Volunteering is generally considered an altrustic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or organization". Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering often has positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. Benefits can include character development, gaining work experience, and making social & professional contacts.
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Volunteering and Volunteers
The magnitude of our social problems will require that all citizens and institutions make a commitment to volunteering as a way of life and as a primary opportunity to create needed change.
- Volunteering is a window into the passions of the soul.
- Patrick Dixon - Building a Better Business 2005 p 247.
- You will learn more about the people you work with in three minutes by asking them what they do for nothing, than by working with them for three years in the same team
- Patrick Dixon - Building a Better Business 2005 p 3.
- Volunteering is a universal feature of human society, independent of wealth, status, language or culture.
- Be aware that volunteer time is different from paid time. Staff need to begin their public work as soon as they possibly can (sooner!), and to build in lots of elapsed time for community discussion. Community members have other priorities: school, jobs, families. You can’t expect them to make your work their top priority, so you need to give them the biggest-possible window in which to contribute.
- One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.
- Dick Gregory
- The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.
- DeAnn Hollis.
- I am a recipient of unconditional love, I am a volunteer
- Shanterra McBride.
- We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
- Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.