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 Land Ethic Leaders program went beyond my expectations, it created a safe place to explore and honor not only my own feelings, but those of others. Listening actively was a powerful reminder of how what we think we know and what we believe is linked, vitally, to how we act... I look forward to facilitating programs such as this for individuals and groups within my circle of influence—may the circle widen.

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--Land Ethic Leader Workshop Participant

Aldo Leopold Foundation

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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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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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