Volume V, Issue 4, July 2005

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Although South Africa has a long history of volunteering, employee volunteer programmes are a relatively new trend within Corporate Social Investment (CSI). Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA, www.cafsouthernafrica.org ) has been actively encouraging and facilitating employee giving... Read more
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One of the benefits of volunteering that is sometimes suggested to potential recruits is the opportunity to gain useful work experience. The claim we make, that volunteering is a chance to test-drive a career in our sector or to collect a good reference for one’s CV, is true enough  – provided your... Read more
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    Why a Team Approach For years I have been encouraging managers of volunteer programs to function as in-house consultants; building commitment, capacity and competency of all staff that interface with volunteers in their organization. For too many years, I have seen leaders of volunteer... Read more
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  We often think of well-functioning volunteer programs as happy little families, systems in which people get along so well that they resemble the idyllic picture of family relationships portrayed in U.S. television shows from the 1950s. And while this is often true, occasionally we run into... Read more
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One of the more interesting, and more useful, new ways of engaging people in volunteering developed in the past decade has been the concept of “family volunteering,” recruiting entire family units to volunteer together. This concept has definite advantages in a number of areas: It enables working... Read more
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  What is Direct Action Organizing? Direct action organizing is a powerful instrument for change while engaging your organization's supporters and volunteers. It is how ordinary citizens become involved in the democratic process and have an impact. Its tools are many, ranging from door-to-door... Read more
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"Aging in Place" refers to the phenomenon of a volunteer having joined an organization years ago as a young or middle-aged person and, over time, has naturally grown older and is now losing some abilities. The organization is faced with the dilemma of having a loyal volunteer who needs to be... Read more
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  The Start in Great Britain During the 1939 German Blitz, many people in Britain lost their homes and, subsequently, their ability to cook meals for themselves. The Women's Volunteer Service for Civil Defense responded to this emergency by preparing and delivering meals to their disadvantaged... Read more
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Volunteering is increasingly being recognised as an activity that can promote social inclusion. However, it has been debated (certainly in the UK) how far volunteering is still an exclusive activity benefiting certain sections of society far more than others. We know barriers exist to wider... Read more