Service & Volunteerism

​People and organizations in a wide range of sectors and communities emphasize the importance of serving and volunteering, but serving and volunteering are still often seen as extracurricular activities -- done and then set aside. Integrating civic reflection into service and volunteerism can help people feel more connected to the activity and to one another, making service a part of who we are rather than something we get done.

CIVIC REFLECTION IN SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM
CIVIC REFLECTION IN SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM

Service & Civic Organizations

Civic reflection offers service and civic organizations a chance to explore tough organizational questions, build community, and engage in challenging, thought-provoking conversation about the people and communities they serve.

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What People Are Saying

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The Land Ethic Leaders program went beyond my expectations, it created a safe place to explore and honor not only my own feelings, but those of others. Listening actively was a powerful reminder of how what we think we know and what we believe is linked, vitally, to how we act... I look forward to facilitating programs such as this for individuals and groups within my circle of influence—may the circle widen.

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--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation

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As a trained civic reflection facilitator who routinely uses it in my own service-learning classes and work with both student and community groups, I can personally attest to its value as a methodology for engaging diverse audiences in deep conversations (and hence deeper meaning-making) about our society, our values, and the wellsprings of our desire for a more just and equitable world.

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--Chris Skrable

Program Manager, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago

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Civic reflection has given me the ability... to freely express myself as well as gain valuable insight about my teammates' values and ideologies.

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--Discussion Series Participant

City Year

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