Volunteers and Volunteer Management

  • Christopher J. EinolfEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_2595-1



Volunteering is an unpaid non-compulsory work, that is, the time individuals give without pay to activities performed either through an organization or directly for others outside their own household.


Volunteering is an important phenomenon worldwide. Volunteers provide essential social services, create and promote arts and culture, and contribute to associational life. Volunteering is an important form of social capital; volunteers contribute to civil society; volunteers form social movements and carry out political advocacy. Volunteers form an important part of the workforce, and in poor countries volunteers are an important part of economic development; the International Labor Organization has recognized the importance of volunteering and is the source of the definition above (Butcher and Einolf 2016). In addition to being a means to these ends, volunteering is an end in itself, as it brings people together in...


Social Capital Human Resource Management Psychological Contract Nonprofit Sector Religious Congregation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DePaul University School of Public ServiceChicagoUSA