Volume VI, Issue 2, January 2006

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A year ago the RGK Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) started the Investigator series. The goal of the series is to act as a resource and a promoter of in-depth research on volunteerism.  The inaugural issue of the Investigator was first published in 2004 in e-Volunteerism and focuses... Read more
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In the post-Enron (or Tyco, WorldCom, Parmalot, etc.) fraud-and-scandal era, corporate citizenship has taken on new meaning and relevance.  Boards of directors are suddenly on the hook as much for their company’s ethical performance as their financial results (as well they should be). Shareowners... Read more
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Where Are the Leaders? Recruiting volunteers to be the leaders or presidents of their organizations can be a daunting task.  A few organizations may have several people vying for the privilege but, more often than not, someone takes the helm reluctantly, through  guilt, persuasion, or process of... Read more
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Volunteering is intricately intertwined with many areas of society and public life, some obvious and some that should be better recognized. In this issue of “Points of View” we discuss public policy arenas that relate to volunteering.  For each arena, we pose some philosophic and practical... Read more
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"Along the Web" continues its exploration of some of the more interesting resources that have come out on various aspects of volunteer involvement during the past year or so. The 21st Century Volunteer: A report on the changing face of volunteering in the 21st centurynfpSynergy/Scout Association,... Read more
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  Research shows that over 50% of those volunteering do so in response to being asked by a friend, co-worker, or relative.  This leads to what Steve McCurley and Rick Lynch call the “concentric circle” theory of recruitment, an approach that maximizes the relationships of those who are already... Read more
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Since time immemorial, women (and a few men) have knit, crocheted, or sewn millions of items to keep their loved ones warm and comforted.  Hand-made hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and similar items were always welcome gifts, too, both to friends and to strangers in need.   In the past, giving... Read more
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Information about and copies of this report can be obtained from:AIDS VancouverAttention: Volunteer Resources1107 Seymour StreetVancouver, BC V6B 5SBCanadaE-mail: volres@aidsvancouver.org IntroductionVolunteers In Action (VIA) was an exercise run by AIDS Vancouver to assess volunteering in the HIV/... Read more

Keyboard Roundtable

Developing Volunteering Infrastructure: National Down or Local Up?

(The above Keyboard Roundtable was posted in the previous issue and remained active for this issue.)