Volume XVI, Issue 3, April - July 2016

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Volunteers are the backbone of our communities, a fact that we all appreciate every day on the job coordinating and managing volunteer programs. This article is about my successful experience in helping one of our valued community members with special needs connect with a volunteer role that... Read more
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We have such high expectations for staff and volunteers when it comes to being completely aligned with our organizations. We want to better the world and the lives of others through our work. And, for the vast majority of participants, that is accurate. But then there are those few volunteers... Read more
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What is health literacy and what does it mean to volunteers? Health literacy is best understood as the act of providing individuals with the capacity to obtain, process, and most importantly understand basic health information—and then to have them be confident enough to share this knowledge... Read more
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As so often happens, this Points of View was prompted by something one of us read about volunteering. In this instance it was Rob who came across an article in the UK magazine, Third Sector, entitled, “Research shows that it's hard to increase volunteering rates.” The article is worth a brief... Read more
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Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it's because no matter what, I am a survivor, NOT a victim.                      ― Patricia Buckley Volunteering with victims of crime and violence can be a somber experience, yet many find this area of... Read more
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What do cats have to do with training? As a trainer, it is often easier to facilitate sessions when the group has similar experiences and similar levels of expertise or starting points. Yet there is a richness of knowledge and experience that diversity can yield. Cats are not naturally... Read more
In 2010, Volunteer NOW, the national body for volunteering in Northern Ireland, and the Voluntary Service Bureau in Belfast obtained Heritage Lottery Fund money to conduct a two-year oral and social history project to capture the volunteer stories of over 110 people in all walks of life in Northern... Read more
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Howard, Tonya Renee’ (2016). Developing Generation-Based Volunteer Management Practices. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Walden University. Available at: http://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3073&context=dissertations Today’s workplaces may have as many as five... Read more