This article points out an apparent contradiction:
A. volunteer coordinators saw an increase in volunteers caused directly by said volunteers losing their jobs
B. a huge percentage of people say that they’re reducing their time spent in civic engagement and volunteering
I also love that it covers “do it yourself volunteering,” people getting involved on a local level without getting involved in organizations. Even as a volunteer coordinator who needs more volunteers, serving through an organization is certainly not the only way to get involved and make meaningful change. Check out Peter Norback’s project.
And as a last comment, it talks about nonprofits “using” volunteers. Surely there’s a better verb out there that reflects the complex give-and-take relationship that organizations form with their volunteers.