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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Civic reflection has given me the ability... to freely express myself as well as gain valuable insight about my teammates' values and ideologies.

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--Discussion Series Participant

City Year

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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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