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  • Planning to Do Everything Online? Meet the Web Haters
  • Volunteers with Disabilities
  • Intrinsic Motivation

Planning to Do Everything Online? Meet the Web Haters

A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that 50% of adult Americans are "netless" by choice. 31 million Americans, or 32% of the group, say they definitely won't go online. An additional 25% say it is unlikely they will go online.

54% of the nonusers believe the Internet is dangerous. They say fear and lack of interest are the main reasons they don't use the Internet.

The numbers suggest that time will change this. 75% of nonusers are over 50, while only a third of younger users say they will never use the Internet.

One interesting statistic is that 13% of the nonusers are dropouts. They had access, but no longer do. 14% of all Americans have a computer but are not online.

Volunteers with Disabilities

Interest has increased in bringing individuals with disabilities into the volunteer movement in greater numbers. A recent study in Britain provides a snapshot of what exists now. 6% of all volunteers have a disability that was compared to 14% of the population with disabilities.

80% of the organizations surveyed knew the disabled could volunteer, theirfacilities, however, presented access problems. 40% said that the building would present problems and 21% said prejudice among staff and volunteers created problems for disabled volunteers. Most of the organizations surveyed did not actively recruit disabled volunteers.

The upshot of this report was a conference sponsored by Community Service Volunteers to examine the extent of volunteering by people with disabilities. Speakers from the government talked about the need to increase inclusion. Active Community Unit (ACU) announced a plan to hold workshops throughout the country to explore how the volunteer base can be diversified.

~Thanks to Steve McCurley for finding this information and passing it on.~

Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic motivation is about enriching a job. It isn't about money, or plaques, or award dinners. Here are some ideas about intrinsic motivation that might help you evaluate your program and determine if you are providing these important motivators.

Intrinsic motivation is encouraged by the interpretation of a job, not just revamping the job.


The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future.

The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms, contact Crystal Hill at 202-729-8000.


By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals can be connected to their local volunteer center.

This is a national interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers connected to people who can help them volunteer.

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