Volunteer Resources – Civic Organizations

In his analysis The Strange Reappearance Of Civic America: Religion And Volunteering Father Andrew Greeley points out that the United States has the world’s highest rate of volunteerism at 47% and that, “Those who attend (religious) services once a week or more are approximately twice as likely to volunteer than those who attend rarely if ever”.

  • Since the vast majority of religious organizations promote volunteerism and many provide their congregations with volunteer opportunities, their resource potential cannot be underestimated.
  • Religious organizations willingly provide a variety of critical services when a child has been stolen from a community.
  • They can assist with administrative duties or flyer distribution, family counseling and support services and they can provide a valuable link to other volunteer organizations.

Many of America’s premiere civic organizations dedicate valuable resources to the health and welfare of the world’s youth. For example:

  • Rotary encourages members to become involved in hands on projects within their communities.
  • The mission of the Kiwanis Clubs is to, “Serve the children of the world and improve the quality of life worldwide”.
  • The guiding principals of the Lions Clubs is to encourage, “Service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.”
  • All of these organizations and many, many others have close ties to the business community and can potentially provide you with material and volunteer resources.
  • The local Chamber of Commerce is another viable resource. Besides providing strong business ties, the Chamber of Commerce also wields serious economic clout and as such has considerable influence over local media outlets. The Chamber of Commerce may also give you entrée to local politics.

Depending on the missing child’s age peer groups can also be very helpful. However, younger children will need increased supervision.

    • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and high school booster clubs, college fraternities and sororities can all assist with various aspects of a volunteer support effort.