Volume XVIII, Issue 1, October 2017 - January 2018

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I’ve worked in some dreary training rooms in my time, and the one that belongs to the Diocese of Southwark (South London, UK) combines the very worst features of them all—airless and charmless, with migraine-inducing lighting, back-breaking seats, and a sad refreshment trolley stocked with a few... Read more
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Some years ago, Debbie Talbot, a hospital-based manager of volunteer resources, and Ann Heesters, that same institution’s director of bioethics, came together to discuss a series of cases that generated moral distress for their volunteers and for those who supported them. Although these cases... Read more
Available in December
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Imagine teen volunteers in a healthcare setting. Admit it: Your first impression probably centered on teenagers pushing carts, delivering flowers or books, or escorting therapy dogs to patients’ rooms. But in the Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, teenagers don’t push carts – they... Read more
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Recently the Daily Mail online published a Reuters article, “Good job or taking work? Volunteering by asylum seekers in Italy praised and panned.”  It provides an interesting outline of the pros and cons of an initiative in Italy which offers migrants from sub-Saharan Africa—living in temporary... Read more
Available in November
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When it comes to volunteer handbooks, one thing is certain: One size does not fit all. In this issue’s Along the Web, Faye C. Roberts explains why one organization’s handbook cannot be merely duplicated and adopted by another organization or group. “This should be obvious,” she notes, “but it... Read more
Available in December
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Volunteer recruitment messaging is long overdue for an overhaul. But what wording works best? This Training Designs article will walk you through the technique of “testing” messages to determine which are most effective with different audiences. You’ll learn how to design and develop your own... Read more
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Introduction On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic United Nations Summit — officially came into force. Over the next 15 years, with these new goals that universally... Read more
Available in December
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What role can volunteering and leaders of volunteer engagement play in developing future leaders? This Research to Practice reviews a new instrument developed specifically to help volunteer resource managers identify future leaders in their volunteer base. Recognizing that many of the qualities... Read more