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ERIC Number: ED417842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 7
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Promoting Positive Family Involvement in Russian Communities through Volunteer Agencies.
Scheer, Scott D.; Safrit, R. Dale
During the state of transition in contemporary Russia from communism to a market economy, nonprofit organizations have been thrust into the forefront to provide to youth and families services formerly rendered by the government. This paper describes Moscow Charity House (MCH) and Nevsky Angel in St. Petersburg, the first nonprofit organizations in Russia, with regard to their importance to the future of nonprofit groups in Russia. More Russian families must assume active volunteer roles in local communities if the quality of Russian life is to be maintained and improved. Nonprofit agencies face increasing challenges in providing adequate public programs and services for families, youth, and adults. These challenges include crime, poverty, housing, homelessness, education, health and medical care, unemployment, and youth problems. MCH was founded in 1991 to create a network of long-term assistance to poor, elderly, and disabled in Moscow, and eventually in other Russian cities. MCH has established programs that can be used as demonstration models for other Russian cities. Nevsky Angel was one of the first nonprofit independent organizations supported by the public and was founded in 1988. This program also delivers assistance to children, families, and the elderly and develops working models for social, educational charitable programs. Both organizations are in constant need of support and desire national assistance and international cooperation. The need for volunteers continues to grow, and only through grassroots participation will government agencies and nonprofit organizations address the problems facing Russia's urban population. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia