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Faith in Action: Using Interfaith Coalitions to Support Voluntary Caregiving Efforts

September 3, 2003

Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Faith in Action gives small grants to programs that provide informal care for those with chronic physical or mental disabilities. Program services are provided by volunteers, and programs are supported by coalitions involving diverse religious congregations and community-based agencies. This report presents findings from a national survey of 787 Faith in Action programs funded during the 1990s; it highlights their organizational practices, successes and challenges. It also outlines the practices linked with program survival, which include hiring directors with experience in key areas, implementing volunteer training and at least quarterly supervision, involving collaborators in fundraising and volunteer recruitment, and providing diverse services.

Mentoring School-Age Children: Relationship Development in Community-Based and School-Based Programs

April 11, 2000

This report, the second in a series on Mentoring School-Age Children, is based on interviews with over 600 volunteer mentors. The report compares their experiences and the development of their relationships with youth in community -- and school-based settings. The authors conclude that both types of programs have the potential to create positive mentoring relationships, and highlight the factors associated with the closest, most supportive relationships.