Volume XIX, Issue 3, April - July 2019

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As adult educators, we have long promoted volunteerism in our classrooms as a way for students to make a difference in their communities while developing their workplace skills and gaining career-relevant experience. Our incorporation of volunteerism is twofold: we advocate both as citizens... Read more
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Since its inception in the UK in 2007, I have been Director of the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN). After 12 years at the helm of this leading faith-based volunteering charity, I have decided to retire. I make this decision not because I have been offered other employment, or have been asked... Read more
From Last Issue....
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After more than 30 years working in direct, hands-on volunteer management positions, I now work in technology – supporting Better Impact’s volunteer management software across Australia and New Zealand. When I think about it, it’s amazing to reflect that the work I do now didn’t even exist when... Read more
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It’s widely acknowledged that words have power. It’s also true that the language of volunteerism and volunteer engagement has struggled to define and differentiate itself. Just look at the number of job titles we hold – volunteer co-ordinator, volunteer administrator, volunteer manager,... Read more
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Are you helping to develop the next generation of volunteers? Today’s youth are tomorrow’s adult volunteers—if they grow up with the empathy and mindset to contribute their time and talents to their communities. Unfortunately, contemporary youth are actually less likely to volunteer, even though... Read more
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Recruitment is an integral and seemingly never-ending part of the success of volunteer engagement departments in almost every organization. But when this task is being coordinated by one person sitting in an office space, it can sometimes feel like an impossible job, in large and small... Read more
A Book Review
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The Disruptive Volunteer Manager: a step by step guide to reframing, redefining, reshaping and re-imagining volunteer management, written and published by Meridian Swift, 2019, 172 pages, ISBN 9781976069314 If you have been waiting for a guidebook that takes leaders of volunteers from outdated... Read more
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Article: Piatak, Jaclyn, Dietz, Nathan and McKeever, Brice (2019). "Bridging or deepening the digital divide: Influence of household internet access on formal and informal volunteering."  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 48 (2S), 123S-150S. Although close to 90 percent of all households... Read more