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Making VolunteersCivic Life after Welfare's End$
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Nina Eliasoph

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147093

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.001.0001

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Harmless and Destructive Plug-in Volunteers

Harmless and Destructive Plug-in Volunteers

(p.117) Chapter 6 Harmless and Destructive Plug-in Volunteers
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes a look at the adult volunteers who come to help in the summer and after-school homework programs studied in this volume. Adult volunteers' presence symbolize, in the funders' eyes, that a program enjoys local grassroots support, so paid organizers cannot afford to shut out these volunteers. However, the chapter shows that when they come to the after-school programs for one or two hours a week for a few months or a year at most, their short-term, optional, sporadic efforts at creating intimate bonds with youth participants undermine the intimate atmosphere that a devoted paid organizer manages to create.

Keywords:   adult volunteers, local grassroots support, youth participants, plug-in volunteers, short-term bonds, short-term volunteering

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