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Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End

Nina Eliasoph


Volunteering improves inner character, builds community, cures poverty, and prevents crime. We have all heard this kind of empowerment talk from nonprofit and government-sponsored civic programs. But what do these programs really accomplish? This book offers an in-depth, humorous, wrenching, and at times uplifting look inside youth and adult civic programs. The book reveals an urgent need for policy reforms in order to improve these organizations and shows that while volunteers learn important lessons, they are not always the lessons that empowerment programs aim to teach. With short-term fund ... More

Keywords: volunteering, community programs, poverty, crime prevention, empowerment programs, civic programs, adult volunteers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691147093
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina Eliasoph, author
University of Southern California

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