Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chapter 8: Village Politics

This chapter deals explicitly with tension between volunteerism and advocacy, which weaves throughout the book. Our culture encourages students to be volunteers. The harder challenge is for them to address the roots of issues that come up while they're volunteering for those kinds of excellent groups.

The chapter also addresses the relationship between one-on-one volunteer work and efforts at long-term change. What is the lesson in the story where the Stanford student says he hopes his grandchildren will get to volunteer in the same homeless shelter as he has? What would it take to create a society where people didn't have to sleep in shelters or in the streets? Do you think we could make this happen by the time your grandchildren come along?

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