Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer

Cornell Retirees Serve Their Community - and Enjoy It!
An organized group of Cornell retirees give their time to local elementary schools, leading nature walks and bird watching, serving as companions on the playground and in the lunchroom, and working with students learning math and reading. The retirees...
Extension Volunteers - the Front Line of Service
Volunteers are vital to Cornell Cooperative Extension efforts in New York State. Many serve as the primary connection between the educational resources of the university and local communities. The relationship is successful because extension volunteers...
Learning to Be an Effective Volunteer
Half of all Americans volunteer in the nonprofit sector. To really make a difference, volunteers need education and development experiences, just as paid professionals do. The course Introduction to Nonprofit Management is teaching Human Ecology students...
Life Cycles and Volunteering
A recent college conference looked at the impact of work, family, and mid-life issues on volunteering. The primary focus was on volunteers in the 40 to 60 age group. These mid-lifers present a challenge to volunteer organizations, which must determine...
Redefining Volunteering
What did Paul Revere do for a living?" asked Susan J. Ellis, President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. "He was a silversmith, right? But we don't study him for that. What we study him for...
The Changing Workplace and Volunteering
Between 1979 and 1995, 43 million jobs were lost to corporate downsizing. The result has been a leaner, and sometimes meaner, corporate culture where remaining employees work harder and longer, are increasingly concerned about job security, and have...
Themes for Volunteerism Emerge from Forum
Last spring 975 academics and practitioners from across the United States and Canada came together to share their expertise at the first National Forum on Life Cycles and Volunteering. The two-day event examined the impact of work, family, and mid-life...
Volunteering Is Not What We Do to Be Nice
In his luncheon remarks at the National Forum on Life Cycles and Volunteering, Ronald Kinnamon, assistant national executive director of YMCA of the USA, used statistics to paint a mosaic of life in the United States today: * The average number...