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Voices

In Voices, we bring you thoughts, experiences and reflections from leaders of volunteer engagement, present and past, from across the world. Also see: Keyboard Roundtable and Voices from the Past

 

Last year, e-Volunteerism wrote about volunteers at the front lines of the refugee crisis in Europe, and how their impassioned scramble to help—though often inefficient and always insufficient—nonetheless addressed grave needs and sent a message to governments to act. These…
October 2016
Volunteering is generally presented very seriously – largely because many of the causes volunteers support are very serious. But not all. And even grim situations can evoke laughter, since a sense of humor is a great coping mechanism. Humor is also a great communication tool…
July 2016
In 2010, Volunteer NOW 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 Ireland. The work led to the…
April 2016
On June 6, 1939, youngsters who loved to hit a ball and run some bases played the first Little League baseball game at Park Point in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Today, what began as a three-team organization has grown into Little League® International (LLI) – spreading across…
October 2015
Most people are very familiar with the concept of a telethon, a word coined to combine "television" and "marathon." It’s a televised fundraising event, lasting many hours or even days, in order to raise money for a charitable or other worthy cause by combining a variety show or…
July 2015
In 1954, the Seventh International Conference of Social Work convened in Toronto, Canada, with the theme of “Self-Help in Social Welfare.” While self-help is an important component of effective social work, it can also be seen as a challenge to the formal social work profession…
April 2015
Just think about it: What helps explain why organizations don’t bother giving volunteers proper training or structure? Why do paid staff often act as though volunteers aren’t really human? Why are milk and cookies universally present at volunteer recognition events? In this…
January 2015
“In the early hours of 20th September this year, my friend and colleague, John Ramsey, passed away after a long illness.” So begins e-Volunteerism's Rob Jackson in a special tribute for this issue's Voices. As Jackson explains, John Ramsey was an influential voice in the…
October 2014
Every article in this issue of e-Volunteerism looks at the subject of Volunteer Centers and, as always, readers can post responses to each article. But the editorial team wanted to include an area where readers could expand the conversation beyond the particular subjects…
April 2014
In 1984, a very important article about funding volunteer efforts was published in the Spring issue of Voluntary Action Leadership: “The No-Apologies Budget: How to Justify the Financial Support a Volunteer Program Deserves.” Written by Neil Karn, then director of the Virginia…
January 2014
Is an attitude shift in order as we consider the value and individuality of Volunteers? While intentionally spelling Volunteer with a capital “V,” Marlene Beitz poses this question and raises many others in Voices, asking readers to think about the conscious and subconscious…
October 2013
e-Volunteerism Needs Your Words  What words come to mind when you think of “volunteers” and “volunteering”? Service? Critical Resource? Irreplaceable? Incredible Individuals? Devoted? Under appreciated? Social entrepreneurship? Invincible? Vital? In this Voices, we ask you, our…
July 2013
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) hosted its biennial conference on May 8 - 10 in Minneapolis. MAVA is one of the premier professional societies in North America and its conference is always excellent. Participants come from Minnesota and way beyond,…
April 2013
During the 1960s, interest surged across the United States for the engagement of community volunteers on behalf of juvenile and adult offenders in the courts and corrections systems. What was then the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare funded a range of…
January 2013
In the summer of 1982, the magazine Voluntary Action Leadership published “As I See It,” an opinion piece by Dadie Perlov, then executive director of the National Council on Jewish Women. It was based on a presentation made at the Symposium on Women, Work and the Family,…
October 2012
During 2011, a small group of volunteer managers in the UK responded to an invitation to be part of a project that would ultimately allow them to develop new skills, extend their networks and create a team of ‘Volunteer Management Champions.’ The goal was to help create a ‘buzz…
July 2012
In this Voices, we underscore the fact that Steve McCurley has been remarkably prolific during his career. His earliest publications (1972- 2004) are listed in a 10-page, single-spaced bibliography on the Energize Web site. As the Director of Research for the National Center for…
April 2012
In a Research to Practice article in e-Volunteerism last year, Laurie Mook explored the Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, a recent publication of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The manual was designed "to guide countries in generating systematic and…
January 2012
What do stakeholders from around the world have to say about credentialing? As it turns out, plenty.  In this Voices feature, e-Volunteerism presents a compilation of short, personal views from stakeholders in various fields - a diverse set of voices speaking out on everything…
October 2011
In April 1973, the Saturday Review published a special business supplement, “Can the Businessman Meet Our Social Needs?” In this series of essays, noted business authority Peter F. Drucker and then New York City deputy mayor Edward K. Hamilton debated the pros and cons of this…
July 2011