ERIC Number: ED414430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Volunteer Management. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Social, economic, political, and technological changes in the last quarter century have changed the volunteer sector. This publication identifies some of the trends and the issues they raise for the emerging profession of volunteer management. Volunteers are more diverse than ever in age and background. Volunteers' motivations and expectations are changing. Some individuals volunteer to support their careers and gain new skills. Many individuals must budget their time commitments and desire one-time or short-term opportunities. Professionals accustomed to working within competently managed organizations constitute the fastest growing segment of the volunteer force. Although the 1997 Volunteer Protection Act grants volunteers immunity from personal liability in certain circumstances, volunteer managers still need risk management policies and procedures and liability insurance. "Virtual volunteering" is a new concept that enables volunteers to provide services entirely online, thereby giving opportunities to those who might find onsite volunteering difficult due to disability or work schedules. Volunteer managers must be concerned with developing valuable, meaningful assignments and matching volunteers with them, and they are being challenged to recruit, orient, recognize, and supervise a diverse and nontraditional volunteer pool. Volunteer management is becoming increasingly professional, with a literature base, professional societies, and formal education. (Contains an annotated bibliography of 23 print and online resources and a list of 5 organizational resources.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.