Unit Overview 

Students develop understanding of philanthropy through definition and actions. Learners develop an awareness of and sensitivity to hunger issues in their community and world, and demonstrate understanding and sensitivity through completion of a service-learning project.

Service Experience 
Based on discoveries made in Lesson One: Hmmm — What is Philanthropy? and Lesson Two: Hunger Hurts in this unit, and findings in this lesson, learners will design and participate in a service-learning activity relating to issues to hunger, homelessness and poverty within their community or surrounding community and the world. Learners will identify an agency within their community or neighboring community, assess the need, and design an activity with essential elements for effective service learning.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropy, Volunteering and Service: The Historical Connections
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
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12

This lesson will develop understanding of philanthropy through definition and actions. Activities for students to get to know themselves and their classmates, utilizing concepts of philanthropy, will provide learners with meaningful opportunities for later service learning projects.

Unit: 
Philanthropy, Volunteering and Service: The Historical Connections
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners will explore the human need for food and how it relates to hunger in the community and the world. Learners will propose alternative solutions through historical cases and current programs within their community. Learners will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to hunger issues in their community and world.

Unit: 
Philanthropy, Volunteering and Service: The Historical Connections
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Learners will come to an understanding of philanthropy by studying the successes and failures of the War on Poverty as a component of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. They will participate in a service activity based on reflections of current community needs and foundations and agencies identified in Lesson One: Hmmm — What is Philanthropy? and Lesson Two: Hunger Hurts.