Volume XVII, Issue 1, October 2016 - January 2017

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The world is evolving and volunteers with it. Today’s volunteers have diverse lifestyles, preferences, and needs that must be accounted for when volunteer managers develop volunteer roles and fine-tune their personal leadership approaches. That said, one thing remains constant: the key... Read more
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It all began when people with intellectual disability told us they wanted their own friends: friends who were not part of their own family or paid to spend time with them. At IHC we listened, and that premise became the foundation that IHC Volunteer Friendship Programme is based on: One person... Read more
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Hire Heroes USA is an American nonprofit empowering U.S. military members, veterans, and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. We were founded about 10 years ago and remained a lean organization for the majority of that time with little manpower dedicated to non-service delivery... Read more
Give a Smile! Fill Out a Name Tag! Paint a Mural!
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In last issue’s Points of View, we examined the purpose and potential of a National Volunteer Week. We argued that such national celebrations are not just about individual volunteer recognition, and we took a more strategic look at the purpose and value of such weeks: …we strongly believe that... Read more
Volunteers in Charge of Everything?
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Good governance is the foundation of all successful nonprofit and membership organizations. Developing an effective volunteer board of directors is critical and much has been written to help boards do their work well. But most of the literature and available training focuses only on... Read more
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We all strive to create the best training experiences possible. That’s part of why you read the Training Designs section of this journal. There’s a long list of what makes for bad training—everything from trainers who can’t read a room, resistant learners, or content that is repetitive, too... Read more
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In a Points of View article last year, e-Volunteerism focused on volunteers at the front lines of the refugee crisis in Europe. The article showed how volunteers’ impassioned scramble to help in a humanitarian crisis—though often inefficient and always insufficient—nonetheless addresses real... Read more
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Studer, Sibylle (2016). Volunteer Management: Responding to the Uniqueness of Volunteers. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (4) 688-714. Much has been written about the differences between paid staff and volunteers and the need to develop a management style for volunteers that takes... Read more