“I want to help. But where do I start?” Since her season as a judge on Oprah Winfrey’s “Big Give,” humanitarian campaigner and fundraiser Malaak Compton-Rock gets asked this question a dozen times a day. Now in a new book, she shares her inspiring story and shows others how to create their own path to community service.
Malaak offers an uplifting chronicle of her “journey for change” and
demonstrates to readers how and why they should embark on their
own. Part memoir, part practical guide, global humanitarian (and wife
of Chris Rock) Malaak gives readers insightful advice including how
to find the right volunteer opportunity, how to get kids involved in a
life of service, how to research charities, and how to start a nonprofit,
as she did several years ago. Her practical wisdom is grounded in
inspirational anecdotes about her own experience with service,
including her work with Hurricane Katrina aftermath, the two
nonprofits she has helped launch, and her recent powerful initiative
called “Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global
Service,” which provides travel, service, and advocacy programming
for thirty at-risk kids from Bushwick, Brooklyn, including a two week
mission to South Africa to participate in service projects. IF IT TAKES
A VILLAGE, BUILD ONE also features interviews with other well known
humanitarians, like PR powerhouse Terrie M. Williams, activist Bobby
Shriver, and journalist Soledad O'Brien, as well as engaging sidebars
with advice and facts about service.
Warm, honest, and accessible, IF IT TAKES A VILLAGE, BUILD ONE is a hopeful reminder of all of the ways in which we can volunteer, donate, and become conscious givers in today’s society. A must-have book for anyone who has ever wanted to make a difference in the world.
Malaak Compton-Rock is changing the world! Her focus on helping young people become all that they can be is a stunningly simple blueprint for what all of us can do. If It Takes a Village, Build One is a must read if you want to make real change in your world.”
— Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent
“Malaak has taken her own life experiences with service, community and family and penned an important how-to for taking action and giving back. I’ve been fortunate to know her and to work with her, witnessing first-hand her dedication to helping others. If It Takes a Village, Build One is an empowering must-read for all of us working to make our communities, our country and our world a better place.”
— Congresswoman Maxine Waters
“Millions of people around the world have been inspired by watching Malaak Compton-Rock work her extraordinary magic. Now she’s written a moving and absorbing guide to how you, too, can easily tap into your inner humanitarian.”
— Jon Klein, President of CNN/U.S
"As far back as I can remember, I’ve been engaged in some kind of service, activism, or volunteer activity, and that without a doubt is thanks to my mother, Gayle Fleming. My mother is an activist from way back—she must have gotten her interest in politics and world events from her mother, who was a voracious reader and writer, and she clearly decided to pass both an interest in politics and a commitment to service down to me..."
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For each copy of the book purchased from April 6th - July 6th, 2010, Malaak will donate $1 to The Global Fund. Read more about Malaak's support of Product (RED) and the Global Fund.
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