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Volunteer Centers or Volunteer Centres exist primarily to foster and develop volunteerism in the community as a whole. In general they do 4 things: Promote volunteerism, capacity building for effective local volunteering, provide leadership on issues relating to volunteerism, provide leadership on issues relating to volunteerism and connect people with opportunities to serve.
"Volunteer Centres" in the UK are sometimes known as "volunteer bureaux" or "volunteer development agencies". Working to a national model they provide support at a local level for individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. They have six core functions, which combined seek to promote and develop volunteering in local communities and link potential volunteers with volunteer involving organisations.
- This part of the definition was formally adapted by the Board of Directors of Volunteer Canada on September 30, 2001
- Core Functions of a Volunteer Centre in England
- Third Sector Magazine article on increasing demand for Volunteer Centre Services
- The Times article on volunteering through Volunteer Centres using a national volunteering database
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