Volume II, Issue 1, October 2001

Welcome to Year 2!

It's hard to believe, but with this issue e-Volunteerism begins its second year of publication. It has been quite an adventure to launch this electronic journal, with a steep learning curve. But it's been consistently heartening to interact with colleagues from around the world in this surprisingly intimate cyber-environment. We look forward to bringing you many new things in Volume II... Read more

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As the gap widens between young and old America, we will find ourselves contending with either generational conflict or reaping the benefits of intergenerational communion. Volunteer program managers who creatively address this looming social challenge will help make the 21st century a more... Read more
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David Brettell was the Manager of Venue Staffing and Volunteers for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ('SOCOG"). The following are excerpts from keynote speeches David Brettell gave at three volunteerism conferences in July and August 2001, in Singapore and in Adelaide and... Read more
On-the-Spot Audio Interview
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After listening to David Brettell three times in two countries (you can read his presentation in this issue), I was impressed by his obvious enthusaism for the Olympics and for volunteering. But something he said as an aside in one of his presentations started me thinking about what happened after... Read more
Ivan's Musings
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Is there a big blind spot in volunteer management? Consider: the elderly gentleman in the park, feeding pigeons or even squirrels a woman regularly looking in on a sick neighbor a teenager teaching other young people how to skateboard the police officer (definitely not as part of his official job... Read more
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Editor's Note: The following comments were prepared for the International Conference of Volunteer Administration in October of 2001, in Toronto, Ontario as an introduction to "The Challenge Track," a group of workshops designed for experienced managers and consultants in volunteerism. In 1979,... Read more
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Seven years ago on his initial trip to do training on volunteer management in the United Kingdom, Steve McCurley encountered a question that absolutely baffled him. The audience was a group of program staff, most of them representing very old-line, traditional membership-based volunteer programs (... Read more
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The growth of volunteering around the world has also led to the growth of organizations whose purpose is to support volunteering. What follows is a list of such organizations. It is vaguely organized by geographic territory - sometimes by country or sub-territory, sometimes by continent. We have... Read more
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PDF Version with Handouts Introduction It is difficult to isolate the topic of recruitment because its ultimate success is intertwined with the development of good volunteer assignments (the product you are selling in recruitment) and with having an organization prepared to utilize volunteers'... Read more
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e-Volunteerism is always on the lookout for new innovative programs, practices and initiatives to share with our readers. When we learnt recently of two international work exchanges among volunteer management practitioners, we were quick to speak to those involved. In this issue we will take a look... Read more
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Eva Schindler-Rainman was one of the few volunteerism pioneers to gain popularity both within and outside of our field. An organizational consultant, social worker with a PhD, and behavioral scientist, she was known for her advocacy of effective human resource development - paid and volunteer -... Read more
Lynne Nakano
Directors of volunteer programs tend to view volunteering from a management perspective, mainly because they're responsible for effectively managing people and resources. Volunteering, however, can be viewed from the perspective of other disciplines as well and this article is a useful reminder... Read more
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If you thought "all-volunteer" meant informal, think again! This issue we look at the amazing traditions and commitment of volunteer fire and emergency workers in the U.S., and the challenges faced today by these programs. We know that other countries also rely on citizens to donate their time to... Read more