Did David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ plan work to get more people into volunteering?
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New analysis shows government policies to encourage people to volunteer has little impact.
Running (or walking) with others is good for health and social connections. But you don't have to aim for marathons.
Volunteers assemble food to be distributed to low-income schoolchildren in Pittsburgh through a government-funded program.
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The share of people who give their time to good causes is starting to dip.
Reaching out to newcomers: the National Gallery of Denmark.
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Museums can help teach immigrants new skills – if they engage them.
Renault Trucks supports the World Food Program and trains WFP teams in Africa on truck maintenance.
Far from being a public-relations gimmick, corporate volunteering can present a strategic tool for companies to better cope with the ongoing demographic shifts and manage their talent.
New research suggests people who start volunteering before age ten will keep doing so as they grow up.
The author, distributing medications at a shelter in Villalba, Puerto Rico.
It's hard but feasible to make a difference, as long as you work with the locals and don't become a 'disaster tourist.'
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals.
When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.
Some Peace Corps volunteers already provide computer assistance and instruction.
The US could help solve a global security problem and boost its image abroad by helping willing experts share their cybersecurity knowledge around the country and the globe.
Academia requires a lot of work outside the lecture hall.
Striking a better gender balance would be easy, but until now universities have not been paying much attention to the problem.
A Victorian AIDS Council volunteer training weekend in Kyneton Victoria, 1987.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
The AIDS crisis arrived in Australia in 1982 and triggered an enormous (and successful) public health response, largely driven by volunteers. These people, often from marginalised communities in their own right, deserve recognition in Australia's proud volunteer tradition.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.
Most U.S. environmental organizations are less diverse than this group of Californian environmental justice leaders.
How could green groups attract more diverse volunteers? Maybe they could put more time and energy into outreach toward the people most affected by environmental injustices.
Paul Odihambo shows off a bore well in his village outside of Kisumu, Kenya that a DIY aid group donated.
With steep budget cuts looming, a growing number of tiny volunteer-driven organizations are delivering aid on their own. Will the Trump administration inspire even more small-scale global giving?
Ffestiniog railway volunteers.
The ONS says less Brits are volunteering - but the truth is they're doing it in different ways.
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
The kinds of activities volunteers can do have changed, from long-term activities to more short-term, episodic volunteering.
Volunteers in Australia are essential to the provision of a range of services. Yet Western countries – including Australia – have recently reported a decline in volunteer rates.
It's time to recognise the difference between 'deep' and 'shallow' volunteering.
An airboat driver rescues residents in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, where the ‘Cajun Navy’ of volunteers aided relief efforts.
Improvised rescues, such as boat owners saving people in flooded Louisiana, have become an integral part of federal and state disaster response efforts.
Slum tourism is broadly rejected as morally dubious and voyeuristic. But we should take a second look.