Volume XVIII, Issue 2, January - April 2018

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Often when I am working with an organization that tells me about concerns over poor volunteer retention, I discover that the first problem is that they have not defined retention goals. It’s common to set goals for recruiting volunteers and other metrics, but often organizations don’t consider... Read more
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This e-Volunteerism feature introduces a new collection of volunteer resources and written materials recently produced by CNIB, an organization previously known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in March 2018. The materials created and... Read more
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The year 2017 is behind us and a shiny new year lies ahead, full of promise and potential. But before we look to the future, we should take a moment to reflect on the year past, to look back at the journey taken over the last 12 months, and consider whether that journey is setting us in the... Read more
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Despite being an important part of our physical and mental health, as well as playing an integral part in our emotional wellbeing and social relationships, sexual health can sometimes still be a difficult subject to both define and to talk about. Different cultures, sub-cultural groups, and... Read more
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As volunteer managers struggle with a lack of time, the hours spent on volunteer training typically shrinks. The up-front investment in a volunteer decreases dramatically, depriving volunteers of a crucial connection with the organization’s mission. In this Training Designs, Meridian Swift—a... Read more
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National days to recognize volunteering are set aside in many countries. National Volunteer Day (NVD) in Ghana is on September 21 each year, celebrating Founder’s Day. In 2018, Volunteering Australia will promote National Volunteer Week during May 21-27. In the United States, Points of Light, an... Read more
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Jacobs, M. S. (2017). Why Can’t You Just Follow the Rules? Volunteer Rule Breaking and Disruptive Behavior. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(1), 26-43. This Research to Practice reviews a study that takes a look at a rather unexpected aspect of the... Read more