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Volunteering by Douglas M. Lawson
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Despite having been published in 1998, Volunteering: 101 Ways You Can Improve the World and Your Life still proves to be an excellent source of encouragement and advice for those of us who might be interested in volunteering but aren't quite sure where to begin, what to expect, or even if they have anything of value to give.

By using a simple question-answer format – sprinkled with some inspirational quotes and real world examples – the author does a good job informing the reader on the benefits of volunteering for everyone involved - from the well-deserving recipients, to the good-natured volunteers themselves. The author even spends some time describing how corporations and their employees can benefit from taking an active interest in their local community.

My only real gripe about this book is that it was written and published at a time when the 101 Tips and Tricks type books were at the height of their popularity, so some of the material gets rehashed several times throughout the book. This kind of bogs it down, and lessens the overall impact of the material. However, this book wasn't written to be read in a linear fashion, so if you just skim through it and pick out the sections that interest you then this may not be an issue for you.

Also, this book doesn't provide much information (i.e., websites, email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) about many of the volunteer organizations it mentions, but considering that it was written thirteen years ago this isn't really a bad thing, as a lot of that info would probably be out of date by now.

Anyway, if you're looking for a book to help assuage your fears or self-doubts about volunteering, just need to hear that your contribution can make a difference, or are curious about what volunteering can do for you, then this book might be a good place to start.
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