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~ May 2005 ~ Topics

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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Canada's Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Second Largest in World

Imagine Canada has released a report showing that the nonprofit and voluntary sector in the country is second only to The Netherlands. A research project of Johns Hopkins University studied countries around the world to determine the scope and reach of each countries nonprofit and voluntary sector. In Canada it was determined that the third sector is a significant economic force, contributing 8.5% to the GDP. They are almost as large an employer as the entire manufacturing industry. In Canada, the sector focuses primarily on the delivery of service in such areas as health, housing, education, and social welfare, and relies more on paid staff than volunteers to deliver those services. Fully two million Canadians are employed in the nonprofit and voluntary sector.
Other countries in the top ten are the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, USA, UK, Israel, France, Norway, and Sweden.

The complete report of Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project at: http://www.jhu.edu/cnp and
Canada specific information is available at: http://www.imaginecanda.ca.

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Living in Rural America: Inspiration At Hand

Volunteer Today recently received a new publication of the Points of Light Foundation. "Strengthening Rural America: Neighbor by Neighbor" looks at the needs and views of those living outside city and metropolitan areas. The book outlines specific stories to offer a framework of how local problems can be solved. For more information call POLF at 1-202-729-8000 or visit their Web site: http://www.pointsoflight.org.

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National Community Service Conference in Washington, DC in August

The Points of Light Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service is hosting its annual conference from August 4th to 6th, 2005 in Washington, DC, at the Washington Convention Center. For more information, visit the conference website at: http://www.volunteeringandservice.org, by email to: Conference@VolunteeringandService.org, or by phone at: 202-729-8000.

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