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Volunteer Programs as ‘Third Places’

Volunteer Programs as ‘Third Places’

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In this Research to Practice, Laurie Mook looks at a new way of viewing the role of volunteer programs, that of a ‘third place.’ While our lives are often looked at as being divided between home (‘first place’) and work (‘second place’), urban sociology now proposes a ‘third place’ to focus attention on places in between and the role these places play in community building. The research presented by Mook involves a case study of a volunteer-led DIY heritage institution in Australia, where researchers sought to understand how the organization might create a sense of community and promote wellbeing for its volunteers. Ideas to help volunteer resource managers cultivate a ‘third place’ are also provided.

Available August 12