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Holiday Giving: How Americans Show Big Heart

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

We felt it in our hearts, but now we know it for sure. Americans are officially the most generous givers in the world, according to the 2011 World Giving Report.

The World Giving Report, the largest of its kind, looks at charitable behavior in over 150 countries.

This year the United States moved to first place from fifth place, with Americans reporting a 4% increase in volunteering time and an 8% increase in helping a stranger

Interestingly, prosperity and giving do not always go hand-in-hand. Countries whose populations are the most likely to give are not necessarily the world's most affluent. Only five of the countries that feature in the World Bank's Top 20 by GDP (PPP) feature in CAF's World Giving Index Top 20

In the spirit of the giving season, Nancy and Bryan are making donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), The Sara Holbrook Center, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Women Helping Battered Women, The United Way of Chittenden County, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

If you have not already made your year-end charitable gifts, please consider giving to some of these important and much-needed organizations in our community. Charity Navigator is a helpful resource for selecting top-notch charities.

We wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season, on behalf of the entire Nancy Jenkins Team—Nancy, Bryan, Alison, Amanda, Carol, Cindy, David, Jason, Jennifer, Jim, Patti, & Ruth.

We Had a Blast at the Boys & Girls Club!

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS


Four fabulious kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, sporting Prudential
Cares t-shirts, on "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night," on Sept 29, 2011.

On Sept 29, 2011, the Nancy Jenkins Team organized a fun-filled "Dinner and Internet Essentials Night" for kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. The event was organized as part of Prudential's 2011 Global Volunteer Day. We had a blast!

We started our event on September 27 with a trip to a local apple orchard, Shelburne Orchards, where children picked apples and completed a treasure hunt. Each child took home apples—and picked apples for our main event on the 29th. Delicious!

The dinner was a huge success, with over 130 children served. A local prizing-winning BBQ team, Sweet Breathe BBQ, headed by one of our former clients, helped us to make a nutritious dinner of pulled chicken, pasta salad, green salad, and vegetables with dipping sauce—as well as cake and apples for dessert. The kids loved the BBQ! Of the 40 pounds of chicken made, none was left by the end of the night.

The highlight of our event was a Computer Give-away. Our team donated 11 gently used Dell desktop computers that were raffled off during dinner. Eleven happy children took home a computer to share with their family, perfect for doing homework, writing e-mails, surfing the web, and more.

This is our third year at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. It's a terrific way to support children in the community.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our event a success:

Carol Blouin, Russ Cooke, Jason Gerlack, Diane Handy, David Miner, Cindy Warfield-Sowalskie, Maggie McEntee, Eric Gray, Chris Mazur, Sweet Breathe BBQ, Mark Benton, Gabe Handy, Eileen Casey, Laura Ludlum, David Cooper, Pamela Hunt, Alison Barges Derouchie, Meredith Barges, Jennifer Cassani, Ruth Hamilton, Patti Brinckerhoff, Nancy Cathcart, Benton Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Brianna Sibley, Bryan Jackson, Alison Card, David Card, Glenn Sowalskie, Tuck Rainwater, Nick Cowles

Check out the full photo album on our Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150335243703893.352009.206999083892&type=3. Please "Like" us while you're visiting!

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