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19 July 2022

New children’s book shows kids the positive impact they can make with just one dollar

What Can You Do with Just One Dollar? is written by Toronto fundraising executive Teresa Vasilopoulos with all proceeds from the book going to WoodGreen Community Services to help alleviate poverty in Toronto.

Toronto, Ont. - A new children’s book shows kids how they can make a big difference with just a small act of kindness.

What Can You Do with Just One Dollar?, written by Toronto fundraising executive and new children’s book author Teresa Vasilopoulos, focuses on diversity and inclusion and illustrates that all kids (no matter their background or circumstances) can enjoy the wonderful feeling of pride and accomplishment one receives when they give. The book’s illustrator, Vic Guiza, is an award-winning illustrator with experience working with top brands such as Disney and Marvel Comics.

“With so many tragic stories in the news lately, children might feel a loss of control and sense that they don’t have the ability to make a difference or create change,” said Vasilopoulos. “This book helps to inspire and empower children to create a positive impact within their lives, their community or the world.”

Vasilopoulos and Guiza collaborated to create a visually impactful and inclusive story so readers of different cultures, situations, or experiences can see themselves in the characters and dream about how they can give or help others as it relates to their own life. The book contains many ideas of what kids can do to support causes that are important to them, including having a lemonade stand, a food drive, getting pledges to take part in a race, or pooling dollars with their friends all to have a positive impact.

Giving the book to a child becomes a gift that keeps on giving. The book can be purchased at Amazon.ca and Indigo.ca and all proceeds will go to WoodGreen Community Services, Toronto’s largest social service agency, focusing on equity, inclusion, and poverty reduction. Photos of the author and children with the book are available for use and can be found here.

ABOUT TERESA VASILOPOULOUS: Teresa Vasilopoulos is a fundraising executive with a 25-year track record of leading highly successful multi-million-dollar campaigns. Her career in philanthropy spans leadership roles in the health, education, youth, poverty, social services, and international development sectors. Teresa has a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation, an EMBA from Queen’s University School of Business, and is a director on The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy of Canada, and AFP GTA Chapter Boards. She recently received the AFP Global Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award for 2022. Teresa hopes to inspire young readers to see beyond their own needs and find happiness through doing good.

ABOUT WOODGREEN COMMUNITY SERVICES (woodgreen.org): WoodGreen is one of Toronto's largest social service agencies, serving 40,000 people each year. We offer over 75 programs and services tackling the social determinants that affect the health and well-being of individuals in our community.


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