How and Where People Serve
In This Chapter
♦ An overview of all the choices facing today’s volunteers
♦ The complex world of national service
♦ From homeowner’s to professional associations
♦ Volunteer vacations
If all the volunteers were to walk off tomorrow—a national volunteer strike, so to speak—many of our most important social institutions would either close or be forced to dramatically reduce services. We’re talking everything from after-school sports leagues to crisis hotlines to museums. Many nonprofit organizations are completely staffed by volunteers (75 percent by one estimate), and even those that have large paid staffs, such as hospitals, depend on volunteers much more than most people are aware.
If you’re a volunteer yourself, ...