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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I think [civic reflection] allowed me to solidify my values and beliefs. It helped me see other points of view rather than being stuck in my own thoughts. It helped me to be more open-minded. I also think it was one of the catalysts of continuing service another year and remaining committed to service in the future.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Texas

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I believe the clearest and strongest benefit [of the Justice Talking program] is the team-building and thoughtful reflection it encourages. Our members are scattered throughout the state at host sites, so building a relationship among them is important but challenging. This year, we had an issue within the corps that caused some tension among the members, and I believe the Justice Talking program helped them to get back in a shared service mindset and into a team spirit.

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--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio

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The talks we had really helped me to understand that people have all different kinds of opinions and experiences and just because they are different from mine does not make those thoughts wrong. I have learned to be more compassionate and patient with people who hold different beliefs than I do.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Ohio

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