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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I'm much more likely to reflect on my work now and I'm a stronger advocate of reflection.

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--Public Allies Member, 2011-2012

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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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