Volunteering Visions is both an inspiration and a handbook.
Containing 29 interviews with key players, Volunteering Visions concentrates their experience, vision and insight into a reminder of the necessity and joy of active citizenship, and a valuable resource for those working to achieve community goals.
The interviewees include: Patrick McClure, Sandy Hollway, Robert Fitzgerald, Ian Kiernan, Dianne Cowan.
As you read these 29 interviews, it becomes clear that volunteering and non-profit work is gutsy, not nice. While many modestly discuss their work in terms of “helping out”, and “giving back”, these are people who are challenging inquity, adversity and lethargy, boldly setting out to make a difference.
The interviews demonstrate the prevalence and possibility of individual and concerted effort in all fields. These interviewees and the organisations they represent, foresee and work towards a more resilient, engaged, cohesive and happy Australia.
Volunteering Visions offers considered discussion on the challenges of non-profit organisations, addressing human resources, including recruitment, motivation, development and retention of volunteers; funding, including links with government and business; legal and safety issues; and the future of volunteering.
“Volunteering Visions, edited by Joy Noble and Fiona Johnston, gives a broad perspective on volunteering from people involved at administrative and policy levels, and from community leaders representing a wide range of fields including arts, community services, sport and education. The contributors outline their own experiences and perceptions of volunteering, and reflect on a number of broad issues, including the way in which the changing nature of volunteering gives rise to a new set of challenges and issues including the recruitment, support and protection of volunteers.
Importantly contributors outline a vision - ways in which volunteering can go beyond the provision of services and be conceptualised in creative and innovative ways to foster community strength, enhance community capacity and promote participatory democracy and civil society. ...
[The book] provides essential reading for community organisations and government departments, managers of volunteers, practitioners in the field, volunteers themselves, and students in a range of fields where their is increasing interaction with volunteers in diverse circumstances and situations.” - Australian Journal of Volunteering, 2002
Table of Contents
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Innovation and community engagement
Social obligation and enterprise
Hospital volunteers and change
National emergency management
Campaigning for conservation
Clean Up Australia
Taking account of lifestyles
Strategies for sport
Lessons from the Olympics
The community assisting students
Students assisting the community
Music uniting a community
Communities of faith
Greek community action
The multicultural contribution
Involvement at local level
State government strategies: South Australia
State government strategies: New South Wales
Federal government initiatives
Community, government and business
Corporate links and rural activities
A trade union perspective
Volunteering: Perceptions and possibilities
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