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The Potential Role of Voluntarism in JTPA. Urban Institute Policy Memorandum [microform] / Demetra Smith Nightingale and Others
Bib ID 5525418
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Nightingale, Demetra Smith
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1989 
54 p. 

This policy memorandum provides a summary of what is known about voluntary activity in the United States in general and in Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) service delivery areas (SDAs) in particular. It suggests possible short- and long-term policy strategies that might be used to increase the effectiveness of voluntary service in JTPA programs. The issue analysis is based on a review of literature and informal discussions with officials of national agencies and associations. The report is organized in four sections. Section I discusses briefly why the use of volunteers is important. Section II presents what is known about the numbers and characteristics of volunteers nationwide. Section III reviews experience to date with volunteers in employment-related programs in order to determine the types of services typically delivered by volunteers, the sources of volunteers, the potential costs involved in using volunteers, and possible barriers to their use. Section IV recommends possible policy alternatives for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to consider in promoting the use of volunteers in JTPA. Some of the conclusions reached by the study are that about half of U.S. citizens volunteer, with more women than men involved, that volunteers average 5 hours of service per week, and that it is important to provide training and request a time commitment in order to make the best use of volunteer help. The document includes 26 references and a list of discussants. (KC)


Sponsoring Agency: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: 99-9-0421-75-081-01.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adults.  |  Employment Programs.  |  Federal Programs.  |  Job Training.  |  Policy Formation.  |  Program Development.  |  Public Policy.  |  Public Service.  |  Voluntary Agencies.  |  Volunteer Training.  |  Volunteers.  |  Job Training Partnership Act 1982
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Urban Inst., Washington, DC
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