Date of Publication


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Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in General Social Science


Social Science




Voluntarism -- United States -- Research, Nonprofit organizations -- United States, Political participation, Social sciences -- Research



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1 online resource (2, iv, 70 p.)


The increase in voluntary activities in both public and private sectors of the U.S.A. has begun to make it clear that information is needed concerning models for new or different ways of working with people in volunteer agencies.

This study attempted to develop a model for a Human Resource Center for Voluntarism which began with three objectives. They were to:

1. stimulate and/or provide avenues for closer working relationships among existing agencies and organizations involving volunteers,

2. broaden the base of citizen participation in community services,

3. reinforce the relationship between adult education and community service by allowing for individual growth and task completion as interdependent goals.

Fundamental statements underlying the purpose for developing a Model included the following:

1. Involvement of citizen volunteers is a valuable facet of the American cultural heritage, and is unique in its application.

2. An adult's responsibility as a citizen is to become involved in the community to work toward improvements for all individuals.

3. Education is the principal avenue by which this can be accomplished becasue: (a) learning results in behavior change, (b) behavior change is necessary for cultural growth and progress.

From this, a Model was developed which described in general terms what tones, atmosphere, and relationships were necessary to achieve the goals. In addition, a proposal was made for more specific details for the requirements of the Directing Group and its components.

Data for the study was obtained from documented literature primarily from 1960 to 1970, as well as personal experiences of both the writer and many colleagues in the field of voluntary community service agencies.

The writer concluded that the proposed Center could have some lasting, positive effects on a community by being both a model for other community service agencies as well as an action agency which could develop innovative and experimental ways of work.


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