Rural Settings

Materials focusing on the special issues of volunteering in sparsely populated areas.

Economic Development, Internet Technology, and Volunteers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2004
Voluntarism in Rural Development in India: Initiative, Innovation, and Institutions, Independent Sector
The Nonprofit Sector In the Global Community: Voices from Many Nations
Volunteering and Public Service Reform in Rural Scotland, Mike Woolvin and Alasdair Rutherford, 2013

SRUC (Scotland's Rural College)

In 2012 the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) conducted its first study on volunteerism in rural Minnesota. The purpose of the survey was to learn what was changing in rural volunteerism, strategies being used to address the changes and current perspectives on rural volunteerism. The site offers a summary of findings, the report itself, and related articles.

, 2012

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations-declared "International Year of Volunteers," United Nations Volunteers (UNV) conducted an extensive research project to produce this unique overview of volunteering in 80 countries around the world. Sub-titled "Universal Values for Global Well-being," the report examines the important contributions of volunteers in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion and disaster risk reduction. By suggesting how volunteerism can be taken forward, the SWVR also provides an alternative vision of a better society.

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, 2011, pp. 148

By Dennis Studebaker. This is the complete text of an 88-page book, now out of print, published in 1990 by Heritage Arts.

, 1990, pp. 88

Study sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation to: 1) deepen understanding of volunteer engagement in rural communities; 2) examine the applicability of the neighboring model to rural communities; and 3) identify practices that document and support volunteering and neighboring by, in and with under-resourced rural communities.

, 2004, pp. 153
Toolkit for Working with Rural Volunteers

The results of a  a pioneering three-year research project on rural volunteerism by the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and community/watershed improvement organizations throughout Appalachia and the Rocky Mountain West, this site shares approaches to volunteer recruitment, management and retention that are successful in rural settings.

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Last Updated: December 2, 2016