Volume XII, Issue 2, January 2012

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The people were so jammed packed that you could not even stick a pin between them. The only thing anyone could do was to keep pace with the flow of the crowds and hope that no one would do something to provoke the crowd into a frenzy. The usually sleepy Indian city of Haridwar had turned into a... Read more
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Johnson in the Student Volunteer Army Base Tent Editor's Note: Congratulations to Sam Johnson, recently named Young New Zealander of the Year!  More about Johnson's achievements and the award, here.  When massive earthquakes hit Christchurch, New Zealand in  February 2011, university students... Read more
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In 2009, United Way of King County, in partnership with 501 Commons, launched the Volunteer Impact Program (VIP) in Seattle, WA. This free program was designed to provide volunteer management assessment, training and consulting services to local nonprofits, to help them strengthen their ability to... Read more
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e-Volunteerism editorial team member Rob Jackson recently asked colleagues about ideas for research that might benefit volunteering in the UK. This caused both of us to go back and re-read an article that Susan wrote in 1985 entitled “Research in Volunteerism: What Needs to Be Done” and published... Read more
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Alice:  Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don't much care where. The Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go. Alice: …so long as I get somewhere. The Cat: Oh, you're sure to... Read more
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PDF Version with Handouts Here’s an exercise that is sure to elicit an “ah-ha!” moment from people who think too narrowly about what volunteering is and who does it.  It can help: Demonstrate to paid staff or members of the general public that everyone has been (and probably still is) a volunteer... Read more
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In a Research to Practice article in e-Volunteerism last year, Laurie Mook explored the  Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, a recent pulblication of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  Her review presented the Manual's good and weak points, but I feel that those of us in... Read more
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Back in 1970, economist Albert Hirschman published a book called Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States. The basic premise of Exit, Voice and Loyalty is that customers (or organization members) have two choices when they are faced with a dissatisfying... Read more