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"Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth." -- Shirley Chisholm

"Service is the rent we pay for living. It is not something to do in your spare time; it is the very purpose of life." -- Marion Wright Edelman, Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Independent Sector announces that the estimated value of a volunteer hour in 2005 is $18.04. This number, up from 2004's estimate of $17.55, gives charitable organizations a tool to help quantify the immense contributions volunteers make... Source: PNN ALERT, Vol. 11, No. 19, March 8, 2006.

Organization Web Sites

Corporation for National & Community Service
Run by the federal agency that oversees government-run community-service programs, such as AmeriCorps and the National Senior Service Corps, this site includes links to other Internet sites about volunteering and various breaking federal initiatives.
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Energize, Inc.
Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism since 1977. It is the largest Web site in the world designed for leaders of volunteer efforts, with over 1200 free pages of volunteer management information, including an online library, volunteer-related quotations and recognition ideas, links to worldwide professional organizations, a bookstore with over 80 titles, and a monthly Hot Topic essay from president, Susan J. Ellis. Energize provides online training in volunteer management through its Everyone Ready® program. Sign up for the free monthly Update and receive tips and quotes directly to your in-box.
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Also known as ActionWithoutBorders Volunteer Opportunities
Provides a database of volunteer opportunities around the world. When I typed in East Lansing, Michigan, I discovered that the Honors College Service Corps (HCSC) of Michigan State University sponsors hundreds of opportunities for its students to provide community service and volunteer assistance around the Lansing metropolitan area, including providing fundraising and grant writing assistance as well as developing web sites.
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Independent Sector
A national source for resources and data on volunteerism and private sector giving and support.
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Michigan Campus Compact
Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
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Michigan Community Service Commission
A state commission appointed by the governor to encourage Michigan citizens to solve community problems through community service and volunteerism.
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Michigan Nonprofit Association
Works to advance the cause of volunteerism and philanthropy in Michigan. MNA is home to Volunteer Centers of Michigan, the Michigan Campus Compact, and the Michigan Public Policy Initiative. Also sponsors the Volunteerism Superconference every other year.
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Global aid organization embodies a new concept by matching Online volunteers with local communities in need of information and help. We are supported by His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard, amongst other leaders of society, and by organizations like the Dutch Ministry of Housing and the Environment, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and HIVOS.
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Network For Good
AOL Time Warner, Yahoo!, and Cisco Systems have launched a Web site designed to help people donate their time and money to charitable causes online. In the works for more than a year, the Network for Good site is designed to match nonprofit groups with donors and volunteers interested in giving time and money to their favorite causes. To that end, the site groups together a variety of online tools and resources, including the VolunteerMatch search engine, which allows prospective volunteers to search for opportunities by geographic region and area of interest.
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Points of Light and Hands-On Network
As of August 1, 2007, the nation's two largest volunteer networks, the Points of Light Foundation and the Hands On Network, combined forces to empower Americans to build a better world through volunteering.
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USA.gov's Public Service and Volunteerism
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Volunteer Centers of Michigan
The mission of VCM is to strengthen existing volunteer centers, to provide leadership in developing new centers, and to promote and strengthen volunteerism statewide.
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Volunteer Impact
Volunteer Impact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a better Detroit by providing innovative and flexible ways for individuals and companies to get involved. During 1998, Volunteer Impact worked with nonprofit organizations to develop more than 360 projects for agencies and organizations in metro Detroit. Voluntter Impact coordinated and provided volunteers for each of these projects, with its members contributing more than 17,000 hours of service.
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Volunteer Match
VolunteerMatch has launched a new and improved version of its popular web site. With clearer navigation and more powerful search tools, the newly designed site makes it easier for volunteers to find opportunities that match their interests. And more efficient for organizations to post information about their volunteer needs.
VolunteerMatch has added a new feature to its Web site to make it easier for visitors to find volunteer opportunities near where they live and work. Potential volunteers can now browse opportunities for giving their time -- and find nonprofit organizations in their area that are looking for help -- by using the Google Earth mapping service. They can zoom in and see the individual buildings where the groups are located, or zoom out to see how many opportunities are available in the region. To take advantage of the new service, visitors to the VolunteerMatch site need to install the Google Earth plug-in for their Internet browser.
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Other Web Sites Of Interest

The Cost of a Volunteer: What It Takes to Provide a Quality Volunteer Experience
This new publication summarizes the findings from an examination of 21 volunteer programs nationwide. The study attempted to ascertain the true financial cost of organizing a high quality volunteer program and to better understand the implications for the nonprofit sector of the President's call to service. Read the results of the review and find out what it really takes to provide high quality volunteer experience. March 2003.
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e-Volunteerism – The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community – is a quarterly subscription publication that combines the best characteristics of a printed professional journal with the capacity of the Internet. Launched in 2000 by publishing editors Susan J. Ellis and Steve McCurley and an international editorial team, e-Volunteerism provides leaders of volunteer efforts with cutting-edge information from around the world. Fully interactive for reader comments, the journal offers feature articles, training designs, “roundtable" discussions, Web site reviews, a research-to-practice section, and even audio contributions.
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Eight Tips for Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers in Tough Times
HOW DOES a financial crisis affect volunteering? Will volunteering go up or down, or change in other ways as the global economy worsens? One thing is certain: Because volunteers are real people living in real communities, tight budgets will have an impact. Therefore, here are eight recommendations that can help any type of organization looking to recruit and retain volunteers in tough times. Advice from Susan J. Ellis, President of Energize, Inc.
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Fourteen Steps to Developing a Top-Notch Volunteer Program
It's an exhilarating experience to start a volunteer program from scratch. From big ideas and goodwill comes human power channeled to bring results. Some volunteer programs start from a group of people getting together to solve a problem. Others start when a nonprofit or governmental organization that has not utilized volunteers decides to tap into the $158 billion dollar estimated value1 of the time volunteers contribute annually in the U.S. Still other volunteer programs start when an organization that has an established volunteer program decides to start a new initiative to involve volunteers in new ways. Whether your organization is big or small, here are fourteen action steps from Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration for developing a top-notch volunteer program. Advice from Mary Quirk, Volunteer Resources Leadership Project Manager for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA).
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Giving and Volunteering in Michigan, see Michigan Giving and Volunteering

Giving and Volunteering in the United States, 2001
A profile by the Independent Sector.
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Helpful Hints for Volunteering

Been putting off finding a volunteer job? This page will give you the lowdown on how to find a volunteer slot that works for you. Courtesy of the Volunteer Center of San Francisco.
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Helping Others : A Profile of Michigan Volunteers

State of the State Survey Briefing Paper No. 97-22, May 1997, prepared by Marc E. Tomlinson and Mark I. Wilson of the Nonprofit Michigan Project at Michigan State University. Concludes that Michiganders are more likely than other Americans to give their money to charity but less likely to give their time. Courtesy of the Internet Archive.
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How Will the Economic Crisis Affect Volunteering?
Will volunteering increase, decrease, or change in some way as the financial situation becomes more dire? Having no claim to clairvoyance, I hope you feel compelled to share your hopes, fears, and predictions by posting a response as well.
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Michigan Giving and Volunteering: 2001 Highlights
Prepared by the Michigan Nonprofit Project in collaboration with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Michigan Community Service Commission.
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Michigan Giving and Volunteering: 2002 Highlights
In October/November 2002, 989 Michigan residents were surveyed about their charitable giving, volunteering, and attitude toward nonprofit action. The survey was conducted by the Office of Survey Research, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. The survey was sponsored by ConnectMichigan Alliance, Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Community Service Commission, and Michigan Nonprofit Association.
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Michigan Giving and Volunteering: 2007 Highlights
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Michigan Giving and Volunteering: 2008 Highlights
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Michigan State University Extension
Volunteerism Area of Expertise
Follow the links for a variety of reviewed and recommended publications to assist staff members in managing volunteer issues, including volunteer development, volunteer management, volunteer motivation, volunteer recognition, volunteer recruitment, youth volunteerism, and general resources. Note: These resources are available for loan for MSU Extension staff members only; however, the titles may also be requested through interlibrary loan from your favorite public library.
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National Service Resources :
Tools and training for volunteer and service Corporation for National & Community Service
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Seven Tips to Capitalize on Volunteer Resources During Tight Financial Times
An economic downturn is not the time to take volunteer programs for granted. There are complex factors during a recession that both encourage people to give time and create barriers to volunteering.2 According to an Independent Sector report in 2001, “When people are concerned about their personal finances, their overall giving declines by almost half and their volunteering decreases as well.”3 To gain the most value from the volunteer program during an economic downturn, wise program management is needed. The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) offers these tips to capitalize on the value volunteer resources bring to organizations during tight financial times. Advice from Mary Quirk, MAVA Volunteer Resources Leadership Project Manager.
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Snapshot on Michigan Giving and Volunteering, see Michigan Giving and Volunteering

Successful Strategies for Recruiting, Training, and Utilizing Volunteers
A guide for faith- and community-based service providers. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2005.
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United States: A Nation of Volunteers
A compilation of testimony, journal articles, bibliographic resources, and web links appearing in U.S. Society and Values: Electronic Journal of the U.S. Information Agency, Volume 3, Number 2, September 1998.
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Value of Volunteer Time
The dollar value of volunteer time is $16.54 per hour for 2002. The value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all nonagricultural workers as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Independent Sector takes this figure and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.
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Virtual Volunteering Project
A project to encourage development of volunteer activities that can be completed off-site using the Internet. Provide example programs and how to set up a program. Part of the Volunteerism and Community Engagement Initiatives Program of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas Austin.
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Voluntarism : A Resource List
This Foundation Center subject guide lists research on recruiting and working with volunteers.
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Volunteer Growth in America: A Review of Trends Since 1974
Provides an in-depth look at how volunteering compares by age groups for the period from 1974 to 2005. While the adult volunteer rate declined by 15% between 1974 and 1989, it rose by more than 32% since 1989. From the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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Volunteer Today
The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism. Compiled and maintained in Walla Walla, Washington, this site provides current news and conference information, tips on recruiting and retaining volunteers, book reviews, and links to additional resources of interest.
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Volunteering in America : State Trends and Rankings in Civic Life 2007
The Corporation for National and Community Service report provides a national, regional and state analysis of volunteering trends. The report, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey (below), gives a detailed breakdown of America’s volunteering demographics, habits, and patterns by state and region and provides the agency’s first-ever ranking of civic engagement by state through the Civic Life Index.
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Volunteering in the United States
Archives for 2002-2007 also available.
Here are the latest statistics on volunteering, 2007, courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Volunteerism in the United States of America
American Reference Center, U.S. Embassy, Wellington, New Zealand.
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Volunteers in the 21st Century
In December 2002, the Grantmaker Forum in partnership with the Independent Sector, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Association for Philanthropy, and the California Association of Nonprofits sponsored two California forums on volunteerism and service. This brief summarizes the conversation and general themes that arose during the conversations on the value and future of service and volunteering. February 2003.
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Yahoo Community Service and Volunteerism Resources
http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Issues_and_Causes/ Philanthropy/Community_Service_and_Volunteerism/
Provides links to a variety of organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including organizations specifically focused on a particular group (students, seniors) or helping in a particularly area.
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Searching for Books?

Need to find books for a volunteer program management or related topics? Consider searching MAGIC: the online catalog of the MSU Libraries.

If you do not know the author, title, or LC subject headings, try a keyword or keywords approach. While reviewing the results, note that most records provide LC subject headings which can also be used to identify more books on the same or similar topics.

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