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.
Micro-volunteering has micro-benefits. It's better to get into volunteering for the longer term.
Volunteering boosts your health.
Scientists have found that there are many physical and mental benefits to volunteering.
People donate money during a flash football game organized by Arlington High School football player Max Gray, 18, to raise money for Jonielle Spiller, the mother of youth football player Jovon “Jo Jo” Mangual, 13, who died during the Oso mudslide, in Arlington.
Stepping toward better health (and happiness) may be as simple as spending your next $20 generously.
University via Jonny Habell/www.shutterstock.com
The higher education sector needs to think what it can offer to the average taxpayer.
Volunteering is a way to get involved in your community as this man, who has a refugee background, is doing in his work with older vision-impaired people.
Volunteering Western Australia (VWA)
The rate of volunteering among Australians and the hours individuals contribute appear to be falling. So how do people see volunteering and what can be done to restore this vital community activity?
Reddit broke Reddit, it seems.
Volunteers and unpaid labour make up much of the web – companies disrespect them at their peril.
Without the contributions of its army of volunteers – six million of them in all – Australia would be a profoundly different place.
It's National Volunteer Week, which celebrates the contributions of one in four Australians. Vounteering has 10 core features that should be considered to understand this integral part of our society.
Board meeting via Rawpixel/Shutterstock
As the investigations continue into what happened at the schools implicated in the Trojan Horse extremism affair in Birmingham, the issue of who controls a school’s governing board has received unprecedented…
The Sydney Alliance’s founding assembly in 2011 filled the Town Hall with people eager to put community back into politics.
In the wake of the Second World War, Karl Polanyi wrote that the public arena is made up of three interconnected sectors: the market, government and civil society. He argued that democracy thrives when…
The ideology of the market struggles with the society-focused work of community volunteers.
Some community welfare sector commentators point to a new order for welfare where the private sector practises social responsibility, states seek to be more entrepreneurial and voluntary community organisations…