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Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Be tter Place Hardcover – October 7, 2010

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Levinson, director of the regional volunteer network Big Sunday, offers one-stop reading for the socially conscious looking to get involved in and substantively contribute to their communities. He writes briskly and enthusiastically, sharing how to identify your skills and match them to a nonprofit or cause to make your support even more valuable, how to gauge your commitment level before getting involved, the characteristics of good and bad volunteers, and how those required to do volunteer work can make the most of it. He shares tips for those looking to volunteer as a family, school, faith group, or business, and provides advice for retirees, those between jobs, prospective fund raisers, and those looking to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate. Thorough, engaging, and highly relevant, this do good, feel good book is an invaluable resource for those contemplating new forays into volunteerism. (Oct.)
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David T. Levinson is the founder and executive director of Big Sunday, organizing 50,000-plus volunteers throughout California. Profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and NBC Nightly News, he was named Best Nonprofit Leader in California by Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. A writer for screen and print, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630729
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've done a great deal of volunteering over 4 decades, and it has always been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life--meeting new people, some of whom have become good friends, doing something I enjoy anyway, like hiking or singing, so then I lead hikes and sing-alongs, and participating in something that is meaningful for others. So initially, I would have guessed this book would not have told me much beyond the obvious. I was definitely wrong. Levinson's book is a very enjoyable, useful, and sometimes touching and funny account, written by a man who for many years has had a job matching people with the best volunteering opportunities--for them and for the people they might serve.

My guess is that most people, when they think of volunteering, come up with only a handful of possibilities, maybe one or two of which appeal to them. But Levinson describes dozens of experiences that had never occurred to me. He describes the appeals and cautions for various activities. He also includes special chapters with practical advice for families, schools, faith groups, businesses, and retirees and also discusses issues of recruiting others and raising money. I can't imagine any volunteer who wouldn't learn from this book. And watch out, if you are not a volunteer now, this volume will change that!
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Levinson brings his savvy and down to earth perspective to the very real need that every community has to be able to give and give big.

As a writer and dad and husband, David started this Mitzvah project small. Through his leadership, LA and Big Sunday grew and grew. Its values tap into essentials. .... everyone giving, everyone receiving. Bravo. The book details the mechanics and delivers the tools for an enormous gift. A very important part of every library.
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Enjoyed this book and I am a professional in the field of volunteer management. Heard the author speak at a book reading at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, June 2011. Grass root organizations might find it of particular interest.
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