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White Teeth
Zadie Smith
0375703861
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Epic in scale and intimate in approach, White Teeth is a formidably ambitious debut. First novelist Zadie Smith takes on race, sex, class, history, and the minefield of gender politics, and such is her wit and inventiveness that these weighty subjects seem effortlessly light. She also has an impressive geographical range, guiding the reader from Jamaica to Turkey to Bangladesh and back again.

Still, the book's home base is a scrubby North London borough, where we encounter Smith's unlikely heroes: prevaricating Archie Jones and intemperate Samad Iqbal, who served together in the so-called Buggered Battalion during World War II. In the ensuing decades, both have gone forth and multiplied: Archie marries beautiful, bucktoothed Clara--who's on the run from her Jehovah's Witness mother--and fathers a daughter. Samad marries...



Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Community
Jack L. Canfield
0757300146
July 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
According to authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Arline McGraw Oberst, John T. Boal and Tom and Laura Lagana, over 200 million people around the world offer their time to volunteering. Dozens of them tell their stories in Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Community. Norma Reedy tells of the Big Brother volunteer who befriended her son, who had been recently diagnosed with leukemia, while Rotary International volunteer Carolyn E. Jones explains how she raised money for cancer patients in Russia. Most entries end with information on how readers can become involved in the volunteering organization described.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Deep within each one of us lies the...


In the Midst of Life
Charles Rose
1588381463
Oct 2003
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Book Description
Where does a retired English professor go to find meaning in his later years? Mr. Rose chose to be a hospice volunteer, a journey that took him down the back roads of Lee County, Alabama, into the sometimes gritty home environments of hospice patients. Mr. Rose calls it the "we of me", that sense of connecting to some larger network of human existence. His memoir captures the patient's simple need to have some one to talk to, listen to, and just be with. Mr. Rose describes the awkward intimacy of relating to patients, making small talk with their caregivers, while trying to respond to their need for "companioning." In the Midst of Life is a rare and detailed look into the experience of hospice volunteering. --Amanda Graves, former social worker at Capital Hospice and Hospice of D.C.

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How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas
Joseph Collins
014200071X
December 2001
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Book Description
More than 100,000 people contact the Peace Corps every year, but only 3,000 are placed overseas. To help more Americans find volunteer opportunities abroad Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher-all founders of respected volunteer organizations-have written a guide that provides all the necessary information on volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Presented in a user-friendly format that includes case studies, worksheets, and quotes from international volunteers, How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas provides college students, senior citizens, and everyone in between with information on:

* How to decide if volunteering overseas is for you
* How to choose the right program
* What to do before and after you go abroad
*...


How to Change the World
David Bornstein
0195138058
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Journalist Bornstein (The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank) profiles nine indomitable champions of social change who developed innovative ways to address needs they saw around them in places as distinct as Bombay, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and inner-city Washington, D.C. As these nine grew influential when their ingenious ideas proved ever more widely successful, they came to the attention of Ashoka, an organization that sponsors a fellows program to foster social innovation by finding so-called social entrepreneurs to support. As Bornstein interviewed these and many other Ashoka fellows, he saw patterns in the ways they fought to solve their specifically local problems. To demonstrate the commonality among experiences as diverse as a Hungarian mother striving to provide a fuller life for her...


The Cathedral Within : Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back
Bill Shore
0375758291
November 13, 2001
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Book Review
The Cathedral Within uses the metaphor of architecture to look at the way individuals allocate their resources to improve public life. Just as the enduring magnificence of a cathedral is not erected overnight, so, too, the transformation of a society takes many, many years to complete. And just as the construction of a cathedral is less a reflection of its builders' interest in masonry than a testament to the soaring reach of the human spirit, philanthropy is not so much a response to need as to a basic human requirement to give something meaningful back to society.

Bill Shore is the founder of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit devoted to raising funds for antihunger and antipoverty organizations worldwide, and his book showcases the stories of some of the social entrepreneurs he has come across in the course of...



So, You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know before You Go
Dillon Banerjee
1580080979
January 2000
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From School Library Journal
YA-Using a question-and-answer format, a former Peace Corps volunteer addresses the concerns teenagers and parents might harbor about this important decision. From packing tips and living among the locals to medical services and staying in touch with home, there are practical comments and stories of actual experiences from volunteers, plus statements of Peace Corps policy for guidance. Eleven appendixes offer facts about and maps of Peace Corps projects, descriptions of programs and requirements, and lists of alternative organizations. "How to Become a Competitive Candidate" will be useful to teens because it suggests volunteer and extracurricular activities that will enhance their future qualifications for Peace Corps work. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Worldwide Volunteering
Roger Potter
1857039106
Mar 2004
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Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board
Max De Pree
0802849229
June 2001
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Book Description
In Called to Serve internationally respected CEO Max De Pree offers experienced advice on how to create a successful nonprofit board. Now retired as chairman of the board of Herman Miller Inc., Max De Pree has been lauded by Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal as one of the most sensitive and successful leaders in the business world. This experience comes through clearly as De Pree lays out the nuts and bolts of nonprofit organization and provides the direction necessary to establish and nurture a volunteer board. Based on De Pree's many years of service on nonprofit boards, his work as a consultant in the field, and his work as a teacher who has already used this material successfully in numerous seminar settings, Called to Serve will benefit readers involved with any of the wide range of volunteer-based...


The Volunteer Management Handbook
Tracy Daniel Connors (Editor)
0471371424
September 21, 1999
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Book Description
"Until now, we and other nonprofits had to find out the hard way–by trial and error–that garnering the energies of todays volunteers means answering their special needs. Thats where The Volunteer Management Handbook comes in, with helpful, practical, and proven solutions to the often overlooked problems of effectively managing volunteer efforts." – From the Foreword by Kathleen Behrens Executive Director, New York Cares

The VolunteerManagement Handbook

Drawing on the experience and expertise of recognized authorities on nonprofit organizations, The Volunteer Management Handbook offers the nonprofit manager a complete guide to establishing and maintaining an active and effective volunteer program. In one handy reference volume, the Handbook offers practical guidance on such essential...



The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad
Michael Landes
1580086691
April 1, 2005
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Book Description
Summer jobbers, college grads, and anyone trying to reinvigorate or redirect a stalled career needs a short-term job adventure. Whether river guiding in Alaska, restoring a medieval castle in the south of France, or creating a successful organic farm, THE BACK DOOR GUIDE TO SHORT-TERM JOB ADVENTURES offers a comprehensive list of life-enriching experiences. From internships to seasonal work to volunteer jobs and adventures abroad, this best-of-the-best guide from short-term job expert Michael Landes contains more than 1, 000 opportunities to work, play, learn, help, create, experience, and grow worldwide. In this new, handy-sized fourth edition, Landes has extensively updated the listings to provide the most current information and added new listings for internships, seasonal work, volunteer opportunities, and overseas...


Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen
Bob Greene
006008197X
May 2003
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Book Review
Millions of American soldiers, many of whom had never left their hometowns before, crossed the nation by rail during the years of World War II on their way to training camps and distant theaters of battle. In a little town in Nebraska, countless thousands of them met with extraordinary hospitality--the "miracle" of veteran journalist Bob Greene's title. "The best America there ever was. Or at least, whatever might be left of it." So Greene writes of North Platte, now a quiet town along the interstate, its main street all but dead. It was a quiet town then, too, at the outbreak of the war, but still a hive of activity as its citizens gathered to provide, at their own expense, coffee, sandwiches, books, playing cards, and time to the scared young men who rolled through by the trainload, "telling them that their country cared...


Community Organizations
Carl Milofsky
0195046803
May 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
Local nonprofit organizations are often small, loosely structured, and democratically governed, and therefore do not fit conveniently into traditional theories of organizational behavior that are rooted in administrative science and bureaucratic structure. Treating community organizations as
parts of larger systems--organizational fields or ecologies and communities--this collection of papers presents various perspectives on local nonprofit organizations from the standpoint of organizational theory. The essays draw on an array of methods and theoretical approaches taken from population
ecology theories of organizations, laying the foundation for the structural analysis of community organizations.


Toxic Emotions at Work: How Compassionate Managers Handle Pain and Conflict
Peter J. Frost
1578512573
February 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Organizational "toxin handlers"-the people who deal with emotional pain in the workplace-serve a dual role, says Frost, contributing positively to the health of both companies and their employees. The author, an organizational behavior professor at the University of British Columbia, explains that toxicity is a normal by-product of organizational life. It can stem from hard-driving executives who push production and motivate by fear; inevitable changes like layoffs, mergers or leadership shifts; or personal pain from illness, death or lifestyle transitions. Frost offers myriad anecdotes to show how toxin handlers attempt to absorb bad vibes via the role of compassionate listener, guide, buffer and mentor. These do-gooders face repercussions from their often-unacknowledged efforts; they might, for instance, become...


Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment
Anne Colby, William Damon
0029063558


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From Publishers Weekly
In profiling 23 Americans whose lives stand in marked contrast to what they see as the nation's general dearth of moral leaders, two developmental psychologists temper their social science approach with a sense of wonder. Closely scrutinizing personal histories, Colby (coauthor of The Measurement of Moral Justice ) and Damon ( The Moral Child ) delve deeply into the autobiographical origins of their subjects' contributions to civil welfare, social justice, the fight against poverty and a host of other causes. In highlighting the lives of five exemplars with widely differing educational, social and ethnic backgrounds (including former Haverford College president Jack Coleman, noted for his "blue-collar sabbaticals"), the authors demystify heroism, stressing the ordinariness of moral commitment as it is played out...


Volunteer Revolution: Unleashing the Power of Everybody
Bill Hybels
0310252385
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The future of the local church is directly tied to its ability to attract, equip, and unleash the potential of volunteers in the church

Pastor Bill Hybels sees a new reality on the horizon. There is unprecedented spiritual openness in today’s society, and at the same time, increasing economic pressure on the resources of local churches. The solution lies squarely on the able shoulders of God-gifted volunteers. And they are ready for the challenge! Once trained, empowered, and inspired, record numbers of volunteers will take on all new levels of responsibility in the local church, creating a volunteer revolution that will transform churches and communities.

The Volunteer Revolution reveals how all of this can happen and how churches can unleash vast amounts of untapped potential. Through...


Heaven's Kitchen
Courtney Bender
0226042820
May 2003
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Book Description
How do people practice religion in their everyday lives? How do our daily encounters with people who hold different religious beliefs shape the way we understand our own moral and spiritual selves? In Heaven's Kitchen, Courtney Bender takes a highly original approach to answering these questions. For more than a year she worked in New York City as a volunteer for a nonprofit, nonreligious organization called God's Love We Deliver, helping to prepare home-cooked meals for people with AIDS. Paying close attention to what was said and not said, Bender traces how the volunteers gave voice to their moral positions and religious values. She also examines how they invested their conversations, and mundane activities such as cooking, with personal meaning that in turn affected how they saw their own spiritual lives....


Community Service and Social Responsibility in Youth
James Youniss
0226964825
Aug 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
James Youniss and Miranda Yates present a sophisticated analysis of community service's beneficial effects on adolescents' political and moral identity.

Using a case study from a predominantly Black, urban high school in Washington, D.C., Youniss and Yates build on the insights of Erik Erikson on the social and historical nature of identity development. They show that service at a soup kitchen as part of a course on social justice gives youth the opportunity to reflect on their status in society, on how society is organized, on how government should use its power, and on moral principles related to homelessness and poverty. Developing a sense of social responsibility and a civic commitment, youth come to see themselves as active agents in society.

The most authoritative work to date on the subject, this...


Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America (Philanthropic Studies)
Charles T. Clotfelter (Editor), Thomas Ehrlich (Editor)
0253214831
October 1, 2001
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Book Description
"Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector is a 'must-read' for anyone seriously interested in the near-term future of philanthropy." --Philanthropy Monthly A useful addition to the libraries of researchers on the third sector. --Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly What is the future of philanthropy in a changing America? This volume of agenda-setting essays suggests how philanthropy and the nonprofit sector might respond to a society which is seeing not only the devolution of federal programs to the state and local levels, but also the blurring of lines between nonprofit and for-profit organizations, globalization, tax and other regulatory reform, and the rise of privatization and market models, among other sea changes.

About the Author
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith...


In Her Shoes
Jennifer Weiner
141650334X
August 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
The Feller sisters are equal but opposite. Maggie is the good-looking, dyslexic little sister who knows how to get anything she wants--but not how to keep it. She "felt as if somewhere between the ages of fourteen and sixteen she'd walked off the edge of a cliff and had been falling ever since." Rose is the plump, practical, responsible older sister who knows about law but not much about her own happiness: "What did she like, besides shoes, and Jim, and foods that were bad for her?" When Maggie's latest eviction lands her in Rose's apartment, and Maggie insults Rose by seducing one of her sister's rare boyfriends, what follows is a chain of events by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. Embarrassed Rose evicts Maggie and begins a work sabbatical leading to a new livelihood and way of living. Maggie flees and runs away to...


Rebuilding the Inner City
Robert Halpern
0231081154
May 1995
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Carol H. Meyer Columbia University
A tour de force. [Halpern] has been able to tell the story, expose the myths, explain the dilemmas, and interpret future directions-all in a modest, very readable style. This book is a scholarly analysis of social policy, and as current as the daily newspaper.

Book Description
A tour de force. [Halpern] has been able to tell the story, expose the myths, explain the dilemmas, and interpret future directions-all in a modest, very readable style. This book is a scholarly analysis of social policy. -- Carol H. Meyer, Columbia University

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From the Top Down : The Executive Role in Volunteer Program Success
Susan J. Ellis
0940576171
June 1, 1996
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Front and Centre, January 1996
"If your volunteer program is losing steam, this book will get it rolling. If your program is thriving, this book will validate the good work already being done. Either way, the book is a winner."

Front and Centre, November 1996
"If your volunteer program is losing steam, this book will get it rolling."

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Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices
Barbara C. Jacoby
0787902918
January 1996
Textbook Hardcover
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Review
?Our communities depAnd on our ability to make the connection between education and democracy. This book can breathe new life into colleges and universities that want to reinforce their public service mission. Jacoby and her colleagues tell us how to do it.? (Dolores E. Cross, president, Chicago State University)

?Rooted in Dewey, building on the work of the National Society for Experiential Education and its predecessors, this comprehensive volume is useful for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. Academic deans, department heads, and faculty members will profit mightily from its solid combination of conceptual underpinnings and specific institutional examples.? (Arthur W. Chickering, professor, George Mason University)

Book Description
Our communities depend on our...


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