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~ June 2005 ~ Topics

Teens Committed to Volunteer Service in United States

USA Today says the good news is that teens are volunteering in record numbers. Millennial age group members (those born since 1982) were surveyed and more than 65% of high school students are community volunteers. In another report the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning (at the University of Maryland) reports that teens and college students are more than 1/3 likely to volunteer than older people. Here are some numbers from these reports.

Hours of volunteering per year by teens, college students and young adults:

~ 15% give fewer than 20 hours per year
~ 35% give 20 to 39 hours per year
~ 13% give 40 to 59 hours per year
~ 7% give 60 to 80 hours per year
~ 30% give more than 80 hours per year

Where do they volunteer?

~ Volunteer through school 64%
~ Volunteer through church/synagogue/mosque 50%
~ Volunteer through community groups 47%
~ Volunteer through Scouts 14%
~ Other 31%
~ I don’t volunteer 4%

What do they think of the volunteer experience?

~ Highly rewarding 44%
~ Rewarding 39%
~ Somewhat rewarding 14%
~ Somewhat unrewarding 1%
~ Unrewarding 1%
~ Highly unrewarding 1%

Do they feel pressured to volunteer?

~ Yes 17%
~ No 83%

Do they expect to volunteer as adults?

~ Yes 93%
~ No 7%

Information on this research was a feature article in USA Weekend and the research of Neil Howe and William Strauss authors of "Generations: The Fourth Turning and Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation."

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Corporate Giving to Charity: Expectations

A majority of Americans expect that corporations and businesses should be good citizens by donating to charities and helping solve social problems. 77% believe that companies have an obligation to help "support causes." This report by Cone, a Boston company that matches corporate sponsors and social causes, was of 1033 adults nationwide.

  • 43% of those surveyed said that within the past year they purchased something from a company after hearing about its commitment to a social cause.
  • 90% said they would consider no longer purchasing services or goods from a company that has a negative citizenship track record.
  • 87% said companies can earn consumer trust by donating to charity.
  • 80% said they could name companies they considered to have good corporate charitable practices—Wal-Mart was named most often.

A summary of this report is free by contacting Cone's Alison Da Silva at 617-939-8360 or adasilva@coneinc.com. It is also available for downloading at their web site http://coneinc.com.

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Training in Bowling Green, Kentucky

The ALIVE Center, of Bowling Green, Kentucky is offering a workshop on volunteerism to area non-profits. The workshop is designed to help people manage volunteers more effectively. The workshop is being held Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the ALIVE Center.

Nancy Macduff of Macduff/Bunt Associates, a training and consulting service of Walla Walla, WA will be presenting information on volunteer team supervision, motivation and retention of volunteers, legal risks and successful episodic volunteer events.

These workshops are offered FREE but you must register by contacting Tracy Harkins, ALIVE Grant Facilitator, tracy@alivebg.org or 270-782-0824. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Graff Releases New Book

Details on Best of All bookBEST OF ALL: The Quick Reference Guide To Effective Volunteer Involvement is a concise compendium of best practices in volunteer coordination. The book is an "abundance of tips with a minimum of words," and a powerful tool for helping your volunteers contribute their very best through your programs. BEST OF ALL is sure to become the essential desk reference for busy people who don't have the time to search through libraries of literature for solutions to their volunteer program shortcomings.

Chapter presidents, nominating committee chairs, coordinators of volunteers, board members, executive directors/CEOs, sports league organizers, congregation leaders, and especially volunteers who organize the efforts of other volunteers will find hundreds of quick, ready-to-apply tips in this focused guide to the best practices in volunteer program management.

BEST OF ALL will be available in hard copy and electronic format. Check out the details at our online bookstore.

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Technology Grant Due in June 2005

Technology grants for projects in education, community development, health and human services, arts and culture are available from the SBC Foundation. Applications for the Excelerator program are due June 15, 2005. For details go to http://www.sbc.com/foundation.

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