Volume III, Issue 3, April 2003

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Interviewing is a lot like archery. The athletes who participate in that sport have their mind on one thing: hitting the bull’s-eye. Their strategy is to develop the skills to hit the bull’s-eye portion of the target every time. Your target when you interview is the kind of volunteer you want to... Read more
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“I was here from day one when Ten Thousand Villages was born,” noted Emil Yoder during his seventh Ten Thousand Villages short-term volunteer assignment in the organization’s Akron, Pennsylvania warehouse. A resident of Glendale, Arizona, Yoder has a history with Ten Thousand Villages (www.... Read more
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As many managers of volunteer programs with minuscule to nonexistent budgets would attest, money alone does not make an outstanding program, but it sure can help. When money does become available, the best way to spend it might be to first spend none at all. Get your bearings, see where you’ve been... Read more
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Right now in volunteer management we are facing a rising tide: the increasing preference among potential volunteers for short-term, episodic volunteering. By all guesses, in practically all countries, the number of volunteers preferring a shorter term commitment is rising and there isn’t much on... Read more
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The emergence of employee volunteer programs has been one of the most significant developments in volunteerism in the past 20 years. In this issue of “Along the Web,” we look at 42 resources from six countries with solid information to help both businesses and charities make use of this new... Read more
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Introduction Every one of us has experienced at least one if not many times when we approached an organization and were treated in a less than satisfactory way. Perhaps it was the first time we arrived to volunteer and no one really knew what to do with us. How many of us have called an... Read more
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National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis Most would agree that a prominent feature of the American public health movement is the operation of voluntary health societies, each of which directs its activities against one major disease or group of diseases. Organized in 1904... Read more
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Editor’s Note: See the article by Robert Stebbins in this issue’s “Research to Practice” feature area for a related discussion of the Volunteerism Commission of the international organization, World Leisure. Introduction The field of volunteerism spends inordinate amounts of time arguing the... Read more
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Editor’s Note: This article is very relevant to this issue’s Keyboard Roundtable on Is Volunteering Work or Leisure? According to Jeremy Rifkin (1995), Aronowitz and Difazio (1994), and others, the industrialized world has now entered the early years of the Information Age. Here it is gripped by... Read more
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One of the most fascinating things about volunteerism throughout history is that it represents the basic human response to "can you help?" It also reflects the culture, values and state of the times in which it occurs. What kinds of things are people willing to do to meet needs outside of their own... Read more