Volume VIII, Issue 3, April 2008

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Abstract Objectives: To examine the satisfaction of volunteering dentists. Methods: Questionnaires were submitted to 67 dentists who were currently volunteering on a regular basis at a geriatric dental clinic in Jerusalem. Questions included: How had the dentist heard about the clinic; the... Read more
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Overview Anticipating the huge number of Baby Boomers who will retire in the next two decades, leaders at RSVP of North Central Iowa decided to focus their attention on how to engage this cohort in volunteer service. With approximately 22,000 Baby Boomers in north central Iowa, the ability to... Read more
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Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. . . . Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.                                 − Robert Frost In the poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost considers his neighbor’s belief that “good fences make good neighbors.” In this... Read more
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Last year, when working in London, Steve came across the following advertisement in a major English newspaper: It’s a volunteer recruitment ad, you will note, done in the classic style. It mentions the title of the volunteer position, the qualifications being sought and even the goal of the... Read more
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While we often focus on the good that volunteering does for recipients of service, there is increasing evidence that volunteering benefits the volunteer. One of these benefits is increased work skills and experience that may lead to better prospects for employment. This is of particular interest... Read more
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Overview: At this time of year − when most individuals engaged with volunteers are busy highlighting the impact of their organization’s volunteers, chasing after staff to sign volunteer recognition cards or making hand-made gifts to symbolize their appreciation for volunteers − it’s hard to... Read more
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In this Keyboard Roundtable, we explore a number of volunteerism issues from diverse perspectives.  To help us gain multiple viewpoints, we’ve invited participants  from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors, as well as from what we call the ‘volunteering infrastructure.’  And we’ve... Read more
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  In 1983, Jane Mallory Park wrote one of the early books on volunteerism: Meaning Well Is Not Enough: Perspectives on Volunteering (published by Groupwork Today, Inc., South Plainfield, N.J., and long out of print).  In her book, Park discussed the legacy of volunteering that shaped what... Read more
Barbara A. Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, and Sheila R. Zedlewski
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Introduction This Research to Practice looks at a study of older volunteers and their volunteering profile. It is a study which uses panel data (that is, it tracks the same people over a period of time) between 1996 and 2004. The incorporation of panel data is quite useful; so often research is a ‘... Read more