Volume I, Issue 4, July 2001

Welcome to Issue 4!

This issue of e-Volunteerism stands back and takes a long look at where volunteerism has been and where it can lead us, if only we recognize its power to shape how we treat each other on this spinning globe... Read more

From the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, June 2000
Ed. Note: e-Volunteerism enjoys making discoveries. Periodically we find material that was produced by an organization originally for in-house purposes only, but which is of such quality, uniqueness, or interest to warrant sharing more broadly. We will seek permission to reprint these "Tools You... Read more
An international Youth Forum was held just prior to the IAVE World Volunteer Conference in January 2001 in Amsterdam. By all accounts this was an extraordinary experience for the participants. Representatives of the Youth Forum were invited to report back to the full conference at one of the... Read more
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Rosie's Story Rosie Hidalgo began her life as a volunteer in much the way millions of others start, as a requirement of part of her school and confirmation class at church.  Her first volunteer experience was at age 13, providing volunteer child-care at the church service.  While she did it... Read more
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Duncan Prime is a senior research officer in the Voluntary and Community Research Section of the Home Office, where he is lead officer on community/social capital issues. He previously worked in housing. Editor's note: The following article outlines several volunteer-related research projects... Read more
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Ed. Note: Arlene is the co-author of the Volunteer Recognition Skit Kit (Energize, 1992) at http://www.energizeinc.com/store/2-107-E-1 in which she and Evie Levine wrote seven fun skits to be performed at volunteer recognition events. "Fractured" songs are the highlight of all the skits. By popular... Read more
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We have been privileged to travel internationally during the past few years, which gives us a very different perspective on volunteerism than anyone working only in their home country. Unfortunately, we admit to being close to despair about what is - or, rather, isn't - happening in the United... Read more
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Volunteering involves political, cultural and philosophical aspects, all of which are worthy of discussion for the ways in which volunteering interacts with other aspects of society. Much of this discussion is about how government and other institutions can work cooperatively to foster volunteering... Read more
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In the training of volunteers who provide direct services to clients it is critical that volunteers have a basic understanding of the psychosocial issues faced by those they will serve. Having this knowledge prepares volunteers for successful short-term interactions, such as delivering a meal to a... Read more
Global Perspectives
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Here at e-Volunteerism we are constantly on the look out for "cutting edge" reports, practices and strategies we can share with our readers about the world of volunteerism. This month we take a look at one such report. Emanating from the state of South Australia and created by that state's umbrella... Read more
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Alec Dickson is a name not enough newcomers to the field of volunteerism know, yet he was an active and outspoken advocate for the importance of volunteering from the 1950s up to his death in 1994. He founded the British organization, Voluntary Service Overseas, which directly influenced the... Read more
The Profession
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As volunteer managers, communicating with current and potential volunteers can be one of our most frustrating, ongoing challenges. We send newsletters, write thank you notes, produce brochures, make phone calls, and write training manuals. One of the most frequently asked questions on message... Read more
Marc Musick, John Wilson, and William Bynum
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Marc Musick and John Wilson are doing some of the most interesting and useful studies of volunteer behavior today, and this current article, co-written with William Bynum, is no exception. In what is both a review of available literature and new research of their own, the authors provide a thorough... Read more
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In this issue, we will be looking at the similarities and differences between exchanging help or services through a barter-type program and community-based volunteering. Our contributors include Cathy Dyball, who developed and coordinates Neighborhood Service Exchange, a program of Community... Read more