Volume XIII, Issue 4, July 2013

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Introduction In the 2012 Points of View essay, “Does Academic Research Really Matter?”, Susan J. Ellis and Steve McCurley argued that not only does academic research matter, the field of volunteer management offers a vast and largely untapped wellspring of questions that could occupy legions of... Read more
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Most organizations have a strategic plan, fund development plan, marketing plan and IT plan. Why is it that so few have a volunteerism plan?  Recognized as the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Lung Association only had a three-year volunteerism plan over the... Read more
Volunteering is one of the most important ways we will reach the nation with our message and vision, and local communities through our commitment to ‘going local.’ Volunteering is so often about local talent and local connectivity, and volunteers help us bring a sense of place and belonging to our... Read more
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Unpaid internships are wrong.Unpaid internships are illegal.Unpaid interns should claim back their pay. These are the sentiments headlining the Web site of the UK campaign group Intern Aware, which further warns: The UK is at risk of creating a society that throws on the scrap heap those who are... Read more
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Many of us, especially readers of this journal, have long defied the sceptics and believed that volunteering is not only good for our personal well-being but has multiple benefits. Now there is growing research to prove that volunteering is good for society as a whole and that it needs to be... Read more
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  One day I was sitting in a meeting with the executive team of an engineering firm. While discussing their current involvement with interns, I asked about their process for bringing interns into their company. The answer was: “We usually invite engineering students and, once they get here, we... Read more
e-Volunteerism Needs Your Words  What words come to mind when you think of “volunteers” and “volunteering”? Service? Critical Resource? Irreplaceable? Incredible Individuals? Devoted? Under appreciated? Social entrepreneurship? Invincible? Vital? In this Voices, we ask you, our readers, to... Read more
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In 2009, Jeffrey L. Brudney and Lucas C.P.M. Meijs proposed a new way of thinking about volunteer resources: as a natural resource which must be managed sustainably or it will be exhausted. In their article, "It Ain’t Natural: Toward a New (Natural) Resource Conceptualization for Volunteer... Read more