Skills-Based Volunteering as Both Work and Not Work: A Tension-Centered Examination of Constructions of “Volunteer”

  title={Skills-Based Volunteering as Both Work and Not Work: A Tension-Centered Examination of Constructions of “Volunteer”},
  author={Sarah J. Steimel},
  journal={VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations},
  • Sarah J. Steimel
  • Published 1 February 2018
  • VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
The Corporation for National and Community Service defines professional skills-based community service as “the practice of using work-related knowledge and expertise in a volunteer opportunity.” Traditional definitions of volunteer work in organizational communication scholarship, however, are typically based on (1) the bifurcation between work and volunteer activity; (2) low barriers to volunteer entry and exit; (3) the lack of managerial power/control over volunteers; and (4) the altruistic… 
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