Volume V, Issue 1, October 2004

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Earlier this year, the question of whether or not, and how, to ask volunteers to donate money to the organization for which they volunteer arose on a professional listserv, and the responses were largely in favor of doing so. Out of the nine responses posted, only one mentioned not having... Read more
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost In “Leadership of Volunteers – Roads We Might Still Take,“ a 1997 article by Ivan H. Scheier still available in his Archival Collection at Regis University ( http://... Read more
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I was hired as the new Volunteer Initiatives Coordinator for Boulder County Government, Boulder, Colorado in 2003, succeeding the first person to hold this position, created in 1998. In my job I bring together about 11 full- and part-time volunteer managers in various departments on a regular basis... Read more
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  So much has been written about youth as volunteers, but most often by adults. Of course adults work with young volunteers, and teenagers and university students have been surveyed directly by researchers. Yet we rarely hear directly from young people in journals such as this one. Richard... Read more
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  Steve Reacts to News Items I was reminded recently of how easy it is to develop strange ideas about “volunteering,” a word that I am convinced causes mental fog in the minds of many. The reminder came from reading two articles. Since news articles have a tendency to disappear from the Internet I’... Read more
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One of the results of the recent surge of research on volunteering is that it is now possible to find information about aspects of volunteering that were largely invisible twenty years ago. A prime example of this is volunteering among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender populations. This issue... Read more
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Introduction Meetings are an integral part of an organization’s life, but unfortunately they are not always as productive and pleasurable as one might expect. The number of meetings is increasing as more work is done in teams, through community collaborations, or simply because a short meeting is... Read more
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In 1980, VOLUNTEER: The National Center for Citizen Involvement (predecessor of the Points of Light Foundation) published Exploring Volunteer Space: The Recruiting of a Nation, by Ivan H. Scheier. As has been the case so often with Ivan’s writing, the book was way ahead of its time and... Read more
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One of the fundamental roles of volunteers throughout the world is raising money. Even organizations that do not involve many volunteers in helping to provide direct services rely on board-level volunteers and others to advocate for their cause to individual donors, private foundations, and other... Read more
Angela Ellis
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When the 1997 National Survey for Volunteering in the UK was published, it appeared to show that young peoples’ regard and enthusiasm for volunteering was in decline. Responding to this, the Institute for Volunteering Research produced a report ‘What Young People Want from Volunteering’ (a summary... Read more