Volume VII, Issue 1, October 2006

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There are over 10,000 registered volunteers in the emergency management field in the province of British Columbia (BC) in Canada. These volunteers work in key disciplines recognized and supported by the BC Provincial Emergency Program (PEP): Emergency Social Services (ESS) Search and Rescue (SAR)... Read more
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For as many years as I have been in the field, the biggest challenge in supporting volunteer programs has purportedly been an inability to raise the appropriate amount of funds to adequately support them. A few thoughts in response to this challenge. First, I believe that often at the heart of... Read more
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Today’s Challenges The voluntary sector, in Canada and elsewhere, faces many challenges that potentially threaten its ongoing survival:    Change is constant and affects all aspects of business while volunteers today have diverse priorities and expectations. Volunteers expect positions that allow... Read more
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Many volunteer program managers bemoan the fact that they receive little support from top management.  In this issue’s Points of View we will consider the consequences of having entirely too enthusiastic backing from executive decision-makers – whether politicians or agency administrators --... Read more
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This issue of “Along the Web” contains a variety of the newer publications now available on the Internet.  The pace of research and technical assistance material on volunteering is increasing and one can now find almost any subject covered in some detail.  What follows is just a sampling of new... Read more
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Following the 9/11 terrorism attacks in New York, approximately 60,000 people converged on Ground Zero hoping to help at the World Trade Center. Lessons learned from this event and other disasters have taught us that it is so much easier to prepare for what have come to be called “spontaneous... Read more
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In late September 2006, Volunteer Canada President Marlene Deboisbriand sent the following e-mail to colleagues in the volunteer community: Volunteerism in Canada has come under serious threat this week; the federal government eliminated funding for the Canada Volunteerism Initiative. This cutting... Read more
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The National Park Service of the United States officially describes it like this: The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath across 2,144 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines from Maine to Georgia and was designed, constructed, and marked in the 1920s and 1930s by volunteer... Read more
Ruth Wilson and Hannah Lewis
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This report  is free to download at www.tandem-uk.com/vol_asylum.htm#society Introduction Volunteering has huge amounts to offer right across society; organisations and the community benefit greatly from the tireless contribution of unpaid volunteers. We should also never forget that volunteering... Read more