- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2000


"Visions of Charity: Volunteer Workers and Moral Community," by Rebecca Anne Allahyari, University of California Press, 2000. The author, a visiting assistant professor in the Women's Studies Department and the American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, profiles volunteers at two charities Loaves & Fishes and the Salvation Army to show what they think of themselves and their work.
"The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back," by Bill Shore, Random House, 1999. Mr. Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, an anti-hunger nonprofit organization, writes an inspirational profile of various contemporary leaders who have used the private sector to improve public life and how they did it.


The Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Center, 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. Phone number: 240/777-2600. Web site: www.montgomeryvolunteer.org. The center has plenty of offerings for families with children of all ages.
Loudoun County's Department of Social Services has a Community Holiday Coalition of area groups and businesses that help underprivileged families in the county during the holidays. Call volunteer coordinator Kathy Hill at 703/771-5378.
Fairfax County's Human Services Coordinated Services Planning Department can help families who want to volunteer their time during the holidays. Phone: 703/222-0880.

• The Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Phone: 501/907-2600. Web site: www.heifer.org. Families can purchase animals to send overseas to help hungry families and towns feed themselves and learn agricultural techniques to help themselves even more.

On line

For Internet users who want to help charities while they surf and shop on the Web, GreaterGood.com, a for-profit company in Seattle, has a Web site (www.greatergood.com) that enables time-pressed families or families with young children to contribute to charities and nonprofit groups as they shop on line.
Two volunteer nonprofit organizations, Volunteer America (www.volunteeramerica.net) and Volunteer March (www.volunteermarch.org), can help interested parties find projects in their area.

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