FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
 
CHILDREN'S BOOK TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR INSPIRING
COMMUNITY SERVICE IN CHILDREN
 
The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving
wins the The Carol D. Reiser Book Award for Fostering Future Volunteers
 

ATLANTA, July 25, 2005 – The Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council (Metro Atlanta CVC), a local arm of the Points of Light Foundation (a national non-profit organization), announced today that avid volunteer and public health professional, Ellen Sabin, is the recipient of the Carol D. Reiser Book Award for her book, The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving. The award was established to memorialize Carol Reiser, co-founder and past president of the MACVC, and is a living tribute to Reiser's lifelong commitment to community and volunteerism. The award will be presented during the organization's awards program, Involvement Means People Acting in Communities Together (IMPACT) Awards, on August 18, 2005.

“I'm thrilled to be honored with this award,” says Sabin. “I set out to create a book that would inspire children to figure out their wishes and dreams for the world, realize the power of their actions to make a difference, and experience the joys of giving. I hope that this book inspires actions that reflect and honor Carol Reiser's commitment to community and volunteerism.”

The award includes a cash award to a youth-serving non-profit agency of the author's choice. Sabin has chosen The Nicholas House, Inc., a program designed to assist homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a structured but home-like environment, as her charity recipient.

“Through Ellen's commitment and passion for serving her community, she proved that one person can make a difference,” said Carin Wiggins, manager of community programs for Georgia-Pacific and The Carol D. Reiser Book Award committee chairperson. “We are so honored that we can help carry on her legacy and fulfill Carol's dream by recognizing a book dedicated to instilling a sense of community service for future generations.”

The Giving Book; Published by Watering Can Press provides a unique, interactive process that guides children to an understanding of giving back. The 64-page, spiral-bound, hardcover book combines colorful illustrations and entertaining narrative with fun, learning activities. The book helps them record their ideas, dreams and wishes for the world - making them the authors of their stories and creating a “scrapbook” of their journey into compassion, philanthropy and the power of their actions. Since its release, The Giving Book has been recommended by The Associated Press, Parenting Magazine, Learning Magazine and New York Daily News.

The Metro Atlanta CVC is a professional association of businesses that promotes employee volunteerism in the corporate sector and provides advice to companies interested in developing their own volunteer programs.

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