Volume XVI, Issue 1, October 2015 - January 2016

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  “People just don’t commit like they used to!” is a common complaint of leaders of volunteer engagement who find themsevles confronting the new trend of shorter-term volunteers. Many of us struggle these days with recruiting volunteers – or, at least, the kind of long-term volunteers we used to... Read more
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  Mandy Smith is a volunteer coordinator who feels overwhelmed most days. “I feel like I’m treading water, but I’m keeping afloat,” she says with a forced smile. “They have me hopping most of the time.” Even the volunteers around her notice Smith’s predicament. “I feel for her, she’s always so... Read more
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A community organizer is usually a social agitator who wants to build grassroots power. While a volunteer manager may be working toward social justice, the primary goal of this position is usually tied to a pre-determined objective, like service delivery or broader organizational support like... Read more
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  A lot has been said about “spontaneous” volunteering when it materializes as an emergency response to natural disasters – the human impulse to help in some way, any way, when needs are life and death. But every once in a while, these unexpected circumstances illuminate not only the essence of... Read more
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Retiring Baby Boomers, life-long tech users, and skilled professionals! Oh, my! What’s a volunteer administrator to do? It may seem overwhelming to keep up with all the recent trends in volunteering – especially when trends force us to change or adapt how we recruit and work with volunteers. But... Read more
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Reflection is essential for learning. If we as educators want to help ensure participants in our trainings transfer the learning or training experience into real-world application, we must be intentional about both engaging the learners and creating opportunity for meaningful reflection. John... Read more
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On June 6, 1939, youngsters who loved to hit a ball and run some bases played the first Little League baseball game at Park Point in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Today, what began as a three-team organization has grown into Little League® International (LLI) – spreading across the United States and... Read more
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  Holmes, Kirsten & Leonie Lockstone-Binney (2014). An exploratory study of volunteer stress management: The organizational story. Third Sector Review 20 (1), 7-22. http://search.informit.org/documentSummary;res=IELAPA;dn=535148751141369 (free abstract; fee for article PDF) The benefits of... Read more