WELCOME TO YOUR NEW CAREER
WHATS YOUR GOAL?
YOUWILLFIND ANOTHER JOB
ONE LAST WORD FOR THOSE BETWEEN ASSIGNMENTS
BUSINESSES AND THE HOLIDAYS
NEW YEARS AND TAX BREAKS
SOME TRADITIONAL RESOURCES
IF AT FIRST YOU DONT SUCCEED
TAKING THE PLUNGE
SO WHERE WILLIVOLUNTEER?
WHO ARE YOU GOING TO WORK WITH?
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
WHERE DO YOU START?
WHO DO YOU ASK FIRST?
FRIENDS AND FAMILY AGAIN
THE STUFF YOU HATE TO DO
NO GOOD DEED
1 GIVE BLOOD
2 DO A MAJOR MAKEOVER OF A NONPROFIT BUILDING
3 HOST A YARD SALE FOR CHARITY
4 MAKE A MEAL AT A HOMELESS SHELTER
5 HAVE A BOOK COLLECTION FOR KIDS
6 SING TO ANDOR WITH THE FOLKS AT A NURSING HOME
7 ORGANIZE A DINNER TRAIN FOR AN AILING FAMILY
8 PACKAGE TOILETRY KITS FOR HOMELESS AND POOR PEOPLE
9 CLEAN UP THE STREETSPAINT OUT GRAFFITI
10 BECOME A MENTOR
11 ORGANIZE A HEALTH FAIR AND SCREENINGS FOR LOWINCOME PEOPLE
12 HOST A DAY OF BEAUTY AT A WOMENS SHELTER
13 ORGANIZE AN ECYCLING EVENT
14 DO SOMETHING CLERICAL FOR A NONPROFIT GROUP
15 CLEAN A BEACH OR A RIVER
16 COLLECT PEOPLES LOOSE CHANGE FOR CHARITY
17 MAKE PERMANENT FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHUTINS
18 DONATE A SPECIAL SKILL YOU HAVE
19 HOST A SPORTS DAY FOR A LOWINCOME OR DISABLED GROUP
20 WALK RUN BIKE SWIM OR SOMEHOW MOVE YOUR BODY FOR CHARITY
21 RECORD ORAL HISTORIES OF PEOPLE WHOSE STORIES ARENT OFTEN HEARD
22 COLLECT USED BUSINESS CLOTHES FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO GET BACK IN THE WORKFORCE
23 COLLECT NONWHITE DOLLS TO GIVE TO CHILDREN OF COLOR
24 JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
25 JOIN A QUILTING BEE TO MAKE QUILTS FOR SOLDIERS
26 THROW AN ART SHOW FOR THOSE WHO DONT USUALLY GET TO SHOW THEIR WORK
27 ORGANIZE OR TAKE PART IN A JOB FAIR FOR LOWINCOME KIDS
28 TAKE A WEEK OFF FROM VOLUNTEERING AND MAKE A CASH DONATION
29 HELP OUT AN ANIMAL SHELTER OR RESCUE ORGANIZATION
30 HELP OUT A FOOD BANK OR FOOD PANTRY
31 TAKE AN UNDERPRIVILEGED GROUP TO A MUSEUM PLAY OR CONCERT
32 ORGANIZE A LETTERWRITING CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT FOR A CAUSE
33 COLLECT NEW SOCKS ANDOR UNDERWEAR FOR NEEDY PEOPLE
34 CLEAN A PLACE THATS BEEN NEGLECTED
35 PLANT AND WEED AT A COMMUNITY GARDEN OR PUBLIC PARK
36 HELP LOWINCOME KIDS FILL OUT THEIR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
37 SELL CRAFTS MADE BY IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE
38 HELP SUSAN G KOMEN FOR THE CURE OR ANOTHER WELLKNOWN GROUP YOUVE ALWAYS ADMIRED FROM AFAR
39 COOK ANDOR DELIVER MEALS FOR SHUTINS
40 WRITE LETTERS TO SOLDIERS STATIONED OVERSEAS
41 THROW A SPECIAL EVENT FOR A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DONT USUALLY GET TAKEN CARE OF
42 SPIFF UP A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY
43 HELP OUT AT A LOCAL FESTIVAL
44 TAKE A VOLUNTEER VACATION
45 MAKE BABY BASKETS FOR DISADVANTAGED NEWBORNS
46 TAKE UP A COLLECTION FOR A HIGHTICKET ITEM FOR A NONPROFIT
47 HOST A WORKFUN DAY AT A LOWINCOME SCHOOL
48 KNIT BLANKETS OR BOOTIES FOR PREEMIES AND OTHER BABIES
49 HELP OUT A LOCAL ARTS GROUP
50 ARRANGE A FOOD DRIVE
51 PLANT TREES
52 COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW