"Volunteer" redirects here. For other uses, see Volunteer (disambiguation), Voluntarism (disambiguation), and Voluntary (disambiguation).
Volunteers from around the world came to Ithaca, Queensland to address an influenza epidemic through the Women's Emergency Corps (later the Women's Volunteer Reserve) in July 1919.
Volunteers sweep the boardwalk in Brooklyn after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic 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 may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
In a military context a volunteer is someone who joins an armed force of their own volition rather than being conscripted, and is usually paid.
1 Etymology and history
1.1 19th century
1.2 20th and 21st centuries
2.1 Volunteering as utilized by service learning programs
2.2 Skills-based volunteering
2.3 Volunteering in developing countries
2.4 Virtual volunteering
2.6 Environmental volunteering
2.7 Volunteering in an emergency
2.8 Volunteering in schools
2.9 Corporate volunteering
2.10 Community volunteer work
2.11 Benefits of community volunteer work
2.12 Social volunteering or welfare volunteering
2.13 Volunteering at Major Sporting Events
2.13.1 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
2.13.2 Legacy of 2018 FIFA World Cup Volunteer Program: Russian National Competition of Important Social Projects
3 Volunteer days, weeks and years
4 Political view
4.1 Difficulties in cross-national aid
5 Moral resources, political capital and civil society
6 Health benefits
7 Mental health benefits
10 See also
12 Further reading
13 External links
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