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Mary Quirk, volunteer resources leadership project manager for the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration, speaks to the Southwest/West Central Volunteer Connections group in Willmar Monday about the findings from a new survey on Minnesota volunteerism. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Study finds volunteerism at a crossroads


WILLMAR -- As Minnesota's economy sank deeper into recession this year, Mary Quirk and her colleagues at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration began hearing from around the state about the stresses facing organizations that rely on volunteers.

Many were cutting their budgets and being forced to depend even more on volunteers. For some, there was a shortage of volunteers. For others, the volunteers were there but not the resources to train and supervise them.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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