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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     SENATE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE MERITS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE
    AND ON EFFECTIVE METHODS FOR RECRUITING AND RETAINING
    VOLUNTEERS.



 1        WHEREAS, volunteer service has long been regarded as a
 2   means of expressing one's commitment to the community and has
 3   been described as a means of "giving back" to that community
 4   for the nurturing provided to the individual; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, our citizens learn from childhood that part of
 7   their civic responsibility is giving freely of their time,
 8   talent, and labor to better their communities and themselves;
 9   and
10   
11        WHEREAS, the State of Hawaii has long valued the services
12   of those who voluntarily contribute their time, talent, and
13   labor for the good of the State and its residents, and in fact
14   enacted Chapter 90, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to foster the
15   development of volunteer programs in state government, and
16   established the Office of State Volunteer Services within the
17   Office of the Governor to coordinate and supplement volunteer
18   programs statewide in the public and private sectors; and
19   
20        WHEREAS, because of budgetary constraints, public sector
21   agencies and departments are more dependent than ever before on
22   the services of volunteers at a time when the available pool of
23   volunteers has diminished, as an unprecedented number of
24   families have both parents working; and
25   
26        WHEREAS, more private sector non-profit organizations than
27   ever before are actively seeking volunteer help to facilitate
28   operations and fulfill their mission statements; and
29   
30        WHEREAS, making information available on the most
31   effective and innovative methods for recruiting and retaining
32   volunteers is a task made more difficult by the multiplicity of
33   agencies and groups seeking to institute volunteer service
34   programs on a heretofore unprecedented scale; and
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 1        WHEREAS, in these times of economic austerity, maximum
 2   utilization of effective methodologies for volunteer
 3   recruitment, management, and retention will facilitate the
 4   greatest efficiency in utilizing volunteer services, make the
 5   volunteer experience a fulfilling one, positively impact the
 6   affected agency or non-profit group, and provide further
 7   impetus for volunteer experiences; now, therefore,
 8   
 9        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
10   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
11   Representatives concurring, that the Office of State Volunteer
12   Services, with the assistance of the Legislative Reference
13   Bureau and the Voluntary Action Center, is requested to gather
14   together a listing of its publications, educational and
15   training materials on voluntarism and volunteer management, and
16   its recommended readings on volunteer management, and make that
17   listing available to the public, both in hard copy and in
18   electronic form; and
19   
20        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office of State Volunteer
21   Services is requested to submit a report of its findings to the
22   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the start of the
23   Regular Session of 2000; and
24   
25        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
26   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the
27   Director of the Office of State Volunteer Services, the Acting
28   Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau, the State
29   Librarian, the Director of the University of Hawaii Library
30   System, and the Director of the Volunteer Action Center.