Low-income Communities

Focused on volunteering within low-income communities by people the people who live there -- not by outsiders coming in. This sort of community self-help project is sometimes called "neighboring."

Cultural Awareness, Ruth Wilson, p. 37, The National Centre for Volunteering (England), 2003
In the Exclusion Zone, Filiz Niyazi, pp. 3-4, The National Centre for Volunteering (England), 1996
Whom Don’t We Ask to Volunteer?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2014

From the  Alliance for Nonprofit Management (The Alliance) and the Building Movement Project (BMP). Offers information, tools, case studies and other resources to develop core competencies on constituent and community engagement -- to facilitate efforts to integrate the voice of community members and constituents into the daily practice of nonprofit organizations.

, 2015, pp. 32
A Guide to Implementing Neighboring and Its Asset-Based Community Development Principles, from Points of Light., 2011, pp. 159

By  Mai Moua, Ph.D. for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA). Results of a 3-year study of the attitudes of immigrants (especially  the Hmong, Latino, and Somali communities of Minnesota) about volunteering and those of organizations about recruiting these populations. 

, 2010, pp. 40

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.

Download chapter by chapter or the entire document.

, 2011, pp. 148

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.

, 2015, pp. 132

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

Informative report about the innovations of TimeBank in the UK to update volunteering. Discusses "legacy" volunteering desired from the London Olympics and the "Mind the Gap" project aimed at recruiting young people of different minorities.

, 2005, pp. 28
MEM-VOL Migrant and Ethnic Minority Volunteering

Reports from a trans-Europe research project from 2002-2006.

Urban Survival Project

The project's goal is to create a virtual volunteering website that is accessed through social networks like Facebook to bolster the support system for inner-city kids by solving the problems of commitment, localization and physicality that act as barriers to volunteering. Centered on a blog.

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Volunteering by Unemployed People

A guide from the UK on how to recruit and retain people who are unemployed in volunteer work as a route to opportunity, with a realistic approach to issues and barriers.

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