One size does not fit all: four models of involving volunteers in small voluntary organisations

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Rochester, Colin
Date of publication
1 April 1999
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 1; Number 2
Volunteering, Employment, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This article addresses a perceived gap in the large and growing body of literature about volunteering. It argues that this literature has tended to neglect the variety of organisational contexts in which volunteering take place, and draws on two pieces of ongoing research to identify four distinct models of how volunteers are involved in small voluntary organisations. It concludes by discussing some of the implications of these findings for the practice and theory of volunteering.

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