Volume IV, Issue 3, April 2004

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Hong Kong has a long history of developing volunteer services. People from all walks of life are familiar with the concept of volunteerism while a wide variety of specific volunteer opportunities have been opening up, ranging from management roles to the execution of specific projects and tasks.... Read more
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Innocence. It is one of the fundamental concepts we must consider when we think about having young volunteers join our organizations. Youth, while enthusiastic and certainly full of energy, are quite often innocent about the world of volunteering in two ways: Some youth are unaware of the service... Read more
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Most of us have seen board members separate their collective, decision-making role on the board from their individual, working role in other volunteer capacities. And we know that board members who fail to make or remember the distinction can be very problematic. Check the archives for an earlier... Read more
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The UK think tank Civitas (http://www.civitas.org.uk) just announced the release of a new publication with the intriguing title of Conspicuous Compassion: Why Sometimes It Really Is Cruel to Be Kind, by Patrick West. It is so far only available in the UK and so neither Susan nor Steve has been able... Read more
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In this issue of “Along the Web” we’ll look at Internet resources for volunteers in arts, culture, museums, and heritage programs. This is all part of an effort to lend a bit of class to our otherwise pedestrian existence. Items are grouped into sections: articles and technical assistance... Read more
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Brenda Clifton of the Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region offer this fun group exercise to enliven volunteer recruitment training. Participants are given one-half of a pair of job titles and have to find their matching half. The catch is that group 2 has traditional, ordinary titles (like... Read more
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The way in which a society treats its prisoners has long been a measure of the degree of civilization present in that country or time. While many turn their backs on convicted offenders, volunteering in prisons has always been a calling for others, both in the US and elsewhere. This article looks... Read more
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Magic strategies for success. Breaking the rules and getting away with it. What we can teach leaders in the corporate world. Creativity. Innovation. Generational theory. Happy meals vs. real cooking. Leadership. Motivation. Risk management. Volunteer management vocabulary and definitions. This... Read more
Stephan Meier and Alois Stutzer
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Some things said about volunteering seem intuitively right; such as, volunteering can make you happy. Research such as the 1997National Survey of Volunteering (Davis Smith 1998) in the UK which found that 73 per cent of people rated ‘I really enjoy it’ as a very important benefit of volunteering,... Read more