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National Service and Volunteerism : Achieving Impact in Our Communities

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National service and volunteerism enjoy a rich history in the United States and an emergent future in other parts of the world. However, there remains relatively scant evidence of overall impact of national service programs and volunteer effectiveness. This condition continues to threaten national service and volunteer programs with the risk of defunding and/or the risk of not investing sufficiently from the start. This book brings together a selection of diverse chapters written by a combination of academicians, students, and practitioners from three countries and across multiple states in the United States. Each chapter approaches its topic uniquely but links with all others in identifying the impacts of service and volunteerism for volunteers, for beneficiaries of service, for the institution of volunteering, and/or for whole communities. The book is divided in five sections: (1) developing volunteer initiatives to achieve impact, (2) impact for and by youth volunteers, (3) impact in social or policy areas, specifically economy and financial success, education, and emergency response, (4) international perspectives with focus on Chile, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the post-communist states of Lithuania and Romania, and (5) conclusion with summary and suggestions for future research and practice.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 21mm | 444g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 tables, 7 graphs
  • 0739196952
  • 9780739196953

Review quote

This book presents the combined efforts of a diverse group of students, scholars, and practitioners who write about volunteer programs across a dozen countries. The book's central and enormously important theme is about the impact of civic engagement. There's something here for everyone. Practitioners and students will enjoy the fresh voices and the first-hand, candid descriptions of volunteer program outcomes. Scholars will find these 17 chapters, given their breadth, offer considerable food for thought in the design of future impact research. -- Beth Gazley, Indiana University-Bloomington Based on research papers presented at a conference and supplemented by chapters by experts in the field, this collection makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of national service and volunteerism. With its roots in both research and practice, the book has relevance for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and students. -- Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmingtonshow more

About Thomas A. Bryer

Thomas A. Bryer is associate professor and director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Floridashow more

Table of contents

Part One: Partnerships for Service and Volunteerism Chapter One: Key Drivers of Successful Implementation of Mayor-led Impact Volunteering Strategies in American Cities Na'eem H. Crawford-Muhammad, Deborah Jospin, Myung J. Lee, Katharine Leonberger, and Shirley Sagawa Chapter Two: Three Sectors and a University: The Creation of a High Impact AmeriCorps VISTA Project Thomas A. Bryer, Maria-Elena Augustin, and Emily Bachman Chapter Three: Connecting With the Community in an Applied Sociology Class Norma A. Winston Chapter Four: The Meaning of Volunteerism to Older Adult RSVP Volunteers Karen Kopera-Frye and Rita Massey Chapter Five: Managing Risk while Managing Volunteers: Avoiding Disastrous Outcomes Dorothy Norris-Tirrell and Stephanie Krick Part Two: Youth Volunteer Impact Chapter Six: Investing in Engagement: Volunteerism and Charitable Giving among Millennials Sara Strickhouser, Jessica Kleinberger, and James D. Wright Chapter Seven: Investing In Civic Health - A Case for Strengthening Civic Infrastructure and Civic Education Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Peter Levine Chapter Eight: VolunteerUCF: IgKnighting Volunteerism Jarrad Plante, Todd Joseph Currie, and Shelby Olson Part Three: Volunteer Impact on Social and Economic Issues Chapter Nine: HBI Mentoring: A Pathway to Promoting Economic Opportunity for Youth Dennis O. Torbett and Tadar Muhammad Chapter Ten: Social Capital and Human Capital Assets: Bridging Civic Engagement and Economic Mobility for Low-income Individuals Jodi Benenson Chapter Eleven: Community Engagement as a Predictor of Higher Education Matriculation Julia Carboni, Connie L. McNeely, Sarah Maxwell Chapter Twelve: City Year History, Model, and Impact Alice Neira and Jarrad Plante Chapter Thirteen: Digital Humanitarianism in Global Disaster Response Valerie Beynon Part Four: International Perspectives Chapter Fourteen: It Takes Two to Tango: Civic Engagement in Venezuela Jay D. Jurie Chapter Fifteen: Servicio Pais: A Chilean Case of Professional Volunteering Cristian Pliscoff Chapter Sixteen: The Big Society: The Rhetoric and Practice of Volunteerism in the UK Koen P.R. Bartels, Guido Cozzi, Noemi Mantovan Chapter Seventeen: Volunteerism in Post-Communist Countries: Snapshots of Lithuania and Romania Thomas A. Bryer Part Five: Chapter Fifteen: Conclusion Thomas A. Bryershow more