Community Participation and an "Out of the Cold" Volunteer Meeting Introduction This paper stems from the unexpected opportunity of attending a volunteer meeting in preparation for a local church’s Out of the Cold Program that serves homeless men and women. The program has been run for ten years as a venture begun by members of the church’s congregation who were joined by others in the community, over time. It was most interesting to meet volunteers who knew a good deal about many of the guests of the program. Some at the meeting were people about to embark on their first winter of volunteering for whom a separate orientation was provided. Seeing an opportunity to learn more than observe, this group was joined after the first hour of the...The end:
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