BrightPoint Press: Get Involved Reviews

Volunteering for Animal Welfare : ISBN 978-1-6782-0126-5 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0127-2
Volunteering for Elderly : ISBN 978-1-6782-0128-9 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0129-6
Volunteering for the Environment : ISBN 978-1-6782-0130-2 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0131-9
Volunteering for Health Care : ISBN 978-1-6782-0132-6 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0133-3
Volunteering for Homeless : ISBN 978-1-6782-0134-0 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0135-7
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple supplement November 1, 2021

This series focuses on volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings that help social justice causes. The books begin by conceptualizing the experiences of young volunteers as they go about a volunteer shift. Readers learn about the benefits of volunteering and the different activities volunteers do. The layout of the books is a mix of easily read large-text chapters with more highlighted informational text blocks. These books are longer than most of the series reviewed here, but the size of the text makes the reading experience feel shorter. The back matter includes a glossary, source notes, a further research section, a list of related organizations, and an index. VERDICT This series is a nice exploration of volunteer opportunities for students looking for a gentle way to get involved in social justice issues.

Volunteering for Elderly : ISBN 978-1-6782-0128-9 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0129-6
Booklist, October 1, 2021

Teens will find a wealth of ideas for volunteering with the elderly in this installment of the Get Involved series (5 titles). Chapters dedicated to helping out in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and hospice care explain the differences between these settings, along with practical suggestions, such as helping with crafts, helping residents spend time outdoors, cleaning, and listening to residents. Numerous benefits of volunteering with the elderly are listed, including gaining experience, refining skills by sharing them with others, interacting with people who have life experience, helping prevent loneliness, and providing friendship, especially during a person's final months. Large color photographs depict volunteers making a difference and spending time with residents. A list of related organizations provides additional areas to explore for youth interested in putting these ideas to practice.