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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I believe the clearest and strongest benefit [of the Justice Talking program] is the team-building and thoughtful reflection it encourages. Our members are scattered throughout the state at host sites, so building a relationship among them is important but challenging. This year, we had an issue within the corps that caused some tension among the members, and I believe the Justice Talking program helped them to get back in a shared service mindset and into a team spirit.

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--AmeriCorps Program Director, Ohio

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Civic reflection made me feel more connected to why I serve in AmeriCorps.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Texas

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It was a great chance to hear a diverse perspective on service from leaders across the country. I think we often get siloed in our discussions about service in our own subcultures; I enjoyed this rare opportunity!

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--"Service in an Age of Inequality" Discussion Participant

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