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Visions of Charity: Volunteer Workers and Moral Community

Rebecca Anne Allahyari


In the United States, public talk about charity for the poor is highly moralistic, even in our era of welfare reform. But how do we understand the actual experience of caring for the poor? This study looks at the front lines of volunteer involvement with the poor and homeless to assess what volunteer work means for those who do it. This book profiles volunteers at two charities—Loaves & Fishes and The Salvation Army—to show how they think about themselves and their work, providing new ways for discussing charity and morality. The book explores these agencies' differing ideological orientations ... More

Keywords: charity, poor, welfare reform, volunteer involvement, homelessness, Loaves & Fishes, The Salvation Army, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520221444
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Anne Allahyari, author