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Bridging the Gap: Research into Volunteer Changes

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Bridging the Gap:  Enriching the Volunteer Experience to Build a Better Future for Our Communities
Volunteer Canada, in partnership with Manulife Financial, Carleton University Centre for Voluntary Sector Research & Development and Harris/Decima, 2010
Full report:  http://volunteer.ca/files/BTG-Final.pdf  (328 pages)
Summary:  http://volunteer.ca/files/English_Final_Report.pdf  (22 pages)

The volunteer base has changed over time. It has moved from volunteers with long-term commitments to welcoming the diversity of youth, families, baby boomers and employer-supported volunteers – and required us all to adapt our volunteer management practices.  In this Research to Practice, Laurie Mook presents "Bridging the Gap," a new research study out of Canada that describes the many volunteer changes of the last decade or more. Mook's review highlights some important ideas from this research study that you can put into practice today.