Volunteers Earn Money for College Tuition Credit Through Americorps
The HELP program is an Americorps affiliated
education tuition award program that supports and encourages
higher education students to volunteer in their communities in
the area of public safety, education, human needs, and environmental
initiatives. The program is sponsored by Campus Compact and is
available at institutions of higher education in California,
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The funding comes
from the Corporation for National And Community Service.
Students can earn money for hours volunteered;
Work study students who meet certain qualifications
can participate in this program, also. Students must be enrolled
at a participating campus, attend an orientation session, fill
out paper work, and complete the volunteer service within two
There are a wide variety of activities that
meet the criteria for this program.
Those interested in this program should contact a local higher education instituion to see if they are participating; check the Campus Compact Web site http://www.compact.org/state/; or call the local organization that sponsors Americorps programs. Any of those locations might be able to help you find student volunteers.
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Where Have the Faithful Gone?
Volunteers of varying religious traditions
attribute their volunteer activities to the mandates of their
faith. This is frequently reinforced by clergy reminding the
faithful of their duty to service and community. Friends from
faith communities often volunteer in the same secular community
organizations. These facts are what makes a recent study of religious
attitudes a matter of concern.
From 1991 to 1998 adults giving no religious
preference moved from 7% to 14%. This group believes in God,
but does not indicate a denominational choice. While a 7% increase
may seem small the authors say, "This doubling of no religion
preference is highly significant because for the 17 year period
from 1974 -1991 there was no significant change in religious
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Episodic Volunteering a Global Trend
Episodic volunteering or short-term service
seems to be a North American and European trend. Now word comes
from Singapore that it is spreading world wide. A new study by
the National Volunteer Centre of Singapore says that more than
70% of active volunteers said they preferred assignments of six
months or less. The study also describes a volunteer group wishing
to serve on short notice or work on ad hoc projects.
Each year the editorial team of the "The
Futurist," a magazine published by The World Futurists Society
mines the previous year's issues and compiles the predictions
into a single document for readers. This year's topics ranged
from Business and Economics to Lifestyles to World Affairs. The
senior editor of Volunteer Today has selected those trends that
are likely to impact the recruitment and management of volunteers
at all levels of an organization. Here are some short samples.
For the full list visit the page, Trends That Impact Volunteering
in the Future click on the following pdf file, voltrends.pdf.
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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