Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement

Encouraging Volunteerism
Unit of 4 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? 

Unit Purpose:

Learners gain awareness that their active participation in community life (volunteering, elections, advocacy) makes their community and government stronger. They analyze through fables how characters reveal their values through their actions. 

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • compare and contrast the work of political parties and interest groups.
  • describe how citizens can become active participants in their community, working to improve the common good.
  • use the vocabulary of philanthropy when giving examples of experienced philanthropic acts.
  • identify needs and service opportunities in the community.
  • describe how philanthropy is exhibited by the characters in a fable.
  • recognize family and personal traditions of giving.
  • analyze the implications for a community of a lifespan of philanthropic giving.
  • describe how scarcity forces consumers and producers to make choices for allocating their resources.
  • give examples of opportunity costs and tradeoffs that accompany decision-making on the use of scarce resources.
  • evaluate the impact of philanthropic service on the common good of the community.
  • give examples of types of business organizations, including for profit and not for profit.
  • identify functions of the agriculture-related nonprofit sector and analyze the impact of non-profits on the community.
  • compare and contrast foundations and cooperatives.
  • design a plan of action to become a volunteer.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Learners will take a community survey to determine what projects can contribute to the common good. They will use economic reasoning in selecting the service project in which to allocate their scarce resources of time, treasure and talent.

Unit Assessment:

Learning will be assessed through worksheets, a survey of community needs, quilt block sketches, small group reports, research findings, summary discussions and a visual presentation.

School/Home Connection:

"Copy-and-Paste" Class/School Newsletter Information Insert:

Helping students understand how to use their time, talents and treasures for the betterment of their communities is the focus of the unit "Encouraging Volunteerism." Students assess community needs and devise projects/plans to use their own time, talents or treasures to meet these needs. Family input is a valuable component of the success of this project and you are encouraged to contact your childís school today to see how you can be a viable part of this exciting project.

Interactive Parent / Student Homework:

Family action is not required but strongly suggested in all lessons of this unit. Family members may serve as speakers, contacts for service organizations, information contacts for community assessment or partners in service projects. Family members may also be interviewed for their ideas as to time, talent and treasure contributions to the groupís project idea assignment and the possible reciprocal impact of the project on their family, the community and the nation/world.

Notes for Teaching:

This unit was developed with a strong cross-curricular framework. It is intended to extend service learning and the study of philanthropy across the curriculum. This unit will serve as a basis for projects for "Make A Difference Day" which is held the last Saturday in October, "National Volunteer Week" in April or "Join Hands across America Day" in June.

State Curriculum and Philanthropy Theme Frameworks:

See individual lessons for benchmark detail.

Lessons Developed By:

Art Stormer
Benjamin Logan Schools
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 SR 47E
Bellefontaine, OH 43358

Cindy Bond-Zielinski
East District
Ohio State University Extension
16714 St. Rt. 215
Caldwell, OH 43724

Joe Horn
Benjamin Logan Schools
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 SR 47E
Bellefontaine, OH 43358

Lois Stoll
Benjamin Logan Schools
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 SR 47E
Bellefontaine, OH 43358

Lora Erdy
Benjamin Logan Schools
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 SR 47E
Bellefontaine, OH 43358

Meta Van Nostran
Ohio Educational Service Center
Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center
507 Richland Avenue
Athens, OH 45701

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