Monthly Hot Topicsfrom Susan J. Ellis

Most volunteer-involving organizations serve “people in need” through a charity model that often works, but can also be paternalistic and disempowering.  Leaders of volunteers can change the paradigm by seeing clients as people with talents as well as needs – and their own desire to partner in finding solutions.

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