Item description for Make a Difference: America's Guide to Volunteering and Community Service by Blaustein...
Overview This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to get involved in his or her community but feels overwhelmed by the sheer volume of organizations that need help. Includes inspirational anecdotes from volunteers who took the plunge and helped their communities.
Publishers Description Do you want to become a volunteer but feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of organizations to choose from? Look no further than this revised edition of the bestselling book "Make a Difference"
Complied and written by Arthur Blaustein, adjunct professor of social and urban policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty advisor for its Americorps program, this guide offers valuable information for everyone inspired to give back to their communities. "Make a Difference" will help you find innumerable opportunities to put your expertise and talents to good use.
This revised and expanded guide includes more than 185 national, nonprofit organizations that use volunteers of all ages to make a difference where it counts. "Make a Difference" also lists 30 organizations that give up-to-date information on critical issues and policies. Whether you want to tutor a child or an adult, promote a cause you care about, or get hands-on experience at an organization's headquarters, "Make a Difference" will inspire you to get out there and make a difference in your community--and your life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.11" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Sep 22, 2003
Edition Revised and Upd
ISBN 0787968048 ISBN13 9780787968045
Reviews - What do customers think about Make a Difference: America's Guide to Volunteering and Community Service?
Contribute Your Time & Expertise Dec 22, 2005
Let's not wait for government or someone else to solve all the problems. Take action yourself. There are so many ways one can improve their community. If your concern is crime, then join the neighborhood watch group. Perhaps you worry that the community's past is slipping away. Train as a docent for the local history museum. If you don't know where to start, consult this directory for dozens of opportunities to make a difference.
Don't Waste Your Money - Buy Another Book Jul 29, 2004
This book touts itself on the cover as being America's Guide to Volunteering and Community Service, but it comes across instead as being a scathing political commentary, spending way too much time bashing President Bush before it even gets into the guide portion of the book, which is a scant resource, at best.
If it stuck to being a comprehensive guide about volunteering and community service it might have actually lived up to its title. If I had only browsed through it in a bookstore before buying it online. Oh well. Live and learn. Very offensive to any republican volunteers, in my opinion. Tossing it in the trash right now.
A handy-dandy guide to getting involved May 4, 2004
"Make a Difference" is an easy-to-read guide about volunteering with hundreds of community-based organizations. Blaustein does a fabulous job organizing the organizations by subject matter so readers can easily find opportunities that suit their interests. This book makes a fabulous gift for high schoolers, college students, and adults looking to make a difference.
It does make a difference Apr 21, 2004
Make a Difference is a unique and important book. It's especially for young people and those retired or thinking about it; as well as those of us in between who can always find a few hours a month to help better our communities and public institutions. The young, in particular, need to learn about the responsibility of citizenship and the workings of democracy. If I were President I'd scrap the Star Wars anti-missile system (that scientists say won't work anyhow) and use the money to give out this book to every high school and college student in the country. And use the left-over to increase the salary of teachers who teach American history and Civics. That would be far more patiotic than wearing a flag in my lapel.
one-stop shopping for the seeking volunteer Apr 20, 2004
An excellent comprehensive listing of national organizations whose doors are wide open and welcoming to compassionate individuals looking to make a difference in their communities. The book is sliced and diced by issue area, making it easy to navigate, and the contact information for each organization listed makes it easy to get moving. Dispersed throughout the book are personal accounts of the positive impact community service has on the community as well as the individual. Makes a great gift - for yourself or someone you love!