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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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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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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Word got around that civic reflection not only helps the organization but helps participants personally with what they are doing. The longer the [discussion] series went on, the deeper and broader the sharing of experiences.

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--Jerry Clarito

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

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