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Doing Good Together and Big-Hearted Families

» Doing Good Together and Big-Hearted Families
Mailing Address: 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
612-822-6502 (voicemail)
Admission: $ 0.00
Big Hearted Families Membership: $24.99; Book Club: $74.99/year
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Doing Good Together is an organization that helps families find ways to raise caring kids. DGT is based in Minnesota but has branches in other states. Its mission is to provide tools to both families and organizations to help them raise compassionate, engaged children. DGT offers innovative activities, resources, and support to help make empathy and "giving back" a natural part of life's early lessons.

Families can sign up for their free emails to find give back opportunities in our area. They also offer a subscription membership - The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle for families who want to have year-round support in their efforts to raise socially aware kids.

Doing Good Together's Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle

Last year, during our We Can Give Back month push, I joined Doing Good Together's Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle. It seemed like a good way to keep kindness issues on my family's priority list.

Doing Good Together - Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle

Image courtesy of Doing Good Together.

The $24.99 membership fees included a free e-book, exclusive member downloads, weekly tips and reminders, personal training and the Do Good Dozen Challenge. The challenge is to complete 12 acts of kindness in 12 months. These can range from something as active as visiting the elderly or cooking for a neighbor to reading a book about kindness. If you reach your 12, you earn a book.

What Didn't Work For Me With the Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle
Although, I'm certain we could have reached the Do Good Dozen with books alone -- since I ordered most of DGT's recommended books from the library -- I think I only recorded three acts on our list. The challenge just wasn't for me at this point in my life. The weekly reminders turned into another source of stress -- something else I was neglecting.
 
I also didn't take advantage of the downloads very often. I simply don't need more paper in my life right now. It seems to be spilling out of every corner of my house. At another time in my life, my list-making, printer-happy self would have really loved both of these features.
What Worked For Me With the Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle
However, I found the membership price worth it for three reasons: 1) The membership fee is really just a way to support a good cause. The money goes into running Doing Good Together, an organization I believe in; 2) I appreciated the book recommendations and added them to my library list every week. My kids have enjoyed some really good books about really big subjects over the last year; and finally, 3) I LOVED the membership community on Facebook. This is a private Facebook group of like-minded parents who can share information and give feedback on ideas. This was the single-most useful part for me and more importantly, it guaranteed something positive in my feed every day. I looked forward to reading shared articles during my commute each day.
 
Despite the fact that the Membership Circle's most popular features weren't for me, I plan to renew my membership and would recommend it to other families seeking a way to introduce kindness into their daily lives.

I purchased my own membership and received no compensation or request for this review. All opinions are my own.

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