Volume IV, Issue 4, July 2004

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Have you ever wondered where researchers find the statistical data that allows them to determine the long-term effects of volunteering on one's health or on one's career?  Or questioned how frequently the Independent Sector or the Bureau of Labor Statistics conduct surveys on volunteering among... Read more
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Ed. Note: The following is a never-before published draft excerpt from Carol Weisman’s upcoming book, Raising Charitable Children: Kids Who Give as Good as They Get (anticipated for publication in late 2005). If e-Volunteerism readers provide interesting responses here, Carol may consider them for... Read more
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  The following was originally presented as the keynote address at the 10th National Conference on Volunteering, held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 2 June 2004 . In April 1945, towards the end of the Second World War, Dr. Lloyd Ross, the Director of Public Relations in the Chifley Labor... Read more
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  The Samaritans are a UK-based charity that provides confidential emotional support to those who are depressed or suicidal. Volunteers provide this service through 24-hour crisis-lines and e-mail response centers. One of the keystones of The Samaritans philosophy is that their service is... Read more
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This issue of Along the Web highlights various volunteer recruitment campaigns utilizing print, radio, and television public service announcements (PSAs). We thought you’d like to see what your competition is doing and plan accordingly. The examples here are mainly from the US, with some Canadian... Read more
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Nametags get a bad rap. People complain that they look silly, ruin their clothes, and diminish desired anonymity. But for organizations that prepare, create and implement nametags effectively, their volunteers and members will sense the difference. Everyone involved will seem more approachable, and... Read more
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For centuries, women relied on one another to assist in the labor and birthing process—as they still do in many countries of the world. As medicine advanced, midwives became more formally educated, but eventually doctors dominated childbirth care. In developed countries, female friends and families... Read more
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Everyone in the volunteer world is intellectually in favor of involving people with disabilities as volunteers, but somehow – in practice – this is not happening as often as it could. Recently a few booklets have been published giving guidance on this subject, but there are still questions to ask... Read more
A. M. Ziersch and F. E. Baum
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This edition of Research-to-Practice focuses on a study that has caused something of a stir in the UK . Research doesn’t always get noticed (researchers are often frustrated when their work goes unnoticed and unread), and it is perhaps typical that findings get publicity when they seem to deliver... Read more