Volume IV, Issue 1, October 2003

with special comments on the implications for volunteering by an international panel of responders
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Introduction Earlier this year, Elisha Evans and Joe Saxton of NFP Synergy in the United Kingdom, released a report titled Five Key Trends and Their Impact on the Voluntary Sector. The report looked at five demographic trends and explored their likely impact on the British voluntary sector. The... Read more
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Editor's Note:This article is written from the unusual perspective of an insurer of volunteers and references actual accident claims. The Volunteers Insurance Service (VIS ® has been insuring volunteer programs in the United States for 40 years, making it the most-established provider of such... Read more
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This article advocates for people with mental illness being more accepted as volunteers. My experience in mental health issues is complex, encompassing several points of view. First and foremost, I am mentally ill myself, fighting against bipolar disorder type 1 since 1986. I also faced the illness... Read more
By Mikey I am a 13-pound Shih Tzu with long silky black and white fur. I am very, very friendly and I enjoy people and like to make them happy. My pet person is married to a nationally known trainer. He and I have helped with view graphs, talks and books on how to manage volunteers, so we knew... Read more
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Lightbulb jokes aside, one of the eternal questions which shows up on a regular basis in online discussions, training sessions and inquisitive e-mails is usually framed quite simply: "What's the recommended ratio of supervisory staff to volunteers?" Susan greets this question with a quiet sigh;... Read more
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This issue of Along the Web deals with a phenomenon that has gained much more attention in the past two years - volunteers who respond during disasters. As publicity about this surge of what has been called "spontaneous volunteering" grows, we can expect the phenomenon to continue. Organizations... Read more
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This training design offers four exercises (with a worksheet or other training tool for each) to help you, your board members, paid staff and/or frontline volunteers to become strategic thinkers who are constantly looking for new solutions, new options, and better ways of performance. Each exercise... Read more
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Introduction One of the ever-present topics of conversation amongst managers of volunteers is the increasing tendency of new recruits to seek shorter, more flexible volunteer opportunities. Whatever your opinions on the reasons for this and whether it is a 'good' trend or not, there is no denying... Read more
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You can tell the age of the book, The Citizen Volunteer, by the pronoun in its subtitle: His Responsibility, Role and Opportunity in Modern Society. The really ironic part is that the book was copyrighted in 1960 by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)! NCJW produced the book as part of the... Read more
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The feature article in this issue entitled Five Key Trends and Their Impact on the Voluntary Sector is an example of how to translate research into material useful to practitioners.  We have published an original report by Elisha Evans and Joe Saxton, along with special comments on the implications... Read more
Larger all-volunteer organizations frequently have one or more paid staff to support the work of the association's officers, at least at the regional or national level. The relationship between the association's president or chairperson and the top employee is critical to furthering the work to be... Read more