One misconception about volunteering is that it is synonymous with "nonprofit organizations." In fact, a huge proportion of volunteers work in government or public agencies and institutions (at local, state/provincial, and national levels): public schools, libraries, parks, prisons, health clinics, and much more. Good volunteer management practices apply completely to the public sector, so all the materials in this library can be of help. This section provides resources specific to government agencies.
Legislation from South Carolina (provided as an example of US state regulations)
By Alex Parish, Jane Heath, and Meryem Hassan for the National Center for Volunteering, UK.
, pp. 60
Department for Communities, Government of Western Australia (revised). The guidelines focus on direct involvement of volunteers or volunteer groups in contributing to the work of public sector agencies.
, pp. 28
Free PDF booklet by Points of Light, UPS and FEMA.
Produced by United Nations Volunteers, this new edition of their SWVR focuses on "Transforming Governance" through volunteer power, particularly in the developing world. Important reading. Can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.
, pp. 132
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Focuses on prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance abuse and mental illness; however, the principles described apply to any field and may help organizations understand how to start and manage a successful volunteer program.
, pp. 56
From the National Association of Counties and NAVPLG (see below).
, pp. 37
Created as a "A Guide for South Australian Local Government" by the City of Salisbury in SA, this contains many useful tips for determining potential risks in volunteer work, even if the legal issues discussed will not be the same in all locations. Also suggests ways to create volunteer position descriptions from a health and safety perspective.
, pp. 60
"Investing in Australia's Health." From the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
, pp. 51
Community Builders New South Wales
An interactive clearing house where users are encouraged to contribute to content and ongoing development. The site was developed by the New South Wales (AU) government in response to a desire expressed by communities across NSW to access information about what others are doing and what works to make their community safer and more inclusive, enterprising and resilient.
Marin County Civic Center Volunteers
One of the pioneering volunteers in municipal government programs.
National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG)
Membership association for leaders of volunteers in government, anywhere in the world. Site offers networking and resources.
Public Service and Volunteerism
US government site listing Federal agency volunteer programs.
The United States: A Nation of Volunteers
The United States Information Agency's (USIA) electronic journal of U.S. Society & Values of September 1998 has a range of articles about the role of volunteering in America, from 12 authors such as Bill Clinton, Harris Wofford, Betty Stallings, and Susan Ellis.
"America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal" to connect people to public sector volunteer positions in U.S. Federal government agencies concerned with parks, recreation, and the environment.
Youth Justice Board (UK)
Practical tips on volunteers mentoring youth in the justice system.
National professional association of directors, managers, and administrators of volunteer programs in local city, county and other local governments. Purpose is to strengthen volunteer programs through leadership, education, advocacy, net-working and information exchange.
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Last Updated: November 30, 2015