Reviewed: The LEMONADE Stand, How to Make a Difference 101

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The Lemonade Stand: How to Make a Difference 101

There’s something for everyone, regardless of ability. That’s the approach author David Justus takes in The LEMONADE Stand: How to Make a Difference 101, his practical guide to taking life’s lemons and making lemonade.

Himself a veteran volunteer with more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits, David Justus wrote the book as a summation of his teaching that everyone can find out how they can make a difference within an hour of thinking about it. A motivational speaker by trade, Justus was particularly interested in how readers can transform social problems in practical solutions – thus the saying his title is based on: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

In this case, The LEMONADE Stand identifies the eight key ingredients needed for making L-E-M-O-N-A-D-E: Life’s lemons, Empathy, Mission, Opportunity, Network, Action, Determination and Encouragement.

From what it’s like to start a nonprofit to how to build a lifelong relationship with volunteering, LEMONADE Stand tells the inspiring stories of real people who have answered the call to serve. It also offers advice for finding your passion and getting involved in a way that is both meaningful and practical.

The end of each chapter finishes with a snippet of wisdom, or “lemon slice” to help students and volunteers evaluate their decisions for success.

Ultimately, LEMONADE Stand isn’t trying to be a dissertation on the social impact of service. Instead, Justus’s book is an inspiring call to action, and useful starting point for anyone interested in discovering their path to making a difference.

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