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National Service and Volunteerism

Achieving Impact in Our Communities

Edited by Thomas A. Bryer - Contributions by Maria-Elena Augustin; Emily Bachman; Koen P. R. Bartels; Jodi Benenson; Valerie Beynon; Thomas A. Bryer; Julia Carboni; Guido Cozzi; Na’eem H. Crawford-Muhammad; Todd Joseph Currie; Deborah Jospin; Jay D. Jurie; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg; Jessica Kleinberger; Karen Kopera-Frye; Stephanie Krick; Myung J. Lee; Katharine Leonberger; Peter Levine; Noemi Mantovan; Rita Massey; Sarah Maxwell; Connie L. McNeely; Tadar Muhammad; Alice Neira; Dorothy Norris-Tirrell; Shelby Olson; Jarrad Plante; Cristian Pliscoff; Shirley Sagawa; Sara Strickhouser; Dennis O. Torbett; Norma Winston and James D. Wright

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National service and volunteerism enjoy a rich history in the United States and an emergent future in other parts of the world. However, there remains relatively scant evidence of overall impact of national service programs and volunteer effectiveness. This condition continues to threaten national service and volunteer programs with the risk of defunding and/or the risk of not investing sufficiently from the start. This book brings together a selection of diverse chapters written by a combination of academicians, students, and practitioners from three countries and across multiple states in the United States. Each chapter approaches its topic uniquely but links with all others in identifying the impacts of service and volunteerism for volunteers, for beneficiaries of service, for the institution of volunteering, and/or for whole communities. The book is divided in five sections: (1) developing volunteer initiatives to achieve impact, (2) impact for and by youth volunteers, (3) impact in social or policy areas, specifically economy and financial success, education, and emergency response, (4) international perspectives with focus on Chile, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the post-communist states of Lithuania and Romania, and (5) conclusion with summary and suggestions for future research and practice. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 288Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-9693-9 • Hardback • December 2014 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7391-9695-3 • Paperback • March 2017 • $49.99 • (£32.95)
978-0-7391-9694-6 • eBook • December 2014 • $46.99 • (£31.95)
Thomas A. Bryer is associate professor and director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida
Part One: Partnerships for Service and Volunteerism
Chapter One: Key Drivers of Successful Implementation of Mayor-led Impact Volunteering Strategies in American Cities
Na’eem H. Crawford-Muhammad, Deborah Jospin, Myung J. Lee, Katharine Leonberger, and Shirley Sagawa
Chapter Two: Three Sectors and a University: The Creation of a High Impact AmeriCorps VISTA Project
Thomas A. Bryer, Maria-Elena Augustin, and Emily Bachman
Chapter Three: Connecting With the Community in an Applied Sociology Class
Norma A. Winston
Chapter Four: The Meaning of Volunteerism to Older Adult RSVP Volunteers
Karen Kopera-Frye and Rita Massey
Chapter Five: Managing Risk while Managing Volunteers: Avoiding Disastrous Outcomes
Dorothy Norris-Tirrell and Stephanie Krick

Part Two: Youth Volunteer Impact
Chapter Six: Investing in Engagement: Volunteerism and Charitable Giving among Millennials
Sara Strickhouser, Jessica Kleinberger, and James D. Wright
Chapter Seven: Investing In Civic Health – A Case for Strengthening Civic Infrastructure and Civic Education
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Peter Levine
Chapter Eight: VolunteerUCF: IgKnighting Volunteerism
Jarrad Plante, Todd Joseph Currie, and Shelby Olson

Part Three: Volunteer Impact on Social and Economic Issues
Chapter Nine: HBI Mentoring: A Pathway to Promoting Economic Opportunity for Youth
Dennis O. Torbett and Tadar Muhammad
Chapter Ten: Social Capital and Human Capital Assets: Bridging Civic Engagement and Economic Mobility for Low-income Individuals
Jodi Benenson
Chapter Eleven: Community Engagement as a Predictor of Higher Education Matriculation
Julia Carboni, Connie L. McNeely, Sarah Maxwell
Chapter Twelve: City Year History, Model, and Impact
Alice Neira and Jarrad Plante
Chapter Thirteen: Digital Humanitarianism in Global Disaster Response
Valerie Beynon

Part Four: International Perspectives
Chapter Fourteen: It Takes Two to Tango: Civic Engagement in Venezuela
Jay D. Jurie
Chapter Fifteen: Servicio Pais: A Chilean Case of Professional Volunteering
Cristian Pliscoff
Chapter Sixteen: The Big Society: The Rhetoric and Practice of Volunteerism in the UK
Koen P.R. Bartels, Guido Cozzi, Noemi Mantovan
Chapter Seventeen: Volunteerism in Post-Communist Countries: Snapshots of Lithuania and Romania
Thomas A. Bryer

Part Five: Chapter Fifteen: Conclusion
Thomas A. Bryer
This book presents the combined efforts of a diverse group of students, scholars, and practitioners who write about volunteer programs across a dozen countries. The book’s central and enormously important theme is about the impact of civic engagement. There’s something here for everyone. Practitioners and students will enjoy the fresh voices and the first-hand, candid descriptions of volunteer program outcomes. Scholars will find these 17 chapters, given their breadth, offer considerable food for thought in the design of future impact research.
Beth Gazley, Indiana University-Bloomington


Based on research papers presented at a conference and supplemented by chapters by experts in the field, this collection makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of national service and volunteerism. With its roots in both research and practice, the book has relevance for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and students.
Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington


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