November Moments of Service
Veterans Day (November 11)
Use this teachable moment to have students focus on the contributions of "real" heroes for the common good, and plan for a way they can become heroes in even a small way in their community through service and volunteerism. View the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. View the History Channel's Take a Veteran to School project.
National Philanthropy Day (November 15)
This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving – how it has enhanced our civic society, as well as what there still is to do. http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/NPD/.
SIGNATURE EVENT: Family Volunteer Day (November 17)
Demonstrate the power of families who volunteer together to serve the communities in which they live. Volunteering as a family provides quality time for busy families, strengthens communication and bonds, and positively impacts local communities across the nation. http://www.generationon.org/parents/family-volunteer-day
Thanksgiving Day (November 22)
In this season of giving, help your students reflect on what they are thankful for and how they can "pay it forward" to those who are less fortunate through a collection campaign for food, coats, or other needed items.
- See the November Moments of Service Toolkit for service project ideas and resources.
- Access the November Project of the Month: Tolerance Condensed. Observe the International Day of Tolerance--November 16, 2012--and fight hunger for Thanksgiving in one condensed project!
generationOn Lessons & Resources
Kids Care Clubs develop compassion and the spirit of service in elementary and middle school children. Service projects and resources are posted monthly on the site. View this month's Veterans Day project. Registration is free. http://www.kidscare.org/
Take action together with your family for Family Volunteer Day. GenerationOn has created many resources and activity ideas for family giving of time, talent, and treasure.
Learning to Give Lessons
A single class-period lesson that focuses on making a difference to hunger and poverty in the community. These lessons include bonus Learning Links and Reflection Activities.
- Addressing Poverty (9th Grade)
- Bare Necessities-Helping Others (Kindergarten)
- Community Table-Community Ties (3rd Grade)
- Exploring Philanthropic Motivations (8th Grade)
- Family Lessons in Philanthropy (5th Grade)
- Global Hunger and Malnutrition (11th Grade)
- Harvesting Friends-Feeding Needs (4th Grade)
- Helping Hands Across the World (5th Grade)
- How About a Hand? (1st Grade)
- How the Community Meets Needs (7th Grade)
- Hunger and Your Community (7th Grade)
- It's Up to Whom? You! (12th Grade)
- Lesson from Jane (A) (10th Grade)
- Many Hands Together Make a Lighter Load (2nd Grade)
- Meeting Needs Four Ways (6th Grade)
- Meeting Needs through Sharing (6th Grade)
- People Making a Difference (Kindergarten)
- Power and Potential to Make a Difference
- Recognizing the Faces of Hunger and Poverty
- Selfless Sam (2nd)
- Sharing Is Giving (3rd Grade)
- Souper Philanthropists (1st Grade)
- Thinking "Glocally" (10th Grade)
- This I Can Do (4th Grade)
- Volunteering - Why is it so Important? (11th Grade)
- What Is "Real" Hunger? (9th Grade)
Profiles in Philanthropy
Informational Papers related to concepts of civil society and service
- Community Needs Assessments
- Holiday from a Philanthropic Perspective: Thanksgiving
- The Mayflower Compact
- Serial Reciprocity: Pay It Forward
- Association of Fundraising Professionals (National Philanthropy Day)
- Motivations for Giving and Serving
School Year Calendar
generationOn and Learning to Give are excited to offer a menu of resources to help you implement service-learning and philanthropy education into your school! View the generationOn School Year Calendar to discover more service opportunities.
Go to Moments of Service homepage.
Learning to Give Units
Multi-lesson service learning units related to this month's themes, correlated to state and national Common Core standards, to teach responsible citizenship, civic engagement, and service for the common good.
- Cinderella Project
- Community Helpers—Mail and Meals
- Disaster Relief - You Can Count On Me! (K-2)
- Helping Others to Feed Themselves
- People Making a Difference
- Philanthropic Behavior
- Philanthropic Literature
- Pilgrim's Progress
- Sense of Community (A)
- Souperservice Kids
- Disaster Relief - You Can Count On Me! (3-5)
- Kids Can Make a Difference
- Nonprofits in Our World and Community (3-5)
- Philanthropy and You
- This I Can Do!
- Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics
- Disaster Relief - Power, Generosity and Leadership! (6-8)
- Global Peace and Local Legacies
- Make the Connection! Core Democratic Values and Philanthropy
- Nonprofits in Our World and Community (6-8)
- Philanthropic Movements in the United States to 1900
- Philanthropy and Children Who Are Homeless
- Philanthropy—Sharing Our Time, Talent and Treasure with Family and Friends
- Dear Philanthropist
- Disaster Relief - Power, Generosity and Leadership! (9-12)
- Encouraging Volunteerism
- Food for Thought: Hunger—Around the Block,
Around the World
- For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
- Heroism In Literature
- Hurricane Katrina / Great Hanshin-Awaji Disaster Collaboration
- Philanthropy, Volunteering and Service: The Historical Connections
- Social Reformer—Jane Addams
- Sports Legends and Philanthropy—Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Whose Job Is It?
- Your Place in the Community