Volume XVII, Issue 4, July - October 2017

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“DR CurlyBubbe” and I met a year ago in the parking garage at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as I arrived for one of my weekly chemotherapy visits. She was hard to miss, what with her bright yellow knee socks, hat with a red rose, and doctor’s coat covered with smiley faces... Read more
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I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride. To make it easier, let the children’s laughter remind us of how it used to be.     -- "The Greatest Love of All," music by Michael Masser... Read more
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The following article includes excerpts and adaptations from materials available at no cost through The Leighty Foundation’s “Why Invest in Volunteer Engagement?” website. Last year, when conducting a site visit with a new client, I heard about a conversation between the Community/Education... Read more
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Rob distinctly remembers the moment his heart sank. It must have been about 2007 in a university lecture theatre in London. The organisation he then worked for, Volunteering England, had just launched a new professional development program for leaders and managers of volunteers. A colleague... Read more
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Being outdoors is, for many people, one of the great pleasures in life. Whether out in wide open spaces, walking in hills and mountains, or navigating the crashing waves at the seashore, contact with the natural environment is good for us. Except, that is, for when it isn’t, when the curse of... Read more
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In last issue’s Training Designs, “Preparing for Success: Strategies for Training Teenage Volunteers,” we explored tips and techniques for training teenage volunteers. In this follow-up article, we look at the other partner in this effort: the adults who do the training. Young volunteers can be... Read more
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Editor’s Note: Loyal readers of e-Volunteerism will remember that Ivan Scheier was part of the journal’s advisory team and frequent contributor until his death in 2008. He was a pioneer and mentor to many of us and we devoted an entire issue in 2009 in tribute to him. He was a prolific writer and... Read more
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Harp, Elizabeth R., Scherer, Lisa L., & Allen, Joseph A. (2017). "Volunteer engagement and retention: Their relationship to community service self-efficacy." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 46 (2), 442-458. If you Google it, there are 10 times the number of articles on “volunteer... Read more