Formal Volunteer Service Programs

  • Jeffrey L. Brudney
  • Young-joo Lee
  • Suad A. Bin Afif
  • Nick Ockenden
  • Aminata Sillah


This Handbook focuses primarily on volunteering in and the operations of associations. Because some other topics are sufficiently relevant and important, however, the Handbook covers them as well. Volunteer service programs (VSPs) is one such subject. Although VSPs are rarely found in associations, these efforts are included in the Handbook because they engage a multitude of volunteers and illustrate important facets and contexts of volunteer involvement.

This chapter examines VSPs from a multinational perspective. VSPs are housed most often in nonprofit organizations and government agencies and are intended to assist these parent entities toward goal achievement (cf. Smith, Stebbins, and Dover 2006:244). The Handbook Appendix notes, “Volunteer programs can be properly seen as departments of the larger organization that operates them. They usually have a volunteer administrator or volunteer manager.” VSPs take into account the motivations and interests of volunteers, but they tend to view volunteers from the perspective of the parent organization, conceiving of them as important but unpaid human resources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey L. Brudney
    • 1
  • Young-joo Lee
    • 2
  • Suad A. Bin Afif
    • 3
  • Nick Ockenden
    • 4
  • Aminata Sillah
    • 5
  1. 1.USA
  2. 2.South Korea
  3. 3.Saudi Arabia
  4. 4.UK
  5. 5.Liberia

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