Volume XIV, Issue 2, January 2014

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The Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA; pronounced vee-pah) is a completely free volunteer assessment system designed to promote nonprofit organizational effectiveness. This program assessment, which typically runs for about four to six weeks, provides volunteer managers and organizational leaders... Read more
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Ask care providers of chronically sick individuals – children or adults – how they are coping, and I bet they will tell you they are tired, stressed, and worn out. Caring for someone who has complex medical needs can be tough physically and emotionally. During my tenure as the Volunteer Services... Read more
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If you haven’t already figured it out, we all take ourselves a bit too seriously in this business. We do important work. We nourish the most precious commodity of any charity – its volunteers. No community anywhere could work if it wasn’t for the work we do. We’re the catalyst for change. We’re the... Read more
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In Volunteer Management, the Need to Connect Remains Critical, Even as Communication Methods Change To be a profession, we in volunteer management need a shared body of knowledge on working with volunteers. That knowledge should grow and strengthen over time, building on past practice while... Read more
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  It’s not very likely that the barista serving your morning latte, or the receptionist checking you into your vacation hotel, or the bank manager deciding whether to approve your home renovation loan are thinking about volunteering as they go about their daily work. But their corporate employers... Read more
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This is my first article as the Training Designs feature editor for e-Volunteerism! I am honored to be part of such a dedicated and talented team, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  I’ve been involved in volunteerism as far back as I can remember – through sports, dance,... Read more
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This article first appeared in the Spring 1984 issue of Voluntary Action Leadership, published by what was then VOLUNTEER: The National Center for Citizen Involvement. At the time, G. Neil Karn was the director of the Virginia Division of Volunteerism and a popular speaker and trainer. While... Read more
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  The debate continues over whether or not students in service-learning placements should be considered volunteers, and this type of unpaid labor often falls under the purview of a volunteer resource manager. Indeed, engaging service-learners is one strategy that can be used to extend the work of... Read more