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Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Volunteering & Charity Work

Welcome to Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series! In this series, we’ll introduce you to some of the best books on topics that are important to our customers and our environment. From green living to budgeting to home improvement, our Monthly Book Series will feature a range of books from intro-level to in-depth studies to ensure there is something for everyone! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical books on the given topic.

Volunteering & Charity Work

Volunteering your time, skills, or money is one of the best ways to give back to your local community. However, with the thousands of charity and non-profit organizations out there, it may be difficult and a bit overwhelming to decide where to start, especially for a beginner or someone looking for a new way to give back.

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If you’re looking for a way to give back, consider picking up a book on volunteering or charity work today!

In this segment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on a variety of books on volunteering and charity work, helping you either start or continue your journey to giving back to the community.

1) Building Powerful Community Organizations by Michael Jacoby Brown

If you’re looking to be more than just a volunteer, this is the book for you. This step-by-step guide provides readers with instructions on how to start their own community organization or non-profit, and uses case studies to further prove their points. Building Power Community Organizations isn’t just about putting in a few hours at a shelter, it’s about building a community that will keep giving back to the community for years to come.

Recommended for readers who are looking to leave behind a legacy in their community.

2) The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps by Dillon Banerjee

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Consider seeing the world and giving back by joining a volunteer organization that works outside of the country.

If you’ve ever wondered what joining the Peace Corps would be like, then Banerjee’s The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps is the book for you. The guide answers every question possible regarding applying to the Peace Corps, how to pack, adjusting to your life as a Peace Corp, and how your work is impacting the community. This is a great book to help those interested in joining the Peace Corps better understand the organization and the experience as a whole.

Recommended for Americans looking to give back to their community and their government.

3) How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins

While the Peace Corps is a great way to give back to the community, only 30% of applicants are accepted every year. But it’s not the only way to volunteer overseas. Collins book helps Americans find volunteer opportunities in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. By using easy-to-read case studies, worksheets, and testimonies from international volunteers, Collins provides readers with everything they need to be an international volunteer.

Recommended for readers looking for ways to volunteer overseas.

4) Do it Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney Martin

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Martin encourages her readers to think about how to create a meaningful life when choosing ways to give back to their community.

If you’re looking for something more than just being a part-time volunteer, then Martin’s Do it Anyway is for you. In this book, Martin explores how eight young activists have made a career out of making a difference. She encourages readers to move away from the traditional volunteerism and encourages them to approach volunteering by thinking how to create a meaningful life.

Recommended for folks looking to make a career out of giving back to the community. 

5) Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever by John Marshall

We’ve all dreamed of selling our belongings and traveling the world. But for the Marshall family, this became a reality when John decided his family needed a change. In this memoir, Marshall recounts the story of how he and his family traveled around Central America and East Asia for six months, volunteering in far-flung places like a monkey sanctuary in Costa Rica and an orphanage in India. This book delivers the hard truth on what it’s like to really give up everything and give back to the world.

Recommended for anyone who has ever dreamed of selling everything and volunteering around the world.

Check in next month when the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series talks about Home Improvement!

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