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Volunteer Resources/Service Learning Centers

Association for Volunteer Administration - The Association for Volunteer Administration is an international membership organization whose purpose is to promote professionalism and strengthen leadership in volunteerism.

Campus Compact - Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Among the many resources, please see the 200+ Syllabi.

The Wisconsin Campus Compact - The Wisconsin Campus Compact strengthens civic engagement and service-learning partnerships between Wisconsin's postsecondary institutions and the communities they serve.

CompassPoint - includes some outstanding resources including G.E.N.I.E.. G.E.N.I.E. has a section with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on the subject of  Volunteerism Management.

COOL - Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of college students to strengthen our nation through community service.

Director Connector - An online service that connects organizations (private and not-for-profit) with potential board candidates throughout Southern Wisconsin. You must register (free) your organization or yourself as a potential board member in order to search the database. Sponsored by Candela Solutions and Michael Best and Friedrich LLP.

Energize Inc. - Whether you are a paid director of volunteers or an officer of an all-volunteer association, this website can help you! They are an international consulting, training and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. President Susan Ellis is a faculty member of the Learning Institute.

Funding Sources for Service Learning - The National Service Learning Clearinghouse has links to funding sources.

Ganzaga University Service Learning - Gonzaga has developed some outstanding service learning resource: learning objectives, contracts, student evaluations, and agency evaluations for their s-l program at Gonzaga are available at this site. You can access them by clicking into "Service Learning Courses" to see a list of individual course (two great ones to check are PRLS 267 and PSYC 101).

IdeaList - Action Without Borders - Provides information about lawsuits and volunteers, legal handbook for nonprofits and volunteers, managing your volunteers/committees, useful hints for volunteers and volunteers resources

Impact Online Web - One of the largest Web sites on the topic of  volunteer recruitment and management and getting people involved in their community. Check out the virtual volunteering project and the match-making service for volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

Independent Sector - This national nonprofit organization regularly surveys and publishes data on volunteer trends.

Idea LIst.Org (Volunteer Programs FAQ) - Extensive information about volunteer management, e.g., where to get general information, legal definition of a volunteer, setting up a volunteer program, job descriptions, preparation for developing a program, how to get volunteers, screening volunteers, developing volunteers, volunteer recognition, etc.

Learning to Give (formerly the K-12 Education in Philanthropy Project) - Learning to Give seeks to perpetuate a civil society by:
educating children about the independent sector (knowledge), developing behavior and philanthropic experience (skills), and, stimulating private voluntary citizen action for the common good (behavior).

Legal Handbook for Volunteers - Online edition of the Volunteer's Legal Handbook, by James D. DeWitt

Morgridge Center for Public Service - A program of The Wisconsin Union, the Morgridge Center is housed in the renovated Red Gym. The Morgridge Center serves as a focal point for information on local, national and international service opportunities. The Morgridge Center promotes, organizes and supports a variety of public and community service opportunities for UW students, faculty, staff and alumni. Check out the University of Wisconsin-Madison Service Learning and Community Based Manual for Faculty and Instructional Staff (A downloadable pdf file).

National Service Learning Clearinghouse - The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies. Includes many links to free on-line documents.

National Service Learning Leader Schools - The National Service-Learning Leader Schools program is a national initiative that recognizes schools for their excellence in service-learning.

National Service Learning Partnership - Provides its 5,700 members--teachers, administrators, parents, school board members, young people, community leaders, teacher educators, researchers, and policymakers-- with products and tools  to
make service-learning a core element of every K-12 student's

Nonprofit Risk Management Center - Helps nonprofit staff and volunteers control risks so they can focus on their missions.

Paid Leave for Volunteering - A copy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's paid-time-off policy for volunteerism. Employees with at least six months of service have access to 20 hours of PTO for volunteer service, provided the organization and activity adheres to their guidelines.

101 Ideas for Combining Service and Learning - Some great ideas organized by subject area from the Florida International University.

Personnel Policies for Volunteers - An outstanding article on the Energize Inc web site on the topic of the benefits of volunteer policies by Linda L. Graff.

Points of Light Foundation: Volunteer Center Listing - Has name, address, phone & fax number, email and web address for all Volunteer Centers in the United States.

ServiceLeader.org - ServiceLeader.org, a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, provides information on all aspects of volunteerism. This site has a particularly good section of resources on the topic of Virtual Volunteering.

UC Berkeley Service Learning & Civic Engagement Research Directory - A directory of on-line resources organized by K-12 & Higher Education.

University of Colorado Service Learning  -  This site has a number of free resources including Syllabi of service learning courses organized by subject matter, a service learning List-Serve, service learning calendar of events, etc.

University of Wisconsin Resources for the Nonprofit Community Using Structured Reflection to Enhance Learning from Service -  Many would argue, that without reflection, there is no learning. This annotated bibliography provides a long list of resources to assist you with designing effective reflection into your service learning projects.

Volunteerism in the United States - This report summarizes a survey done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2003 on the topic of Volunteerism.

Volunteer Management Practices and Retention of Volunteers -This report By the Urban Institute is the second in a series of  findings from a 2003 survey of volunteer management capacity among charities and congregations.  This free report focuses on a charities' adoption of nine recommended practices for volunteer management and explores the relationship between adoption of these practices, other organizational characteristics, and the retention of volunteers.

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