ERIC Number: ED224091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Bolstering New York State's Human Services . . . Any Volunteers? A Report on Promoting Volunteerism.
New York State Senate Research Service, Albany.
The threatened loss of more than $4.5 billion in federal funds over the next 2 years leaves New York State with three options: to increase state taxes drastically, an action that could jeopardize the state's recent emergence from severe economic crisis; to curtail state services significantly; or to devise a creative new strategy including an expanded reliance on volunteers. This report by a state senate-appointed task force provides background information on the current economic conditions in the state and the potential effects of the federal cutbacks, and describes the possibilities inherent in volunteerism. The current status of volunteerism, the roles played by individuals and corporations in the voluntary sector, and the potential for expanding the use of volunteers are detailed. A survey of local voluntary agencies to obtain suggestions and proposals for actions to encourage increased volunteerism is described, as is a survey of the volunteer offices established by other states' governments. Five proposals specifically recommended by the task force involve creating a state office of voluntary citizen participation, providing income tax deductions for volunteer service and mileage, extending deductions for charitable contributions, publicizing existing benefits for volunteers, and further promoting of volunteerism. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Senate Research Service, Albany.
Identifiers: New Federalism; New York
Note: Prepared by the Task Force on Critical Problems.