Volume XIV, Issue 3, April 2014

Introduction to the Issue: Volunteer Centers

To the best of our knowledge, there has never been an entire issue of any publication focused exclusively on the subject of Volunteer Centers. We’re delighted to be the first. Our goal is to start conversations – to encourage serious, candid discussion of the purpose and future of Volunteer Centers... read more

An International Keyboard Roundtable
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This much is clear: Volunteer Centres are vital to build and sustain local and regional volunteer ecosystems. Often seen as the “one-stop” help for individuals looking to get involved in the community, Volunteer Centres are not only remarkable at surviving funding and policy changes but they have... Read more
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In 1972, the Dutch Ministry of Culture, Recreation, and Social Work launched an experiment with two local volunteer centres. Since the 1970s, volunteer centres have also been developed in more than 50 countries. What factors led to the development of local volunteering infrastructure in so many... Read more
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Introduction Since 2000, national peak bodies for volunteering, often referred to as national Volunteer Centres, have been under pressure in many countries. Volunteer Canada lost government funding and had to rebuild. In Ireland, the national and regional Volunteer Centres merged while, in the... Read more
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  We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Volunteer Centers as we worked on this issue of the journal. While the focus is on the centers themselves, they cannot be examined in a vacuum. Most Volunteer Centers have no independent purpose apart from the volunteer community they serve (more on what... Read more
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What does a successful and relevant Volunteer Center look like? In a time when many question the viable future of Volunteer Centers, what common traits and best practices do thriving Volunteer Centers share? We were mindful of the October 2013 Points of View column, where Susan J. Ellis and Rob... Read more
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Not long ago, three Volunteer Centres in neighboring communities near the Waterloo-Wellington area of Ontario, Canada were all trying to provide top-quality training and professional development for their member organizations. After noticing that many topics of interest were the same in all three... Read more
The editorial team at e-Volunteerism believes that the subject of Volunteer Centers is important enough – and enough in flux – to warrant this theme issue for the online journal. The diversity of articles provided here proves this topic is important around the world. At the same time, we are quick... Read more
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Mackey, C.K., Brudney, J.L., Menoher, B., and Levy, D. (2008). Measuring the Impact of Hands On Network: An Evaluation of Direct and Secondary Impact from the Stakeholder Perspective. Points of Light Institute. Available at: http://successlinks.biz/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/ISR-Final.pdf.  ... Read more