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Revision as of 03:21, 5 December 2013


"'Tis better to give . . . "

Winter holidays and cold weather inspire giving and sharing. Reaching out to the wider community can become a team's tradition during the season when many people feel vulnerable or lonely.

Groups that join together in philanthropic activities get all the benefits of team building, with the extra glow that comes of generosity. Projects that provide for others can also be welcome substitutes for one more holiday party or yet another gift exchange.

The endless ways to give as a team include creating gifts, repairing items, raising money, and collecting goods for donation; and providing community service.

Consider the growing list of philanthropic team building activities here on Teampedia. Teams clean-up playgrounds; serve meals at soup kitchens; construct ramps; teach computer skills ... Several companies listed in our directory offer the know-how and materials for onsite building of bikes, wheelchairs, or welcome wagons for people in need.

One holiday giving activity that is now common: Adopt a Family: Facilitated by a charitable agency, a team receives general information about a family. Each team member provides appropriate gifts or donates funds for a representative to do the shopping. In one version, tags in a display give the age and ideas about each family member's needs or wishes. Team members select tags and replace them with appropriate gifts. (Often, the tags are decorating a Christmas tree and the gifts are then arranged under it. Alternative symbols and decorations can be more universal and inclusive, for instance a flower garden display, with each flower an adult or child in the family.) The team may enjoy getting together to wrap the gifts. Usually, the identity of the family is not revealed, and contact and delivery are managed by the agency.

Even though holiday sentiments boost the spirit of giving, Teampedia encourages people to create opportunities for giving together in any and all seasons. Here's one year-round model, for a neighborhood in which people want such help: Before the holidays, pot houseplants together. In the spring, help plant a community garden. In the summer, have a lawn weed-in and watermelon event. Throw a leaf-raking and popcorn-eating party in the fall. As a bonus, in March, help organize emergency preparedness for the neighborhood .

The team that gives together . . .


== :Philanthropy means "love of humanity."


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill


“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Kahlil Gibran
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