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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When members sign up for AmeriCorps they are excited about the opportunity to serve their community, but once they start their service, they are often so absorbed in their day-to-day work that they don’t have much time to reflect on their experience. [Civic reflection discussions] make their service experience more meaningful by giving them a structured environment for thinking about community engagement and their personal experience in AmeriCorps.

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--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio

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Civic reflection has been instrumental in improving our retention rate. It’s a bonding tool that helped reunite our group.

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--AmeriCorps Program Manager, Ohio

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Do acts of service move us toward equality? Where will the server be, five years from any particular service transaction? Where will the served be? What do we learn, when we serve? What do we learn when we are served? What don’t we talk about when we don’t talk about service?

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--Adam Davis

Director, Center for Civic Reflection

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