CVSA Newsletter

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ITEMS reports and provides analysis of news related to the voluntary service field on a national and international level, reports on CVSA activitities, and provides stories about successes, struggles and accomplishments and challenges of individual CVSA member organizations that provide useful lessons and information to others with similar endeavors.


Many volunteers and volunteer organizations learn the hard way: through their own experiences, using trial and error. We find that wasteful and contrary to the basic principle of organization: that an organization is stronger than an individual. Collective experience is therefore also more powerful than that of a single individual, or for that matter, a single organization. If that makes sense to you, please join us.

ITEMS Spring 2013 Edition

In this issue:

  • CVSA Establishes Ongoing Disaster Relief Volunteer Information & Referral Service
  • Health Care Volunteers Needed for First Free Indigenous-run Hospital in Honduras: Dr. Luther Castillo Speaking Tour in New York City
  • CVSA Celebrates International Volunteer Day

CVSA ITEMS Spring 2013.pdf
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ITEMS Summer 2012 Edition:

In this issue:

  • CVSA Hosts Dr. Luther Castillo Presentation on
    Health Care as a Human Right in Honduras
  • Ann Braudis Urges Volunteers to Participate in
    Global Movement for Sustainable Development
  • When a Parent Goes to Prison... What Happens to the Children?
    Hour Children's volunteers Care for Children of the Incarcerated
CVSA newsletter ITEMS Summer 2012.pdf
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ITEMS Fall 2011 Edition

In this issue:

  • CVSA Connects Arthus-Bertrand's film HOME to Local  Volunteer Action
  • CVSA Relocates to Long Island City
  • Editorial:The Time to Act is Now!
  • CVSA Welcomes New Member, CUMAC
  • Gulf Coast Residents Fight for Survival and Revival
  • Small Church-based and Low-income Credit Unions Gain Strength Through Cooperation
  • Maysles Cinema in Harlem Creates Community Forum
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ITEMS Fall 2010 Edition

In this issue:

  • UN Ambassador Emeritus Calls for Grassroots Action to Battle Global Warming
  • Crispin Gregoire on Climate Change: Beyond Copenhagen
  • CVSA Backs True Financial Leadership
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ITEMS Winter 2009-10 Edition

In this issue:

  • CVSA Attends UN NGO Forum "The Road to Build Just Economic and Social Governance"/ INVEST YOURSELF Presented to Ecuadorian President Correa
  • The Rise of the G-192: UN General Assembly's Historic Conference on the Global Financial Crisis
  • CVSA Members Find Credit Unions a Key Tool to Benefiting Low-income Communities
  • Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's  Challenge to Globalization
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