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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To get staff and volunteers engaged in the cause of the Y, we must give them time, space and permission to reflect on their beliefs about people and communities, the meaning of their individual efforts, and ultimately our organization.

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--Brian Kridler

Project Director of Strategic Innovation, YMCA of the USA

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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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Our justice talks were very thought provoking. They helped me look beyond myself and my service with AmeriCorps and focus more on the people I was working for and what they need.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Ohio

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