Volume IX, Issue 4, July 2009

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Abstract The civic disengagement of youth has been a notable concern for policy makers and academics in Canada and around the world. Young people have been often described as the ‘civic deficit generation.’ This has resulted in emergent calls for new programs in civic education, many of which have... Read more
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An Island in Recession It has been clear for some time that the Irish economy is in the grips of a severe recession. In fact, the Republic of Ireland economy was the first Eurozone economy to be officially classified as “in recession” during 2008. 1 The economic news in early 2009 has done little... Read more
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Over a period of many years, the U.S. Congress and the Minnesota Legislature have considered a range of legislation directly concerned with volunteer-related issues. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (Serve America Act) was recently signed into law, and other bills of importance to volunteers... Read more
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You may be an ambassador to England or France, You may like to gamble, you might like to dance, You may be the heavyweight champion of the world, You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed You're gonna have to serve somebody,... Read more
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One of the fastest growing and most significant new ways of volunteering in the past 20 years has been volunteering through one’s workplace. Major corporations have created extensive programs to encourage and enable their employees to volunteer, and this form of business social responsibility is... Read more
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Introduction Volunteer engagement is the art of building deeper relationships with the people within our circle of influence so that they will be willing to give of their time, skills and abilities. When people feel like they know us, they are much more likely to share their gifts with us.  The... Read more
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Over the last few years, we have seen employer-supported volunteering grow into a vital element of the volunteerism field around the world. More recently, we’ve begun to see a shift from the so-called “team challenge” approach to volunteering (where teams of employees perform a task, such as... Read more
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  In 1990, the Bethlehem Area School District in Bethlehem, PA., decided that every public high school student would perform 60 hours of unpaid community service during the student’s four years of high school. The District gave students an open-ended list of approved organizations where they could... Read more
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Volunteering works: Volunteering and social policy The Institute for Volunteering Research and Volunteering England, 2007 Full report can be downloaded at: http://www.ivr.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/2918E900-A0CC-4483-ADC3-02D6AB52C422/0/Final_Volunteering_Works.pdf   A Problematic Challenge This edition... Read more