17 Great Reads for Volunteering

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown

Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Community by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Arline McGraw Oberst, John T. Boal, Tom Lagana, and Laura Lagana

Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists by Courtney E. Martin

Don’t Just Count Your Hours, Make Your Hours Count by Dr. Kristin E. Joos Ph.D. and Alana Rush

Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams

Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed by Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, and Michael Patton

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, Orlanda Ruthven

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson

The Future of Ice: A Journey Into Cold by Gretel Ehrlich

The (Help!) I-Don’t-Have-Enough-Time Guide to Volunteer Management by Susan J. Ellis and Katherine Noyes

The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go by Dillon Banerjee

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara A. Lewis

The New Breed: Understanding & Equipping the 21st-century Volunteer by Jonathan McKee and Thomas W. McKee

The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan

The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem by Ken Budd