voluntary association

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voluntary association

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voluntary organization

any organization (political parties, recreational clubs, etc.) where membership is optional and not a standard requirement of membership of a particular society. As Pickvance (1986) states, there is general agreement that voluntary associations are not institutions in the sense of social structures devised to organize action in the main areas of social life, such as firms, schools, governments’. Pickvance also identifies four further usual criteria in both common-sense and sociological definitions of voluntary associations:
  1. non-commercial orientation;
  2. they are public organizations in the sense that, formally at least, access is open to all;
  3. they are formally constituted organizations, often with an elected administration;
  4. they are nonstatutory, not established by law.

In the USA especially, voluntary associations have been widely identified as playing an indispensable role in the maintenance of STABLE DEMOCRACY, as fostering a participatory POLITICAL CULTURE and providing a training ground for political leaders. See also INTERMEDIATE (OR SECONDARY) GROUPS.

A renewed emphasis is being placed on voluntary and ‘third sector’ activity -including new partnerships with the state -in the less state-centred politics of the THIRD WAY. see also CIVIC ENTREPRENEUR.

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A principal (government agency) contracts with an agent (voluntary organisation) to deliver services on their behalf.
The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham has been in talks with the Welsh Assembly Government to take over the scandal hit Plas Madoc Communities First.
Recognising the importance the voluntary sector plays in the city, Cllr Storey said: "For me, Liverpool is one of the leading lights in the voluntary service provision and we must continue to help voluntary organisations to grow, to modernise and to improve."
AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham), Welsh Assembly Government and Plas Madoc Communities First have been in talks to find a way of safeguarding the funding coming into Plas Madoc.
The event will also feature information stalls from the local authority, Primary Care Trust and voluntary organisations from across Kirklees who work, advise and support the over 50's.
WCVA's Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) scheme and the Department of Work and Pensions' Future Jobs Fund contract are enabling social enterprises and voluntary organisations to support people affected by the recession.
Brian, a support officer at national voluntary organisation SOVA, booked the visit with the Teams4U charity.
Parks manager Phil Beaman said: 'Any voluntary organisation with something to celebrate in 2007 is invited to express their interest before the end of January.'
The impact on the lives of voluntary organisation staff who lose their jobs is bad enough.
VOLUNTARY organisation chiefs have set up a meeting on Friday to ensure their voice will be heard after an NHS shake-up.

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