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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Now I feel much more confident about my ability to discuss, and not debate, issues that I feel passionate about. I loved meeting knowledgeable people and realizing that our shared values were more than enough to overcome any age/experience differences.

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--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation

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I found the entire experience to be very affirming. It gave me a greater understanding of exactly what I do and its importance in the big picture - it also helped me... think more clearly not just about who we are and what we are actually doing, but who we are called to be and how that may be changing - and what should not change. It helped me as a leader, deeply and personally.

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--Participant, Uplifting Nonprofit Leadership Discussion Series

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