Monthly Hot Topicsfrom Susan J. Ellis

This month guest writer Jayne Cravens challenges the belief that risk and fear should prohibit organizations from involving volunteers.  Do volunteers really differ from paid staff when it comes to risk management? How can organizations build safety into volunteer engagement?

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In the October 2017 - January 2018 Issue

When it comes to volunteer handbooks, one thing is certain: One size does not fit all.

In this issue’s Along the Web, Faye C. Roberts explains why one organization’s handbook cannot be merely duplicated and adopted by another organization or group. “This should be obvious,” she notes, “but it isn’t.” Roberts explores the Internet for useful resources that explain... read more | subscribe

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